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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Russel Lee Daniels, 79, of Fleetwood, June 7, 2015. Husband of the late Paula Daniels. Born in Lynn Township, he was a son of the late Edward and Ruth (Miller) Daniels. 1953 graduate of the former Slatington High School.

Anna T. (Sabara) Hall, 89, formerly of Lehigh Township, June 5, 2015. Widow of Monroe G. Hall. Floorlady of the former Scotty's Fashions Co., Palmerton, for 40 years, retiring in 1980. Mother of Gary E. and his wife, Robin, of Danielsville, and Jeffrey J. and his wife, Sara, of Walnutport.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS  Nate Silfies, Maddy Quinn and Ben Weber laugh as they process at the beginningof Palmerton Area High School's commencement ceremony.

We should never harbor the mentality of us versus them.

After all, there is no them, only us, a message shared with 153 Palmerton Area High School seniors who received their diplomas during commencement exercises Monday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Class salutatorian Eliza Good said the title of her speech was "Them, Us and You."

"I am only going to share one quote with all of you tonight," Good said. "There is no them, only us."

Good then told the students not to forget: "You do you. Do not lose you, and do not lose the little piece of Palmerton in you."

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) A set of revisions to a new Pennsylvania law that requires background checks for people who work with children was approved by a state House committee on Monday, despite some concerns it was watering down the protections.

The Children and Youth Committee voted 24-2 in favor of a proposal designed to make the checks less of a burden so organizations don't end up having to cut programs for children because of fewer volunteers.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

More than 6,000 people in the region are waiting for organ transplants.

This statistic was incorrect in Saturday's edition.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday opened bids for group and home-delivered meals for senior citizens.

They'll award the jobs, providing 33,800 group meals and 98,800 home-delivered meals, at an upcoming public meeting.

Nutrition Inc. of Irwin, Westmoreland County, bid $127,764 for the group meals and $373,464 for the home-delivered meals.

Preferred Meals Systems of Berkeley, Illinois, bid $124,722 for the group meals and $364,572 for the home-delivered meals.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

The West Penn Lions Club presented its annual donations to community organizationson Saturday. Front row, from left: Connor Evans, West Penn Fire Company; West Penn Lioness treasurer Marie Gursky; West Penn Lions President Melissa Kistler; and Maj. Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army. Back row: Marlin J. Zehner, West Penn Park Commission; Jolene Barron, Tamaqua Public Library vice president; Dave Krall, Boy Scout Troop 755, Clamtown; and Donnie Hoppes, Penn Mahoning Ambulance. The West Penn Lions alsodonated to the Tamaqua Area Adult Education Center.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS  Three scenic passenger excursions pulled by diesel engines will depart Tamaqua on Father's Day Sunday, June 21.

Passenger trains will return to Tamaqua, even if just for a day.

The Tamaqua Historical Society announced that three diesel train excursions are scheduled for Father's Day Sunday, June 21.

The trips are part of the society's 25th Annual Tamaqua Summerfest.

Excursions will depart the 1874 Tamaqua train depot at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

The first trip will head south to New Ringgold and back, traveling on the original route of the 1831 Little Schuylkill Navigation Railroad and Coal Company.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lehighton residents who wish to learn more about the rules and regulations within the borough are in luck.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at borough hall, according to borough manager Nicole Beckett.

Beckett said Tim Dow, the borough's zoning officer and building code official, along with Josh Esposito, both of whom are representatives from Barry Isett & Associates, will provide a brief presentation on the zoning and building processes, along with enforcement of borough ordinances.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Special to the Times News From left: Jacob Martinez, first place; Madison Martinez, second place; Caitlene Santos, first place; and Hannah Sarmir, second place.

Four students who took first place at the annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science in Easton last February participated in the PJAS States competition at University Park, Penn State recently.

Students who took first place at the states competition were Jacob Martinez, Maximum Heart rate Output Test (Biology), and Caitlene Santos, Bugs be Gone (Microbiology).

Students who took second place were Madison Martinez, Soccer Field Science (Physics), and Hannah Sarmir, How long will Jack last? (Biology).

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Property owners in Lehighton Area School District can breathe a sigh of relief as the school board adopted its final 2015-16 spending plan Monday night while holding the line on taxes.

The district is estimating to spend $38,658,582, while bringing in only $37,609,406.

According to resolution adopted Monday, the projected $1,049,176 shortfall would come of Lehighton's fund balance, which is essentially an accumulation of unspent money from prior years.