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Friday, July 22, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Lions Club's Lion Mary Jane Lucrezi, right, was presented the Lion of the Year award by PDG Bob Argot for club president Helen Koshensky. Lion Lucrezi was honored for her many volunteer activities, particularly her work at the island at the Route 209-115 junction in Brodheadsville.

It was a special Western Pocono Lions meeting, times three.

The Lion of the Year was announced and honored.

The 2011-2012 club officers were installed.

And two Lions couples, strangers to each other, but all Virginia Lions, visited the Western Pocono Lions Club due to being visitors in the area and doing a make-up visit.

Those visitors were Lions Carol and Jack Treece of Winchester, VA, members of the Stephens City Lions Club, and Lions Alan and Pat Morrell, from Newport News, of the Warwick Lions Club.

Friday, July 22, 2011
Visitors eagerly anticipate the noon hour for the Palmerton Memorial Pool to open on Thursday in an effort to cool off amid the excessive heat.

On a day when temperatures reached triple digits, visitors flocked to the Palmerton Memorial Pool in droves.

Perhaps one visitor said it best as she awaited the noon hour to arrive Thursday in anticipation for the pool to open so she could escape the heat.

Gathered alongside the other visitors who anxiously waited by the pool entrance for the summer haven to open, Jeannine Cebrosky of Palmerton uttered the ultimate truism.

"This is the closest thing to heaven," Cebrosky said.

Terry Balliet of Palmerton echoed that thought.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Tamaqua Salvation Army is reminding residents that their air conditioned facilities are available to anyone stuck in this heat wave. Anyone needing to get out of the heat is encouraged to visit the Tamaqua Salvation Army building located at 105 West Broad Street in Tamaqua. Caged or leashed pets are welcomed. For more information, call (570) 668-0410 or (570) 668-1234.

Friday, July 22, 2011
ABBY MASENHEIMER/TIMES NEWS Mahoning Nursing and Rehabilitation Center president and CEO Michael A. Mickey (center) bids adieu to former medical director Edward J. Miller (left) and welcomes Rosalee Rehrig (right), the new medical director.

It was a bittersweet day Thursday for the administration, employees and residents of the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, as they say farewell to their medical director, Edward J. Miller, MD and welcomed Rosalee Rehrig, DO, the facility's new medical director.

Michael A. Mickey, NHA, president and CEO, presented Dr. Miller with an engraved silver tray in appreciation for his years of service to the nursing center.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Carbon County's retirement fund is out-performing the annual assumptions, officials report.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board, which followed Thursday's commissioners' meeting, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary of the retirement board, announced that at the end of the second quarter on June 30, the portfolio balance for the fund was $64,791,596, a $855,918 decrease since May, but a $3,551,941 increase since the beginning of the year.

Crampsie said the end of the quarter turned out to be very good, despite a volatile market.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Carbon County commissioners are moving forward with obtaining a lightning suppression system for the county correctional facility.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to hire Schade Engineering Inc. to prepare the specifications for an electrical design for the new lightning suppression system at the prison. The work will cost the county $4,700.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained now that this is in place, the county will soon be able to put the project out for bid.

Friday, July 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A large crowd endured the heat Thursday evening as they enjoyed music by It Takes Two performed during a Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series held at the Tamaqua Train Station. The free concert was sponsored by Cal's Tire and Auto Service, Hometown. The Chamber's next concert is Thursday July 28 at 6 p.m. and features Kathy Rimm. For more information about the free concerts, call the Chamber at (570) 668-1880 or visit their website at www.tamaqua.net

Friday, July 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A PPL crew uses a bucket truck to cut down a tree that landed on power lines on Spruce Street in Tamaqua last night.

Two hundred and sixteen PPL customers in the South Ward section of Tamaqua were without power for a couple hours last night after a tree fell on a power line located on Spruce Street. Neighbors stated they noticed a very bright flash and a lot of sparking prior to the outage. Responding in addition to PPL were South Ward Fire Company and Tamaqua Fire Police.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The results of an online auction for the Panther Valley School District's general obligation bonds are in and the news is good.

The competitive sale, which was recommended to the district by Jamie Doyle, Public Financial Management, at last month's meeting, was held Thursday morning. Doyle recommended the sale of the bonds due to the fact that interest rates are approaching all-time low rates.