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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Residents of Nesquehoning should be cautious of a scam.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith received a call from a resident who encountered a male with a heavy Indian accent.

The man said his name was Jack Mason and claimed that he was with the IRS.

He began ordering the resident to call the number 206-512-1441 to pay the IRS for a penalty with taxes.

Smith called the number and said that a female answered with a heavy Indian accent.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lansford police arrested a Tamaqua man who they say was intoxicated and spewed vulgarities near a grocery store.

Brian Woods, 49, of 259 Rowe St., Tamaqua, faces charges from an incident near Boyer's supermarket. Police charged Woods with two counts each of persistent disorderly conduct and harassment, and with trespassing and public drunkenness.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Richard Reis, here's what happened:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monroe County Bible Clubs is conducting Summer Bible Clubs for children every week until Aug. 14.

This week's meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at Dansbury Park on Day Street in East Stroudsburg. The club meets near the yellow slide and pavilion.

Jim Ecker, BCM International Missionary, will present a Gospel puppet interview and a Bible story painting.

A newsletter will be provided, telling stories about Christian life, which can be found at www.keysforkids.org.

All ages are invited to attend the free program.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Lansford High School Alumni Reunion Committee presented a check in the amount of $500 to Jesse Hiles. The donation is to benefit Zoostock 2014 and the Carbon Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. Hiles, second from left, was also presented with a banner to be displayed at the Sports Zoo in Lansford. On hand for the presentation are, from left, Mike Lukac, vice president; Lynn Richards, reservations chairwoman; Susan Lukac, president; Geri King, treasurer; and David Griffith, secretary.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley will be the speaker at the Carbon County Labor Chapter meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Democratic Information Center at 110 S. First St. in Lehighton (next to Diggity Dog).

Members of unions both active and retired and friends of the union movement are invited to attend the meeting.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Western Pocono Lioness Club held a Patriotic Coloring Contest recently. First place winner was Madeline Geiser-Getz, second place winner is Susie Griffith and third place winner is Eliana Pachter. About two dozen children of all ages colored a picture for service members and wrote letters. Crafts and snacks were free. Baltimore Life provided a service for children and adults as well; applications for 11 Smart Safety cards for identification for children and five Adult Medical cards were also completed.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Children living in Carbon and Lehigh counties, going into first through sixth grades, are invited to attend Good News Club Day Camp at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe.

Camp activities include crafts, games, singing, swimming, Bible verses and lesson time, as well as a missionary story time.

There are two remaining sessions to choose from: July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8. Each session runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The cost for campers is $26.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
FILE PHOTO Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and infect humans if bitten.

To reduce the risk of West Nile virus:

Ÿ Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object on your property that could collect standing water.

Ÿ Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.

Ÿ Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.

Ÿ Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

Ÿ Don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.

Ÿ Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Ed Bailey stands next to his patriotic 2004 Corvette. He traveled from Jim Thorpe with his son-in-law Mark Rawlins for the car cruise.

The 6th Annual Ontelaunee Car and Bike Cruise was held Sunday at the park in New Tripoli, and featured a variety of street rods, motorcycles, trucks and cars. Prizes were awarded in different categories. Money raised during the event will be used for projects at the park.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Cressona Band will perform two free concerts in the Tamaqua area this month.

The first will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley. A concert will then be held from 7 to 9 p.m. July 23, at the East End Playground.

Both events are free and will include performances by the newly formed Junior Cressona Band.