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Saturday, August 6, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Bicyclists of all ages enjoy the Lehigh Gorge trail in this view taken from a caboose of the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway near Penn Haven Junction. The trail runs from Jim Thorpe to White Haven and also attracts hikers, joggers, and picnickers.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Here is a listing of the members of the cast of "Six Degrees of Hell" and their credits:

Ÿ Nicole Cinaglia as June Galloway ("You'll Know My Name", "Booted," "Alpha Girls.")

Ÿ David Bonner as Chris Allen ("You'll Know My Name," "Flight of the Cardinal," "Down the Road")

Ÿ Joe Raffa as Kellen Hudson ("You'll Know My Name," "Booted," "Swooped Close-Up")

Ÿ Ashley Sumner as Kelly Powell ("Bravo's Reality Show-Love In Line")

Ÿ Faust Checho as Chief John Hansen ("The Fields," ABC's "Life On Mars")

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Victor Izzo/Special to the times news Booms have been installed to contain the oil from entering the Lehigh River from the mouth of Mauch Chunk Creek in Jim Thorpe.

In a repeat of a similar situation that occurred a few years ago, traces of oil have been discovered discharging into the Lehigh River from the mouth of Mauch Chunk Creek in Jim Thorpe.

After the current discovery, the Carbon County EMA installed three booms and absorbent materials to try and contain the oil and prevent it from entering the river.

The State DEP has now taken charge of the situation and is investigating the the source of the discharge into the creek.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

In an effort to help fire companies and emergency response organizations of the 122nd Legislative District secure additional grant funding, State Rep. Doyle Heffley, in partnership with State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann, a Fire Company and Emergency Responder Grant Seminar instructor, is hosting a seminar to help local fire companies and emergency responders learn how to write grants.

The program will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Lehighton Annex building auditorium, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton.

Saturday, August 6, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Brian Piekarski received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Theater Owners.

Brian Piekarski, a resident of Weissport and graduate of Lehighton Area School District, received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Theater Owners.

To be eligible a student must work at a theater. Piekarski has enjoyed working at Becky's Drive In, Berlinsville, for two years.

He will be attending Philadelphia University with a major in architecture. Piekarski said he would like to work in the field of residential architecture, but his final decision when he finished college will depend in part on the economy.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The arson trial of a Lehighton man resumed Friday morning with more testimony given by Commonwealth witnesses. The defense started its part of the case in mid-afternoon but President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II recessed the trial about 3:30 p.m. and told the jury to come back at 9 a.m. Monday.

Joseph Lincen Mesa, 63, is facing two counts of arson, both felonies, filed against him by state police for allegedly setting his house at 12 Cub Lane, in Penn Forest Township, on fire during the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2009.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Vacation Bible School

The Jim Thorpe Ministerium will be sponsoring an Ecumenical Vacation Bible School the week of Aug. 8-13 at Christ U.C. Church, 4th and Center streets, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration forms have been placed at the local churches; however, if you wish to register your children, you may contact Jamie Kunkel, (570) 325-8670

Reunion planning meeting

There will be a meeting on Monday Aug. 8, at noon, at the Lions Club pavilion in Normal Square, for anyone wishing to help with the planning of a Jim Thorpe High School class reunion.

Friday, August 5, 2011
Kristen Shupp, 12, of Lehighton, displays woodburning project which earned her a blue ribbon at the Mahoning Valley 4-H Round-Up last night. She also had a blue ribbon in cake decorating.

Mahoning Valley 4-H members last night staged their annual round-up, a precursor to the Carbon County Fair, at St. John's Church in Mahoning Township.

The event had dozens of projects on display, and was highlighted by a fashion show that featured dresses, aprons, and pajamas hand-sewn by the club members.

Although ribbons were awarded in nine different categories, it was stressed that this isn't the same judging that occurs at the Carbon Fair.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Students new to Lehighton Area High School who have not as yet registered or elected courses for the next school term are asked to do so as soon as possible.

Parents should bring the students to the high school guidance office any weekday between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to complete the registration.

An appointment will then be made to see a counselor regarding course selection.

If you have any questions regarding this process, you may also call the office at (610) 377-7600.

Friday, August 5, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While large oversize truckloads are nothing new to Jim Thorpe and the area, a long oversized truck hauling a massive and heavy electrical transformer bound for Buffalo, N.Y., seemed a little out of place Thursday in that truckers usually do not hazard the hilly route out of the east side of the town heading "up" SR903 to the Poconos.