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Monday, August 18, 2014

Parryville Borough Council, during a special meeting, decided to allow the "no peddler" sign in the borough to remain standing.

Council President Arnold Souders, who earlier this month made a motion to have the sign taken down, said he rescinded his motion. He said he changed from his original view because of a clarification of borough peddling laws, which exempt farmers, bakers, butchers and milkmen.

The council voted unanimously to keep the sign.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Lumber River Quartet will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lewistown Valley Tabernacle, 614 Valley Road, Tamaqua.

For more information, call 570-617-2702.

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's not every day you get a chance to ride a unicorn.

Stonehedge Gardens, 51 Dairy Road, Tamaqua, is hosting its first Faerie FanFaire Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Admission is $7, or $5 for Stonehedge members; children age 10 or younger are free.

Event planner Mareen Thomas-Norman, who is also a Stonehedge volunteer and owns Purple Sage Healing on the gardens' grounds, said that the faerie festivals are popular worldwide.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Join the naturalist from Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville, at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 27 for a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed, which is located north of Mount Carmel.

This hike is 8 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The loop passes by two large reservoirs.

Participants will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot, located off Route 42 below Aristes.

Call Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506 or register online at dcnr.pa.gov under the calendar of events for the park.

This is a dog-friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Monday, August 18, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Norman Burger, president of the Polk Township Historical Society, prepares to light a fire for the first time in the newly repaired Jonas Hotel Bake Oven (circa 1790), now in its permanent home at the West End Fairgrounds.

The Polk Township Historical Society got all fired up on Saturday when President Norman Burger lit the first fire in the newly renovated Jonas bake oven. Its blaze was symbolic of how a small spark inflamed dedication and determination to preserve a bit of Polk Township's history.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lehighton Area School District recently applied for a Qualified Zone Academy Bond to help pay for renovations to its existing middle and high schools, but receiving money could be a long shot.

District business manager Brian Feick said the federal no-interest QZAB program provides the bondholder with a federal tax credit in place of an interest payment.

Only $27 million in QZAB money is available in Pennsylvania, and the district applies to the state Department of Education.

Monday, August 18, 2014
Dangerous 248 turn to be closed

A median at the intersection at Route 248 and Club Road will eventually be shut down, and left-hand turns prohibited, to improve safety along the dangerous junction.

Signs for the turn restriction are on order, according to Tom Walter, assistant district traffic and operations manager for the state Department of Transportation.

"That all has to be scheduled with some other departments here at PennDOT," Walter said. "That schedule hasn't been determined yet."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Slatington, which was incorporated in 1864:

Ÿ Was first home to the Leni-Lenape Native Americans, who lived along "Warriors Path", which is present-day Route 873, part of the borough's Main Street

Ÿ Was home in 1737 to Nicholas Kern, the first white settler, who opened a sawmill. Later, two Welshman discovered slate and established the town's first slate quarry in 1845

Ÿ Got its name due to its national importance as a center of slate quarrying and slate product manufacturing, providing employment for over 10,000 people in the slate industry

Monday, August 18, 2014

Meed's Methodist Church, 126 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, is having a Kids Club Fun Night at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The club is open to children ages 5-12 and will include story time, crafts, songs, games and snacks.

Monday, August 18, 2014
Larry Neff/special to the times news

A young couple and their young child escaped with minor injuries Sunday afternoon when involved in a head-on crash along Route 443 in East Brunswick Township. The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m. as the family was traveling west, when for an unknown reason their 2005 Subaru drifted over the center line striking a pickup traveling east, which had slowed down to make a left turn onto the lot of Eckroth Farm Equipment. The driver of the pickup was not injured. State police at Frackville are investigating the incident.