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Monday, August 12, 2013

The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is committed to supporting nonprofit agencies that respond to the needs of its neighbors throughout the region. The Foundation's board of directors recently approved nearly $125,000 in contributions that will be shared by 14 United Ways across BCNEPA's 13-county service area.

As part of that contribution, the Greater Weatherly Area Community Chest and United Way of Carbon County each received $1,000 targeted specifically to support health-related programs for Carbon County residents.

Monday, August 12, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A tractor pulls the sled while another tractor follows backing up to take the sled back to the starting line.

A tractor pull, sponsored by the Pocono Old Tyme Farm Equipment Association for tractors from 1960 or older, was held at the Carbon County Fair on Saturday.

There were a few antiques but they were going to run with the classics, said Burdell Kuehner.

Kuehner and John Cady were the event announcers.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Dennis Serfoss, Tamaqua, rides his 2004 Honda Goldwing at the event. Serfoss won first place during 2009's Lehighton Bike Night under the metric touring category.

It was an impressive sight along both sides of North and South streets in Lehighton as thousands of spectators and bikers participated in the 15th Annual Lehighton Bike Night organized by the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee.

In addition to a grand display of classic to new motorcycles, visitors and bikers from all over the state enjoyed entertainment, family activities and many vendors.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Panther Valley School District students will have to hustle up some cash to play sports. The school board on Thursday adopted a student activity fee policy that charges students $30 for one, then an additional $20 for the second, and $10 for a third.

Monday, August 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The 15th annual Lehighton Bike Night drew thousands of bikers and spectators over the weekend.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

Monday, August 12, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Smokey Bear is greeted at the Carbon County Fair by Tom Zimmerman IV, left, a fair director, and Darryl Brewster of the Pennsylvania DCNR.

Monday, August 12, 2013

John Kane, 36, of Jim Thorpe, will spend time in jail after he posted naked photos of a woman from Lower Merion County on pornographic websites after their relationship ended.

Kane was sentenced in Montgomery County Court last week to 2-23 months in the county jail, to be followed by three years probation.

He pleaded guilty to charges of identity theft, obscene and other sexual materials, and stalking in connection with incidents that occurred in 2011. Kane will serve the minimum sentence over the course of 20 consecutive three-day periods beginning Aug. 11.

Monday, August 12, 2013

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Northern Lehigh School District's first- and second-grade students and their parents are invited to visit Peters Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Peters Elementary School is located at 4055 Friedens Road in Slatington.

This is an extremely important evening when teachers will introduce the curriculum and discuss the class schedule. Meet the Teacher Night provides an opportunity for parents and children to meet the child's teacher and to visit the environment that students will be involved in on a daily basis.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The monthly meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the borough hall.

Among the topics scheduled for discussion is a proposed Quality of Life ordinance.

Council President Michael Kokinda will be in charge of the meeting.