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Monday, June 13, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Panelists in a seminar entitled "In & Beyond the Schoolyard – Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue" are, from left, Summit Hill Chief of Police Joseph Fittos Jr., Kim Mulik of the Carbon County Juvenile Probation Office, Jim Thorpe High School Principal Tom Lesisko, Lehighton Area High School teacher Cristi Marchetti, and Weatherly Area School District nurse Rebekah McFadden. The event was staged by Behavioral Health Associates.

Bullying has many ugly faces.

It can be physical, verbal, attained through social exclusion, sexual or cyber.

These various types of bullying were examined during a public seminar conducted by Behavioral Health Associates at the Packer Ridge Academy in Mahoning Township.

About 30 people attended the event titled "In & Beyond the Schoolyard Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue."

Monday, June 13, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Joe Uhnak, second from left, of the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization receives a donation from the Rev. William Campion, second from right, paster of Sacred Heart Parish Church of Palmerton. Also pictured are Richard Nothstein, far left, and George Duell Jr., far right.

Community support continues to pour in for a veteran's memorial set to be erected in Palmerton.

The parishioners of the Sacred Heart Church of Palmerton were the latest to give a donation to the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization for the eventual construction of the memorial.

Over $1,800 was raised as part of a collection over Memorial Day weekend, said George Duell Jr., Freedom Team Salute, Ambassador, U.S. Army.

"We're just pleased with our parishioners," Duell said. "They were generous; we got more than we thought."

Monday, June 13, 2011
 Larry Neff/special to the times news

Rush Township police are investigating a shooting incident in which a bullet shattered a kitchen window in a residence at 135 Wertman road on Sunday at 10 a.m. Police officer Richard Sinton reported that a small child was in the room when the smaller caliber bullet struck the window. None of the residents of the home were injured. Sinton, who canvassed the area, believed the bullet may have originated from a careless person target shooting since a bullet of that caliber could travel a mile.

Monday, June 13, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Jeremy James Nansteel of Lansford, son of Jeremy and Sarah Nansteel, used the maracas to accompany the dance musicat the after-graduation party held at Penn's Peak

for the homeschoolersof theCommonwealth Connections Academy on June 8. Jeremy will be 2 in September.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Makenzie Baird, 9, of Jim Thorpe, shows off some of her souvenirs she collected while on a trip to Florida, sponsored by Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

A number of area youngsters recently enjoyed the magic of Walt Disney World, thanks to to a dream-fulfilling trip to Florida courtesy of the Blue Ridge Chapter of Dream Come True.

Monday, June 13, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School senior Nicole Czarnecki (center) holds a $5,000 Pennsylvania Automotive Association Foundation Community Service Scholarship she recently received at Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Pictured next to Czarnecki are (l-r) Greg Rentschler, assistant manager, Fred Rentschler, co-owner, Mike Czarnecki, service manager and Nicole's father, and Rick Rentschler, co-owner.

A job well done does indeed comes with its share of perks.

There's no doubt the four years of hard work Nicole Czarnecki put into her academic studies has paid off.

Czarnecki, a senior at Northern Lehigh High School, was a recipient of a $5,000 Pennsylvania Automotive Association Foundation Community Service Scholarship, given in recognition of outstanding service, dedicated involvement and ongoing commitment to the well-being of the greater community.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Elsa Kerschner/Times news Northwestern Lehigh class officers for 2011 are Jess Dietrich, president; Melissa Wessner, secretary; Jake Kasprenski, vice president and Katie Hughes, treasurer.

Bouquets of tiger lilies, the class flower for the Northwestern Lehigh Class of 2011, began and ended Saturday's graduation ceremony at Stabler Arena.

On entering the arena, guests saw that lilies brightened the stage, complimenting the orange of the tigers on the backdrop. At the end of the ceremony, each former student received a flower to take home.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news The driver of this vehicle lost control and the car crashed into a utility pole, forcing the closing of Route 209 between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe late last night and early Monday.

State route 209 in Nesquehoning was closed to traffic for several hours Sunday night and early Monday after a one car crash left a PPL utility pole, carrying high power lines, dangling across the roadway.

The crash occurred at 9:59 a.m. about a half mile east of the intersection with SR93. The male driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene by members of the Nesquehoning ambulance and Lehighton paramedics, then handcuffed and placed into a Nesquehoning police cruiser. He was later taken for a blood alcohol test at the Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Panther Valley High School students who took part in the 2011 National Financial Capabilities Challenge include Emily Clewell and Gus Altemose. Sitting is Bryn Watkins.

Panther Valley's Personal Finance students excelled in The National Finance Capabilities Challenge, a test administered by the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Education to increase students' financial knowledge so they can take control over their financial futures.

Students learn how to prepare for making smart choices about earning and spending, saving and investing, using credit wisely, insurance and risk management, taxes and paying college and more.