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Monday, April 29, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were dispatched to the 200 block of Pine Hill Road in West Penn Township Sunday evening after the driver of a GEO Tracker lost control and rolled it on it's side. The driver, identified as Marilyn Shamonsky of New Ringgold, was standing in the vehicle when responders arrived. Shamonsky was the only person in the vehicle. Responding were West Penn Police and fire company. Once crews got her out, Penn Mahoning Ambulance transported her to the hospital to be checked out. Fire police kept the road closed until the vehicle was removed.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Citing examples of harrowing reports of people committing bizarre, violent acts while high on a designer drug sold as 'bath salts', Gov. Tom Corbett on June 23, 2011 signed into law a bill barring the manufacture and sale of the substance, as well as other synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana.

But it didn't take long for "street chemists" to tweak their formulae to continue making the drugs with compounds that were perfectly legal.

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Taking initiative, Auxiliary members of the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 took it upon themselves to raise funds for a new side door to the post. Legion officers, stating their appreciation, presented a placard to be placed on both sides of the door. Pictured holding the placard outside the new door are, from left, Wendy Seigenfuse, Second Vice President; Mary Zelonis, 13th District Commander; Nancy Kabana, Treasurer; and Anne Posey, First Vice President.

Monday, April 29, 2013
 CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Anthracite Little League baseball players and coaches paraded through Nesquehoning on their way to the Nesquehoning Little League field for the start of baseball season. Throwing out the first pitch was a sponsor Kevin Dillon, caught by VFW player Jacob McLaughlin.

Monday, April 29, 2013
CARBON CAREER & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE: (front) Brook Dunbar, senior; and Shelby Haydt, senior; (back) adviser Mike Baumgardt, Jacob Evans, senior; and Charles Trovato, junior.

Nine area schools are sending participants to the 19th annual Pa. Citizen Bee May 2 at the Carbon County Courthouse.

The Bee is an educational outreach program sponsored by The Times News.

The competition tests participants' knowledge of U.S. history, economics, geography, Pa. studies, local history and current events.

Schools participating are Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe, Marian Catholic, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton, Lehighton, Panther Valley, Tamaqua and Weatherly.

Monday, April 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Brad Ohl (left), vice president, R.F. Ohl, Lehighton, and Christopher Hardy, program specialist, were among those who participated in the Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo 2013 held at Blue Mountain Ski Area over the weekend.

An 'expo'dition through Carbon County.

That's essentially what visitors who attended the Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo 2013 at Blue Mountain Ski Area over the weekend received.

Presented by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association, the expo had plenty of fun-filled events for the whole family.

It featured home, garden and business experts on location, educational seminars, food, entertainment, pony rides, face painting, and MoonBounce.

Monday, April 29, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A flatbed carrying Tamaqua's oldest surviving motorized fire apparatus early Friday rounds the Five Points intersection on the final leg of a 999-mile journey from Florida.

The 'Prohibition fire truck' Tamaqua's oldest surviving motorized fire apparatus, is back home safe and sound after a 54-year absence.

The 1922 Seagrave pumper weathered a 999-mile trip from Ocala, Fla., which went off without a glitch, although it was intercepted by state police at one point in the journey.

"I was pulled over and put onto a scale," said Tom Martonick on Friday morning at 9:30 when arrived at Wal-Mart Supercenter, Hometown, a transfer point.

Monday, April 29, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Singer Rick Springfield performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

On Thursday, Rick Springfield was in California.

Sunday night, he performed at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe and there was absolutely no sign of jet lag.

He was full of energy, expending so much of it that by halfway through the concert his tee shirt was wet with sweat.

The visit to the local venue was part of his "End of the World" tour, promoting his newest album "Songs for the End of the World."

En route to Pennsylvania from California, he made stops in Oklahoma on Friday and in Miami, Fla. on Saturday.

Monday, April 29, 2013
Practice makesperfect

Enjoying the unusually warm weather, Matthew Taras, Nesquehoning, throws a few practice balls with his son Jacob inside the batting net of the Summit Hill Little League Field.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

When drug agents from the Office of the Attorney General raided a Lansford home Thursday night, they found not only equipment for manufacturing methamphetamine, but two small, diaper-clad children.

The children were decontaminated, clothed and fed by Lansford emergency responders, then placed with Carbon County Children and Youth Services.