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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Restroom construction

New restrooms are being constructed at the Summit Hill Little League baseball field on East Richards Street. In the right photo, Kenny Daney lays block for the walls of the structure. At left, Travis Romansky works on the wall. The field is heavily used for spring, summer and fall baseball.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
 District Deputy Grand Master Robert J. Neff distributes appreciation pins to the first responders from the Grand Master and Grand Lodge of the Free Masons of Pennsylvania.

First responders from within the Lehighton and Palmerton area school districts were honored during a short ceremony at the Lehighton Masonic Lodge No. 621 in Lehighton, Thursday.

Almost two dozen first responders and other guests received refreshments in the Masonic Lodge's fellowship hall while waiting for the Masons' meeting to close.

Towamensing Fire Company Chief Wayne Knirnschild said he received word about a month ago and decided to attend with several of his fellow firefighters.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Members of the Weissport Redneck Festival Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Weissport Borough hall.

Anyone interested in joining the committee is invited to attend. Volunteers are always welcome.

For additional information, call 610-377-5559.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The 2014 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Benefit Baseball Game between the Jim Thorpe Old-timers and Franklin Township Old-timers will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Christman Little League Field in Franklin Township.

A bake sale and Chinese auction start at noon.

Anyone who wants to donate an item for the Chinese auction should do so after 8 a.m. on May 18.

Proceeds will benefit Anastasia Susko of Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Penn-Kidder Elementary School has announced the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

Honor roll

Grade 3: Jave Butler, Bryana Calcano, Zariyah Cartagena, Willow Cashman, Katrin Cavanaugh, Jayden Chambers, James Chimenti, Richard Clarke, Nicole Corino, Benjamin Durange, Gianna Filosa, Amelia Flick, Antonio Jusino, Catalino Morales, Jackolyn Munson, Lisa Napoletano, Emily Patitucci, Rosemarie Reilly, Bailey Rogers, Justin Selby, Nichole Suero, Brandon Swartz, Aurora VanAuken, Andrew Warner, Alexis Wenzel

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The last week of April was a busy one in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua with two days set aside for the judge to hear criminal cases.

Four defendants chose to have preliminary hearings, one failed to appear and the rest all decided to wait until their cases were called in Schuylkill County Court.

Justin E. McArdle, 27, of 426 Arlington St., Tamaqua, didn't fare well with his preliminary hearing. Bayer found there was enough evidence to send charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking to the county level.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Conversations got heated more than once during Monday night's far-longer-than-usual East Penn Township Board of Supervisors meeting when one visitor after another lamented something they felt the supervisors were, or were not, handling.

First up, resident Harvey Keiper, who lives in front of property owned by resident Clair Troxell, complained that "It doesn't look like anything was done down there."

Troxell, who is being taken to court by the township in order to clean junk from his property, recently had his April court date continued until Aug. 30.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Preparations have been made for the sixth Annual Connell McCall Memorial Fishing Tournament to be held on Saturday, May 10, at the Nesquehoning Creek, sponsored by the Nesquehoning Conservation Club. Helping to make the event successful are members of the Friends of Connell McCall and the Emmett McCall Familyof Lansford, as well as area businesses. Pictured above, Bob Perrin, right, a member of the Friends of Connell McCall, accepts anenvelope containing donations to the club from Denise Coccio and John Surma of 209 Auto Repair, Coaldale.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Ehrmann

A former National Football League player will tackle the bullying issue as part of a free motivational speech at Palmerton Area High School.

"An Evening with Joe Ehrmann" will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.

Ehrmann will speak on "How Sports can Transform Lives," in an effort to educate the community on the real meaning of sports and the message they should be receiving from coaches and teachers.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The 2014 United Way of Carbon County Annual Dinner that was held recently at La Dolce Casa at DiMaggio's in Tamaqua.

Rick Tweed was introduced by Dr. Lisa Bleicher, current UWCC president. He represented the newest participating agency, the Penn-Kidder Ministerium After School Program.

The Penn-Kidder Ministerium After-School Program provides working parents with peace of mind in the knowledge that their children are safe and being well supervised during the critical after-school hours.