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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In public comment: Dave Bryfogel called the flagless Veterans' Memorial a disgrace as he addressed the East Penn supervisors at their Monday meeting.

He credited Supervisor John Strockoz with providing hardware to fasten the emblems on the grave markers.

Bryfogel said he offered to help Hal Resh put up flags at the monument, going as far as offering to go to Rep. Doyle Heffley's office and asking for new flags. Though the township has no state flag, a United States flag is available and should be put up.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Western Pocono Women's Club held a Safety Fair at the Chestnuthill Township Park. The free event to the public featured the Pennsylvania State Police fingerprinting and checking child's care seat installations, the West End Fire Co. and Ambulance showcased vehicles and a simulated "Smoke House" from Tobyhanna Army Depot demonstrated safe ways to escape a house fire. A representative from The Loft (bike shop) held bike inspections and safe riding tips. Refreshments were sold by Boy Scout Troop 98.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Deputy Sheriff Kristy Cummins, left, and Mike McDade, hold two of the guests of the Deputy Phil show, Mac the Mouse, held by Cummins; and Turbo Turtle, held by McDade.

Students at three Jim Thorpe Area elementary schools recently learned about the importance of being safe.

During the Deputy Phil program on Friday afternoon, kindergarten through third grade students at Penn Kidder Elementary were treated to a puppet and magic show that taught them about computer safety, making smart choices, respect and bullying; as well as learning how to be responsible. The event was sponsored by the Carbon County Sheriff's Department and local businesses and organizations.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Diocese of Allentown announced new or additional assignmens for priests, including several from the TIMES NEWS coverage area, effective Tuesday, June 12.

Rev. John Frink, from administrator Pro Tempore, St. Jerome Church, Tamaqua, to administrator of the church.

Rev. Edward J. Essig, from pastor of Holy Cross Church, New Philadelphia, to pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Whitehall.

Rev. Ronald J. Minner, from pastor of All Saints Church, McAdoo, to pastor, Holy Cross Church, New Philadelphia.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Brandon Yarnal, 14, of Summit Hill, watches as heavy equipment digs up the macadem on the basketball courts along West Amidon Street in Summit Hill. The two existing courts will be replaced with two new courts that will have benches between them.

Work began yesterday on the construction of new basketball courts along Amidon Street next to the Ginder Field in Summit Hill.

Heavy equipment began digging up the blacktop at the heavily-used courts.

Monica Marshall, president of the Summit Hill Recreation Commission, said two new courts will be built as well as three smaller courts for younger children.

The courts are being reconstructed thanks to a $75,000 grant obtained through the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO).

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A motion to hire an additional road crew worker was revived last evening after being killed at last month's West Penn Township Board of Supervisors meeting. The motion had died due to a deadlock between Supervisors Alfonso Martinez and James Dean and no third one to cast a vote.

The road crew only had one fulltime worker before another was hired last evening with a 2-1 majority. Supervisor James G. Dean did not accept the motion last month, and he voted against it this month because of budget issues.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The monthly meeting of the Navy Club of Carbon County, will be held on Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m. in the VFW, 302 Center St., Nesquehoning, with Scott Reinhart, in charge.

New members and associate members are welcome with applications available at the meeting. Members are reminded a flag blessing service will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, June 9, at noon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

St. Jerome's Regional School releases honor roll

St. Jerome's Regional School has released its honor roll for the final quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. To earn Distinguished Honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For First Honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second Honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Penn Forest Township has been undergoing FBI investigations for alleged misappropriations of some $1.6 million of taxpayer money. Township officials remain mum about the investigations, while many residents feel they are being lied to.

Walter Gibbon, a lifelong resident of the township, provided an emotional statement to the board of supervisors and citizens present at Monday's meeting:

"These board members have been lying to us for years. I've lived here all my life. We are demanding the truth," said Gibbon.

His emotional speech continued.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Three local heroes were recognized at the town square during the Memorial Day Service by the New Philadelphia Borough for acts of courage and valor after rescuing John Marcavage, 51, from a fire that destroyed his home, 220 Valley Street, on October 22 of last year. Marcavage was flown to a burn center after suffering severe burns over most of his body. From left are Joe Genunis, Dave Heffner and Mark Thorn.