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May 2013

Special events enhance Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit

Friday, May 31, 2013

In support of the exhibition, the Allentown Art Museum will also offer several related events:

Ÿ Saturday, June 1 from 6-8 p.m. there will be an Exhibition Preview Party for Toulouse-Lautrec and His World. The party provides a first look at the exhibition and features cabaret-style performances at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; live music; sketch artists; French-inspired hors d'oeuvres; and a cash bar complete with absinthe and French-style varietal wines from Blue Mountain Vineyards. Admission is free for museum members.

Circus flash mob today in Tamaqua

Friday, May 31, 2013

A fun circus flash mob and community entertainment event is set for today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. The event will be hosted by the Eclectic Circus and NGO's Faces of the World. There will be a stilt walker or two, hula hoopers, and a puppeteer to name few. In addition, the free event includes a hula hoop contest for kids in two different age groups. Those who win the contest will win a free ticket to their June 8 carnival event at the old First Presbyterian Church at 224 West Broad Street. For more information, visit them on Facebook.

$170,000 in scholarships awarded to LAHS seniors

Friday, May 31, 2013
Among the seniors who received scholarships at the All School Awards Assembly, are, from left, Kaitlin Smith, Jacob Strohl, Brandon Everett and Montreo Thompson; and back row, Matthew Schweitzer, Emily Lauer and Meghan Maustreller.
Among the seniors who received scholarships at the All School Awards Assembly, are, from left, Kaitlin Smith, Jacob Strohl, Brandon Everett and Montreo Thompson; and back row, Matthew Schweitzer, Emily Lauer and Meghan Maustreller.

Lehighton Area High School Class of 2013 shared in scholarships and awards totaling over $170,000 during award the All School Academic Awards Assembly.

Top prizes lure artists to Carbon County Art League exhibit

Friday, May 31, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: Board members of the Carbon County Art League hold early entries in the Art Show: Evelyn Jordan, board member, holding watercolor painting, "Yum" by Gary Embich; Earlene Russell - president, holding her watercolor painting, "Horse Farm Enchantment"; and Dave Lautt, holding his watercolor painting, "Floral".
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: Board members of the Carbon County Art League hold early entries in the Art Show: Evelyn Jordan, board member, holding watercolor painting, "Yum" by Gary Embich; Earlene Russell - president, holding her watercolor painting, "Horse Farm Enchantment"; and Dave Lautt, holding his watercolor painting, "Floral".

Combined prizes of $1,700, reportedly the largest awards ever offered in the county, have lured local artists to exhibit and compete in this weekend's Carbon County Art League Show.

Anthracite All-Star baseball game Saturday at Pine Grove

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Anthracite Baseball Coaches Association Senior All Star Game will be held at Stump Stadium in Pine Grove Saturday night. Along with the game, there will also be a hall of fame induction ceremony and charity event.

The Hall of Fame inductions will take place between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. with the first pitch tentatively scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

A true senior prom

Friday, May 31, 2013
Victoria Lear sang accompanied by Mat Handley on guitar.
Victoria Lear sang accompanied by Mat Handley on guitar.

Northern Lehigh National Junior Honor Society fetes 176 special guests

Bob and Carol Brazes used the occasion of the Northern Lehigh Middle School National Junior Honor Society's Senior Prom to make up for the prom they missed as seniors at school. He wore a white jacket, she was in a beautiful navy dress and they both had corsages.

The event is a community service project for Society members. Community service is required before moving up to the National Honor Society. It was held May 4.

Dawn Kemery and Jason Graver, Sue Bowser and Rick Eckhart, Society advisers, organized the program with a Chinese theme.

Free Blessing Shoppe Saturday in Tamaqua

Friday, May 31, 2013

Members and volunteers of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua will be holding their New Life Free Blessing Shoppe this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. They'll be giving away clothing, shoes and other items. Organizers stress that everyone, not just Tamaqua residents, are welcome. The free shoppe is located next to the church, 407 Schuylkill Avenue.

Woman, dog injured during rollover in Kline

Friday, May 31, 2013
Firefighters use hydraulic equipment to cut off the roof of the vehicle to free the woman.
Firefighters use hydraulic equipment to cut off the roof of the vehicle to free the woman.

A McAdoo woman had to be extricated after flipping her vehicle just south of McAdoo in Kline Township.

Just after 2 p.m. yesterday, emergency responders were called to the area below the railroad bridge that runs across SR309 in Kline Township for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Firefighters and rescuers arrived quickly and used hydraulic equipment to free the woman and her dog from the vehicle.

Running of the Dawgs set Saturday

Friday, May 31, 2013

Ready to take a fun run in the sun?

Those who possess enough gumption to brave the heat will have the chance to do just that on Saturday.

That's when the annual Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and 1-Mile Run Run will be held at Northern Lehigh Bulldog Community Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington.

Despite the warm weather that's been forecast, the event sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Education Foundation figures to attract a solid number of participants as it does each year.

Tamaqua/Rush elementary hold mini Relay For Life

Friday, May 31, 2013
Tamaqua/Rush elementary hold mini Relay For Life
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Tamaqua and Rush Elementary schools held a mini-Relay For Life recently at the school to bring attention to the upcoming Relay For Life planned for June 21-22 at Panther Valley Football Stadium in Lansford. The children were given time to run or walk around the school track. Every year the Tamaqua and Rush Elementary schools use the mini-relay and other functions to raise awareness and donations for the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

County expected to save $115,240 on prison meals

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County stands to save about $115,240 in each of three years by hiring a Florida company to supply the prison with meals.

The county Prison Board on Thursday chose Trinity Services Group, Inc., Oldsmar, Florida, which bid a total of $843,776 for the contract.

Other bidders were Aramark/BDS/Sales, Philadelphia, bid $1,124,554; A'viands LLC, Roseville, Minnesota, bid $1,205,512; and the Nutrition Group, Irwin, Westmoreland County, bid $1,394,208.

Currently, the meals are provided by the county.

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, May 31, 2013

Meeting set for

JTHS classes 1972-1973

A meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1 for anyone who graduated in 1972 or 1973 from Jim Thorpe High School. The meeting will be held in the pavilion near the borough office.

Bible school

Ebenezer E.C. Church, 441 Center Ave., will host a Vacation Bible School from June 17-21, from 6-8:45 p.m. The program is open to children, in grades kindergarten through 12th. For more information or to register a child, call the church office at (570) 325-2855.

Old Fashioned Miners Picnic

Friday, May 31, 2013
Emily Pfeiffer, 3, receives a balloon from Buster the Clown. Emily is the daughter of Bridget Murphy and Howard Pfeiffer of Lansford.
Emily Pfeiffer, 3, receives a balloon from Buster the Clown. Emily is the daughter of Bridget Murphy and Howard Pfeiffer of Lansford.

It was a grand old time Sunday at the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford as members and volunteers celebrated the holiday with their annual Old Fashioned Miners Picnic and activities.

The grounds were filled with the sound of music, the smells of homemade ethnic foods, the sights of vintage and classic cars, and a special photo exhibit.

Admission to the grounds was free. A special exhibit inside the mining museum featured the photos of Scott Herring, "Last of the Anthracite Photographers."

Carbon approves personnel moves

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved several personnel moves:

*Christine M. Lesher, Palmerton, separation from her job as Collection Clerk II, Bureau of Collections/Clerk of Courts, effective May 13;

*Anthony E. Powell, Lansford, hired as a summer laborer under the Liquid Fuels program, effective June 3;

*Barbara J. Houser and Margaret A. Houser, both of Tamaqua, changed job status from part-time correctional officers to full time correctional officers, effective June 10;

Tamaqua man cited again

Friday, May 31, 2013

It's barking dog citation number 27 for Steven Llewellyn, 37, of 317 Owl Creek Rd., Tamaqua.

Llewellyn was cited on May 20, at 10:30 p.m., after officers received a complaint from neighbors. The dogs were audible to the officer who responded.

Air Products Foundation Wildlands Conservancy receives $500,000

Friday, May 31, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wildlands Conservancy announced a $500,000 five-year donation/investment from the Air Products Foundation and the naming of its "Air Products Environmental Education Center." In front are students from Steckel Elementary School in Whitehall. In the back row, from left, Jane Ervin, chair, Wildlands Conservancy; Chris Kocher, president, Wildlands Conservancy; John McGlade, chair, president and CEO of Air Products; Pat Waller, board member and education committee chair, Wildlands Conservancy; and Patrick F. Loughlin, vice president, Electronics-Asset Management & Supply Chain of Air Products.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wildlands Conservancy announced a $500,000 five-year donation/investment from the Air Products Foundation and the naming of its "Air Products Environmental Education Center." In front are students from Steckel Elementary School in Whitehall. In the back row, from left, Jane Ervin, chair, Wildlands Conservancy; Chris Kocher, president, Wildlands Conservancy; John McGlade, chair, president and CEO of Air Products; Pat Waller, board member and education committee chair, Wildlands Conservancy; and Patrick F. Loughlin, vice president, Electronics-Asset Management & Supply Chain of Air Products.

Wildlands Conservancy, the Lehigh Valley's nonprofit land trust, announced receipt of a $500,000 five-year donation/investment from the Air Products Foundation.

The Air Products Foundation is our "largest philanthropic investor in history," said Elizabeth Dugan, vice president of Development and Communications for the Wildlands Conservancy.

"The Foundation's gift will vitally support the growing demand for nature-based educational programming and celebrate the legacy of Leonard Parker Pool, the founder of Air Products," said Dugan.

Indians' Coleman will play field hockey at Wilkes

Friday, May 31, 2013

Lehighton High School's Haley Coleman, daughter of Leroy and Amy Coleman, will play field hockey at Wilkes University next fall.

Coleman was a three-year varsity letter winner in field hockey, where she played left inner/forward.

During the 2012 season, she tallied 15 goals and 23 assists for the Lady Indians. Coleman is also a member of the Xcalibur and Pyramid Evolution Field Hockey clubs.

Coleman was also a member of the track and field team while at Lehighton, as well as student council.

While at Wilkes, she will study Elementary Education.

Powder puff benefit held in Tamaqua

Friday, May 31, 2013
Juniors compete against freshman.
Juniors compete against freshman.

Girls played football while members of the Tamaqua Raider football team coached during the annual Powder Puff benefit held recently at the Tamaqua Sports stadium to defray costs of student field trips and support a number of other charities.

The benefit, hosted yearly by the Tamaqua High School Biology Club, involved female students from each high school class trying for the Powder Puff championship.

In the end, the seniors won against the juniors, 21-8.

Bombers' magical season ends

Friday, May 31, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Palmerton's Janel Tracy waits for the ball to arrive as Bethlehem Catholic's Angelys Cotto slides safely into second base.
nancy scholz/special to the times news Palmerton's Janel Tracy waits for the ball to arrive as Bethlehem Catholic's Angelys Cotto slides safely into second base.

ALLENTOWN - It is said that all great things must come to and end.

Unfortunately for the Palmerton softball team that is what exactly happened Thursday afternoon, as the Bombers' remarkable 2013 season finally concluded.

Bethlehem Catholic proved it was a better team by blanking Palmerton 9-0 in the District 11 AAA championship game at Pate's Park on Thursday. The Golden Hawks pounded out 13 hits while limiting the Bombers to just four singles en route to winning their seventh district title since 1999.

On this date

Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31, 1990

May 31, 1990 Eleven players from the TIMES NEWS area participate in the annual Schuylkill County Football Coaches All-Star game held at Williams Valley. The locals - from Marian, Panther Valley and Tamaqua - compete for the North squad, which drops a narrow 19-18 decision to the South. PV's Tom Rosahac catches five passes for 75 yards and also intercepts a pass on defense. Panther teammate Jody Shober contributes an interception and fumble recovery. Tamaqua's Joe Coleman and Marian's Joe Marsilio lead the locals with seven tackles apiece while PV's Brian Kane chips in with four.

FT and JT Old-timers plan 28th annual benefit baseball game

Friday, May 31, 2013

Franklin Township Old-timers and the Jim Thorpe Old-timers will play their 28th annual benefit baseball game at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Christman field to help two people in the community who have serious health problems.

This year they plan to split the proceeds between Dwain Gable of Mahoning Township and Sabrina Steigerwalt of Jim Thorpe.

Eldred news

Friday, May 31, 2013

Laymen's accepting donations

St. Matthew's UCC's Laymen's Fellowship is now accepting donations of sugar, milk and Carnation Evaporated Milk to make homemade ice cream for the Strawberry Festival. They are also in need of raffle items and donations of cake for the strawberry shortcake. The recipe is available in the White Dove Flyer which can be accessed on the church's website at www.stmatts.org.

On this date

Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31, 1981

A consortium presently consisting of the Y.M.C.A. and the Schuylkill Branch 5120 of Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) is planning on building a community center on land presently owned by the Y.M.C.A. between Burger King and the Acme Market, fronting on Cedar Street in Tamaqua. Co-chairmen of the consortium are Fred B. Curvey, representing AAL, and Howard F. Miller, representing the Y. The Rev. F. Peter Muhr, pastor of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, is also active in the project.

Tamaqua news

Friday, May 31, 2013

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for June, including a Flag Day celebration on June 14.

Other activities for the month will include: June 4, craft day; June 5, bingo; June 6, bulletin board; June 7, movie day; June 11, musical entertainment with Audrey Christ; June 13, cooking class; June 19, Salvation Army service; June 19, monthly birthday party; June 21, picnic.

The day care center will be participating in the annual Summerfest celebration on June 9.

Frackville man cited in Tamaqua

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Frackville man has been cited by Tamaqua police after he reportedly continually called a former girlfriend.

Brian Morit, 30, of 128 S. Broad Mountain Rd., allegedly made more than 40 phone calls and texts to a former girlfriend who lives in Tamaqua.

Police warned Morit about contacting the victim on Jan. 11 and again on Jan. 23. He then allegedly began contacting her again on April 20, making 33 calls between that date and May 15.

He was cited for harassment.

10 digit dialing required in 570 code on Sept. 21

Thursday, May 30, 2013

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced today that mandatory 10-digit dialing is set to begin in September 2013 for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code.

Presently, customers in this area are taking part in a permissive dialing period. However, beginning Sept. 21, 2013, mandatory 10-digit dialing will be required.

Slatedale honors fallen veterans

Thursday, May 30, 2013
A combined choir sings "Sacrifice of Love," known as the Memorial Day hymn.
A combined choir sings "Sacrifice of Love," known as the Memorial Day hymn.

Following the Rev. James D. Robison's welcome, Victoria Lear, a seventh grade Northern Lehigh Middle School student sang "The Star Spangled Banner." It was her fifth year of sharing her talents, said Robison of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.

Slatedale's memorial service was held May 27 in a combined service by four churches: Holy Trinity Lutheran, Good Shepherd, St. Peter's United Methodist and Salem United Methodist. Each contributed members to a combined choir.

Tamaqua's Poppy Queens

Thursday, May 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison buys the first Poppy from Tamaqua American Legion Poppy Queens Shelby, 10, and Ariel Frederickson, 10. They are the daughters of Shawn and Kelly Frederickson of Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison buys the first Poppy from Tamaqua American Legion Poppy Queens Shelby, 10, and Ariel Frederickson, 10. They are the daughters of Shawn and Kelly Frederickson of Tamaqua.

Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison buys the first Poppy from Tamaqua American Legion Poppy Queens Shelby, 10, and Ariel Frederickson, 10. They are the daughters of Shawn and Kelly Frederickson of Tamaqua.

On this date

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30, 1950

May 30, 1950 Jack Esrang has a big day at the plate to lead Mauch Chunk to an 8-3 Panther Valley League win over Coaldale. Esrang collects four hits, including a triple, double and two singles, and scores two runs. Vince Huber goes the distance on the mound for the victory, striking out eight batters while walking five. The winners also receive a hit and two runs scored from Joe Kuhla. For Coaldale, Frank Radocha, Al Zummers and Johnny Danyo each finish with two hits.

Nesquehoning VFW installs officers

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 installed new officers Friday evening. From left are, Lee Thear, senior vice commander; James Mulholland, commander; Ted Dacey, post chaplain; Rick Ellis, junior vice commander; and Don DeMarco, installing officer. Not pictured is Stanley Gieniec, service officer.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summit Hill

SHCIO meeting

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will meet on Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. in borough building.

Panther Valley

Golden Agers

Fifty members of Panther Valley Golden Agers attended the Annual Memorial Mass at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Summit Hill on May 13. Nine members passed away in the past year and as each name was announced a candle was lit in their memory. Hymns were provided by the chorus. The Rev. James Burdess was the celebrant and welcomed all.