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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER The supervisors and staff of Chestnuthill Township paid tribute to their fallen friend and colleague, Supervisor Vice-Chairman David Fleetwood at last night's supervisors' meeting.

As people entered the Chestnuthill Township municipal building's meeting room for the scheduled monthly meeting last night, the first thing seen was Supervisor Vice-Chairman David Fleetwood's framed photograph by a vase of fresh flowers in front of his empty chair.

In an opening statement at the Chestnuthill Township supervisors' meeting Tuesday night, Chairman Chuck Gould said that he was sure everyone had heard about the tragedy at Ross Township's supervisors meeting on Monday night where a local resident killed three people and injured three others.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
JUDITH DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bob Cox, of Barry Isett Associates and project coordinator for the Route 903 Park in Penn Forest Township, explains the various aspects of Phase I of the park plan at Monday night's board of supervisors meeting.

At the Penn Forest Township supervisors' meeting Monday evening, resident Barbara Smith told board members she had concerns about the park being constructed on Route 903, across from Bear Creek Lake.

"I'm not opposed to the park, but I am a concerned taxpayer," said Smith. "I do not agree with the board's statement last month that the township has an obligation to provide recreation. There is plenty of recreation in this area. With no one building new homes, and people losing their homes, where is the money to maintain this park going to come from."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Weatherly Area Middle School and High School Band director Shannon Shughart is putting together a school and alumni band to play a concert during the Weatherly 150th Anniversary event. The concert will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Eurana Park bandshell.

Any music student from sixth grade through 12th grade in the Weatherly School District or WASD band alum is invited to play with the group.

Two rehearsals will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Both rehearsals will be held in the high school band room.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Kristina Schnell of Lehighton, left, accepts the $250 scholarship from Robert Rehnert, representing the AMVETS Elwood Miller Post 106. She plans to study prelaw at Albright College. Schnell was selected for the scholarship by the faculty committee. She is a 2013 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The day was hot and humid, but the senior citizens attending this week's summer outing at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe were as cool as the proverbial cucumber.

It was their day to enjoy the festivities arranged by the Carbon County Office on Aging, and the estimated 600 men and women enjoyed it to the fullest.

There was enough chow to feed an army, not to mention a seemingly endless supply of cooling birch beer.

Mary Kobrick of White Bear was the life of the party, putting together a program replete in everything that was fun, fun, fun.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS David Staudt, 16-months, helps his mother Lois Staudt turn a game wheel during the event.

Members and volunteers with the Keystone Fire Company in McAdoo held their annual community party over the weekend. In addition to free entertainment, visitors enjoyed a wide array of childrens activities, food favorites, chinese auction and other activities.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Ashley Goodhile, of Towamensing Township, poses with Bo, her Holstein calf, as animals arrived Monday in preparation for the 14th annual Carbon County Fair, which begins today along Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

County Pride, County Wide.

That's the theme of the 14th annual Carbon County Fair, which kicked off this afternoon along Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

The fair is open from 3-11 p.m. today through Friday, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday. There is a general admission fee of $5 per person for those age 6 and over.

There is plenty of free parking and entertainment. No pets are allowed, except for service dogs.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Defendants appeared in Schuylkill County court to be sentenced on criminal charges, given hearings for probation or parole violations, and hearings on setting their bail for future court appearances.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the recipients of the Jean D and Robert A. Benner Nursing Scholarships were, l-r, Alyssa Knappenberger, Debra Lobien, Jessica Lobien and Karissa Radler.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, held "Scholarship Sunday," a celebration to present scholarships to the many recipients within the congregation pursuing higher education and nursing degrees.

A total of $16,415 was awarded this year.

Scholarships and recipients were:

Ÿ George Acker Scholarship, Alan Pride, $1,000; Brian Reidy, $1,000 and Chris Rothharpt, $1,235.

Ÿ Rev. Raymond A. Minnich Memorial Scholarship, Deborah Taylor, $1,000; and Cindy White, $1,000

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Students at Mountain Karate Academy will be "Kicking for the Kids" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Carbon Plaza Mall. The event, which includes, forms and individual performances, will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

The event is being coordinated by Rich and Sharyl Maglionico.

There will also be a Chinese auction and refreshments available.