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Thursday, June 23, 2011

More than 200 people attended the dedication services of a Freedom Tree, a dwarf Japanese red maple, on the grounds of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Lansford, The tree is dedicated "to Lt. Anthony R. Giannangeli and all Prisoners of War and Missing in Action." The ceremony was sponsored by the Panther Valley Chamber of Commerce, which purchased the tree. Present were the parents and daughter of Lt. Giannangeli. He has been missing since April 2, 1972 when his plane was struck by a missile in Laos.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 797 Tuesday, which amends the Workers' Compensation Act to include cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters who have served for at least four continuous years, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/ Schuylkill) said today. The bill is a companion to a measure introduced by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Now that summer is here children will be spending more time on the computer. To assist our community to learn how to prevent our children from becoming a cyber-predator or cyber-victim Behavioral Health Associates has organized a FREE informative seminar for Pa. residents.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township supervisors presented a check of $30,000 to Bruce Wolfe, fire chief, Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company. From left are, Wolfe, and Rod Green, chairman; Larry Smith, and Paul Kocher, vice chairman.

Franklin Township supervisors opened up the June meeting on Tuesday night with a check presentation of $30,000 to Bruce Wolfe, fire chief, of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News

Sterling Koch performed for a large crowd during the second Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series held recently on the platform of the Tamaqua Train Station. The concert was sponsored by Longhi Financial. The Chamber's next concert, which will be held to celebrate their 5-year anniversary, is scheduled June 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with entertainers Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer performing the blues. For more information about the concerts, visit the Chamber's website at www.tamaqua.net or call (570) 668-1880.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Palmerton man accused of allegedly improperly touching a girl has again had his case continued.

Franklin R. Berger, 38, of 1045 Mauch Chunk Road, was scheduled to have his preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Instead, Berger, who is charged with two counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors, will go before Appleton at 10:30 a.m. July 20.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Palmerton Borough Police Chief Randy Smith:

Thursday, June 23, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bradley Johnson is shown being escorted to the office of District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday before his preliminary hearing.

A Lehighton man had charges related to indecent assault and indecent exposure bound over for court following a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Bradley Johnson, 60, elected to have his preliminary hearing, which saw 12-year-old and 14-year-old family members testify. Their testimony was enough evidence to have all but two counts of indecent exposure, one count of corruption of minors, and one count of open lewdness bound over for trial in Carbon County court.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Learn about a more "user-friendly" approach to gardening in this featured garden presentation, "Gardening Smarter, Not Harder" taught by Penn State master gardener Pamela Hubbard. The program will take place in the Monroe County extension office, Stroudsburg from 6:15 to 8:40 p.m. June 30.

Hubbard will explain how to garden better with photos and strategies from her own beautiful garden retreat. She will teach practices that include choosing low maintenance plants, implementing laborsaving techniques and prioritizing garden tasks.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Michael A. Heery/Special to the Times News East Penn Elementary School "Science Masters" team recently was crowned winner of this year's Envirothon. Left to right are Principal Gretchen Laviolette, Will Kocher, Rachel DeSanto, team captain Aijah Hill, Samantha Miller, Dominic Licini, and third grade teacher Sherry Snyder who served as the team's advisor.

Second and third grade students from school districts throughout Carbon County and the surrounding area recently competed in Envirothon at Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

Out of the 45 teams that competed, nine third grade teams represented Lehighton Area School District – three from Franklin Elementary, three from Shull-David Elementary, two from Mahoning Elementary, and one from East Penn Elementary. Students were selected for their teams based on their science knowledge, personality, participation in class, listening skills, and overall academic achievements.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District´s elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the fourth marking period of the 2010-2011 school year. This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools. To be eligible for High Honors, students must earn straight As. To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.