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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Clement P. Litivinas of 735 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, who had been in Savannaket, Laos, under house arrest since May 14, are free and in good health at an Air Force Base in Thailand. According to their son, Anthony, who is a senior at Lehigh University, they told him by phone that they are fine and in good health. The couple, and 10 other Americans and seven foreigners, were placed under house arrest when students took over the town in Southern Laos. Litivinas is employed by the Federal Highway Administration and has been working in Laos and Saigon for more than 10 years.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police, fire, and ambulance emergency responders work in unison during the realistic automobile accident simulation in the parking lot of the Jim Thorpe Area High School while gathered students look on.

The parking lot of the Jim Thorpe Area High School was the setting for a realistic automobile accident simulation, staged to hopefully impress the life-or-death importance of responsible driving to the high school students gathered there.

The idea for the simulation was the result of the senior project of David Michael III, a senior at JTAHS and a member of the Albrightsville Fire Department.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Lehighton Ambulance Association Administrator Joni Gestl, left, hosted the dedication service in which the Rev. William Thompson, second from left, blessed and dedicated the building. Afterward station manager John Reinbold, second from right, and LAA President Sandra Miller, right, cut the ribbon to officially open the building, the fourth station owned by Lehighton Ambulance and located in Summit Hill.

After almost two decades, Summit Hill has a permanent ambulance station once again, owned and staffed by the Lehighton Ambulance Association.

The association dedicated its new garage on the 300 block of East Ludlow Street Saturday morning. Residents, local officials and members of the association gathered to observe President Sandra Miller and Summit Hill station manager John Reinbold cut the ribbon on the new facility.

"There are so many people I want to thank," said LAS administrator Joni Gestl during her remarks.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mr. Evan Reese, 7th grade Pleasant Valley Intermediate School band director, and students rehearse for Spring Concert "Past, Present, & Future."

On May 19, the Pleasant Valley Intermediate 7th grade band traveled to Southern Lehigh High School to take part in their first-ever adjudication and competition.

The band was evaluated by a pair of expert music educators, including one internationally renowned professor emeritus. In addition to being evaluated based on national standards for music education and performance, they also competed against middle school bands from three states, including a School for Performing Arts.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. will present its Car and Bike Extravaganza on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 at the fire company grounds, 2440 Fairyland Road, Lehighton.

The event will feature fun for the entire family. There will be vendors, bike builders, food and entertainment. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature the second annual Bike Show, while Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the ninth annual car show. Sunday will feature a Firemen's breakfast at 8 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday there will be a Poker Run for All.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Professional, seasoned and experienced musicians will gather and play for visitors on Friday during the first ever Jam Session held at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC).

The public event is free to spectators. Ever since Kathy Rimm and Jack Kulp began holding the free Open Stage events at the TCAC, talent showed up from all over to perform music, recite poetry, dance and more.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS In preparation of having the roof repaired on the old judges stand, it was moved on Monday to the corner of Eighth and Iron streets, Lehighton.

The judges stand that had been wasting away at the Lehighton Grove has a new corner to stand on.

Lehighton Borough workers moved the stand Monday morning to the corner of Iron and Eighth streets, from its former location along Seventh Street.

At the April meeting of Lehighton Borough Council, members voted to repair the roof of the judge's stand, formerly used at the Carbon County Fair when it was held in Lehighton.

Repairs will be paid for by a grant which must be spent by June 30, 2012.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

When Memorial Day marchers parade past the Lehighton Borough Annex on North Third Street, Monday, they likely will see that the structure has been named for a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice.

It is being called the "1Sp. Clyde R. Houser Jr. Building," as well as the borough annex.

Houser is one of four Lehighton and 13 Carbon County military members who died in the Vietnam War.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Numerous Tamaqua Area High School band members were presented with a number of band awards during a recent concert held in the Tamaqua Area School District auditorium. Two of the students receiving awards were Erin Raymond, 18, middle, who received the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the Tamaqua Raider Band Booster Scholarship, and Steven Moyer, 18, right, who received the Patrick Gilmore Award. Also pictured is Tamaqua Band Director Mark Beltz on left.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Rick Brownmiller, left, of Lehighton took advantage of having his beagles, Shania and Mazie, vaccinated against rabies during the spring rabies clinic held Sunday at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club, Lehighton. Shania, left is 6 years old and is Mazie's mother. Mazie is 3 years old. Brownmiller was assisted with his dogs by his brother, Ryan, right. Administering the injections was Dr. Betsy Squires, who was the veterinarian in charge. Approximately 100 inoculations were administered. Proceeds from the clinic benefited Carbon County Animal Shelter.