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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  World nomad Pilgrim George walks into Tamaqua early Saturday afternoon, where he took a break from an 800-mile journey.

He's not sure where he is. But he's not lost.

He doesn't have a dime. But he's not poor. He never held a job. But it doesn't matter to him.

Pilgrim George – who will turn 70 this month – is a study in contradictions.

The devout nomad, wearing his denim patchwork robe and carrying a bowed staff topped with a cross, was spotted walking into Tamaqua Saturday at noon during a busy Fourth of July weekend.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Carbon County Friends of Animals needs your vote.

The non-profit cat shelter in Jim Thorpe is again taking part in the Animal Rescue Site's $300,000 Shelter Challenge. The challenge will award one grand prize of $5,000 to the winning shelter; as well as 51 $1,000 state grants and various other smaller grants during the competition. A total of 68 grants totaling $75,000 will be awarded this challenge round.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Theatres are the first to show the effects of industrial depression. Every town and city reports them as closing down. With the summer slump hitting the theatre business in Allentown, Wilmer and Vincent's Colonial Theatre closed for the summer season. At the same time, the Embassy, controlled by W. R. Boyd, closed its doors to be reopened in mid-August. Not in years, it was pointed out, has the Allentown theatre undergone such a terrific drop in business.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Larry Neff/special the the times news

A wreath attached to the railing of a railroad bridge near the Glen Onoko Falls is a memorial to a young Hazleton man who drowned in the Lehigh river several years ago while swimming with friends in the early morning hours. While Monday was a day to remember those who protect our freedoms, those volunteers who maintain for our safety are also important to us in daily life. Rescue operations take a toll on area fire fighters and emergency personnel who respond to the calls, though they receive no compensation for hundreds of hours of grueling work.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

CitiFinancial, with an office at 1225 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, has changed its name to OneMain Financial. The name change became official as of July 1.

Tamaqua Branch Manager Susan Catha assures customers the name change will not impact the products and services they have come to know and appreciate, "We'll continue to work with each customer, one-on-one, to find a loan option right for them and be here when they need us. The new name better fits who we are and what we do."

For more information, call (570) 668-4290 or visit the website at www.onemainfinancial.com.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Fire crews battle this morning's conflagration at South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua, which left 11 people displaced, 7 homes damaged, three cars destroyed and 16 pets missing.

An ominous orange glow and heavy smoke filled the Tamaqua horizon around 3 o'clock this morning as firefighters from two counties responded to a fast-moving blaze that involved three sets of duplexes on South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua.

Fortunately, all of the residents managed to escape the blaze and there were only a few minor injuries.

The devastating fire, which also caused multiple explosions, involved six homes, destroyed three vehicles, left 11 people displaced, and resulted in 16 pets missing or dead.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The West Nile virus has been detected in Schuylkill County.

No humans in Schuylkill have reportedly contracted the virus, but a mosquito tested last week proved positive.

It's the first positive testing located this year in Schuylkill County.

There have been no positive testings in Carbon, Monroe, Lehigh or Northampton counties.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Schuylkill County will continue its Bicentennial celebration this Saturday, July 9, with a picnic and fireworks presentation at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove Township.

Starting the day will be registration for the Bicentennial Geocaching Event, a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the jury parking lot behind the Schuylkill County Courthouse. After registration, Geocachers will be on the hunt for 12 caches hidden all around Schuylkill County.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news Saturday's eye-popping fireworks were a highlight of the two-day Jim Thorpe Annual Stay-At-Home Festival at Memorial Park.

A thunderous fireworks display capped off Jim Thorpe's annual Stay-At-Home Festival on Saturday night, and made for a fitting lead-in to Independence Day for not only community residents but for many weekend visitors to the area.

The weekend kicked off Friday evening at Memorial Park with display of classic cars by the Juke Box Cruisers car club of Jim Thorpe along with live music, food, and refreshments.

On Saturday, a full agenda of children's events in the morning made for a fun-filled day for children and parents alike.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Mahoning Township man waived a hearing last week on charges he possessed marijuana and resisted arrest.

Besides allegedly having marijuana and reportedly trying to break free from the custody of police officers, the man also is accused of causing damage to the commode in the Lehighton Police Station detaining cell.

The defendant is Randy J. Whiteman Jr., 31, of Lower Nis Hollow Drive.

The charges were filed by Lehighton Police following incidents at 191 S. First St., Lehighton, and then at the former police station in the Municipal Building.