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Monday, June 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Enjoying the company of each other recently at the West Penn Community Park are Don and Carol Ritschel of Andreas.They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18 of last year.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Tomorrow, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely see again, says NASA.

Transits of Venus are very rare, coming in pairs separated by more than a hundred years. This transit, the bookend of a 2004-2012 pair, won't be repeated until the year 2117. Fortunately, the event is widely visible. Observers on seven continents, even a sliver of Antarctica, will be in position to see it.

Monday, June 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Briana O'Donnell, Salutatorian, tells fellow graduates to strive to make a difference.

"So, as we move forward on this journey, strive to make a difference in the world," said Salutatorian Briana O'Donnell during her speech given to fellow Marian graduates during their commencement Saturday morning in the auditorium of the Marian Catholic High School.

She added, "In all of our years of high school, there has been one resounding thing that we have been taught: to be the best version of ourselves and to use our talents and abilities to help make the world a better place."

Monday, June 4, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The SJRA Duck Derby in Jim Thorpe drew a large crowd of onlookers who gathered at the finish line on Mauch Chunk Creek.

Saint Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe held its 4th Annual Duck Derby and children's festival at the Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club.

The Club had offered SJRA the use of their facilities and pavilion for kid's games, food, and a bake sale.

About 2,300 plastic ducks that floated down the Mauch Chunk Creek nearby raised $7,300 of which $2,150 went to prizes with the balance going to the support of Saint Joseph Regional Academy.

Monday, June 4, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the students recognized during Palmerton Area High School's Senior Awards Night were (front row, l-r) Charles Sterling, Karl Pielmeier, Morgan Myers, Lydia Anthony, Aaron Cook, Kelsey Hay (back row, l-r), Steven Semmel and Ben Andrews.

Palmerton Area High School held its senior awards assembly recently in the high school auditorium.

Students, and the awards they received, are as follows:

John Achtermann - Avenger Award (Pen/Pencil Set); Dorothy A. Minnich CRN Palmerton High School Track & Field Scholarship ($200); United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award (Certificate); Margaret Sheeran Memorial Award ($300); Academic Award, English (Certificate); Academic Award, Math (Certificate); Academic Award, Science (Certificate); Academic Award, Spanish (Certificate).

Monday, June 4, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Mildred Hawkey, Mark Green, Jim Scheckler, Bob Neumoyer, Menna Borger, Betty Silliman, Nick Hawkey, the Rev. John Hazel, Dolores Unangst, and George Unangst were among the officers installed at the Palmerton Lions Club.

The May 21 meeting of the Palmerton Lions Club, held at the Fireline Hotel, began with the invocation asking God to "be with us as we plan ways to help the community."

Lions were asked to bring non-perishable foods to the meetings at the Fireline. The first meeting of the month - the first Monday - is held in the Knights' Gallery of the Palmerton Area Library and on the third Monday it is at the Fireline.

As part of the eyeglass report, Jim Scheckler said there have been 350 pairs collected and more are coming in.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A toss of the coin decided which of two bidders would get the Polk Township seal coating bid. That toss, agreed to by both bidders' representatives which submitted a low bid of $76,189.62, ended up in favor of Dosch-King Co of Whippany, NJ with Asphalt Maintenance Solutions of Bloomsburg, PA being the loser.

The township solicitor had researched how to handle the tied-to-the penny proposals and tossing a coin came to be the method of breaking the tie.

Monday, June 4, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Appropriately attired, some of the members of the team of "Turk's Trekkers" gathered on the deck at Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse in Jim Thorpe for a get-together after their return from the six-mile walk/run in Philadelphia to benefit the MS Society. They are, left to right : Timothy Guinter, Matt Taylor, Julie Miller, Jordan Highland, John Taylor, Katlyn Pagaduan, Timothy Talyor, Tony Taylor, Robert "Turk" Taylor, Noreen Taylor, team organizer Robert Taylor, and William Taylor.

Jim Thorpe High School Junior Robert Taylor's senior project was to organize a team of volunteers to help raise funds for the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society.

He and others formed a team that would participate in a six-mile walk/run in Philadelphia to benefit the Society.

The event, which has been held for the last five years, was broken down into teams where participants would designate a loved one for the team to represent and honor.

The individual Robert chose to be represented was his namesake and Uncle, Robert "Turk" Taylor who has Multiple Sclerosis.

Monday, June 4, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

West Penn Township Chief of Police Brian Johnson searches the site along Route 309 where two young children found the note used by bank robbery suspect David Cunard in robbing the KNBT Bank in Schnecksville on Thursday, May 24. Cunard apparently discarded the note as he was fleeing back to Hazleton through West Penn Township. The children, who were playing in their driveway, gave the note to their parents who notified police.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is hosting its 15th annual Young Ecologists Summer Camp for students interested in nature who have just completed grades five, six or seven. The camp is held at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, just north of Slatington, and operates daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 25-29.