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Saturday, April 27, 2013

The July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence, "the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America", states the following, in part:

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A fire which originated in the Fabric Cigar Store, Broadway, Mauch Chunk, at 9:15 this morning, destroyed four stores entailing a loss approximated at $100,000. It was the most disastrous fire in the history of the town and took five hours to contain. Besides the three Mauch Chunk companies, the firefighting equipment of Lansford, Summit Hill, Nesquehoning, and Lehighton was on hand. Other stores damaged were the Paradise Confectionery, the Charles Dolan Post American Legion, and the Mauch Chunk Art Company.

Friday, April 26, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A Greek instrument, the bouzouki, was introduced to the people who had not seen it at a previous Roger Latzgo concert.

Roger Latzgo's appearance in the Knight's Gallery of the Palmerton Area Library was part of the Library Concert Series. He said it was also Earth Day weekend, which is a recent development.

"Everyday should be Earth Day for nature," said Latzgo.

His first song was a poem by Emily Dickinson set to music. It is about bees and is titled "I take the liquor never brewed." He accompanied himself on the piano.

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Lion Robert Neumoyer, project coordinator, left, and Gary Kistler, President, wrap seedlings in preparation to distribute them to all Tamaqua Elementary School students.

Members of the West Penn Lions Club spent a couple hours Wednesday evening prepping and wrapping over 1,000 white spruce seedlings to be given to all elementary students in the Tamaqua Area School District.

The project was done as part of the Lions Club Global Service Action Campaign created to focus efforts on preserving and protecting the environment.

Friday, April 26, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Family and friends as well as current and previous fellow teachers and administrators recently gathered at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton to honor Candace Steffie for her 25 years of dedication to the school. Pictured are Rev. Michael Ahrensfield, Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, (left) and Principal Sherry Sernak (right) presenting a plaque to Steffie (center) to commemorate her special day.

An actor-turned politician by the name of Ronald Reagan was President of the United States.

Moviegoers were enjoying films like Dirty Dancing, Good Morning, Vietnam, Moonstruck, and Three Men and a Baby.

Songs including At This Moment, Livin on a Prayer, The Lady in Red, and Walk Like an Egyptian filled the airwaves on boomboxes and walkmen.

It was during this time that Candace Steffie was hired as a teacher at SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jeffrey S Bobish, Beaver Meadows, has announced his intent to seek the Democratic nomination in the May 21st primary, for the seat of Mayor of Beaver Meadows.

After serving four years on the borough's Planning Commission, and helping to create the borough's Comprehensive Plan, Bobish was appointed to fill a vacant council seat. Jeff has subsequently been elected to four consecutive terms since. During his 16 year tenure as a councilman, Bobish has been elected to serve as president of the council for seven of those years and currently holds the vice president's position.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Parking concerns in downtown Palmerton have been alleviated, according to one borough business owner.

One month after she said there was a lack of available parking spaces in front of her business, Jan Kresge once again appeared before Borough Council on Thursday.

However this time, Kresge, who owns Jan's Barber Shop, at 434 Delaware Avenue, told council the situation appears to have been rectified.

"There's parking now," Kresge said. "I have additional parking."

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Showing a glimps of spring foliage are railroad tracks running parallel to North Railroad Street in Tamaqua.