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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Nancy and Richard Rauch of Palmerton cast their votes for the primary races this morning inside the Palmerton Ambulance Building along Delaware Avenue.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Carbon County judge heard legal argument Monday on an appeal filed in a Right to Know case involving the county commissioners and a county resident.

Judge Steven R. Serfass heard argument on the appeal filed by Robert Dages, owner of Vision Stone Stoves, of the state Office of Open Records rejection of his request for records concerning the Packerton Business Park project.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Rush Township Police Officer Corporal Duane Fredericks, left, and Tamaqua Police Officer Michael Hobbs laugh as they prepare whip cream and gum during one of the Shield 7 activities held at the middle school.

Schuylkill County District Attorney James P. Goodman, Tamaqua and Rush Township police officers, and officers from other police departments held the "Shield 7" program for Tamaqua and St. Jerome Regional School seventh-grade students in the middle school gym. This is the third year of the program and 11 of the 12 school districts in the county are currently participating in the program.

The "Shield 7" program is a proactive approach addressing decision-making issues pertinent to youth in the county.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two winners of the Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304, 2011 Essay Contest were presented with plaques recognizing their achievements. The theme of their essays was "the Pros and Cons of Offshore Oil Drilling". Pictured at the presentation are, from left : Francis O'Donnell, Essay Contest Chairman; Bob Marzen, 2nd Vice Commander; 1st place winner Bronson Ford; 2nd place winner Nicholas Goldberg; and Cliff Gledhill, Commander Post 304.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Necessity is the "Mother of Invention" and school districts throughout the Commonwealth are getting as inventive as possible to deal with projected shortfalls to their budgets, caused by reductions in state subsidies.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Parryville United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville, will host a free community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

All are welcome.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Named vice presidents were Nick Hawkey, Dolores Unangst and Millie Hawkey. They were installed by Past District Governor Bob Neumoyer.

Alicia Silliman opened the May 2 meeting of the Palmerton Lions Club by telling how important volunteers are. The meeting was held at the Fireline Hotel, and before the evening was over the owners, Jane Hower and Ken Huber, had become Lions.

Silliman said each volunteer group will not only receive a check but information about the club.

"Volunteerism is work done without any expectation of return. We're here because we are all volunteers. Press. John F. Kennedy made it easy to volunteer. Volunteerism is what our community is about. Just look around you.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

(Editor's note: The following is a statement received from the Lehighton Area Education Association. It is critical of statements of the school district superintendent as well as some financial practices by the district).

Once again the Lehighton Area Education Association (LAEA) and the Lehighton Area Educational Support Professionals (LAESP) is mortified by the blatant mistruths and misinformation being stated by our Superintendent and Board President.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Friday evening, May 20, the Tamaqua Historical Society will present 'A Salute to Schuylkill County Ethnic and Cultural Heritage' from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tamaqua Gallery located at 114 West Broad Street. The public event will feature an exhibit of 200 years of Schuylkill County ethnic and cultural heritage through photographs, and artifacts. Music will be provided by 'The Breaker Boys.' Wine, cheese, and other beverages will be served compliments of the Tamaqua Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS And they're off! Participants take off at the starting line as they prepare to run in the 10th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K run/walk held recently in Palmerton.

A road race in Palmerton continues to grow in popularity.

That can be further evidenced by the 482 participants who competed in the 10th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Run/Walk held recently in Palmerton.

An additional 30 people took part in the one-mile walk, while 40 kids, ages 3-10, competed in the kids run in distances ranging from mile to 1 mile.

Michael F. Martinez, M.D., F.A.C.S., co-director of the event, said the number of participants who competed in this year's event was at an all-time high.