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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Student interest in Dual Enrollment, a partnership between the Palmerton School District and Lehigh-Carbon Community College that allows students to take courses while still in high school, remains at an all-time high.

The school board heard a presentation on Dual Enrollment from Richard DeSocio, high school guidance counselor at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe, is hosting the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the World War I Monument.

The parade will start from Memorial Park and travel on 10th Street to left onto Center Street and then right onto Ninth Street, where it will stop at the Fairview Hose Company for a memorial service at the World War II Monument. The parade will then continue down North Street to Sixth Street and right onto Center Street to Second Street where it will end.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Announcing a $204,000 Safe Routes to Schools grant for Rush Township, are left to right: Gary Bender, grant writer, Schuylkill County Office of Economic Development; Dominic Yanuzzi, Alfred Benesch & Company; Alan Baranski, vice president, NEPA Alliance; Stephen W. Simchak, chairman, Rush Township board of supervisors; Frank Staudenmeier, county commissioner; Bill Hanley, aide to Congressman Tim Holden; Mantura Gallagher, chairman, Schuylkill County board of commissioners; and Frank McAndrew, commissioner.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Firefighters from Citizens Fire Company Unit 2 as well as other Schuylkill and Carbon County firefighters responded to a structure fire that started around 5 p.m. Friday evening at the home of Anne and Paul Posey on North Lehigh Street in Tamaqua.

"A very quick response from firefighters saved our home and I am very grateful to them," said Anne Posey.

Firefighters and rescuers from Summit Hill, Coaldale, and Tamaqua responded. No serious injuries were reported.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Chris DeMars, Weatherly, uses a torch to color the fur of a carved bear last Wednesday morning at the corner of Lyndwood Street and Elmore Avenue in Hometown. The property is owned by Jack Selby, who decided to create the bear from the trunk of a 100-year-old maple tree.

This twelve-foot bear is getting a facelift and when it's finished, it might just be the largest, most handsome bear in the area.

The oversized creature is located in the side yard of a residence along Lyndwood Street and Elmore Avenue in Hometown and has been an ongoing project by property owner Jack Selby, who lives with his wife at a nearby Ardmore Avenue residence.

Selby has been restoring the Lyndwood Street property inside and out, and didn't want to see a majestic, 100-year-old maple tree on that parcel meet a total demise.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will be holding their last meeting before the summer break on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, located at 24 Broadway. The Democratic candidates selected in the primary will be invited to speak.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Barrett Ravenhurst of the Emporium of Curious Goods, and Susan Sterling, director of the Dimmick Memorial Library discuss the bas relief chimera of a lion peering through dense foliage above the entrance door.

Just over a century ago, chimeras, grotesques and gargoyles were fashionable decorative treatments on public buildings. These features, drawn from fantasy and mythology, added a gothic character to the architecture of Mauch Chunk, current Jim Thorpe, during the late Victorian period.

In architecture, a chimera is a fantastic, mythical or grotesque decorative feature. A grotesque is an eerie character carved in stone. A gargoyle is a pipe-like device (think of the word gargle) used as a spout to drain water from a roof.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Party organizer Phillis Carter and pianist John Melley, both of Tamaqua, pause for a photo.

Parishioners and community members laughed and smiled as they participated in the First United Methodist Church's annual 'Name That Tune' party held Sunday in which people guessed tunes played on the organ by pianist John Melley.

Participants also won household prizes if they answered correctly.

Phillis Carter, chair, Methodist Outreach Ministries, and other members organized the community event.

For more information on the church's monthly community events, visit its Facebook page.

"The event was a success and everyone had a great time," said Carter.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
M. CRAIG MCDONALD/Special to the TIMES NEWS Kidder Township Awarded Four Outstanding Individuals Trophies of Service And Sacrifice, At The Kidder Board of Supervisors Meeting On Thursday Night. Each Individual was chosen based on merit derived from continuous service to the community without being identified by name. Left to Right is presenter, Kidder Township Supervisor Chairman, Larry Polansky, Kidder Fire Chief Joseph Lennon accepting on behalf of his son Lake Harmony Firefighter, Emergency Service Person of the Year, Joseph Lennon, Center is Winner, Lake Harmony Rescue Squad Service Person of The Year, Terry Smith Albrightsville, Kerril Lanum, Kidder Firefighter Emergency Service Person of the Year, and Gene Getz, Albrightsville Firefighter Emergency Service Person of the Year.

The Kidder Township Board of Supervisors recognized four outstanding individuals who contributed to the community in lifesaving ways in 2010.

Chosen on the basis of the service they provided were Lake Harmony Firefighter, Joseph Lennon, Emergency Service Person of the Year; Gene Getz, Albrightsville Emergency Service Person of the Year; Kerril Lanum, Emergency Service Person of the Year, Kidder Township Fire Department and Lake Harmony Rescue Squad; Firefighter, winner of Service Person of the Year, Terry Smith,.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
GLENN MUMMEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lisa Price, Rush Planning Board secretary, reviews a proposal for the TIDEWood Industrial Park, as board members Cathy Riotto and Robert Ritsick listen to a Benesch Engineering representative.

Genetic engineering could be coming to the TIDEwood Industrial Park in Hometown – genetic engineering for chickens.