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Saturday, May 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley school director Bill Hunsicker, who on Thursday resigned the office of vice-president. To Hunsicker's left is school director R. Mickey Angst. To his right is maintenance supervisor George Krajnak.

Panther Valley school director Bill Hunsicker on Thursday resigned from his post as vice-president.

Hunsicker, who has been on the board for close to four years, said after the meeting that he is busy, serving on four board committees, and needed to let go of the responsibilities of the vice-president post.

During the meeting fellow school director R. Mickey Angst suggested that Hunsicker resigned because of something that occurred at a committee meeting held Monday.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute Salutatorian Tiffany Ruch dices carrots in the school's kitchen.

Carbon Career and Technical Institute Salutatorian Tiffany Ruch is cooking up a career in food service.

Ruch, of Palmerton is a Culinary Arts student, following in the footsteps of her older sister Tabitha, who graduated from CCTI's culinary program in 2008. Tiffany's twin sister, Trisha, is also enrolled in the program.

Although Tiffany has yet to decide how to use what's she's learned as a career map, she's enjoyed the lessons.

The daughter of Jeffrey Ruch and Nancy Amill, Ruch enrolled in her sophomore year.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, Carbon agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business. Front row: Richard Warner of Lehigh County Community College's Business Enterprise Center, Dawn Ferrante of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, Curt Evans of PA CareerLink in Carbon County. Back row: Ed Kowalczyk of Wilkes University's Small Business Development Center, Gary Wentz of PA CareerLink in Carbon County, Michael Kane of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Also supporting the program but not in the photo are: Carbon County Career and Technical Institute's Adult Education Program, Lehigh Valley SCORE, and the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, local agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business.

The Realities of Entrepreneurship and Getting Started will be offered twice: Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 18. This first workshop provides an overview of the basic components of taking your business from an idea to developing a business plan and starting up.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) is hosting an expo for the area's senior citizens on Wednesday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Schuuylkill Mall in Frackville. The expo will feature over 35 exhibitors to provide up-to-date information on programs and services available to Pennsylvania's older residents.

"I am pleased to announce we will be in Frackville at the Schuylkill Mall for a second straight year," said Argall. "This location allows easy accessibility for our area's senior citizens to attend this fun, yet informative event."

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some of the most obvious things to watch for and include are:

· A stranger entering your neighbor's house when it's unoccupied.

· A scream heard anywhere might mean a robbery or assault.

· Offers of merchandise at ridiculously low prices could mean stolen property.

· Any removing of accessories, license plates or gasoline from a car should be reported.

· Persons entering or leaving a business place after hours could mean burglars.

· Anyone peering into parked cars may be looking for a car to steal, or for valuables left displayed in the car.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A coffer dam that has been missing from Lehigh Canal at Long Run since a high water event in the mid-1990s will be replaced, according Armand Galasso of the Lehighton Water Authority.

During a meeting of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission held Thursday at the Lehigh Canal at Weissport, Galasso presented a photo from 1985 which showed the coffer dam was originally located in the middle of the Lehigh Canal at Long Run. Galasso said it was put there to stop flooding downstream into Weissport from the Lehigh River.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS After a Saturday on whitewater, the Lehigh Sojourn turns to canoes and kayaks, traveling the meandering sections of the Lehigh River. Preregistration is required for the 2011 Lehigh River Sojourn which runs from June 24-27. Registration information is available at www.wildlandspa.org. The registration deadline is June 10.

It's time to register for the 2011 Lehigh River Sojourn, an educational whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking trip down the Lehigh River, runs from Friday, June 24 to June 27.

Now in its 15th year, the Sojourn offers a three-day paddling adventure meandering from the rural wilderness of the Upper Division of the Lehigh River in Lehigh Gorge State Park, to the metro-wilderness of Cementon as the Lehigh River enters historic industrial territory.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Loretta Smith, Ashfield "Going to Knoebels with my whole family."

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tamaqua and New Ringgold men were among seven persons who lost appeals in court from judgements found against them by district magistrates after receiving hearings before Judge Jacqueline Russell in the Schuylkill County Court.

Stephen M. Smolar, 38, of 250 E. Union St., had his appeal dismissed because he failed to appear for the hearing and the fine and cost imposed by the district judge stands.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Nathanael Horvath (left) funeral director, and David Harding (right), owner/supervisor, stand outside the Harding Funeral Home at 25-27 N. 2nd Street in Slatington. The funeral home has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

For over a half-century, it's served as a last stop for family members to pay their final respects to their loved ones.

A second generation business, Harding Funeral Home at 25-27 N. 2nd Street in Slatington continues to remain fully involved with the community

Because of its community-oriented nature, the business has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

David Harding, owner/ supervisor, is thankful for the recognition.