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Monday, June 11, 2012
MCADOO FIRE COMPANY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Two tranquilized bear cubs lay in the soft grass after being rescued by state Game Commission Officers and firefighters.

Answering a request by the state Game Commission last Friday, McAdoo Fire Company's ladder truck responded to the village of Tresckow, Banks Township, for a report of two small bears stuck in a tree in the backyard of a residence.

An officer with the Game Commission shot one small bear with a tranquilizer dart and was able to safely remove the bear. The second bear made it difficult for rescuers as he went higher up the tree before it too was shot by a dart while the fire company's ladder was positioned nearby.

Monday, June 11, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School was the scene of Eighth Grade Graduation which also included a salute to this year's retiree Charles DePuy of Lanford. Receiving the State Senate's Sen. David Argall Award were Hunter Keip and Sam Stanko. The House of Representatives Award by Rep. Doyle Heffley were given to Nathan Miller and Kelsey Van Horn.

Monday, June 11, 2012
Elsa Kerschner/The Times News Valedictorian Joseph Suleiman and salutatorian Rachel Kester led the students to the stage for their diplomas.

On Saturday 198 students from Northwestern Lehigh High School became former students as commencement was held at Stabler Arena.

During the procession it was easy to see where a student's family was seated as their cheers showed them as personal fan clubs.

Black and gold rosettes decorated the end chair in each row. Black and gold were the class colors and on stage was the orange of Tiger Lilies, the class flower.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its meeting Wednesday, June 13 at the Big Creek Grange at 7 p.m. Livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8-19 as of Jan. 1, 2012. 4-H is a youth program of the Penn State University.

Monday, June 11, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bud and Brenda Hill are seated in the new hall at Penn Forest Fire Company. The room is decorated for a graduation party.

Brenda Hill is rightfully proud of the bright, new hall at Penn Forest Fire Company, which will also be used as a Carbon County Emergency Center.

"Four years ago we had 40 people living here for a week," said Hill. "There are showers for handicapped in the large new restrooms."

The new hall is 65-by-75 feet and replaces a smaller room with dark paneling. Now called Whispering Pines, it can seat 299 people and is air conditioned.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Smokey the Bear will be at the Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville, Schuylkill County, amphitheter on Saturday, June 16. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Dave Duffy, the fire chief from New England Fire Company, will give a fire prevention and campfire safety presentation followed by a visit from Smokey the Baer. The program is free and open to the public. Shine only and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Elementary pupils Jagger Bolton, 9, Emily Wotring, 10, Makenzie Hunsicker, 9, and Caitlyn Michael, 9, check out their selections.

Just call them wheelers and dealers.

That's essentially what Slatington Elementary students were as they took part in a recent Book Swap.

Kristie Borger, Title I Reading Specialist, said the students received tickets for every book they brought in. The tickets were then placed in baskets, and later picked for prizes.

Borger, who estimated about 2,500 books were brought in by the students over a one-week span, said the book swap served dual purposes.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Ashley Hartman, Jim Thorpe staff member of Robin's Nest ELCCC "I they should resubmit it. I don't think it's right that they take away from the kids or the parents."

Should the state resubmit funding for public schools?

Saturday, June 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Sarah Ayers and Chris Dean recently kicked off the first of a series of performances to be held every other week as part of the 6th Annual Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series.

The concerts are free and held outside the Tamaqua Train Station on North Railroad Street.

"We are bringing a large variety of musical artists. These popular, and free, outdoor concerts have become the highlight of the season in historic downtown Tamaqua," said Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Speaking at last night's Weatherly Area commencement were, left to right: Thomas McLaughlin, school superintendent; Christopher Hunt, salutatorian; Alicia Marie Panzarella, valedictorian; Dr. James H. Lauer, MD, guest speaker; and Stu Tipler, high school principal.

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The 124th Annual Commencement of the Weatherly Area High School was held in the Middle School gymnasium filled with parents, family members, and friends on Friday evening.

After the graduating Class of 2012 entered to the fanfare and processional, the program began with the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Mrs. Rebekah McFadden.

Weatherly Area High School Principal Stu Tripler and Thomas McLaughlin, school superintendent, gave the opening remarks.