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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jim Thorpe Chamber will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Bear Mountain Butterflies, Route 903 just north of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner, left, congratulates newly-hired Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver. Cleaver replaces James Kraky, who is retiring after having served as LASD superintendent since 2007.

Without any furloughs, Lehighton Area School Board has approved the final budget for the 2012-2013 school year, with no real estate tax increase.

"We have a strong school district right now and we're happy to be able to give our taxpayers a break," school board President Rocky Ahner said.

"We've been saving money. So, we're able to not raise taxes this year with no furloughs."

Thursday, June 21, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Dennis Blocker, president of Blocker Enterprises, stands in front of new store location, 497 S. Ninth St., Lehighton. The business has its grand opening Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with prizes, discounts, refreshments, and demo rides.

A new chapter is beginning for Blocker Enterprises, a business founded by Dennis Blocker of Lehighton 42 years ago that is so successful the mere name has become virtually synonymous with motorcycles and snowmobiles throughout the region.

Blocker Enterprises has moved to a different location, 497 S. Ninth Street in Lehighton, and on Saturday the firm has its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Looking over the East Broad Street bridge in Tamaqua, Makayla Bartenopa, 6, throws cereal to newborn ducklings with her great grandmother Gladys Weaver.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

During the Franklin Township board of supervisors meeting held Tuesday, supervisors adopted a resolution to approve planning modules, pending approval of the Carbon County Planning Commission, for the Snyder Christmas Tree Estates and also adopted the estate's revised plans.

The board adopted an ordinance that replaces a resolution of rules and regulations of the public sewer system, and also amended an ordinance that adds attorney fees to the cost of collection for garbage fees.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The alternative work program at the Carbon County Correctional Facility has been suspended indefinitely.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board on Wednesday, Frank Shubeck, director of the work release program, announced that the alternative work program, which gives inmates the opportunity to work on community projects and receive time off their sentence, has been suspended due to misconduct and disciplinary problems from some of the participating inmates.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kelsey Ziegler, 12, left, and Merranda Zehner, 14, enjoy themselves as the TIMES NEWS photographer uses his underwater camera to snap their photo.

Cool fun

at the

Bungalow

Temperatures in the mid-90s yesterday made for cool, refreshing fun at many community pools. Hundreds of people could be seen enjoying themselves at the H.D. Buehler Memorial Bungalow Pool in Tamaqua.

Bottom left, Michael Bonetsky, 11, looks as if he is suspended in air as he jumps off the high dive. He is the son of Steve and Dee Bonetsky.

Bottom right, taking a refreshing plunge into the water is Devon Zehner, 11, son of Shawn and Amy Zehner.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Two Luzerne County men convicted of harassing Sarah Palin's Alaska lawyers have been ordered to pay $15,010 in restitution.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Wednesday ordered Shawn and Craig Christy of McAdoo to immediately pay the amount to the law firm Clapp, Peterson, Tiemessen, Thorsness, Johnson LLC.

The firm sought restitution for billable hours that it said were spent dealing with the large volume of harassing calls to its offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Keri Ramsay, assistant to the principal at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School, will be the new reading supervisor as of July 1 when Dora Tartar, the current reading supervisor, retires after 40 years in the education profession.

Ms. Ramsay gave a power point presentation on how the district will utilize the grant money the district received from a Keystone to Opportunity/Striving Readers Grant in the amount of $221,024. PVSD was one of 58 school districts in Pennsylvania to receive funding from this grant.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

State police are investigating a vehicle accident that occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on Valley Road in Lewistown Valley, Walker Township. An older male driver was seen lying outside his wrecked car. No other information was available as of press time. Responding in addition to state police were volunteer firefighters and fire police from Walker Township's New England Valley Fire Company and West Penn Fire Company.