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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Special to the Times News First-place award recipients in the science fair held at Panther Valley Elementary School recently are, front from left: Robert Campomizzi, Emmilee Shore, Emma Dacy, Ava Demelfi, Katrina Kirk, Amelia Roy and Xzavier Green. Middle row: Eli Maynard, Brenna McAndrew, Jay Arner, Randy Fisher, Christian Snyder and Colleen Knepper. Back: James Jister, Riley Hoben, Ridge Snyder, Josh Faenza and Hannah Kane. Other first-place winners were Gage Green, Ava Alabovitz and Marcus Manookea.

Well over 100 students took part in a science fair at Panther Valley Elementary School.

Best-in-show winners were:

Ÿ Life Science – Josh Faenza, "Five Second Rule."

Ÿ Earth Science – Randy Fisher, "Earth Science."

Ÿ Inventor's Category – Eli Maynard, "Helicopter."

Ÿ Health & Wellness – James Jister, "Lyme Disease."

Ÿ Physical Science – Colleen Knepper, "Borax Crystals."

Three prizes were given as "People's Choice" awards. Recipients were Faenza, Amelia Roy and Kida Greensweig.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Defendants entered pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II in the Carbon County court on Thursday.

Aaron Jason Scott Jr., 24, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of escape and theft from a motor vehicle.

He was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for an incident on April 30 at the county parking lot along Lehigh Street. Police responded to the lot when a woman reported her car was entered and her purse was missing.

Police found Scott in the area with the purse. While being questioned, he ran toward the nearby Lehigh River but was later found and arrested.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Join naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit trails at 10:30 Wednesday for a hike of 9 miles with moderate difficulty.

The hike combines the best of the trails in Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville. Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

Call Tracey at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. This is a dog-friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Shine only.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

State Sen. John T. Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, unveiled comprehensive reform legislation that would fundamentally alter the governing structure at Penn State University to make its board of trustees more inclusive, engaged and accountable.

Yudichak said the trustee reform legislation was crafted to have the Penn State board be similar to the governing configuration at Pennsylvania's three other state-related universities Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

June 3 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Pennsylvania forest fire warden system.

To celebrate the milestone, the Carbon County Commissioners adopted a proclamation Thursday naming 2015 as the Year of the Pennsylvania forest fire warden and June 3 as Pennsylvania Forest Fire Warden Day in the county.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Gary Porembo, husband of former Panther Valley Superintendent of Schools Rosemary Porembo, was named to fill an unexpired term on Panther Valley School Board.

The board voted 5-1, with one abstention, on Monday to appoint Porembo, who is a candidate for the board in the November general elections.

Voting against the appointment of Porembo was Irene Genther, while supporting him were Jeff Markovich, Michelle Markovich, John Williams, Dan Heaney and Anthony DeMarco. Absent was Brian Dolena. Bill Hunsicker abstained from voting.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Lehigh County Coroner's office is looking for the next of kin of Kelvin Bouknight, 50, of 1130 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Bouknight was pronounced dead on Monday, May 25, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He died of natural causes.

Anyone having information on Bouknight's family is requested to contact the Lehigh County Coroner's Office at 610 782-3426.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Carbon County Friends of Animals will host an open house from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at its new location at 77 W. 13th St., Jim Thorpe. The event will show residents how the change in location and more space has benefited the cats and made them more adoptable.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will also take place.

Anyone wishing to help the cats can bring items from CCFOA's wish list to the open house. Items that are needed include: bleach, nonclumping cat litter, Purina cat food and kitten chow, baby rice cereal, Gerber's chicken baby food, cat nail clippers, cleaning products and more.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards today recognized 25 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT's highest recognition.

Three employees from PennDOT's District 5, which represents Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties, were among the honorees.

Local winners Gary Farabaugh, Edward Sadusky, and Ronald J. Young Jr. were honored at an awards luncheon at the governor's residence in Harrisburg.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Palmerton has received additional funding to replace its tot lot in the borough park.

Borough Councilman Jason Behler noted at Thursday's meeting that the borough has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Horsehead Community Development Fund to replace the tot lot at the playground.

The fund was formed in 1990 and has donated over $3 million to community organizations.

This marked the second source of funding this year the borough has received for the tot lot structure.