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Thursday, June 27, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Michael Piechota, the owner of American Rental Equipment, stands in his Mahoning Township store. In addition to heavy equipment and home and lawn tool rentals, the store also sells and services equipment and is home to a hardware store, including a full selection of homeowner tools and trailer supplies.

Homeowners and small contractors have a new option when they need to rent, purchase or service heavy equipment or home and lawn tools.

American Rental Equipment recently opened a branch on Mahoning Drive East in Mahoning Township. The company is owned by Michael Piechota, who also owns the original American Rental Equipment in Allentown.

"We found that a lot of people from this area were needing rentals," said Piechota, who noted that it was often cost-prohibitive to transport rental equipment from Allentown to our area.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Back-to-school shopping can be a fun way to kick off the school year and get children excited about being back in the classroom.

New shoes, lunchbox, and clothes may all be on the standard "back to school" list, but so are the necessary school supplies that children need to succeed.

Some families are not able to afford the necessities that are required for their child's education. The Schuylkill United Way recognizes and understands this need and is hosting "Stuff the Bus" for the 11th year in Schuylkill County.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Some mistakes occurred in yesterday's editing of the Lehighton American Legion's Korean War Last Man's Club banquet article.

In the front page photo caption, the peace treaty was signed on July 27, 1953, not July 25, 1963, as indicated in the caption.

In the article, the war officially started June 25, 1950, not 63 years to the day of the Last Man's gathering, which was held on June 22.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Some grocery shoppers had a rare sight when they went into the Golden Key in Lehighton this morning. Strolling past them, rather nonchalantly, was a medium-size black bear. It was one of two bears which wandered into town.

The bear which passed the Golden Key was estimated to weigh about 200 pounds. It continued south on Second Street, cut through some yards to Bankway, and proceeded to the Lehigh River before it could draw too much of a crowd.

The other, estimated to be about 500 pounds, lumbered mostly through the west end and center of town.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Diane Sharpless, center, coordinator for the Carbon Animal Rescue Team (CART) shows animal oxygen masks to Dr. Mary Lombardo, left, owner of Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, and Thomas Zimmerman IV, president of the Mahoning Valley Lions Club. The Lions donated 10 mask kits to CART in honor of Dr. Lombardo's work. Sharpless said CART previously had 12 masks. The additional donation means there are now enough to equip every fire department in the county with them.

Every fire department in Carbon County can now carry animal oxygen masks on their apparatus.

Last night, Mahoning Valley Lions Club donated 10 mask kits to the Carbon Animal Rescue Team (CART) in honor of Dr. Mary Lombardo, owner of Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, in memory of her dog "Grace."

Diane Sharpless, coordinator for CART, said her team already had 12 kits. The additional masks mean that there are now enough to equip all fire departments in the county.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Individuals who are in need of community service hours are welcome to join the fair board members and volunteers on the following dates at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays: June 29, July 13, July 20, July 27 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 3, Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.

Volunteers are reminded to bring paperwork requiring verification to each session. There are a variety tasks that can be performed to prepare for this year's event.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Mark Nied, of Lehighton, enjoys time at the Tamaqua Bungalow Park with his daughter Victoria, 4, left, and niece Kira Flyzik, 6, of Coaldale.

The first few days of summer are showing their strength as temperatures hit the upper 80s. Mark Nied, of Lehighton, enjoys time at the Tamaqua Bungalow Park with his daughter Victoria, 4, left, and niece Kira Flyzik, 6, of Coaldale.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Holding back tears, Mary Hosler of Tamaqua, speaks about her fight against cancer during the survivors' ceremony at the Tamaqua Area Relay for Life, held last weekend.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Bill Keich of Center Street in Tamaqua receives two planted flower boxes from Benjamin Beckett of Highwood USA in Hometown.

Area businesses have joined with members of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, Tamaqua Safety Initiative (TSI) and Tamaqua Community Arts Center to spread seeds against blight by distributing planted flower boxes to residents in blighted areas.

Over 20 planted flower boxes were given to area residents residing in the Initiative's designated Tamaqua Safety Corridor (TSC).

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Three Pleasant Valley School District board members voted not to approve the proposed 2013-2014 coaching positions. Steve Borger, Russ Gould and James Spinola said that they did not feel they had enough information to vote "yes."

The following head coaching positions were approved by a 5-3 vote:

Ÿ Ken Piontkowski, boys' basketball head coach

Ÿ Nadia Gauronsky, girls' basketball head coach

The board approved these the following assistant coaching positions for 2013-2014:

Ÿ Paul Evans, fall varsity golf.

Ÿ Anthony Chupa, boys' varsity basketball