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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe, is hosting the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the World War I monument.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Dina Depos/ Special to the Times News Instructor Phillip Krivenko, on right, teaches oil painting brush techniques to the class.

In addition to learning various forms of oil pointing, residents were provided a chance to paint their own works of art recently in the arts room of the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The session, hosted by the Salvation Army, was called Diakon's Living and Learning Oil Painting. For more information about future events at the Salvation Army, contact Programs Director Dina Depos at (570) 668-0410.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

To obtain revenue for upgrading its municipal sewerage system, Summit Hill Borough Council said last night it is considering imposing a "transmission sewer fee."

No formal action was taken on the matter, but several council members indicated they are looking into this.

"I think we need one," said Councilman Michael Alabovitz of the proposal. He said such a fee would possibly allow for the replacement of two blocks of the archaic sewer lines per year.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Tamaqua American Legion member Ray Hughes, Tamaqua, places flags in poles in preparation' for an upcoming parade.

Members of the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 are asking the community for donations to help the post replace their aging inventory of American flags.

Joel Perry, Post Commander, said, "Our post has and continues to provide honor guard and funeral details for our fallen brethren, as well as color guard details for local parades. In addition, we line the main streets of Tamaqua with flags during all national and state holidays."

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A four-day show complete with exhibits and rides will soon take center stage in Palmerton.

From Thursday through Sunday, the Crusaders For A Cause Carnival will be held in the borough park. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 Friday, 4-11 Saturday, and 2-7 Sunday.

Thursday and Sunday are Kids Ride Special Day and will feature a rides discount. A duck race will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday for sexually assaulting two young girls.

Jeffrey David Cope, 22, of Lansford, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 10 to 20 years in a state prison on charges of rape, rape of a child, corruption of a minor, criminal conspiracy-harassment, and four counts of indecent assault. He previously pleaded guilty to the charges. He also pleaded to a count of disorderly conduct for an incident at the county prison.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department recently presented its 18th annual spring instrumental concert to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters of the music program. Pictured left to right are featured jazz ensemble soloists Kelly Schneck on trumpet; Megan Nanovic and Susan Cook on alto saxophone; and Jacob Bailey on trombone.

Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department recently presented its 18th annual spring instrumental concert to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters of the music program.

Under the direction of Thomas Weidner, the fifth and sixth grade band opened the evening's concert with Robert Smith's "Valiance." This was followed by the soothing hymn "Be Still My Soul" – also penned by Smith. The fifth and sixth grade band concluded their portion of the program with Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" – the iconic theme from the "Rocky" movies.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Special to the Times News Rita Morrison

Gene Morrison, along with his family and friends (The Morrison Group), will be hosting a musical tribute concert Sunday in honor and memory of Rita Morrison of Hometown, who died last June after a 13 year battle with breast cancer. Son, Chris Morrison, said, "My mother is loved by so many and cherished by everyone she has touched," referring to her as the Morrison family matriarch.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Brockton Fire Company stop at a fire hydrantin Reevesdale to fill up their truck following a brush fire in Brockton over the weekend. Firefighters point out that the burn banfor Schuylkill County is still in effect until May 20. From left arefirefighters Captain Bill Jones from Brockton, George Herringfrom MaryD, and 30 year volunteer Josh Filanowski from New Philadelphia.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

James J. Rhodes, Jr. of Alfred Benesch and Co. was on hand at the monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Water Authority. Rhodes provided authority members with updates on the water tank project.

The required permits are ready to be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. It should take approximately three to six months to approve. Once approved, the project can be advertised and bids can be received.