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Friday, August 27, 2010

A pig scramble at the Carbon County Fair in Lehighton by 4-H members proved to be a lot of fun for the youngsters. The pigs are no longer greased and only five youths at a time can participate. Boys who caught pigs were Roy Bollinger, Scott Seltzer, Jeffrey Bauchspies, John Berger, Jerry Donati, and Gary Turek. Girls who caught the oinkers were Denise Leininger, Leah Dietrich, Mary Ebling, Robbi Kuehner, Julia Knappenberger, and Diane Turek.

Friday, August 27, 2010
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Comedy magician Joe Keppel of Bethlehem performed his program "Explore the World and Read" at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday afternoon which was a mixture of magic and geographical facts from around the world.

Do you know where the longest river in the world is located or what the fourth most populous country is? Families who attended magician Joe Keppel's "Explore the World and Read" magic show learned the answers to those questions and much more while enjoying an afternoon of magic, humor and fun at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday.

"Reading can open wonderful new doors and help you travel around the world," said Keppel who has been performing for thirty years and the last twenty years specializing in school shows that deal with reading.

Friday, August 27, 2010
Family members gathered for a family picture: Brigitte Delius, grandmother; Kathy Wolff, mother; Kipp Wolff, new Eagle Scout, Rudy Wolff Jr., father; Rudy Wolff Sr., grandfather; Brook Wolff, sister; and Sean Giffels, Brook's boyfriend.

A color guard involving the members of Troop 109 began the Court of Honor ceremony during which Kipp R. Wolff was presented with his Eagle badge. William Oxforth, charter representative, was master of ceremonies.

Pastor Matthew Voyer gave the invocation thanking God for the values that scouting provides.

Four candles were lit - a white one followed by a red one standing for the lifeblood of our country willing to die for it or to live a worthy life.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Mahoning Township Lions Club is sponsoring an "Emergency Services Day" on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Normal Square Chapel Pavilion on Fritz Valley Rd in Lehighton.

Participating will be the Carbon County Sheriff Dwight Nothstein, Mahoning Township Police Department, Mahoning Valley Ambulance, Mahoning Township Fire Company, Blue Mountain Health System offering blood pressure screening, the Penn Starr helicopter will be landing on-site at 11 a.m., and there will be activities for the kids.

Friday, August 27, 2010
John Owens

The Panther Valley School Board welcomed a new member last night – student body representative and high school senior John Owens.

The student representative is new this year, and a move that Superintendent Rosemary Porembo hopes will provide an important communication link between the board and the students.

"We hope to gain awareness of views regarding issues which affect students and work constructively with the student rep to ensure a quality education is being provided," she said.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Summit Hill Water Authority continued in its initiative to bring solar power to the community.

Officials are exploring a system to power its physical plant and possibly the borough hall with a 345kw system engineered by Reading Electric in partnership with Borrego Solar. Last night the authority unanimously adopted a resolution of its intention to borrow up to $1.403 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Friday, August 27, 2010
It was the 4th Annual Pet Show at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home and several dogs and their owners paid a delightful visit with the residents.

One of the highlights of the year at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown is the annual Pet Show.

"Our residents enjoy having visitors from the community, especially the four-legged kind," said Carrie Shafer, activities coordinator.

The invitation went out to the community to bring in animals with current updated shot records for the 4th Annual Pet show.

Mary Jane Sterling of Summit Hill brought her 2 1/2 year old Scottish Terrier, Dougal, dressed in a kilt and a Tam o' Shanter.

Friday, August 27, 2010
John Mueller as Buddy Holly in "50's Dance Party," which will be held at 8 p.m. today at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

February 3, 1950 was, as any oldies buff knows, "the day the music died."

It was when a small plane crashed in Iowa and killed pop singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper.

Tonight at Penn's Peak, in a concert starting at 8 o'clock, their music will again come to life when on the spacious, wooden stage will be "50's Dance Party."

Among the performers will be J. P. Richards Jr., the son of Big Bopper who was born just three months after that fateful plane crash occurred. He was raised by his mother, Adrian Joy Richardson, in Beaumont, Tex.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Shortly after the Nesquehoning Council went into session Wednesday evening, they broke for an executive session. The session lasted 42 minutes and was for personnel reasons as stated by council president, Mark Stromelo.

John McArdle, Emergency Management Manager, reported that he plans to have the weed killer tested when applied in Nesquehoning again by the railroad. He was told it is a generic form of Round Up and wants to see if it could contaminate the water system.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Smokey Bear will be at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater on Sat., Aug. 28.

The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Dave Duffy, the fire chief from New England Fire Company, will give a fire prevention and safety presentation followed by a visit from Smokey Bear.

Nate and Brutus, his dogs, will be on hand as he talks about the East Penn Search and Rescue Team.

The event is subject to weather conditions.