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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer lunch

The South Ward Playground Association will once again conduct a free summer lunch program for all local children up to and including the age of 18. Lunches will be served weekdays, starting June 14, from noon to 1 p.m., at the South Ward Playground.

The program is an off shoot of the free school lunch program, with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The non-discriminatory program is open to all children regardless of race, origin, religion, etc. In addition to a healthy lunch, participants will be offered a variety of summer activities.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summit Hill

Legion to meet

The monthly meeting of American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, will be held on Monday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the post home. Commander W. Kevin O'Donnell will be in charge of the session.

A meeting of the Home Association will immediately follow the post's meeting.

Borough council

The monthly meeting of the Summit Hill Borough Council will be held on Monday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the borough hall. Joseph Weber, president, will be in charge of the session.

Food distribution

Monday, June 7, 2010
bob ford/times news Jimmie Johnson has a busy weekend on tap.

LONG POND - Over the last 26 years, the NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway have carried different names as well as sponsors.

The first Cup Series race held back on August 4, 1974 was known as the Purolater 500. Three years later, it was called the Coca Cola 500. Four years later, it was the Mountain Dew 500.

It was back in 1982 that a second Cup Series race in Long Pond was added to the season series and the name game began once again. At that time, the two races were known as the Van Scoy 500 and the Mountain Dew 500.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Vacation Bible School

The St. Jerome Regional Religious Education Program is hosting a Vacation Bible School, "Parade Around the Our Father," which is open to all children in the Tamaqua area.

Children will learn Bible verses, create crafts, play games and enjoy snacks as part of the two-week event. From June 21-25, the school is open to children from pre-K age to second grade. Children in third through fifth grade will then participate in the school from June 28-July 1. There is a registration fee per child.

Each registered child will receive a T-shirt.

Monday, June 7, 2010
bob ford/times news Kevin Conway gets fuel and a tire change as he pulls into pit road during Sunday's Gillette Fusion Proglide 500 at Pocono Raceway.

LONG POND - When it came to the subject of 'restarts' earlier in the week, Denny Hamlin admitted he was maintaining around a "C" average.

His grade improved dramatically in Sunday's Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway.

When an accident on the race's final lap spoiled a clean finish for him, Hamlin was handed one last re-start which resulted in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' version of overtime a "Green-White-Checkered."

Monday, June 7, 2010

Golden agers

The annual installation dinner of the Panther Valley Golden Agers was held May 24 at St. Joseph Hall in Summit Hill. Sixty members were present. The previous officers Ronnie Bazik, president; Shirley Pavlick, vice president; Tootsie Orsulak, secretary; and Mary Ciganek, treasurer; were reinstalled for the coming year. Bernice Strepko conducted the Installation.

Fifteen members of the chorus provided patriotic songs and hymns.

Monday, June 7, 2010
bob ford/times news Casey Mears walks toward his car during Friday's qualifying session at Pocono Raceway.

Things weren't going very well around the Red Bull Racing Team.

So with Casey Mears filling in for Brian Vickers in the No. 83 Toyota with Vickers undergoing treatment for blood clots and Scott Speed needing a change of luck in the No. 82 Toyota, Jay Frye, general manager and vice president, decided to make a change in crew chiefs this week at Pocono Raceway for the Gillette Fusion Proglide 500.

Mears ended Sunday's race 23rd. He spun off the track after his car touched Elliott Sadler's car on a restart on lap 159. Speed finished 20th.

Monday, June 7, 2010
bob ford/times news Kyle Busch's pit crew pushes his car toward the inspection area prior to the race.

LONG POND, PA – Teammate Kyle Busch had a quick car and pit stops that put him in the lead all afternoon. Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and Sam Hornish Jr. were playing the fuel mileage game. But not even all that and a severe rain storm that delayed the start of the race could stop the #11FedEx car driven by Denny Hamlin.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Graduates recognized

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown will hold its Graduate Recognition Sunday on June 13. If you or someone in your family is graduating from any school or a program that is licensed, call (610) 381-2442 to have them recognized for their accomplishment.

Donations needed

Friday, June 4, 2010

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Graduates will be honored during the Morning Worship at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 6, at First Congregational Church.

The church board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 7.

Vacation Bible school is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. June 21-25. Children and youth ages 3 to 18 are welcome. To register, call (570) 645-9426.

Summit Hill

Lutheran Church

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, will hold its weekly worship service on Sunday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. John Hazel, pastor, will officiate.