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Thursday, June 9, 2011
Susan Layland/Special to the Times News A shortage of water has delayed opening of the Northern Lehigh Pool.

The Northern Lehigh Swimming pool at Victory Park in Slatington was scheduled to open Saturday but a borough employee is accused of stealing water from the community and the pool is so short of water the opening has been delayed indefinitely.

Steve Martinez, a borough employee had been turning on the water to fill the community pool for the season for 20 years. Martinez did not expect there was a problem until charges were filed against him at the insistence of Councilwoman Kris Burek.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sherry Sernak, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton, has announced the names of the students who have qualified for the honor roll in the third marking period of the 2010-2011 school year.

Attaining Principal's List 95 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct were the following students: Katherine Aaron, Megan Aaron, Zoe David, Ryan Drazek, Michael Connor Hanley, Hailey Hoffman, Amy McConnell, Abigail Rakos, Benjamin Slaw and Kaia Slaw.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe borough manager Wesley A. Johnson speaks to Lansford council on Wednesday.

Since Lansford Borough secretary-treasurer Renee Slakoper left in May, and office clerk Bridget Cannon shortly thereafter, assistant secretary Karen Burrell has been shouldering the workload of three people.

She's doing an admirable job, council members said, but bills are piling up, correspondence is lagging and bank deposits are not being immediately logged. The borough needs to hire a replacement fast.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ÿ Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or rescheduled strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

Ÿ Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

Ÿ Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Rimm family art featured in Tamaqua

It's seven individuals, three different generations, and all in the family.

Each member of the Rimm family has a different perspective of the world around them and will share their talent during a multi-media exhibit called '6 to 76 - Generations of creativity,' set to open Friday, June 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gallery at the Tamaqua Art Center.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A proposal by the state Department of Transportation to route trucks through Lansford and Summit Hill in order to avoid the weakened Andrewsville bridge will take at least one month to put in place.

Meanwhile, Lansford council has asked PennDOT to send representatives to discuss the plan with borough officials. Solicitor Michael Greek faxed a letter to the department on Wednesday.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Lioness Club President Arlene Mullery, left, presents Gail Whalen a check for $100 for West End Mission. That and the food donation given the group underscores that Lioness also serve.

"Our mission is to help improve the lives of displaced and low-income individuals and families by providing transitional and temporary housing, a soup kitchen, counseling, and resources to help clients reestablish themselves in the community," is the formal declaration of West End Mission.

That message was brought to the Western Pocono Lioness Club members by Gail Whalen who has been part of the founding group since such an entity was the inspiration of the Rev. Mike Eckroth, pastor of Salem United Church of Christ in Gilbert.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Certification is required by Pennsylvania law for all first-time hunters. Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education 2011 classes will be held Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Kunkletown Rod and Gun Club, Smith Gap Rd., Kunkletown, who is sponsoring the classes.

Pre-registration is required for class because of limited seating. No walk-ins. The minimum age is 11.

To register, contact instructor Bill Marks between 6-9 p.m. at (570)992-1072.

Lunches will be available at course for a nominal fee.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Coal Bowl playground has been restored for students in the Palmerton Area School District to utilize.

A project to restore a popular playground in the Palmerton Area School District has been completed.

Mary Jo King, president of the S.S. Palmer/Parkside Education PTO, informed the school board on Tuesday that work to the Coal Bowl was officially completed over the weekend.

"I'm so happy and proud to be part of such a wonderful team," King said. "Everybody played an important role who was there."

King said donations were received from local businesses, and thanked the board and district for their support.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Aches, pains, sprains, cuts, rashes, fevers, vertigo, broken toe ...

Have you ever been faced with a health-related concern, and weren't sure whether to rush to the emergency room, call the doctor, or just handle the problem yourself?

Join Dr. Danish Saeed as he discusses a variety of health-related problems and which ones are considered serious enough to seek medical aid or minor enough to treat on your own.