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Thursday, May 29, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

While searching cellar storage, Eric Zizelmann discovered two lanterns from the old horse-drawn hearse used in Tamaqua's earliest days. Zizelmann, shown here May 22, thinks the lanterns had been stored away by his late grandfather, Conrad Bischoff Zizelmann. He intends to reuse the lanterns rather than keep them stored and out of sight. The Zizelmann-Roche Funeral Home traces its roots backto 1857, when Conrad Bischoff emigrated from Bavaria, and shortly after opened a cabinet and wooden box factory.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The 25th annual Academic and Appreciation Dinner at Marian Catholic High School was held on May 6 with over 450 people in attendance.

The dinner was held in the school auditorium and was sponsored by the school's Academic and Student Appreciation Committee.

Over 160 Marian Catholic High School students, who were guests of the school at the dinner, were recognized for their efforts in the classroom and their service to the Marian Catholic High School community.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lansford High School class of 1945 recently donated a check in the amount of $500 to help support the Panther Valley Public Library in Lansford. From left are Betty Pearson, class representative, and Marlene Basiago, president of the library.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News A trash barrel at East Penn Township's Riverview Park overflows, one of only a handful left after the township removed the majority of them about a  month ago.

Overflowing garbage in East Penn Township's Riverview Park was the main focus of the township's parks system meeting Tuesday night.

"You've turned it into a trash park without even thinking about the consequences," said former East Penn Township Parks Commission Chairman Bill Schwab, with several trash receptacles now overflowing with rotting, stinking garbage, nearby.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Parole/probation revocation hearings were held by Carbon County judges on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants who violated the terms of their release.

Those who had hearings included:

Amy Tessitore, 27, of Emerald, had her parole revoked on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance on petition filed by probation officer Kimberly Cooper for testing positive for opiates, which violated the zero tolerance provision.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lehighton should soon know the cost for its Light & Power building addition.

Bids for the project are due by 1 p.m. June 13, at which time the sealed proposals will be opened.

The results will be considered at a meeting of borough council at 7:30 p.m. June 23.

There will be a prebid conference at the project site at 10 a.m. June 5.

The project consists of, but is not limited to, a 72-by-105-foot pole building addition to the existing Light & Power building, located at 551 Bridge St.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Lehighton man has been charged in the death of a 47-year-old woman who was jogging in Washington Township, Lehigh County, when she was struck by the man's vehicle.

Donald John Vito, 54, of 357 N. Fifth St., is charged with involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, and summary offenses of leaving his lane of travel, following too closely, driving at an unsafe speed, and careless and reckless driving.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lehighton Area School District is accepting applications to fill a high school assistant principal position.

But the person who is chosen for the position may not actually wind up serving in that capacity, Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver said.

"Depending on the successful candidate, we have the option to realign administration," Cleaver said.

High school Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher has held the position since December 2011.

Cleaver said the position could be listed on next month's school board meeting agenda for a vote.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Pastor Lunette Hilliard of Friedens United Church of Christ contributed to the program at her church.

In a tour that begins at the little-known Williamstown Cemetery and ends with the service at the Union Cemetery, honor is paid to veterans who have given their all for their country. Along with the members of the American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16 are the Legion Riders and Sons of the American Legion.

The Williamstown Cemetery is a mile outside Slatington.

The next stop in the Slatington area is at the Seventh Street Catholic Cemetery, which seems to have the largest percentage of veterans based on the number of flags flying over the graves.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Capt. James Leaver, retired, spoke about the necessity of learning the stories the military personnel bring home from war. Behind him are Slatington Mayor Walter Niedermeyer, American Legion Memorial Committee President Dennis Ziegler and Pastor Laura Stone of United Presbyterian Church.

The parade sponsored by American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16 wended its way slowly up the hill to the Union Cemetery, where the Memorial Day service would be held. There were more military vehicles, said Dennis Ziegler, president of the Memorial Day committee. Boy Scouts, Cubs and Girl Scouts, as well as members of the Post, marched with pride.

The Northern Lehigh High School Band opened the program with musical selections under the direction of David Carroll.

The invocation was given by Pastor Laura Stone of United Presbyterian Church.