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The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

Slatington 33rd annual Heritage Day set Thursday

Monday, July 1, 2013
George H. Duell Jr.
George H. Duell Jr.

A special Independence Day event will be held Thursday in Slatington.

In keeping with what has become tradition, the 33rd annual Heritage Day Celebration will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Slatington Baptist Church, 509 Main St. (at the corner of Main and Second streets).

The value of making mistakes

Saturday, June 29, 2013

In a recent column I invited readers to share the life lessons they would pass on to others.

As always, I had some interesting reader responses.

One thing that surprised me is that three different readers talked about life's mistakes.

Robert Krenicky shared his response with this email:

Polk Township Historical SoC. correction

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Polk Township Historical Society will not meet on Monday, July 1, as was stated in the Polk Twp. community column in Thursday, June 27 issue. There will be no meetings until September.

L. Towamensing zoners delay decision on subdivision

Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Lower Towamensing Township couple in search of a variance to subdivide out a five-acre lot must wait until next month for a decision to be rendered.

Harry and Elaine Eckhart appeared before the township's zoning hearing board on Thursday, at which time they sought a variance from Section 500.1 of the zoning ordinance to subdivide out a five acre lot.

The lot allegedly does not abut a public street or an approved private street, at 5260 Little Gap Road, Kunkletown, in an RC Rural-Conservation District.

It's the Readers Turn

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Stephen Hahn, Lehighton "Eat a delicious meal made by my mother."
Stephen Hahn, Lehighton "Eat a delicious meal made by my mother."

What do you do in the evening after work to just relax?

Candle light vigil is held for 6 year old fire victim

Saturday, June 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Like a sign from above, this colorful rainbow appeared for a short time above the burnt home during the vigil in McAdoo.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Like a sign from above, this colorful rainbow appeared for a short time above the burnt home during the vigil in McAdoo.

It was a touching scene Friday evening in McAdoo as over 100 community members, friends, family members, firefighters and others took part in a candle light and balloon vigil for six year old Madison 'Maddie" Arner.

The youngster passed away following a fast-moving fire that destroyed her family's home last Saturday night.

It was hard to find a dry eye during the vigil as a colorful rainbow appeared above the burnt home where Arner was rescued, bringing some brightness to a gloomy occasion.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29, 1989

Recycling soft drink cans, newspapers and lots of hard work sent Lehighton Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 to Florida last week.

The 11 girls visited the Magic Kingdom and Sea World, with most of the costs paid for by the troop funds.

The leader of the group, Geri Haas, said the troop chose a goal to go to Florida in September.

"We had a wonderful time, and I think it's a great achievement that we made it," she said.

Jerry Garcia show tonight atthe Mauch Chunk Opera House

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dead On Live will be performing the music of Jerry Garcia at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe tonight at 8 p.m.

Based on their unique approach of note for note renditions, Dead On Live has become nationally recognized as one of the standout acts on the scene paying tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead.

MMI Preparatory School announces top students

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Thomas G. Hood, head of school at MMI Preparatory School, Freeland, has announced the names of students who have been named to the President's List during the second semester.

The President's List recognizes sound academic performance each semester. To be included on the list, a student must have a cumulative average in all subjects of 85.0, have attained an average of 70.0 or better in each course, have no "incompletes" at the end of each nine-week grading period, be enrolled in a complete schedule of courses, and have a satisfactory citizenship record.

Firefighters' brotherhood spans the ocean

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brian Rehrig, left, of the Palmerton Fire Department, and Timo Ross, fire chief of the Wolfgang, Germany Fire Department, hang a "Brother of the Flame" banner at the West End Fire Station in Palmerton.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brian Rehrig, left, of the Palmerton Fire Department, and Timo Ross, fire chief of the Wolfgang, Germany Fire Department, hang a "Brother of the Flame" banner at the West End Fire Station in Palmerton.

A long-time friendship exists between the Palmerton and Wolfgang, Germany fire departments

Anyone who has ever attended a fire company dedication program, a funeral of a firefighter, or other fire department related events likely heard about the "brotherhood" that exists among firefighters.

With members of the Palmerton Fire Department and the Wolfgang, Germany, Fire Department, that strong bonding extends all the way across the Atlantic Ocean.