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Monday, July 1, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) and state Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) Friday announced that they have successfully secured $2.5 million in state funding for the Attorney General's mobile street crime unit.

The funding, included in the $28.375 billion 2013-14 state budget, will allow the office of Attorney General to implement a mobile street crime unit that will disrupt and dismantle criminal gangs in Pennsylvania.

Monday, July 1, 2013
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A man was taken to the hospital after losing control of his Jeep and snapping a pole along Valley Road in Lewistown Valley around 6:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters on scene stated that rain was possibly to blame due to a heavy downpour that hit the area a few minutes prior. Responding were firefighters from Tamaqua and New England/Walker Township. Also responding were Tamaqua fire police, rescue squad, and ambulance, and Lehighton ambulance. The name of the driver was not available as of press time. State police are investigating.

Monday, July 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Chloe Buckles, 4, of Summit Hill, pets a goat belonging to AJ Fogel Farm of Lehighton.

St. Peter's Union Church of Mantzville held its annual Old Fashioned Community Picnic Saturday evening at the church.

The event consisted of both adult and childrens' games; such as basket raffle, face painting, football toss, dime pitch, crafts, chocolate chip bingo, small farm show and so on.

Monday, July 1, 2013
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Members of the Cressona Band held a free performance Sunday evening at the Heisler's Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District should soon know the price tag associated with its middle school door replacement project.

Bids to replace the existing entrance doors at the facility are due to the district by 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at which time they'll be opened.

In May, the school board authorized administration to enter into contracts with the successful bidder for the project, with a not to exceed amount of $57,320.

The district plans to pay for the project from out of its Capital projects account.

Monday, July 1, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The weather turned out fine for the Tamaqua Street Machine Association's inaugural cruise of the season, held Saturday at Heisler's Dairy Bar, Tamaqua, much to the delight of car enthusiasts.

The Tamaqua Street Machine Association shifted into high gear over the weekend with its inaugural cruise of the season.

The event, held Saturday at Heisler's Dairy Bar, 743 Catawissa Road, Tamaqua, drew close to 40 cars despite the weekend's unpredictable weather pattern.

The standing cruise was offered free to the public and featured music, door prizes, dash plaques and a TSMA Choice Award. Similar cruises are set for Saturday, July 27 and Saturday, August 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Monday, July 1, 2013

HARRISBURG, June 27, 2013 - - State Sen. John Yudichak on Thursday applauded the announcement that a $1.6 million expansion project by Technical Process and Engineering, Inc. (TPE) will result in 34 new and retained jobs in Carbon County.

TPE is planning to add a 6,000 square-foot expansion to its existing 22,000 square-foot facility in Lehighton.

Monday, July 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rochan Dykes performs Poi, which involves circular movements of foam and string.

Intermittent rain storms didn't stop just under 1,000 visitors from enjoying the music, community arts and other activities during the second annual Summit Hill Hootenanny held Sunday at Ludlow Park.

The event consisted of folk music, workshops, crafters, food, museum tours and more.

"We definitely had a serious amount of rain," said event organizer Sara Ruch, who also serves as the Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership's project manager. "That didn't stop the fans as just under a thousand visitors stuck it out throughout the day."

Monday, July 1, 2013

Pennsylvania State Police at Fern Ridge are requesting assistance in identifying a female in the photo, left. She is a suspect in a burglary which occurred on June 28, at approximately 1 p.m. at 314 Lilac Lane, Jackson Township, Monroe County. The female was observed exiting a gold/tan sedan and then entering the residence. Anyone who may have information that would assist in identifying the suspect is asked to contact PSP Fern Ridge at (570) 646-2271.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The inside of the visitor's center at Beltzville State Park was not as it normally should be. Rows of long tables were lined against the wall, displaying a scattering of soft feathers from various birds of prey.

A wall display showed animal pelts and a dream catcher created by Indians, and various animals representing the Pennsylvania wilderness were prominently displayed above the heads of curious children.

It was the first day of Touch 'N Grow, an environmental awareness program for children ages four and five that has been running at Beltzville since 1985.