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Friday, August 13, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Lions Club dedicated a new brick Link-Log Grill as a memorial project dedicated to departed Lions. The new grill is located at the Tamaqua Lions Club Grove in Tamaqua. From time to time, upon the passing of a Lion, money is sent in to the club for a memorial project in the name of the deceased Lion. This is a culmination of donations over the past five years and for which a plaque will be attached, memorializing the lions over those years. Pictured from left are Tamaqua Lions Tim and Fran Stahl, Lions Club President Steve Bayer, and Lion Bill Yost.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Panther Valley School Board finally set the coaching salaries for the football season. Head Coach Frank Damian will receive $3,020; Matt Davis, $2,645; Charley Bachert, $2,445; Ed Kusko, $2,420; Rich Pondish and Zach Maurer, each will receive $1,850; and John Maurer, Francy O'Gorman, and Fenton Black will serve as volunteers.

Friday, August 13, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This picture was taken between 1958-1960 during a floral arranging program at the first fall meeting of the Palmerton Concourse Club which met in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Parish house in Palmerton. Left to right: Mrs. Elsa Fort (demonstrator), Merchantsville, NJ, Mrs. George Paravis, Mrs. Wallace Zacharchuk, Mrs. Omar Seals and Mrs. William Bechdolt.

From the parlor room at the Horse Head Inn to the community room at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, the Concourse Club of Palmerton proudly celebrates its 95th year.

On January 21, 1915, the very first meeting was held and the Concourse Club was formed. It became a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the largest organization of volunteer women in the world. It started with 14 members and in six months the membership doubled. The dues were $1. Meetings were held every two weeks on a Thursday evening.

Friday, August 13, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Above, Noah Faust of Kresgeville pushes his stroller along the midway of the Carbon County Fair. Dressed in his rain gear, he celebrated his second birthday at the fair with his mother, Cindy Faust, and grandmother, Alice Ginder. Yesterday was children's day at the fair. At right, Emily Mitchell, 18, of Weatherly, spends time with her pet rabbit, Levi. The bunny, a Harlequin, was judged best of breed in the livestock competition.

What's worse than a bad economy for a county fair?

Rain.

Last night, the Carbon County Fair near Palmerton was forced to tolerate both. A mostly steady rain early in the evening, with the economy certainly not playing in the fair's favor.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The story of what is to be done with the body of Jim Thorpe has attracted national attention all summer.

A decision made by the Jim Thorpe Borough Council at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday evening, to fight attempts to have the body removed, ensures that the story won't be ending anytime soon.

Friday, August 13, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jocelyn Mansberry learns how freeing tree climbing can be during Conservation Camp sponsored by Carbon County Environmental Education Center. The camp was held this week at Camp Shehaqua at Hickory Run State Park.

Any one of several reasons could be why children return year after year to conservation camp at Hickory Run State Park sponsored by the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Along with lots of fun activities is the opportunity to make new friends, learn about the environment and eat great homemade food.

The camp was held this week at Camp Shehaqua.

Children from all over the county gathered to learn about bats and bob cats, collect bugs, make tie dye shirts and crafts, go rafting and swimming, spent time in the kitchen and climb trees.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Dispositon (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

The six were recommended by the district attorney's office and if they successfully complete the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Those placed included:

Friday, August 13, 2010

The auditor hired by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to aid the controller in preparing the annual financial report for the county appeared at the commissioners' public meeting Thursday and accused Controller Melinda Kantner of 'stonewalling' his efforts. She denied it, accusing the auditor, Samuel Deegan, of "not being qualified to do a county budget because never did an audit on county level, only budgets of small boroughs and municipal authorities."

Friday, August 13, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Around 8 a.m. today emergency crews were called to a one-vehicle accident that occurred around the 100-200 block of West Valley St., Walker Township, in Tamaqua. Reportedly, a deer ran out in front of the driver of a blue Pontiac Aztec, causing the driver to lose control and hit a utility pole. The female driver was taken to the hospital via ambulance. The road was closed for the duration of the incident. Emergency crews from the New England Valley Fire Company, Tamaqua South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua Ambulance, Tamaqua Rescue, and Schuylkill Haven/Pottsville EMS responded.

Friday, August 13, 2010

When the Panther Valley school district acquired the property at 401 W. Bertsch Street, adjacent to the football stadium, they also got a potential legal nightmare.