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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Join the Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Phifer Ice Dam Park pavilion. Meats and refreshments will be provided. Bring a covered dish or treats to share with everyone. This is a great time to mix with fellow members and business persons. A donation will be asked to covere miscellaneous expenses. For additional information or reservations call 610-377-2191. All members and families of the Carbon County Chamber are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold Vacation Bible School, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, June 19 to Thursday, June 23. The theme is "Shake It Up Cafe." Everyone from age 3 to grade six is invited to attend. Call the church office at 610-377-4303 or check the website at www.tlclehighton.com to register.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
M. CRAIG MCDONALD/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Penn Forest Township resident Fred Kirkpatrick shows residents copies of photos he considers degrading images. The photos were copied from Penn Forest Township Supervisor Alan Katz' website. More than 60 people attended the Monday night meeting and applauded after Kirkpatrick left the podium in disgust over what he perceives Katz's website as an act against the residents of Penn Forest. Katz can be seen with his camera videotaping residents. Chairman Paul Montemuro sits center.

Penn Forest resident Jeff Antonucci cited ethics violations and personal enrichment charges against Penn Forest Supervisor Alan Katz, for what he claimed were lewd and vulgar renderings of Penn Forest Township depicted where residents are called "clowns" in a website produced and written by Katz.

Katz was blasted by members of the public at the Penn Forest Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night, for behavior contrary to representation of the township.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Five area professional instructional teachers were among 27 placed into a furlough pool effective July 1 by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board at its monthly meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus in Marlin, Norwegian Township.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Two of 12 persons arrested last year as part of what authorities called, "Operation Golden Dope", entered guilty pleas on Carbon County court Monday. The two were among four persons scheduled to select juries on Monday to hear their case but instead entered into plea bargains.

Dealing heroin

Zachary Robert Lienhard, 20, and Amanda Dawn Rogers, 23, of Nesquehoning, each pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Jordan Ruzicka, a senior at Palmerton Area High School, will graduate with the rest of the PAHS Class of 2011 during commencement exercises this Wednesday. Last month, she received her associate degree in applied science and math with honors while still in high school.

Talk about getting a leg up on the competition.

Come Wednesday at 7 p.m., senior Jordan Ruzicka will graduate with the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2011.

But, unlike her fellow classmates, this will mark the second time in less than a month that Ruzicka dons the cap and gown.

Just several weeks earlier, Ruzicka lined up for commencement exercises as part of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Class of 2011.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Caregiver stress is a well-known and serious consequence of long term caregiving, yet many family caregivers do not know where to turn for help. They frequently ignore their own physical and emotional needs in order to care for loved ones suffering with Alzheimer's Disease.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, an Alzheimer's Support Group will meet at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The group will meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Food pantry

The Shepherd House Food Pantry at Ebenezer E.C. Church will be open on Saturday, June 11 from 9-11 a.m. Please note the change in hours. Recipients must reside within the Jim Thorpe School District. The pantry is located at 441 Center Ave. in Jim Thorpe. Please call (570) 325-2855 for more information or to volunteer.

Vacation Bible School

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Philadelphia Press Association announced Sunday that several works published by the TIMES NEWS in 2010 have been singled out for the "Best of the Best" awards, the PPA's recognition of outstanding writing and photography in the Tri-State metro region.

In PPA competition, TIMES NEWS work is judged against daily newspapers in Greater Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey.

TIMES NEWS articles by Donald R. Serfass, Karen Cimms and Amy Miller will be recognized.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

About two dozen vehicles in Lehighton and Mahoning Township had tires slashed Friday night and into the early morning hours of Saturday.

Among the vehicles were two transport ambulances parked in the 800 block of North First Street (Mahoning Township).

Ken Barnes, chief of police in Mahoning, sad a majority of the tires slashed were on the left front of the vehicles.

In Mahoning, the vandalism mostly happened in the 800 and 900 blocks of North First Street.

In Lehighton, a lot of the damage was on North Second Street and North Third Street.