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Thursday, May 10, 2012
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS DCNR Forester Frank Snyder (right)presents a flag and sticker for the Tree City USA sign denoting seven years as an official Tree City USA participant to Dr. Louis Vermillion (left) and members of the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission. In the photo (left to right) are Vermillion, Shade Tree Commission member Ann Markey, donor Cole McLaughlin, volunteer Charlie Vasiliou, Shade Tree Commission member John Kupec and Snyder.

Weather conditions this spring have not been kind to trees and as a result, the 13th annual Arbor Day tree planting became more a maintenance project although three trees were successfully planted in two Summit Hill parks this year by the Shade Tree Commission headed by Dr. Louis Vermillion.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chestnuthill Township Supervisor Vice Chairman Dave Fleetwood requested township solicitor Joesph McDonald to prepare a resolution authorizing the Board to put a time limit on a person from the audience to speak. The board said they would review it and discuss it at the June meeting.

The Chestnuthill Township supervisors approved (3-0) several FOB material bids at the last meeting.

Eureka Stone was awarded the bids for #57 stone, binder 19.0mm, wearing 9.5mm, 2A stone.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eleven members of the Tamaqua "Raider" Band were selected for the 2012 Junior Schuylkill County Band, including: (front row) Chance Szabo, Damon Gulick, Arie Serniak, Alyssa DelBorrello, Amy Gardiner, Emma Osenbach; (second row) Julia Shellhamer, Austin Zwolenik, Morgan Veglia, Aaron Rega, Aimee Hull.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area High School Concert Band in concert last month.

The Palmerton Area High School Concert Band will perform on the bandstand in the Borough Park on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"They really kept it a secret," said a delighted Winifred McFadden of her five children and their spouses. The Jim Thorpe mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother was referring to the surprise announcement that she was selected "1990 Mother of the Year" by the Jim Thorpe Memorial Park Commission. Mrs. McFadden was honored by a gathering of over 260 people at the 18th annual Mother's Day dinner-dance at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Audubon Society/Special to the TIMES NEWS Scouts plant native wildflowers at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Over 30 volunteer scouts and parents came out to the Lehigh Gap Nature Center on an overcast and misty Sunday to plant 200 native wildflowers in an attempt to encourage one rare species of butterfly to make the grasslands surrounding the nature center a permanent home.

The volunteers consisted of scouts and their families from Cub Scout Pack 41 of Bangor, Boy Scout Troop 58 of Allentown and Boy Scout Troop 261 of Breiningsville.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Panther Valley School District has announced its end-of-year schedule:

High school seniors will be released at 10:35 a.m. on May 24, 25, 29, and 30; grades 9-11 will be released at 10:35 a.m. on May 30 and 31, and June 1 and 4. They will be released at 11 a.m. on June 5.

Middle school students will be released at noon on May 30 and 31, and on June 1 and 4 at 11:30 a.m. They will be released at 11:30 a.m. on June 5.

Elementary students will be released at 12:30 a.m. on May 30 and 31, and on June 1 and 4. They will be released at noon on June 5.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Lansford woman, who allegedly helped a youth who ran away from a detention center hide from police officers, waived charges on the matter to Carbon County Court.

Brandie E. White, 25, of East Bertsch Street, has been charged by Lansford police with hindering apprehension or prosecution, interference with custody of children, and corruption of minors.

The hearing had been scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

The arresting officer in the case was Joshua Tom of the Lansford Police Department.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A hike to explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visit Silver Creek Fire Tower will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. This hike is five miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. Those planning to hike should meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park located before the contact station. Bring your dog for a nice relaxing hike in the woods. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

West End Rotary will hold its fifth annual 5k Bear Run and Fun Walk on Sunday, June 10 at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finisher as well as to the top three finishers in eight age groups. There will also be awards for the top three walkers.