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Heffley to speak at Carbon labor chapter

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley will be the speaker at the Carbon County Labor Chapter meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Democratic Information Center at 110 S. First St. in Lehighton (next to Diggity Dog).

Members of unions both active and retired and friends of the union movement are invited to attend the meeting.

Patriotic Coloring Contest winners

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Western Pocono Lioness Club held a Patriotic Coloring Contest recently. First place winner was Madeline Geiser-Getz, second place winner is Susie Griffith and third place winner is Eliana Pachter. About two dozen children of all ages colored a picture for service members and wrote letters. Crafts and snacks were free. Baltimore Life provided a service for children and adults as well; applications for 11 Smart Safety cards for identification for children and five Adult Medical cards were also completed.

Good News Club Day Camp at Mauch Chunk Lake Park

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Children living in Carbon and Lehigh counties, going into first through sixth grades, are invited to attend Good News Club Day Camp at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe.

Camp activities include crafts, games, singing, swimming, Bible verses and lesson time, as well as a missionary story time.

There are two remaining sessions to choose from: July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8. Each session runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The cost for campers is $26.

How to reduce West Nile risk

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
FILE PHOTO Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and infect humans if bitten.
FILE PHOTO Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and infect humans if bitten.

To reduce the risk of West Nile virus:

Ÿ Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object on your property that could collect standing water.

Ÿ Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.

Ÿ Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.

Ÿ Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

Ÿ Don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.

Ÿ Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

Annual car and bike show features a variety of rides

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Ed Bailey stands next to his patriotic 2004 Corvette. He traveled from Jim Thorpe with his son-in-law Mark Rawlins for the car cruise.
Ed Bailey stands next to his patriotic 2004 Corvette. He traveled from Jim Thorpe with his son-in-law Mark Rawlins for the car cruise.

The 6th Annual Ontelaunee Car and Bike Cruise was held Sunday at the park in New Tripoli, and featured a variety of street rods, motorcycles, trucks and cars. Prizes were awarded in different categories. Money raised during the event will be used for projects at the park.

Cressona Band slates performances

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Cressona Band will perform two free concerts in the Tamaqua area this month.

The first will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley. A concert will then be held from 7 to 9 p.m. July 23, at the East End Playground.

Both events are free and will include performances by the newly formed Junior Cressona Band.

Overdose patient flown from Tamaqua

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS A MedEvac helicopter landed in the parking lot at Tamaqua Middle School Tuesday night.
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS A MedEvac helicopter landed in the parking lot at Tamaqua Middle School Tuesday night.

A man who had overdosed on heroin was flown by MedEvac helicopter from the parking lot at Tamaqua Middle School at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Tamaqua police, South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua ambulance and Tamaqua Fire Police assisted at the scene.

According to Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz, people who had been with the man at a location on Railroad Street ran to the Tamaqua ambulance building seeking assistance.

Free community dinner

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community picnic with hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs from 4 to 6 p.m. July 19.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

West Nile found in mosquito sample in Carbon

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe and Schuylkill also reported a case

West Nile virus is present in Carbon County.

According to a report by the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program, released Tuesday, one mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile virus in the county so far this year. The sample was taken from Lehighton.

This sample makes the number of reported positive results in the state 46.

Amanda Witman, press aide of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said that the number of positives is "lower relative to other years at this point in time."

Massachusetts resident arrested in theft attempt

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Matthew Hunsinger
Matthew Hunsinger

A Massachusetts resident was arrested earlier this month for his part in an attempted theft incident at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

Township police said at 3:08 a.m. July 8, they responded to Walmart for a retail theft. Two people involved fled the scene in a Honda Accord with a Massachusetts registration. As a Mahoning officer arrived, he located a third person involved running down the embankment away from the store.