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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Regine Sediva at the Boston Marathon.

Regine Sediva won't let violence at this year's Boston Marathon race stop her from running there again next year.

"I want to go back so I can cross that finish line," she said, adding that the incident hasn't caused her any fear.

Sediva, 46, of Chino, Calif., is the daughter of Lansford native Tom Sediva. Her uncles are Joe Sediva of Lansford and John Sediva of Summit Hill. She has visited the Panther Valley area over the years.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking stumps out of the Lehigh Canal at Lock 13, at Parryville, was done by members of the Beltzville Lions Club.

Trail Tenders, volunteers, members of the Beltzville Lions Club and Concern Treatment for Boys, Mahoning Township, took on the challenge to clean up the Lehigh Canal at Lock 13 at Parryville and made a mark on the site.

Much of the work that needed to be done at the site was the result of storm damage from Hurricane Sandy, along with some much regular needed attendance to overgrown brush.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

America is the last refuge in the world for those who seek freedom. Each year a million new immigrants come to this country legally to build a new life for themselves and their families. Immigrants like myself hear the words of freedom that offers us a new life:

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Jim:

An outfit called "Public Policy Polling" took a poll earlier this month regarding 20 widespread and infamous conspiracy theories. Here's some of what they came up with:

1 37 percent of voters believe that global warming is a hoax. Fifty eight percent of Republicans believe this.

2. 21 percent believe a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 and Uncle Sam covered it up.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua's oldest existing motorized fire apparatus, a 1922 Seagraves firetruck, arrived from Florida early Friday and was transfered onto a Hope's Collision & Towing flatbed at Walmart, Hometown, for a three-mile trip into town. From left; Matt Hope, Tom Martonick, Dale Freudenberger, Vern Balliet, Erik Krause, Justin McCarroll, Tom Hope and Ray Baker.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

As he took his last breath, I think a little part of Harry died with him.

He had been his bosom buddy for the last eight years. They were kindred souls.

Trapper was more than just a beautiful Beagle. He was a great hunter, a comedian, a good friend and had the heart of a champion.

Trapper came into our lives when my dad bought him as a very young dog nine years ago. When Dad died a year later, my mom asked us what should she do with Trapper. He was born and bred to be a hunting dog and she felt he should go to someone who would appreciate him.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right (front): Shannon Henry, "Burn Boss" for Silvix Forestry and Prescribed Fire; Jennifer Lansing, environmental consultant with Arcadis, representing CBS, one of the settling defendants at the Superfund site; and Tom Whitlow, a professor who teaches Restoration Ecology at Cornell University prepare for the April 14 prescribed burn at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

If, while driving along Route 248 near Palmerton on the afternoon of Sunday, April 14, you may have seen fire and smoke emanating from the west side of the Lehigh River, perhaps you thought that might be signs of a forest fire.

It was a forest fire - but a special type of controlled forest fire called a prescribed fire.

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.