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Friday, June 1, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Western Pocono Women's Club inducted three new members. The Membership Committee, left Linda Bryfogle and right Pat Mackes, welcome Phyllis Ceasar, Marie Schriever and Liza LoMonaco. If interested in becoming a member, please contact Pat Mackes at (610) 681-4967 or pamack05@ptd.net.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library, at 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will host a variety of furry, feathery and scaled creatures at its Summer Reading Program for children.

On Tuesday June 26 at 10:15 a.m., Mary Zboray and her therapy dogs, Allie and Maggie, will present a Tail Wagging Tutors program.

On Monday, July 9 at 6:15 p.m., the Carbon County Environmental Education Center will present a Birds of Prey program with live birds.

On Monday, July 16, Bill Hunsicker and his snake, Monty, will present a program all about snakes.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Keystone Harley-Davidson of Parryville will sponsor the 17th Annual "Snakes Alive" Cobra, Shelby and Viper car show on Saturday June 16, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be an exciting show with Cobra celebrating their 50th Anniversary and Viper celebrating their 20th Anniversary. Although the show specializes in Cobra's, Shelby's and Viper's all performance cars are welcome to display. Attendants will receive a "Goodie Bag" and commemorative dash plaque.

Friday, June 1, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mahoning Township police cars block the entrances to the parking lot outside of the PNC Bank in Lehighton following a robbery that took place Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 2:48 p.m. Thursday a white male robbed the PNC bank branch, located next to the Carbon Plaza Mall along SR443 in Lehighton.

According to Mahoning Township Police Officer Audie Mertz, the suspect entered the bank and displayed a note.

Mertz stated that the suspect did not have any weapons displayed. After receiving an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled southeast into the parking lot.

Friday, June 1, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

State Rep. Doyle Heffley of the 122nd Legislative District recently was guest speaker at a partnered event with Scouts from Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 and Boy Scout Troop 82 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton. He explained to the Scouts and their leaders how state government works. Pictured front row left to right are Judy Wingert; Pam Berger; state Rep. Heffley; Christy Kroboth; and Adam Reichard. Back row left to right are Dan Evans; Scott Berger; Blaine Eckhart; Ed Kroboth; and Justin Wingert.

Friday, June 1, 2012

United Way of Carbon County's "Fifth Annual Cruise To the Music Festival" and Car Cruise with The Jukebox Cruisers will be held on Saturday, July 21 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park, East 10th Street, Jim Thorpe.

There will be fun for all ages. Admission is free and there will be spectacular live entertainment music of all genres including 50's music.

Friday, June 1, 2012
Administrative Director, David Reinbold, left, Salutatorian, Gregory Oboril, Senior Class President, Sara Tompkins, Valedictorian, Brandon Poole; and Principal, Brent Borzak stand for a photograph at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute commencement ceremony for the class of 2012.

Thursday evening, Carbon Career and Technical Institute's commencement ceremony for the class of 2012 was held in the Jim Thorpe High School Auditorium. Around 70 students, from numerous different trade areas, received their diplomas.

Principal, Brent Borzak opened the commencement with a greeting to the class of 2012, family, friends, faculty, and staff.

Jeanette Richards sung, "The Star Spangled Banner."

Speeches were given by several members of the class of 2012.

Friday, June 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The owner of the female Brittany Spaniel rescued from high rocks in Kline Township was found. Wednesday morning, firefighters and police had to use their ladder truck to rescue the dog after she got herself stuck on a ledge of rocks overlooking Mile Hill (SR309) in Kline Township. The Hillside SPCA in Pottsville couldn't release the name of the owner of the dog, but said he had a Tamaqua address. Above, the dogs waits in the back of a Kline Township Police cruiser following her rescue.

Friday, June 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS While playing at a park at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club, Jacob Irish, 9, tries to pull "Sadie" out of a mud puddle using a frisbee. Sadie is cared for by Jesse Nicholas.
Friday, June 1, 2012

Carbon County officials are still looking for a solution for its animal shelter.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that they are still looking to get out of the shelter business, due to budgetary reasons, and hopes that a nonprofit organization could take over the operations of the shelter, both financially and physically.

The shelter costs the county just under $100,000 to operate annually, and the loss of thousands in state funding has put a larger strain on the county's budget.