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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lou Barletta (R) 11th and State Senator John Yudichak (D) 14th have announced an event to help combat increasing gang activity in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The two lawmakers are sponsoring a Gang Awareness and Action Panel Discussion on Wednesday June 8th at 6 p.m. in The Kostos Building, Room K-1 on the Penn State Hazleton Campus, University Drive in Sugarloaf Township. The event is open to the public.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Barry Navarre of Orefield, Lehigh County, inspects a light fixture before the auction of Costello's restaurant in Coaldale on Saturday.

A West Penn Township tavern owner on Saturday offered the sole bid $30,000 for the landmark Costello's restaurant at 100 E. High St., Coaldale.

Bob Carnes, who owns the Clamtown Tavern, offered the sole bid for the restaurant at an auction held Saturday. But Carnes as of early Wednesday had yet to hear whether the Costello family would accept the bid.

Efforts to reach Costello family members were unsuccessful.

If they do accept his bid, Carnes said, he'll keep the restaurant and its bar open, and would even consider keeping the Costello name, if the family agrees.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area UVO with members from American Legion Post Post 304, Jim Thorpe and VFW Post 294, Albrightsvile conduct Memorial Day services at St. Joseph Cemetery in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Coaldale police and firefighters responded to a two-vehicle accident just before 5 p.m. Tuesday on SR209 in the Seek part of Coaldale. Reportedly, David Olinger, Lansford, was driving a tan Oldsmobile Intrigue eastbound when he swerved into oncoming traffic and impacted the driver's side of a red Subaru Legacy driven by Catherine Figueroa of Coaldale. Figueroa was treated on scene by paramedics for multiple injuries, including an injury to her right arm, and then transported via Lansford ambulance to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale. Olinger refused medical treatment.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Towamensing Elementary School Chorus presented their Spring Concert, "Teach Me To Swing" with musical jazz favorites like, "Blue Skies," "The Flat Foot Floogie" with soloist Sydney Geist, "It Don't Mean A Thing" with soloist Abby Huber, "Now's The Time," "Scattin' Around" featuring Matthew Binder, Chase Dailey and Ebony Ragin, "Summertime" with soloists Heather Leech and Alexandra Crispo, "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Sing Sing Sing" with soloist Ezekiel Himmelwright and "Teach Me to Swing" featuring Ivy Turner and Amy Williamson.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nutition manager in the Panther Valley School District Vicki Stahr (center) is seen at a nutrition table along with Maria Yeselski and Aaron Kowalski. Looking on are some of the students.

Compliments of nutrition manager Vicki Stahr; Lisa Mace, Panther Valley Middle School principal; and Kathy Inama, PVMS nurse, the school held a Nutrition Fair exposing the students to all of the food groups to the Food Pyramid.

Some of the tables at the event were from the American Cancer Society, Safe Kids, Penn State Cooperative Extension, an Exercise Booth, and Drugs and Alcohol. Students each got a ticket with a chance to win a prize and at the end of the day a bicycle was awarded to a lucky child.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A former Carbon County man was sentenced to a long state prison term on Tuesday for his part in a four-county burglary and drug ring.

Robert Cesanek, 23, formerly of Nesquehoning and currently an inmate in the county prison, was sentenced to a total term of 42 to 84 months on Schuylkill County Senior Judge D. Michael Stine, specially presiding in Carbon.

Cesanek previously pleaded guilty to five criminal counts including burglary, thefts and simple assasult.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Laurel and Bobby Ohl prepare to place flags in the holders around the veterans' monument.

"Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree" were the words of a popular 1970s song by Tony Orlando.

The trees in the Walnutport Park on Washington Street may not be oaks but they sprouted yellow and red, white and blue ribbons as the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 decorated the park on May 28.

The yellow is for men and women serving in the military now and hoping they come home safely, and the red, white and blue are for those who served previously.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning held a Veterans Appreciation Program the day after Memorial Day. Taking part in the ceremony were members of Jim Thorpe Legion Post 304. Left to right are Robert Wagner, William Diehm, vocalist Angela Nardini, main speaker Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein (Air Force vet of Vietnam era), Francie O'Donnell, John Gallagher (front), chaplain Gilbert Henry, and CC Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Deroisers.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Administrative Committee members listen as auditor Gregory J. Shank of Maillie, Falconiero & Co., LLC, advises them on how to better keep tabs on borough money. From left are Danielle Smith, Shank, Adam Webber and Mary Kruczek.

Lansford borough needs to keep a hawk eye on its money, and take a close look at its past to map out its fiscal future, an auditor told council's Administrative Committee on Tuesday.

"Many boroughs and townships across the state are facing dilemmas with decreasing resources and rising expenses. So they need to look at a better and more timely budgeting process and monitoring process to deal with these potential challenges," said auditor Gregory J. Shank of Maillie, Falconiero & Co., LLC.