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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Let us never bring disgrace to this, our nation, by any act of dishonesty or cowardice, nor ever desert our suffering comrades in the ranks.

We will fight for the ideals of the nation both alone and with others.

We will revere and respect our nation's laws, and do our best to incite a like respect and reverence in those above us who are prone to annul and set them at naught.

We will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
Jason Breidinger, master of ceremonies, stands before the Northern Lehigh Community Band during July 4 Heritage Day program at the Slatington Baptist Church.

George Duell Jr., U.S. army Reserve Ambassador and a former principal at Palmerton Area High School, served as the main speaker during the July 4 Heritage Day program at Slatington Baptist Church.

Duell, who represented Chief, Army Reserve Jeff Talley at the program, talked about the seven values of the military which are also the seven American values.

Those values are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

The Northern Lehigh Community Band, under the direction of Theodore Steinbrecher, played several selections.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Two area fireworks shows are scheduled for this evening.

In Jim Thorpe, fireworks are part of the annual Stay-at-Home Festival at Memorial Park beginning at 10 p.m. The festival is sponsored by the Jim Thorpe American Legion Post.

The Emerald Fire Company is having its annual picnic and will be having fireworks beginning at 10:30 p.m. Music will precede the display. There is an admission fee.

The Stay-at-Home Festival is a two-day event which began yesterday.

Today's activities officially begin at noon with a flag-raising ceremony at Memorial Park.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
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Privy digger and bottle collector Bob Perrin of Coaldale donates a rare Dr. T.E. Davis' Cough Cure bottle to the Summit Hill Historical Society Museum in memory of his friend and past Society President Lee Mantz who died in an accidental fall at Lehigh Gorge last summer. Accepting the bottle from Perrin, back row, left, are President Harry Miller and Secretary Mary Ann Szczecina along with Mantz's brother Lyle, nieces and nephew. In the front, l-r, are Crystyn Mantz Jones, Beth Mantz, Liana Jones, Becca Mantz Sommers, Lyle Mantz. Back row: Perrin, Miller, Szczecina, Lyle K. Mantz.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This purple clematis blooms inside this outdoor light at a home on South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The gala re-opening of the new Lakewood Country Playhouse at Barnesville will take place on July 11 in the theater at Lakewood Amusement Park.

The outstanding Broadway star John Raitt will appear in the hit music comedy, "I Do! I Do!," and later will entertain with an encore of songs he made famous in Broadway shows.

Free champagne will be dispensed to first-nighters, and quite a few other surprises will be in store for those on hand for the big event.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is part of the Appalachian Trail running south through West Penn Township at the top of the Blue Mountain.

Wanting something to do this summer? Maybe consider taking a short walk or long hike along the popular Appalachian Trail.

The 2,180-mile trail, characterized by its long, flat, rocky ridges, follows about 230 miles of Pennsylvania's mountain ridges east of the Alleghenies to the Susquehanna River in a long section of trail notorious for its boot-destroying and foot-bruising rocks.

Locally, the trail incorporates parts of West Penn Township, Lehigh Township, East Penn Township, Lower Towamensing Township, and Palmerton.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Galen Glen Winery is awarded Gold and Double-Gold in the Riverside International Wine Competition

255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, PA. Galen Glen Winery was awarded The Chairman's Award (double-gold, unanimous vote) at the Riverside International Wine Competition for the 2012 vintage medium-dry Riesling.

In addition the 2012 Stone Cellar Riesling (dry Riesling) was awarded a gold medal. Only 31 wines from around the world received the gold or above award, of those 31 only two were from Pennsylvania and both were from Galen Glen Winery.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

William Wesley Wentz receives a ribbon and a $500 award for Best of Show at the 32nd annual art exhibit of the Carbon County Art League. The award is presented by Art League president Earlene Russell. They are holding the winning entry, Fall Still Life, a watercolor painted in 2010 by Wentz, who taught art for many years at the Baum School in Allentown.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Jody Neifert recently celebrated 30 years as pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

His style may appear unorthodox at times.

Yet, it's that type of unconventional approach that has made the Rev. Jody Neifert a big hit with his congregation.

Neifert, of Franklin Township, recently celebrated 30 years as pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

In honor of Neifert's crowning achievement, family, friends, and congregation members held a party at the church.

"It was very humbling," said Neifert, 55. "Overwhelming. "