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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Have stuff you want to get rid of or don't have room for? If so, members of the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group are looking for donations of clothing, toys, tools, electronics, holiday decorations, pots/pans/dishes, cookware, furniture, appliances and anything else you don't want to throw away or wouldn't mind parting with.

They will accept practically anything clean and odor-free, no matter how small or large; such as clothes, toys, furniture, crafts, decorations, working appliances, tools, electronics and so on. Organizers add that anybody from anywhere can donate.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

State sen. David G. Argall has released his report on recent legislative action.

Legislation strengthening DNA laws approved by Senate:

A long-overdue strengthening and modernization of the laws governing the collection and use of DNA technology to fight crimes in Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate on June 18. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS WalMart employees Kayla Colon and Michael Colon, both of Tamaqua, paint the wall of Tamaqua Elementary School's faculty lounge.

Employees with the Hometown Wal-Mart donated their time this week painting and remodeling the faculty lounge and student learning room of the Tamaqua Elementary School.

It was done as part of Wal-Mart's Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) program. The employees weren't paid and volunteered their time to do the work.

"Our School District appreciates the time these volunteers put into this project," said Steve Behr, Principal, Tamaqua Elementary Schools.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Parryville UMC is having a free country style meal on Saturday, June 29 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, located at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Castle Grill Brewmaster Anthony Serafino, right, hands over a sample of his brew to Kenny Bretz of Nacci Printing.

It's official. Carbon County has it's own local brew.

Red Castle Restaurant owner Frank Potoczak and Red Castle Brewery brewmaster Anthony Serafino introduced three new brews at a networking mixer to members of the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Foundation that brought out the best in both venues.

On tap were White Knight, a light colored beer with hints of wheat, mango and lime; Queen's Guard, an American pale ale; and Scarlet Throne, an amber beer.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Parryville Council voted last night to hire an outside legal firm to handle legal issues with Riverwalck Saloon and other Parryville properties owned by Mark Stemler.

Council President Mike Grant said that this gives council a clean slate working with Stemler.

"This is a move in the right direction," said Grant. "There are still a lot of issues that need to be resolved, such as garbage, parking and I believe they are building again without a permit."

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Peachtree City Foamcraft, of Schnecksville, has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

They're a true giant in the signage industry.

Welcome to Peachtree City Foamcraft, the nation's largest wholesale-only manufacturer of foam-core monument signs and architectural accents.

Located at 4215 Independence Dr., in Schnecksville, the outfit has been recognized as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Carbon County woman admitted to her part in a burglary, a Luzerne man pleaded to his seventh drunk driving charge, and a Lansford man admitted stealing a check from his employer.

The three were among six defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas before Judge Joseph J. Matika on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Lansford incident

Kelly Jeanne Richardson, 20, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy to commmit burglary.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Preparing for the special toasts offered during the Shoemaker-Haydt Lehighton American Legion Post 314 Korean War Last Man's Club Annual Dinner on Saturday, left to right, are Carlos Teets, who offered the "Toast to the Living;" Mahlon Shaffer, who presented the "Toast to the Dead;" and Bob Berger, club president.

Each year on the Saturday closest to June 25, the Shoemaker-Haydt Lehighton American Legion Post 314 Korean War Last Man's Club gathers for a special dinner. Members came together this year for the 47th annual event.

"We're a group who gets together annually for camaraderie and to pay tribute to our deceased," said Bob Berger, president of the Korean War Last Man's Club.

At the dinner, Carlos Teets offered the "Toast to the Living." The "Toast to the Dead" was presented by Mahlon Shaffer. Guest speaker was Henry Desrosiers, director of Carbon County Veterans Affairs.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Three troops of Lansford Girl Scouts, aided by the Lansford Women's Club, participated in their own "People to People" program last April and were recently rewarded when a letter and pictures of their international service project was received.

Members of Girl Scout Cadette troops 33 and 73 and Brownie Troop 218 collected from each troop member one or more items of clothing in good repair and wearable condition, to be packaged and sent to an orphanage in Vietnam.

They received a letter and pictures of the needy children receiving the clothing.