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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Submitted to the TIMES NEWS

Two Marian Catholic High School students received awards at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition, held recently at Penn State University, University Park campus. Stephen Valente, son of Robert and Michele Valente of Sugarloaf, was awarded first and second place presentations for his two chemistry projects, as well as a State Perseverance Plaque for earning first place awards in the last six years of competition. Ryan Darrough, son of David and Colette Darrough of Drums, received a first place award for his Behavioral Psychology project.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Central Carbon County's Regional Comprehensive Plan recently was awarded the Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence.

The award was presented in Harrisburg by Tom Corbett, governor, on April 17.

The Central Carbon County Regional Comprehensive Plan Committee adopted a multi-municipal comprehensive plan with East Penn, Franklin and Mahoning townships and Lehighton and Weissport boroughs.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School students recognized at the Class of 2012 Top Ten Percent Dinner sponsored recently by the Palmerton Area Service Club were (front row, l-r) John Achtermann, Brittany DeFrain, Ryan Lipfert, Aaron Cook, Karl Pielmeier, Kelsey Hay, Benjamnin Andrews (second row, l-r) Aleksander Everett, Jennifer Snyder, Jenna Ritter, Michelle Rickert, Danielle Eastgate, Vanessa Evans, and Kyle Meyers.

The perseverance they displayed inside the classroom was worthy of such acclaim.

Which is why the high esteem placed upon this particular collection of Palmerton Area High School seniors should come as no surprise.

Sponsored by the Palmerton Area Service Club, 14 PAHS students were celebrated at the Class of 2012 Top Ten Percent Dinner held recently at the Aquashicola Fire Company.

The Palmerton Area Service Club was thanked on behalf of the school district for their generosity in recognizing the students.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

When the May 26, 2011 hail storm occurred and caused widespread damages, one of the victims was Lawrence Larthey of East Center Street, Nesquehoning. His home had $7,201.95 in damages.

A few months later, he was victimized again. This time he allegedly was fleeced by an individual who is accused of lying about his representation with a contracting firm, taking a significant down payment from Larthey and not performing any work, and then giving Larthey a worthless check.

Charged with the offenses is Jonathan Paul Williams, 27, of 103 Sugar Bush Court, Chalfont, Bucks County.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library has activities scheduled all summer long for kids and adults. The Summer Reading theme this year is "Dream Big READ!"

On Saturdays in June, the library will be offering Cake Decorating Classes. The classes are for adults and teens; however, a special Father's Day class for kids and their parents is being offered on June 16. Call the library at (610) 826-3424 for more information.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
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Ayana Batchelder, 13, an eighth grader from the Panther Valley Middle School, was recognized as the Lansford American Legion's essay winner. Her essay was titled, "Patriotism in Community." Pictured are Mary Lou Check, President, Auxiliary, Lansford American Legion; Ayana Batchelder; and Jack Anderson, Commander, Lansford American Legion Post 123.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. will hold its 12th annual open house from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 10.

There will be light refreshments and lesson demonstrations.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer with the program, a required volunteer training session will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the center.

For more information and directions, contact Janie Miller at (570) 386-4280 or wintsprg@ptd.net; or Elaine Smith at (570) 386-5679 or elshhtlc@ptd.net.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Most people see Mondays as the end of the weekend.

But for one person, Mondays bring a new perspective to the start of every week.

Artist/photographer Tracy A. Perry, Tamaqua, in her exhibit "My Mondays", saw the opportunity to show Mondays in a new light – as a day to be thankful, a day of possibilities.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dress code violations continue to plague Palmerton Area School District.

The controversial topic was again bandied about at a workshop session of the board of directors on Tuesday.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the district's administrative staff needs to have some sort of direction to take.

"It's a huge job that has an awful lot of interpretation, it's hard to enforce it, and there's a lot of gray area," Boyce said. "Everything is subjective; that's the issue."

Director Susan Debski said "you either have to just abandon it, or you need to solidify it."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Two Lansford men waived their hearings in three separate, unrelated sexual assault incidents, all of them involving 14-year-old girls.

John Anthony Provisiero, 18, of East Kline Avenue, agreed to enter guilty pleas for allegedly sexually assaulting two different teens. He is being held in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $100,000 straight bail for each alleged incident.

Christopher Miller, 23, of East Ridge Street, waived a hearing for an unrelated case. He is incarcerated in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 straight bail.