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Monday, July 25, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The deteriorated former Kiddie Kloes factory looms over the rubble of the former industrial soap plant at 401 W. Bertsch St., Lansford. A goalpost on the Panther Valley School District football stadium can be seen at the left.

The walls came tumbling down, and what was once a sturdy hub of activity known as "the car barn" and more recently, a would-be industrial soap factory, is now a pile of dusty, broken bricks.

Now that the one-story building is gone, the Panther Valley School District is seeking bids for the installation of a chain-link fence to surround the area. Bids will be accepted until 1 p.m. Aug. 1.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Local food, beverage and hospitality industry businesses in Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Carbon, Schuylkill and Wyoming counties are eligible to apply for scholarships to MetroAction's Small Business Institute program. Through an innovative partnership between Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, and MetroAction, food, beverage and hospitality businesses are now able to access these training scholarships as well as flexible loans to help their businesses grow.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Join the AARP for a 28 kilometer bike ride along the scenic Lehigh Gorge Trail White Haven Access to Rockport Access and return at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 6.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. at White Haven Access of Lehigh Gorge State Park, with the ride beginning at 9 a.m. All participants are asked to bring a sack of nonperishable food items. Food donations and registration fees will go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank.

There is a registration fee.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gary Cooper and his wife Michelle felt pretty special. The former Virginia residents who moved to Mahoning Township were personally greeted by a half dozen local officials, including a township supervisor, the Lehighton mayor, a Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce President, and a couple of businessmen. They arrived in a white limo and presented the Coopers with flowers and a packet of information about the area. The Coopers were the first participants of the Chamber's new "Welcome Wagon" program.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Conservation volunteer Dave McSurdy will present an "Indians of Pennsylvania" program at 6:30 p.m. July 30 in the Locust Lake Amphitheatre.

The program will present the artifacts and the story of Pennsylvania's original inhabitants.

The program will take place in the Locust Lake pavilion in case of rain.

The program will be canceled in the event of thunder storms.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/times news Major Sharon Whispell, left, and volunteer Kim Latham show what 101 degree weather can do by cooking an egg in a frying pan

That old saying "It was so hot you could fry an egg" proved true on Friday.

Outside their cooling center at the Tamaqua Salvation Army in Tamaqua, Major Sharon Whispell and volunteer Kim Latham showed just how intense the triple-digit afternoon temperatures were by cooking an egg in a frying pan on the sidewalk.

Inside the air conditioned cooling center, volunteers provided relief for any residents suffering with power or heat-related issues. Cold refreshments and snacks were provided at no charge and guests with caged or leashed pets were also permitted.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Sherri Marcum, Tamaqua - "We'd be moving. I'd head to the southwest to New Mexico. I'd buy a nice house. I lived there almost 15 years."

What would you do if you hit the lottery for a million dollars?

Saturday, July 23, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Hany Askandar and wife, Mervat Ishak, fled Egyptian tyranny for Lansford tranquility. They have taken over the Lansford Family restaurant where they are offering American and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Do you find it curious that Middle Eastern cuisine is being offered at the Lansford Family Restaurant?

Behind the scenes is a modern-day Exodus story of one family, persecuted as a minority in an oppressive majority culture, who ultimately fled to the United States.

Born in 1964 in Asyut, Egypt, Hany Askandar's parents were Copts-Eastern Orthodox Christians in a Muslim-majority Egypt.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  SPC Robert J. Kislow III is greeted as he arrives Friday morning at the site of his future home at 3011 Delps Road in Danielsville.

First, a newborn child, then a brand new home.

Within a span of two days, SPC Robert Kislow's life has undergone quite the transformation.

On Thursday, Kislow's girlfriend, Amanda Snyder, gave birth to their infant son, Brayden. Then, on Friday, Kislow arrived at 3011 Delps Road in Danielsville, the site of his future home.

As much of a whirlwind as it has been, Kislow, a 2004 graduate of Northampton High School, wouldn't want it any other way.