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Monday, July 18, 2011

Lansford's buisness section was crowed for the presentation of the final awards made by the New Deal Association, composed of merchants who had joined together to offer some inducements to shoppers to do their buying in Lansford. For 13 weeks the merchants have been awarding prizes of $50 in cash. Tonight's final prize is $500. A voice vote occurred to either divide the prize among five winners ($100 each) or the $500 to one winner. It was opted to give one winner the $500.

Monday, July 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured under the Endless Mountains War Museum tent during the Armed Forces Tribute is a U.S. Model 11 Browning 30 caliber machine gun (WWII).

Members of the Armed Services were given tribute during a two-day Armed Forces Tribute event held Saturday and Sunday at the Eckley Miners' Village in Eckley.

In addition to more than a dozen military and war oriented displays, visitors had to opportunity to enjoy a USO show, period communion service, children's play and tree dedication ceremony.

A large display of military and war artifacts was also on display, courtesy of Endless Mountains War Memorial Museum in Sonestown.

Monday, July 18, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joe Kosalko, left, Summit Hill workforce supervisor, and Mario Marconi, center, of the Lansford public works department, left special camera into a manhole at Chestnut and Amidon Street in Summit Hill to check sewer lines. At right is Robert Stackhouse of the Lansford public works department. The camera is used to check for leaks or breaks in the century-old sewage system.

Summit Hill officials haven't come up with a reason why two residents are getting sewage backing into their basement.

On Thursday, Summit Hill and Lansford borough workers utilized special cameras to examine the sewerage system on West Amidon Street and the 100 block of North Walnut Street, and found the lines to be intact.

"The lines are good," said Joe Kosalko, work force supervisor in Summit Hill.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Tamaqua LEO Club is looking for new members or local residents to help pull weeds and clean the Train Station parking lot located on North Railroad Street in Tamaqua today from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Gloves and tools will be provided. Pizza and refreshments will also be provided. For more information, call (570) 668-1234.

Monday, July 18, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Radio alerts on Saturday afternoon reported three men entered the Convenient Food Mart on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton and robbed it while armed. Palmerton police issued an alert for their car which was discovered a short time later. It was unknown how much money or goods the trio made off with. Contacted this morning, Barbara Scherer, owner of the Convenient Food Mart, told the TIMES NEWS the incident occurred outside the business, and had no connection with the store at all.

Saturday, July 16, 2011
ABBY MASENHEIMER/TIMES NEWS Hugh Dugan, Jim Thorpe, was more than happy to host former CFPNI participant Nicole McLaughlin, of North Ireland, on her return trip to the United States.

They say there's a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. For Nicole McLaughlin, the pot of gold is her return trip to America.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Six persons facing various criminal charges entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Endangering a child

Adam Joseph Schaeffer, 22, of Jim Thorpe, was sentence to serve nine to 18 months in prison on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. However, since he has already served 302 days in prison on the charge, he was immediately paroled.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

At one time the Schwab Building was a shining jewel in Weatherly.

Built by steel magnate Charles M. Schwab, the stately structure was used as a school from its opening in 1903 until 1991.

In 1997, Larry Hallstead, representing Bradd and Hall Associates, of Lynchburg, Va., bought the landmark structure for $40,000 from the Weatherly Area School District.

Hallstead has allegedly let the building deteriorate, according to citations filed against him with District Judge Joseph D. Homanko of Weatherly.

Saturday, July 16, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tony Fannock throws his weight around while playing on a seesaw with his daughters, Cadance, 4, and Callista, 7, at the East End Park in Tamaqua.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Weissport, will hold Vacation Bible School from 6-to-8 p.m. July 17-21 at the church located at 222 Church Street.

"Ready for a Wild Adventure?" is for children from preschool through the fourth grade.

To pre-register or for more information, call (610) 377-2972.

Student participants can bring a white t-shirt for an iron-on project.