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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Linda Koehler/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Fair Board purchased over 700 acres of property along Little Gap Highway in Lower Towamensing Township through a Carbon County Tax Sale to develop into new fairgrounds. Of the 700 acres, 46 acres will be developed into the fairgrounds.

Carbon County Fair board (Carbon County Lioness Lions Club Fair) purchased 717.49 acres of property in Lower Towamensing Township, of which Bob Silliman, president, said 46 acres are planned to be developed into a new fairground.

The property was purchased for $45,899.60 through the Carbon County Unpaid Tax Sale last Friday. The property was abandoned by Horsehead Corporation and was up for sale because of non payment of taxes from 2006 to the present.

Silliman said that he figures it will take at least two years before the fair will move onto the new property.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters investigate the outside of the home for the cause of the fire.

About 50 emergency responders were called during heavy rains to 28 Kettle Road in Walker Township just before 8 p.m. Tuesday after a possible lightning strike to a home.

When firefighters arrived they noticed smoke emanating from the home.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Carbon County's Animal Response Team is looking for new members.

During the volunteer organization's last meeting on Tuesday evening, the group spoke to area animal lovers who were interested in becoming CART members.

Some of the goals CART strives toward is to decrease the threat to humans and animals, prevent and decrease the spread of diseases, and minimize the economic impact of animal emergencies.

Carleen Ladden, CART president, said that members are always needed to help in various positions during an emergency.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young woman was seriously injured after being involved in a violent crash Tuesday afternoon along Lizard Creek Road (SR895) in East Penn Township. The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. as she was traveling east just leaving West Penn Township in Schuylkill County. For some unknown reason her car left the right berm traveling up a grass berm before impacting with a clump of large trees. A combination of rescuers from the East Penn Fire Company, Penn Mahoning and Mahoning Valley ambulances worked to free the heavily entrapped victim.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kevin Steigerwalt trims a tree on the North Railroad Street parking lot during their seasonal cleanup held Monday evening held in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua Beautification Association (T.B.A.) volunteers routinely spruce up parks and other areas of Tamaqua. Volunteers are dedicating extra time in preparation for the Tamaqua Heritage Day Festival, set for Sunday October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kevin Steigerwalt, T.B.A. president, stated, "We are always looking for volunteers. Feel free to call either Karen Davison or myself at (570) 668-3444 to help."

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Do you believe that we have been here before or do some sights seem familiar to you or are you just curious about hypnosis?

Nationally certified hypnotherapist and Reiki Master Diane Pryor may have some of the answers for you if you have wondered about this as she shares her experiences in studying past life regression through hypnosis at the Summit Hill Heritage Center's fall lecture series on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Two New York area men who held up a Tamaqua man in the state game lands in Walker Township were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Philip E. Hemminger Jr., 19, of Black River, N.Y., pleaded guilty to robbery, conspiracy and reckless burning and Andrew M. O'Connor, 20, of Carthage, N.Y., pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy, robbery and theft. Both were sentenced to serve four to eight years in a state correctional institution.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sweetness and light

Grandest Kids Alyssa and Gabriella Harris, ages 5 and 2, are from Machenbach, Germany. They made a trip back to Pennsylvania in August to visit their Oma and Opa Gary and Sylvia Serfass of Lehighton. The girls got to visit the sights of Philadelphia and New Jersey. They also went to Dorney Park, Becky's Drive In and the Lehigh Valley Zoo and did lots of shopping while they were here. They spent a lot of time swimming in their Oma and Opa's pool and playing with their great-grandmother, Helen Keiser and great-grandfather, Kenneth Serfass. Their parents are Sarah (Serfass) and Austin Harris.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For those who love cars, good food, entertainment and fun, stop by the Lehigh Township Benefit Festival and Car Show on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Becky's Drive In, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport (Berlinsville). The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raindate is Oct. 9.

The event opens at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served in the refreshment stand until 10:30 a.m.

Throughout the day, there will be a car show hosted by Blue Ridge Rod and Custom Car Club.

Hodge Podge DJ will be offering music by screen two.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta, center, was the main speaker at the fall rally of the Carbon County Republican Committee rally last night in Tresckow. He was introduced by MaryEllen Salerno, chairman of the Republican Committee. Looking on is Michael Sofranko, mayor of Jim Thorpe, who served as master of ceremonies.

One of the largest gatherings at a Carbon County Republican Committee dinner in recent years attended the fall rally Tuesday night at Capriotti's Restaurant in Tresckow.

Nearly 100 people were present, with the main address delivered by U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton.

Barletta spoke in detail about the national deficit, stating, "It's not that Washington taxes too little. It's that Washington is spending too much."