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Saturday, June 25, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Slatington Lions Club who were on hand during the installation of officers on Tuesday were Dale Benninger, Pete Papay, Tommy Nicholson, Lloyd Hopkins, Doug Heckman, Ted Harlan, Ted Kistler, Jim Layland, Fred Phillips, Herman Schiffer, Ed Hartman, Jeff Weidner, Claude Fenstermaker, Dan Evans, Matt Guesto, and Steve Walden.

Saturday, June 25, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The 1914 brass plaque listing the names of those from Summit Hill, Lansford and Coaldale who fought in the Civil War. The plaque is currently stored in the Lansford community center.

A large brass plaque bearing the names of Civil War veterans from Summit Hill, Lansford and Coaldale, as well as the names of the original members of the E.T. Conner Post No. 177 rests behind a piano and a desk in the Lansford community center.

The plaque, estimated to be about four feet high and six feet long, with an American eagle perched at the top center, was mounted on the wall of the then brand new Lansford High School.

Saturday, June 25, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, leads a hike through the native plant gardens at the center.

A bus tour sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, with the participation of 15 organizations, introduced what other people are doing that might be helpful in their own work.

Invited were people who deal with design, management or maintenance of lands used for recreation, industry, education, storm-water management, education or agriculture. The object was to demonstrate ideas and best management practices to manage lands through effective, environmentally friendly ways.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal at Marian Catholic High School, announced the top 10 graduates for the Class of 2011.

Katelyn Collevechio is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Collevechio of Summit Hill. She plans to attend LaSalle University majoring in speech pathology.

Brandon Dopira is the son of Dan Dopira and Bonnie Dopira of Summit Hill. He will be attending Villanova University majoring in chemical engineering.

Amanda Ketusky is the daughter of Diane Ketusky of Barnesville. She plans to attend King's College to become a physician assistant.

Saturday, June 25, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Tricia Schaefer (standing), owner of True Spa and Skin Care Center, Palmerton, stands beside Naomi Smith (left), Ruth Elliston (second from right), and Erma Gregory (right), residents of the Village of Palmerton seen displaying the herbal neck and eye wraps they made that are available for purchase.

If you're interested in a healthier, alternative way to tan, the professional sunless spray tanning currently offered at True Spa and Skin Care Center in Palmerton could be your ticket.

The new service is FDA approved, and produces a tan that is quick and natural looking, according to owner Tricia Schaefer.

Schaefer said the special ingredient used in the process is dihydroxyacetone, which is derived from sugarcanes and beets.

Saturday, June 25, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Trees can be seen growing from the steeple of the former St. Ann's church at 8 E. Bertsch Street, Lansford. The Allentown Diocese closed St. Ann's, along with 46 other churches, in July 2008 in anticipation of a shortage of priests. The diocese is selling the buildings, as well as their stained glass windows and other religious artifacts. The closures shuttered seven churches in Carbon County. In June, 2009, the body of the Rev. Leo Fahey was exhumed from his resting place at the church, and re-interred at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Jim Thorpe. Fahey was buried at St.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Four Shenandoah Valley High School students were honored by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville for actions taken which demonstrated their pride in their hometown.

Saturday, June 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Graduation ceremonies were held at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton. Graduating students graduating from eighth grade were, from left, front row, Emily Mriss, Sierra Volkert, Katelyn Hosler, and Tamra Haupt; and back row, Leanne Clee, eighth grade teacher; Jacob Fischer, the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield, Zoe David and Sherry Sernak, principal.

Graduation ceremonies were held at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton on June 9, beginning with liturgy led by the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield.

Following the ceremonies, the school community joined together to celebrate with dining and dancing in the school hall. Ss. Peter and Paul School and seventh grade students and parents provided refreshments and decorations. Vincent Vella, DJ, provided entertainment. Leanne Clee is the Ss. Peter and Paul School eighth grade teacher.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) – A summer road trip may not be such a bad idea after all.

Gasoline prices are falling fast. In the past 7 weeks, the average U.S. retail prices has dropped 38 cents to $3.60 per gallon. Another 25-cent drop is expected by mid-July.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that a staff member is available to meet with 11th District constituents who need help with federal programs, including Social Security, Veterans Affairs, Medicare, and more.

Barletta's field representative travels to state representatives' offices across the 11th District on the following schedule. Appointments are made through the state representatives' office staff: