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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The American Cancer Society will hold the West End Relay For Life event on Saturday and Sunday at the Pleasant Valley High School stadium, Route 209, Brodheadsville.

The opening ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Join the naturalist from Tuscarora State Park at 10:30 a.m. June 7 for a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed, which is north of Mount Carmel. This hike is 8 miles long and moderate in difficulty. The loop passes by two large reservoirs.

Participants will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot located off Route 42 below Aristes.

Call Robin Tracey at 570-467-2508 or register online at dcnr.pa.gov under the calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.

This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bible Study Group

The Women's Ecumenical Bible study group will meet at 6:30 tonight in the Good Shepherd Room of St. John's Lutheran Church on South Avenue. All ladies of the community are invited to attend these group meetings. Joan DeAcetis is the leader.

Bible school

Ebenezer E.C. Church will host a summer Vacation Bible School at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church at 441 Center Ave. The school is open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grades and will be held from June 16 to June 20. For more information call 570-325-2855.

Time capsule

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Liberty-Water Gap Trail Extension Committee, Delaware Water Gap National Park and many other organizations will hold a "Trio of Trails" on Saturday.

The day's activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration near Delaware Avenue, Delaware Water Gap followed by a guided hike on the Cherry Creek Crossing Loop Trail at 10 a.m. by naturalist Don Miller.

From 12-1:30 p.m. a Trail Feasibility Study Review and Progress Report will be presented by consultant Robert Thomas and Russell Nee.

At 1:30 p.m. the National Park Service will present a guided Appalachian Trail hike.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Attending the scholarship banquet at Macaluso's Restaurant in Nesquehoning Tuesday night during which the Kovatch Foundation awarded $20,000 in scholarships are, front from left, George  Mermon, chairman of the scholarship foundation; recipients Marley Mikovich of Panther Valley High School; Richelle Van Horn of Panther Valley; and Christina Slack of Jim Thorpe; and back, Albert Fort of the Universal Technical Institute; Zach Stromelo of Panther Valley; Riley McHugh of Marian Catholic High School; and Dr. Joe Mussoline, president of the board of directors of the foundation.

The Kovatch Foundation awarded $20,000 in scholarships during a dinner program Tuesday at Macaluso's Restaurant in Nesquehoning.

Awards, ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 each, were presented to eight college-bound students and one already attending a technical school.

John Kovatch III, president and CEO of the Kovatch Corporation, said, "I'm really proud, and our family's really proud, to carry on the tradition in Sonny's name."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Hailey Moyer, 8, and her brother, Jonathan Moyer, 5, of Whitehall, play a game of catch.

After somewhat of a slow start, attendance rebounded in a big way during opening weekend at the Palmerton Memorial Pool.

Within the first hour, a little over a dozen visitors turned out for the start of the 68th annual opening of the pool, as overcast skies put a damper on much of the early afternoon attendance.

However, when all was said and done, 153 people came out on Saturday, according to Larry Arner, general manager of the pool.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Franklin Township is considering its options regarding police coverage.

In a meeting May 20, the Franklin Township Board of Supervisors discussed budget issues, and gained authorization to investigate the possibility of contracting with a neighboring municipality for police services.

"It was done before," township secretary Brenda Neeb said. "We checked with local departments in area to see if they would be interested in becoming one police department, but it turned out not to be cost effective to the boroughs and townships."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Philadelphia man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court after previously pleading guilty to driving under the influence and drug charges.

Jonathan P. Rios, 32, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve a total of nine months to five years in prison on the DUI charge. He was also sentenced to serve three to 12 months on a charge of possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, and fined $500 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The drug count prison term runs concurrent with the DUI charge.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pocono Raceway has three first-time, fan-driven activities occurring this weekend for the Pocono 400.
These new events include a 50/50 raffle, the opportunity to be upgraded to the Red Carpet #SelfieSuite at Pocono’s Tricky Triangle Club Presented by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, featuring appearances by movie stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, and the possibility to enjoy the Infield Block Party on Saturday night for a small donation, per car, to Pocono Raceway’s local fire department.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thunderstorms this afternoon and evening could produce locally very heavy rain and gusty winds to 45 mph along with dangerous lightning.

The forecast for the region:

This afternoon:  A chance of showers before 3 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 3 and 5 p.m., then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.