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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Four area residents were among 26 people who were admitted by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin in the Accelerated Rehabilatative Disposition (ARD) probation program at a hearing held in Schuylkill County court.

The program is reserved for first offenders to non-violent crimes to allow them to serve a probation period to clear their record.

All were placed in the program for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

There will be representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Lou Barletta available for appointments this week in Lehighton and Albrightsville.

Senator Toomey will have a representative available at the Lehighton office Wed. July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are being taken for this visit; please contact the office at (610) 377-6363.

Congressman Barletta will have a representative in the Albrightsville office Thurs. Aug.1, from 2 to 4 p.m. An appointment can be scheduled by calling (570) 722-8700.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency crews were called to the 100 block of Mush Dahl Road around 10 a.m. yesterday in West Penn Township for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle. The rider, Howard Boyer Jr. of Tamaqua, was driving a 1995 Kawasaki, owned by Diane Smith of Tamaqua, and was taken via ambulance to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton for unknown issues. Police report that Boyer was traveling north on Mush Dahl Road when a 2003 Volvo, driven by Anthony Bubary Jr. of New Ringgold, allegedly pulled into the path of Boyer.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday after pleading guilty to terroristic threats.

He was one of 17 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton incident

Steven Walck Jr., 28, of Lansford, was sentenced to serve nine to one day less 24 months in prison on the threats count. He also pleaded to one count of harassment and was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the threats charge.

Walck was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on April 30 at 230 N. Third St.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day (9/11) memorial service on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8:40 a.m. in the Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.

All emergency services personnel, including fire, police and ambulance; veterans organizations; and the public are invited to attend.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Since the end of the 2012-2013 school year in June, Lehighton Area School District has been working on long-term projects at two of its elementary schools East Penn and Mahoning. As soon as the school year was over, the staff removed everything from each room, color-coded it all, and stored it in the respective all-purpose room of each school. Once everything was safely stored away, the asbestos abatement projects began. Everything is expected to be back in order for the first day of school for LASD students on Tuesday, Sept. 3 the day after Labor Day.

The new school year is right around the corner and the Lehighton Area School District is almost ready for the new year.

Since the end of the 2012-2013 school year in June, LASD has been working on long-term projects at two of its elementary schools East Penn and Mahoning.

The East Penn Elementary School project will include a new ground-source geothermal HVAC system, installation of energy efficient lighting, and building thermal envelope upgrades. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by 1,131,270 kBTU annually.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Contractors have until 2 p.m. Aug. 12 to submit bids to put a pole building at American Fire Co. No. 1, 26 E. Patterson St. in Lansford.

A mandatory prebid meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the site.

The bids must be in a sealed envelope marked "A Proposed Pole Building at the American Fire Company #1 of Lansford Site" and "Attention: Rose Mary Cannon," and sent to the borough hall, 1 E. Ridge St., Lansford, PA 18232.

The bids will be opened and read publicly at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at borough hall.

Monday, July 29, 2013
Performers pictured from left are Salvation Army Old & Bolder group members Deb Althouse of Tamaqua, Barbara Smyrl of McAdoo, Georgine Snyder of Hometown, Fran Golder of Summit Hill and Jenn Snyder of Summit Hill. In front is audience participant Kevin Killian - pretending to drive a sports car during one of the interactive parts of the show at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Older and Bolder Senior Group were the main attraction during their free showing of Summer Short Play held Sunday at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. The series of short plays involved learning experiences, as well as got the audience involved via a variety of interactive games. Tamaqua Area Community Theatre instructor Zane Bachert directed the performance.

Monday, July 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Enjoying funnel cake at Men of Marian picnic John Burns, 13, watches as picnic volunteer Renee Srinivasan puts powdered sugar on his funnel cake.

Intermittent rain didn't stop thousands of visitors from taking part in the Men of Marian's 43rd annual Community Summer Picnic held over the weekend at the Marian Catholic High School in Hometown.

The three-day event consisted of free entertainment, large flea market, games, kids activities, food and more. Margie Myers of Jim Thorpe enjoys a dance with Carl Ache of Lake Harmony during the Men of Marian Summer Picnic held over the weekend at the school.

Monday, July 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

On and off rain showers Saturday evening didn't prevent hundreds of visitors from taking part in the Tuscarora Fire Company's one day community party. The event consisted of free entertainment, bounce house, games, activities, food and so on. Waiting for the rain to stop are Sarah Cool of Hometown with family members , from front left, Flynn Coleman, 4; Declan Coleman, 6; and Keagan Coleman, 6.