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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Representatives of crime watch groups from throughout the Carbon County area came together recently in an open forum to discuss how to best prevent, deter, and report crime. Pictured are, seated l-r, Jim Thorpe Community Watch Coordinator Jamie Solomon and Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch Coordinator Byron Schnell; standing l-r, Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko; Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig; Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck; and Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle.

Representatives of neighborhood crime watch groups from throughout the Carbon County area came together recently in an open forum to discuss what works in their respective areas to deter crime.

With the idea of "neighbor helping neighbor," the crime watch representatives joined forces to exchange ideas, information, and handouts to address the matter of properly preventing, deterring, and reporting crime.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS New American Legion Auxiliary officers are, front l-r, Jeralyn Walters, Susan Queen, Marcy Knappenberg, Lori Giannotti; back l-r Terri Miller, Judy Burke and Linda kistler. Winnifred Worley was the installation officer.

American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16, Slatington, installed new officers for its Auxiliary, Legion Riders, Sons of the American Legion and the Legion on Aug. 12.

Chaplain Thomas Beam began by asking God to "Send thy peace to our nation and to all nations."

The POW-MIA chair is a physical symbol of the missing military. It was uncovered by Senior Vice Commander Bernie Dugan.

Fourteenth District Commander Michael Bodner led the group in the Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Alien Ant Farm is one of two bands on the Penn's Peak stage Friday night, when the 'Big Night Out' concert tour makes a stop. Also performing will be Hoobastank. The concert gets underway at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Folk music, workshops, a museum grand opening and perfect summer weather combined to make Summit Hill's inaugural Hootenanny in Ludlow Park a success.

The hilltop community resounded with old-fashioned music celebrating Americana and the rich musical history that is rooted in the heritage of our country.

"You can say this was a success because we ran out of food and people still stayed around and didn't leave," said Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership's project manager Sara Ruch.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

Monday, August 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt unveils a banner representing the efforts by the community and officials to save both Owl Creek dams.

Following about two years of construction and over 10 years of planning, both dams to the Owl Creek Reservoir in Schuylkill County are officially completed and re-opened to the public.

The announcement was made Saturday morning during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the lower dam of the 900-acre preserve. The event was attended by members of the Owl Creek Reservoir Commission (OCRC), Tamaqua Borough, Benesch Engineering, South Ward Fire Company, as well as local, county and state dignitaries.

Monday, August 19, 2013
Gregory Ward

A 52-year-old Mahoning Township man is lodged in Carbon County Prison following an incident on Aug. 10 in which he allegedly tried to prevent police from rendering aid to his girlfriend.

According to police on that date township police were dispatched to 2093 Mahoning Drive East to check on the welfare of a female who had called the crisis hotline.

Monday, August 19, 2013

WELCA

The WELCA ladies group of the Lutheran Church, will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of St. John's Lutheran Church, North Street. Guest speaker will be Marian Jones, a WWII nurse, that took care of prisoners of war.

All area women and men are invited to attend.

Bloodmobile

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Memorial Park on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 6 p.m. Donors should be 17 years of age and older.

Class of 1964

Monday, August 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with the winning trophie at the end of the 3rd annual Matt Aungst Softball Tournament are, l-r, Dave Aungst, Mary Kelly Aungst, Chris Aungst, Tamaqua East End Fire Company captains Rob Jones, Tim McCarroll and Ken Stauffenberg.

Four fire companies came together over the weekend to participate in the 3rd annual Matt Aungst Softball Tournament held this year at the Barnesville Sports Field.

The benefit, held to benefit firefighters and their families, is named after the late Matt Aungst, who was a junior firefighter with the Lansford Fire Company when he passed away at age of 15 in May of 2011.

Fire companies involved were Tamaqua's American Hose Company, Summit Hill Fire Company, Tamaqua's East End Fire Company and Lansford Fire Company - which had two teams.

Monday, August 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua track team alumni, along with current athletes, family members and friends, participated in the first annual Tamaqua Track Alumni held Saturday at the Tuscarora State Park. For more information on how to participate or volunteer, visit their Facebook page for next year's event.