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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Carol Zickler/special to the tinmes news

Panther Valley Middle School Principal Lisa Mace, left, with award recipients at the recent eighth grade graduation. They are Stephen Brili, recipient of the MaryAnn DeSei Principal's Award, and Chris Weber and Abbegail Whildin, recipients of the Senator Dave Argall Citizenship Award.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

West Penn Township police took one male into custody after a traffic accident early today at the intersection of state routes 309 and 895 in the village of Snyders. The crash occurred just after 3 a.m. when a car was found on its roof along the east berm of SR309 just north of the intersection. A short time later police found a male behind a nearby strip mall and took him into custody. It is unknown if any other persons were in the vehicle. The male was evaluated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and released. Responding to the scene were the West Penn Fire Co. No. 1 and fire police.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Special to the Times News

Lansford's 2011 Poppy Queen, Monique Butrie, hands the first poppy to Mayor Ron Hood. Monique, 18, is the daughter of Joe and Wendy Butrie of Lansford. Also pictured is Junior Poppy Queen Charisma Wagner, 8, and Poppy King Zachery Swolensky, 6. Charisma is the daughter of Larry Wagner, Summit Hill. Zachary is the son of Paul and Angelique Swolensky of Coaldale.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

On July 2, at 7:30 p.m., naturalist George Gress will host a program on bog turtles at Locust Lake Amphitheatre. Gress is a fire specialist/land steward for the Nature Conservancy and manages the bog turtle program in Pennsylvania.

During the program, participants will learn about the smallest turtles in Pennsylvania that are federally listed as threatened and are protected under the Endangered Species Act. They will also view photographs, taken by Gress, on the habitats and lives of these turtles.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Palmerton Area School District has realigned several administrative positions.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve the change in assignment for Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum & instruction, to Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Secondary Level Discipline Support, effective July 1, 2011.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will be holding their 3rd annual Picnic at the Christman Farm, 6495 Pohopoco Rd., Lehighton on Saturday, June 25 from 1-4 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, June 26. It will be a potluck affair with games, hiking, music, activities for the kids and a silent auction. Meat and drinks will be provided, as well as vegetarian chili. Contact CCDC president Linda Christman at 610-377-0235 or email lachris@ptd.net to let her know that you plan to attend.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
FILE PHOTOS/ANDREW LEIBENGUTH Tamaqua high school girls and friends paint their faces during last year's Relay For Life.

The Hometown Farmer's Market will be filled with hundreds of walkers and runners this Friday into Saturday during Tamaqua's 18th annual Relay For Life held, rain or shine, via the local Carbon-Tamaqua chapter of the American Cancer Society to raise donations and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. Dozens of enthusuastic relay teams and supporters will camp out and walk the course for the 24-hour event starting 2 p.m. Friday, and ending 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The West End Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the West End Fairgrounds, Route 209, Gilbert. Music will be provided at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Chris Eckert. There will be peddle tractor pulls by the Pocono Old Tyme Farm Equipment Association and a display by the Pocono Mountain Garden Railway Society, plus other events. Refreshments will be available. Preregistration for car should call 610-681-4045 or 570-629-7363. The event benefits Western Pocono Jaycees. Admission is charged. Dash plaques will be given to the first 300 entries.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

An engagement ring, lost more than 50 years ago, was found by Mrs. John Evans while working in the garden at her home in Tamaqua. The ring, a heavy 18-karat gold band, was lost by Mrs. Josiah C. Sparks, the former Carrie Irene DePui, who then occupied the house. She made repeated searches but was unable to locate it. Mrs. Evans gave the ring to Mrs. Clarence Tinley, a daughter of Mrs. Sparks, who lives next door. The ring was not tarnished and the initials inside the band can be seen as clearly as the day it was lost.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Frank DiMiceli

Frank B. DiMiceli, a member of Nesquehoning Borough Council who has devoted most of his life to public service, died unexpectedly on Monday in Nesquehoning.

DiMiceli, who was a former chief of police in Weatherly and also had been a member of the Capitol Police Department in Washington D.C., had served two years on the borough council.

His term expires at the end of this year and he was not seeking re-election.