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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Some Panther Valley residents are on Cloud 9 today after meeting "Old Blue Eyes" in the flesh. When Frank Sinatra, along with daughter, Nancy, and comedian Charlie Callas, opened a week-long run in Atlantic City, seated at stageside, as Sinatra's personal guests, were Bob and Marigrace Parfitt of White Bear, adn Bob's sister and brother-in-law, Natalie and Walt Whiteman of Winston-Salem, N.C. After the show, the two couples were invited backstage to spend some long-to-be-remembered moments with the legend himself.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

All the kindergarteners from the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua performed a number of music skits for their parents and teachers as part of their graduation day program held Tuesday in the school gym.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS 'All aboard for Tamaqua Summerfest.' Michael McDevitt of Coatesville, engineer of the Brandywine Miniature Railroad, is shown recently in Schuylkill Haven where he invited members of the Victorian Highwheelers of Tamaqua to ride the train, from left: Darlene Straub, Dan Horengic, John Poponiak, Don Shoup and Don Serfass. Both attractions, the train and highwheelers, will be part of the free entertainment on Father's Day in Tamaqua.

Family-oriented entertainment is on the agenda all day long at the 21st Annual Tamaqua Summerfest to take place on Father's Day Sunday, kicking off the summer season in the Tamaqua area.

The event is presented by the Tamaqua Historical Society and takes place rain or shine, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Carbon/Monroe County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Danadee M. Miller-Boyle, wants to remind farmers and landowners that local FSA county committee nominations begin on June 15.

Farmers and ranchers are urged to participate in this year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the August 1 deadline. County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S Department of Agriculture and provide a voice to landowners, farmers and ranchers so that their opinions and ideas can be heard.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Logan Thomson

Logan Thomson of Walnutport has been named March's Girl of the Month from the Woman's Club of Slatington.

The Northern Lehigh High School senior is a member of the Northern Lehigh Marching Band (drum major), Pit Orchestra, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, Concert Choir, and National Honor Society.

She was selected to PMEA District 10 Band in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and Lehigh County Honors Band in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Thomson also created the website for the Northern Lehigh High School Music Department.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Naturalist Robin Tracey, Environmental Education Specialist, will be holding a trail hike on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake on Saturday, June 11.

The trail is 4 miles in length and is rated difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a view of the forest below. Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail."

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Hikers are to meet at the visitor parking lot at 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is required. Hike will not be held if it rains.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will host a free community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News

Annette Ritzko, a St. Jerome Regional School (SJRS), Tamaqua, 8th grade student, was one of 23 winners in the country to be selected as part of the the annual Holy Childhood Association Christmas card art contest. Her work will be available on an electronic Christmas card and the original will be displayed in the National Basilica in Washington, DC. Annette is the daughter of Nick and Maria Ritzko of Coaldale. Ritzko, 12, also received a framed copy of her art work from Kim Zardet, the Diocesan Director of the Holy Childhood Association. Pictured with Ritzko, from left, are St.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Shown with their flags at The Summit nursing home in Lehighton are, from left, John King and Albert E. Kaplan, veterans and residents; and back row, Navy Club Auxiliary members, Althea Siesputowski, president; Felicia-Sue Anthony, master-at-arms; Sue Anthony, senior vice; and Steven Anthony, chaplain.

In celebration of yesterday's Flag Day, members of the Navy Club Auxiliary of Carbon County distributed flags to local nursing homes and care centers.

The distribution included 86 flags to The Summit nursing home in Lehighton, 48 to residents at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Geriatric Center in Coaldale and 125 to the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Staff and visitors at all three locations were also presented flags.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tempers flared after the results of a study conducted to measure the level of noise generated by a business in Lower Towamensing Township were revealed.

Stephen Ross, representing Great American Pellets, informed the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday of the results of the unofficial sound study he recently performed to measure decibel levels claimed to come from Great American Pellets.