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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mark Silvers and Sean Gobi, both United States Marine Corps captains and lifetime VFW members, are hiking all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail to aid wounded veterans.

They will be stopping at the Walnutport VFW Post 7215 at 5 p.m. Sunday to talk about the Warrior Hike mission.

Since the start of the hike on March 15, they have stopped at eight VFW Posts and raised over $9,000 for veterans. Posts have hosted bingo nights, potlucks, and other types of meet and greet events to raise awareness and economic donations for their cause.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ruth Porter (right), of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 899 in Walnutport, presents an award to St. John Neumann Regional School eighth-grade student Riley Zelienka (left). The award is presented to an eighth-grade girl who represents what the Auxiliary stands for, love of country, unselfishness, and high regard for truth and honor.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Through their "Coins for a Cause" program, Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 recently collected $350 in change and donated it to Carbon County Special Olympics. Pictured front row left to right are Jessica Van Fossen; Grace Fitzsimmons; Shain Hrusovsky; Maria Burits; Robin Davison; Delina Rodrigues; and Jenna Kroboth. Second row left to right are Elaina Moretz; Tatiana Gonzalez; Bryanna Berger; Natalie Smith; and Geralyn Scarpati. Back row left to right are Audrey Kroboth; Pam Berger; Christy Kroboth; Christine Rodrigues; and George Bird.

Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 realize that a little bit of change can go a long way.

The troop recently collected coins to donate to Carbon County Special Olympics through the "Coins for a Cause" program.

By placing cans throughout the Lehighton area, the girls collected $350 for the county-wide program. Troop Leader Pam Berger said, "Some of the girls would even tell guests to their homes to 'empty your pockets' and they would place the money in a can for the fundraiser."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The beach at Beltzville State Park was allowed to reopen Friday as the Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources determined water levels to be acceptable.

The beach was closed Wednesday afternoon due to high bacterial counts in the water, which were revealed from testing that occurred on Tuesday, May 29.

Officials said swimming is again permitted.

Meanwhile, the beach at Tuscarora State Park remains closed.

The beach closed Sunday, May 27, because of last week's flooding, which caused debris and muddy water in the beach area.

Saturday, June 2, 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; or Elaine Smith at (570) 386-5679 or

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Dr. Thomas Pollock arrives at Cabrera's Pizzeria and Restaurant, Lansford, with his family.

It was June of 1966.

Lyndon B. Johnson was in the second year of his presidency, the Mamas & the Papas had just won a gold record for their hit song, Monday, Monday, and teenage girls were swooning over the dark protagonist of a new gothic soap opera called Dark Shadows.

Dr. Thomas Pollock, fresh from a residency at Abington Hospital, Philadelphia, opened his dental practice at his father's office in the heart of Lansford's downtown shopping district. At the time, people paid $5 each for dental exam, x-rays and cleaning.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Carbon County Majority Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, chairman, right; and Thomas J. Gerhard, vice chairman, second from left; recently supported two area organizations by donating the remaining balance of their campaign account to Carbon County Friends of Animals and Safe Kids. They presented two checks, each in the amount of $68.51 to representatives of the groups.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A handful of Jim Thorpe area students were honored recently for their achievement of having a story or article published. They are, from left, Bridget McFadden, Meeghan Rossi, Alyssa Dachowicz, Nicholas Goldberg and Kyle Lawrence.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School 2012 Academic Athletic All-Star Ceremony was held in the high school auditorium Wednesday evening. Students received a combined total of $29,075 in scholarship money, as well as other awards.

The students and awards are as follows:

David Formica Memorial Unsung Hero Scholarship: Jordan Behrens and Samantha Miller

Hunter Meckes Scholarships: Kristin Lawrence, Richard Buell, and Chelsea Smelas

Adam LaRizzio Scholarship: Caitlin Henninger

Mauch Chunk Rod and Gun Club Keith Pry Memorial Scholarship: Kayla Susko

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Four defendants who were found guilty of violating their parole and probations after a hearing in Schuylkill County court were committed to prison.

Derek Anthony Shelhamer, 25, of 307 Arlington St., Tamaqua, had his Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) sentence revoked by Judge Charles M. Miller who resentenced him to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High School seventh grade students who were honored at a banquet held recently at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton were Ashley Weiner, Kody Kolnik, Emily Smith, Alanna Shivone, Alyssa Olewine, Tasia Biege, Makayla Smale, Jade Horwith, Kristen Keiper, Lauren Fegely, Jonathan Blichar, Garrett Perschy, Mercedes Melo, and Garrison Frank.

Those who have the ability to conquer their fears are much more likely to succeed in life.

That was among the pieces of advice Meghan Hoffner conveyed to Palmerton Area Junior High School's finest.

Hoffner served as guest speaker to the students at a banquet held recently at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

A former Palmerton graduate, Hoffner attained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Penn State University, and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University.