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Friday, August 19, 2011

Carbon County officials are moving foward with repairing the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board opened four bids from various contractors for work on the bridge, which was damaged in June by a large commercial vehicle hitting the structural beams as it traveled through the bridge.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Rally Around Faith Alive, a program for everyone to learn what Faith Alive United Methodist Church offers in the area of education, mission, service and activities for all age groups, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11.

There will be tables set up throughout the day with information on all the programs, as well as sign up sheets for anyone interested in joining any group.

The program will also feature two performance groups, "God Squad Puppets," and "Joyful Noise Singer."

Friday, August 19, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Right, Pat Mackes, a member of the GFWC Western Pocono Women's Club, is in shock as Andrea Hauck, a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs chapter Pocono Mountain Women's Club, chairman/chairwoman for the Arts at the Monroe County level and also the chair for the State President's Project, presented her with the news that her photograph won 1st place in the international GFWC Arts and Crafts contest.

Pat Mackes of Effort, couldn't have been more shocked and if you had told her she had just won a contest on an international level.

Oh wait. She DID win a contest on an international level.

The look on her face was priceless when Andrea Hauck, a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs chapter Pocono Mountain Women's Club, chairman/chairwoman for the Arts at the Monroe County level and also the chair for the State President's Project, presented the GFWC Western Pocono Women's Club member with the award at the Club's August meeting.

Friday, August 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS It only took 15 minutes last night for firefighters to stop a fast-moving row home fire that started in a third floor bedroom located at 326 East Pine St. in Mahanoy City.

It only took 15 minutes for firefighters and police in Mahanoy City to react and save multiple row homes and their occupants as they responded quickly to a rising row home fire, with possible entrapment, that started just before 10:45 p.m. last night on the 300 block of East Pine Street in Mahanoy City.

The fast-moving fire left seven people displaced.

Friday, August 19, 2011
Talking with Tamaqua Borough Council members recently concerning possible financial options for the Owl Creek Dam Project is Michael Vind, managing director, FS&L, Financial Solutions, Reading, an independent advisory firm.

The reconstruction of Tamaqua's Owl Creek Dams was a hot topic of conversation at this week's meeting of Tamaqua Borough Council, as council members discussed enacting an ordinance committing the borough to a $2 million loan from the Jim Thorpe National Bank. A presentation concerning the terms and conditions of the loan was presented by bond counsel Brian Koscelansky of Stevens and Lee and Michael Vind of Financial Solutions LLC.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lehighton firemen are currently engaged in their most important annual project - the cleaning of chimneys in the borough. Since the two fire companies began cleaning chimneys more than a dozen years ago, chimney fires have been reduced by more than 95 percent annually. Since the "Chimney Sweeps" began making their rounds, there has been an average of two chimney fires per year. The most chimneys cleaned in one year was in 1969, when the firefighters clean 343 chimneys.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Delano hosted its annual community block party recently at the Delano Fire Company. The event consisted of a truck parade, vendors, games, food and free entertainment. Hugging his prize, an oversize stuffed Chihuahua, is Blaize Patnaude, 6. See related photos on Page 15.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Middle School's National Junior Honor Society will continue to participate in the national Box Tops For Education campaign. Society members Morgan Veglia, Nicole Prantow and Brianna Bonetsky volunteered their time to prepare box tops collected during the 2010-2011 school year for submission. The school was able to acquire a color printer for student projects thanks to the program. Homeroom teachers will be accepting collected box tops throughout the 2011-2012 school year.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Georgeanne Tokar, right, was introduced to the Western Pocono Women's Club by Kay Charbonnier, a member of the club's Education committee and HOBY coordinator, as the club's 2011 HOBY recipient. She attended the August meeting to thank the club for selecting her to attend the HOBY seminar, stating she had the best time of her life.

Georgeanne Tokar, a junior at Pleasant Valley High School, was selected by the Western Pocono Women's Club for its HOBY recipient. She attended the program May 19-22 at Millersville University.

HOBY stands for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program for tenth graders. It was founded by the actor, Hugh O'Brian in 1958, to inspire and develop the global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

Georgeanne was very enthusiastic about her experience.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Amidst all the new photo fads, planking, or the lying down game, seems to be one of the most popular among both youth and even adults. Planking is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The participant's hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play.