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Friday, July 1, 2011
File photo Major Nathan Kline, USAF, Retired, will serve as the featured speaker for Slatington's 31st annual Heritage Day Celebration. The event will be held at 10 a.m. July 4 at the Slatington Baptist Church.

Slatington will pay homage to its legacy on the most patriotic day of the year.

The 31st annual Heritage Day Celebration will take place at 10 a.m., July 4, at the Slatington Baptist Church on 509 Main Street at the corner of Main and Second streets.

Jason Breidinger, president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, will preside as Master of Ceremonies. The Northern Lehigh Community Band, under the direction of Theodore Steinbrecher and the Northern Lehigh Freedom Chorus, under the direction of Anna Mary Milot, will provide music throughout the ceremony.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fourth of July fireworks are as American as baseball and apple pie, but unsafe practices can put a damper on your celebration. In 2009, an estimated 18,000 reported fires were ignited by fireworks causing $38 million in direct property damage and U.S. emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,800 people for firework injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Friday, July 1, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

On a bridge abutment going over to the mill in Millbrook Village, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a 1942 benchmark giving the distance that spot is above sea level. There is a fine for moving the benchmark. It was placed in 1942 as part of a Coast and Geodetic Survey. Though the bridge washed out and had to be replaced, the abutment with the benchmark remains.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Outreach Soup Social on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall. The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts and refreshments.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The beer drinkers' delight opened its 17 day run today when the Bavarian Summer Festival stages its annual tapping of the first keg. The festival, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Pennsylvania, is more than a big beer party; it is full of fun, music, games, food, and entertainment. Billy Carter, the President's beer-loving brother, was in charge of tapping the first keg to officially launch the festival. An added feature this year is the world-famous Clydesdale horses of Budweiser.

Friday, July 1, 2011

In a story that appeared on page 14 of Tuesday, June 27, edition of the TIMES NEWS concerning defendants in criminal cases being placed in the probationary Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program there was incorrect information concerning one of the defendants.

Friday, July 1, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Volunteers help The Garden of Giving plant seedlings to help supply local food pantries with nutritional fresh produce. They are, left to right, A.J. Sanz, Avery Gardner, David DeWitt, Raheem Pemberton, Bruce Palmenta, Kenneth Morris and The Garden's director, Tammy Graeber.

A lot of rainy weather has put the planting season a little behind schedule. Making up for lost time, The Garden of Giving recently had a "Planting Day." Several volunteers showed up to get their hands dirty and help Tammy Graeber with the mission of The Garden of Giving, which is to supply local supplemental food pantries with fresh produce.

David DeWitt from the Timberland store at The Crossings and three of his co-workers, A.J. Sanz, Avery Gardner and Raheem Pemberton, were there.

Friday, July 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Marian Catholic High School received an anonymous $50,000 matching grant donation from a past alumni to help replace two Marian High School bleachers. The old 35-year old ground-level bleachers are being replaced with raised aluminum bleachers, which are able to comfortably seat about 1,000 fans. The remaining half of the $100,000 needed to build the new state-of-the-art bleachers is still to be raised by Men of Marian members. Stan Dakosty, Men of Marian member, athletic director and head football coach, is asking all fans, former players, alumni and the community to contribute.

Friday, July 1, 2011

An antique, classic, & special interest car show and swap meet will take place Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tri-County Little League Baseball Field in McAdoo. Judging is at 11:30 a.m. The free community event is sponsored by the Anthracite Region A.A.C.A.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security said there is a large scale spam campaign underway in which attackers are using fairly well-crafted emails that appear to come from the IRS to infect victims with the Zeus bot.

The attack has been ongoing for a couple of weeks now, and researchers say that although the attackers have taken some precautions to prevent analysis of the sites and malware being used, they also made some key mistakes.