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Thursday, May 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Michael J. Berger, a 2008 graduate of Palmerton Area High School and senior at Lehigh University, was recently nominated to the David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium. The event was held on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem on March 20.

The Research Symposium, held each spring, showcases the abilities of students from all disciplines of engineering. The student engineers, nominated by their departments, use the opportunity to explain the complexity of their work and answer questions from faculty, fellow students and the general public.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Schuylkill County commissioners gave approval to Grant Writer Gary Bender to seek bids for various projects and services, in action taken at Wednesday's work session held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

One bid is sought for the Coaldale Fire Company to upgrade its heating system. This is a 2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project. Bids will be due in the county controller's office at the courthouse on June 5.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday May 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Donald R. Serfass

The TIMES NEWS will receive three awards by the Philadelphia Press Association, including a top honor among all newspapers in the metropolitan Tri-State region.

Philadelphia Press Association (PPA) judges announced Wednesday that first place in enterprise reporting in "Best of the Best" competition will be awarded to TIMES NEWS writer Donald R. Serfass, Tamaqua, for research and reporting of solved and unsolved police cases, stories that appeared in this newspaper throughout 2012.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lehighton Area Middle School music department will be holding its 20th annual Spring instrumental concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Students at SS. Peter and Paul take part in an e-Mission through the Challenger Learning Center, working with "Mission Control" to help NASA to rescue a stranded research vessel during the "Moon, Mars and Beyond!" simulation.

It was a delicate task. NASA astronauts were stranded in space at an unknown location. It was up to a team of experts to find the space ship, calculate the appropriate amount of food and water for the rescue mission, and lead Mission Control back to their Mars base.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be holding a Bank Night meeting on Monday, May 6, at the Jim Thorpe National Bank on Broadway in Jim Thorpe at 6:30 p.m. for all committee members and 7 p.m. for everyone else. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved. For more information, contact Caylan Chanwik, Income Development Representative, East Central Division, American Cancer Society, at (570) 874-1413 ext. 2103.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Borough workers are in the process of installing a new water slide at the Tamaqua Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Bungalow Park. The new water slide was manufactured by Avalanche Waterslides and was installed by Sports & Recreation Associates of Apollo, PA at a cost of $69,000. "It is 12 feet high and 60 feet in length," said Kevin Steigerwalt, Borough Manager. The concrete pad, retaining wall, drainage, plumbing and electric were constructed by the Borough's Street and Water departments. The total project cost is approximately $95,000.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Above, George Boyce, who with his wife Carol took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving American Iris Society Rosettes and the coveted American Iris Societies' Silver and Bronze medals for the most Blue Ribbons at the show. They grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises at their seven-acre Glenara Gardens in Palmerton.

Award-winning lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises will be on display beginning this weekend and for selected weekends for visitors at Glenara Gardens, a seven-acre private Palmerton garden.

Glenara Gardens invites visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

Ÿ May 4-5: Lilac Weekend,

Ÿ May 18-19: Siberian and Bearded Iris Weekend

Ÿ June 22-23: Japanese Iris Weekend

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Bach and Handel Chorale concert plays at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street, Tamaqua, on Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. with doors opening at 2:30 p.m.

The concert is a free-will offering with all proceeds going to the TCAC.