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Thursday, May 22, 2014

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is expecting two million vehicles on the Turnpike this Memorial Day weekend. With such heavy volumes, motorists are being asked to keep alert and stay focused as they travel over the four-day holiday weekend.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Fourteenth District Commander Michael Bodnar and Post 16 Commander George Burke, left and right back row, presented awards to Rhynier Minnich, Robert Koch, Pauline Minnich and Robert Eroh.

The American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16 of Slatington presented longevity awards on Monday. The recipients had all been members for at least 50 years. Commander George Burke was master of ceremonies.

Chaplain Thomas Beam in the invocation asked God to hasten the promise of peace.

Jr. Vice Commander Robert Churetta removed the cover from the empty MIA-POW chair as a reminder that many military people are still missing, and efforts should continue to bring them home.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A team of Weatherly Area seventh-graders earned first place in the Pennsylvania eCybermission Competition. Weatherly Superintendent Thomas McLaughlin, left, and Weatherly Area Middle School principal congratulate the team of Nikki Polivka, Jeremy Moser and Nicholas Berger.

Weatherly Area School District had two teams win scholarships in the Pennsylvania eCybermission Competition.

The competition is web-based and open to all Pennsylvania students in grades six through nine.

Teams look at problems in their respective communities and propose solutions based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Teams must choose to use either a scientific method or an engineering design and keep meticulous records in an online folder.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dr. Richard E. Miller, 242 East Broad St., recently attended the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists held in Washington, D.C., from May 10 to May 16.

Dr. Miller is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1961, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as a Fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is alerting consumers who receive their electric generation supply from PPL that the price will increase on June 1.

PPL's June 1 estimate originally showed the price decreasing for the summer months.

However, updated pricing now shows the cost of electric generation supply will be increasing by 3.2 percent.

Because under current regulations it can take between 11 and 40 days to switch electric suppliers, customers who do opt to make a change will still feel the impact of the June 1 rate increase.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Lansford American Legion will have its Memorial Day Services at 9 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Monument at Kennedy Park.

There will be no parade due to lack of interest in the past.

Before Memorial Day, the Summit Hill Legion plans to place flags on the graves of veterans in the Summit Hill cemeteries.

If a grave is noticed without a flag, please contact the Summit Hill American Legion.

All residents are requested by the legion to display the American flag and to attend the Kennedy Park services on Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The office of Penn Forest Township Tax Collector Josiah Behrens will be closed on Monday, in observance of Memorial Day.

Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS JROTC cadets from left, Colin Johnson, Michelae Negron, Desiree McGarrity and Anders Harrison

Panther Valley's JROTC presented its 30th annual awards ceremony on Wednesday night in the high school auditorium.

Before awards were distributed, Desiree McGarrity led the tribute to the fallen soldiers, with a candle ceremony for those lost in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and non-hostile action.

Senior Army instructor Joseph Jordan gave opening remarks for the event and addressed the training of Panther Valley's JROTC cadets.

"One of the things that made these two years possible is the level of professionalism shown by the cadets," he said.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Patty Gledhill is poised and ready for the opening of the C.A.N. coffee house Friday evening at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

Seeing a need for wholesome and "family friendly" entertainment in the Panther Valley area and acting on a calling from God, Patty Gledhill didn't just think "I can," she said, "I will!"

Gledhill, a homemaker, entrepreneur, DJ, inspirational speaker, wellness coach, translator and web designer, has answered the call and will launch the Christian Arts Night (or C.A.N.) Coffee House beginning this Friday at 6 p.m. at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, located at the corner of Hazard and Chestnut streets.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Cindy Rhoades of Tamaqua has found a way to keep the neighborhood children off the streets as they wait for the school bus morning treats. Her "Take A Treat, Stay Off the Street" program has also created an opportunity to bridge the generation gap.

Cindy Rhoades spent the last two months worrying about the possibility of "smushed" students at a busy school bus stop in Tamaqua.

She was so worried she tried every official avenue that came to mind police, the elementary school principal, the director of transportation for the school district and other parents.

But while all agreed the situation could be dangerous, no one had any answers.