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Friday, November 16, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Area veterans who spoke to Palmerton Area High School students at a recent Veterans Day assembly were (l-r) Marion Jones, Earl Henning, and Stephen Vlossak.

They're battle-tested from their time spent on the battlefields.

That they're able to vividly describe their experiences only adds to their mystique.

Three area veterans, Stephen Vlossak, U.S. Army; Marion Jones, former Army nurse during World War II; and Earl Henning, aviation machinist, 2nd class tail gunner, B24, U.S. Navy, World War II veteran of the Pacific Theatre, shared their stories with Palmerton Area High School students during a Veterans Day assembly held recently in the auditorium.

Friday, November 16, 2012

"None of the Above," a cappella singing group from Penn State University's State College Campus will be performing two mini concerts this Monday, Nov. 19. The concerts are being held in the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium for students in the middle and senior high school.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Carbon County's retirement fund dropped nearly $1 million in October.

During the monthly county retirement board meeting on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary for the retirement board, announced that the retirement fund portfolio as of Oct. 31 was $62,456,314, down $973,338 from last month.

He also noted that he received word from the Hay Group, the company hired to provide portfolio services, regarding the county's estimated annual required contribution (ARC) for 2013.

Crampsie said that the county's estimated ARC is $1,190,000.

Friday, November 16, 2012
Kenneth Barnes

Former Mahoning Township Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, against the township and supervisors Frank Ruch, Linda Benner, and former supervisor John Wieczorek. Also named defendants are "three John and three Jane Does."

Besides seeking financial damages, Barnes is seeking reinstatement.

Barnes lists seven counts in the federal court action:

Ÿ Count 1 - Descrimination/retaliation under the Pa. Human Relations Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Friday, November 16, 2012
Middleport Fire Police volunteer Sylvia Hauck helps fold bags and bags of donated clothing. She is hoping people will step forward to help fold the clothes.

Members and volunteers with the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport are looking to fill a tractor trailer with donations to go to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. They plan on leaving sometime Monday to the communities of Hoboken, New Jersey and Long Island, New York.

'These communities are begging for donations," said collection organizer and firefighter Todd Amos. "It seems like these two communities are being forgotten."

Friday, November 16, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert honored all veterans on Veterans Day. Helping to honor them were, from left, Rich Shay, Post 927 1st Vice Commander; Wanda Murphy Smith, Post 927 Judge Advocate; Post 927 Chaplain the Rev. James Mills; Pvt. Brandon Mundus; SSgt. Daniel Roland; Thomas Franklin, Post 927 Commander; Everett Shaver, Post 927 Past Commander; Joel Keller, director of Monroe County Veteran Affairs; Rosemary Brown, PA state representative.

American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert recognized veterans, including those missing in action, at a special service Sunday.

Debra Kennelly, president of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Post, opened the ceremony singing the national anthem. She explained how Veterans Day came to be.

"Let us remember those who gave with a grateful heart," said Kennelly.

The Rev. James Mills, Post chaplain, gave the opening prayer.

First Vice Commander Rick Shay wished the Marine Corps a happy 100th birthday. He then read the poem "We Stood for Freedom" by Roger Robicheau.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Organizers of the free Tamaqua Community Giveaway and Donation Drop-Off are encouraging all residents with a 18252 zip code, no matter what income, to come and receive items during the giveaway planned for tomorrow morning. They added that it is also open to anyone from any community who suffered damage or great financial loss during Superstorm Sandy, fire or other disaster.

They will be giving away over 10,000 items; most of which are smaller household items.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
John Harkins

John Harkins, revered Panther Valley School District teacher and coach, passed away October 19. Now his family has made a donation from his estate to the district, earmarked for its basketball program.

Harkins, who taught English Literature, was head high school basketball coach for six years, compiling a 110-37 record. He had also coached football, basketball and track at the former Lansford High School. Athletic Activities Director Kristin Black told directors about the donation during a school board meeting Wednesday night. She declined to name the amount.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Gary Barkanic, back, and Keith Shelly, volunteers for the Lowe's Heroes program, make improvements to the historic judges' stand at the Lehighton Community Grove. The stand, possibly over 125 years old, was salvaged from the original Carbon County Fair when the fair ended in 1992.

The historic judges stand, well over 100 years old, which was salvaged from the original Carbon County Fair, has been completely renovated, with much of the work done by volunteers.

The stand has been relocated to the Lehighton Community Grove and stands at the corner of Eighth and Iron Street.

The 20-foot high stand had been used at the old fair for harness racing, beauty pageants, go-cart racing, and many other grandstand events before the fair ended in 1992. The fair began in 1858 as the Greater Lehighton Fair.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there. I did not die.

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