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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Christ Lutheran Church, 189 Church Rd., Jim Thorpe, is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon. on Sunday, June 26, in conjunction with Miller-Keystone Blood Center.

"We're grateful to Christ Lutheran Church for their continued support in maintaining an adequate blood supply within our local region," said Marie D'Amato, donor services representative.

As part of the blood center's June promotions, donors registering at this drive or any other MKBC community blood drive in June can enter to win a $250 Visa card, two IronPigs baseball tickets and a picnic basket of goodies.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/times news

Members of the Shoemaker-Haydt Post of Lehighton American Legion Korean War Last Man's Club, organized on March 21, 1966, held their annual banquet Sunday at the Post to honor dead and living Korean war veterans. Their guest speaker was Rep. Doyle Heffley, who is also a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Pictured placing a memorial wreath on the Lehighton War Memorial, from left, are Last Man's Club President Robert Berger Jr., Randy Rabenhold, who provided the toast of the living, and Daniel Kurdilla, who provided the toast of the dead.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
CARLA BINDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A mama bear and two cubs paid a daytime visit to the 100 block of Edgemont Avenue in Palmerton on May 31.

A mama bear and two cubs created excitement in a Palmerton neighborhood on the morning of May 31 and the visit was captured on camera by Carla Binder of Edgemont Avenue.

"I must say, it was an exciting morning when the bears went through our neighborhood," she said. "This particular family, a mama and her two cubs, had wandered through our yard on previous evenings after dark."

She noted that the cubs usually went up the steps of her deck to investigate the bird feeders.

On this particular morning, the two cubs walked through the yard, one at a time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta recently began holding roundtable talks with groups of local experts in the areas of education and business to talk about ideas and best practices he can bring to Washington.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Carol Zickler/special to the times news

Some of the parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nesquehoning bid a fond farewell to their pastor Rev. Anthony Drouncheck, during a going-away party at the church. His new assignment is pastor of St. Mary's in Catasauqua. Seen are Frank Parano, Yolanda Kosciolek, John York, Father Tony, and Lenore Lakata.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The telephone number for Sharpe's Deli & Dogs was incorrect in a story that ran Friday. The correct number is (570)645-4616.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

HARRISBURG – The state Senate on Monday unanimously approved Gov. Tom Corbett's nomination of Robert E. Ames of Coaldale to serve on Pennsylvania's Nursing Board.

The state Board of Nursing establishes rules and regulations for the licensure and practice of professional and practical nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and provides for the examination of all applicants.

State Sen. Argall (R-29) and state Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-124) strongly supported the governor's nomination.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Polycythemia Vera (PV) Community Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting to provide updates on investigations related to the blood disease in communities in and around Tamaqua.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A $266,000 Community Revitalization Program grant from the Department of Community and Economic Growth (DCED) will be used to renovate the Jim Thorpe Senior High School football stadium.

The Jim Thorpe school directors plan to vote on bids at the next board meeting. The plan is to have the project finished around Oct. 11. School superintendent Barbara Conway said there is nothing definitive yet about how the renovations will affect the upcoming football season.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Carbon County Career and Technical Institute seniors graduated on June 9. The following students received awards and recognition.

Nicole Henry was named valedictorian and Tiffany Ruch, salutatorian. The senior class officers were Trisha Ruch, president; Crystal Sparrow, vice-president; Tiffany Ruch, secretary and Ray Zuber, treasurer.

Special awards

Jonathan Baptiste and Nicole Henry: Scholastic Excellence Award for academic achievement and leadership as a high school scholar.

Aaron Papay: United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award.