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Saturday, June 4, 2011

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda L. Kelly took the oath of office Friday, May 27, during a private ceremony in Harrisburg, officially assuming the powers and duties of Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer.

Kelly has been a prosecutor for more than 30 years, serving as both an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County and most recently as senior litigation counsel as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A few of the students honored at Marian's Academic Awards Night include, from left, John Swierczek, Tom Kupres, Miranda Milillo, Joseph Meier and Sean Davis.

Marian Catholic High School held its Academic and Appreciation dinner on Tuesday, May 11 in the school gymnasium. Over 300 students, parents, faculty and friends attended the function.

Students were recognized for their accomplishments and achievements throughout the entire school year. Rev. Ronald J. Minner opened with a welcome and invocation.

The following students were recognized:

Student Council:

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Against all odds, a brain-injured Patti O'Donnell received a doctorate from Lehigh University after persevering for 20 years.

Against all odds, a brain-injured woman received a doctorate from Lehigh University, a summit achieved after persevering for 20 years.

In 1991, a 28-year-old recently-married Patti O'Donnell of Bethlehem began her doctoral studies at Lehigh University, with her tuition covered by coaching the women's cross country and track teams.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

There will be a public meeting Monday, June 6, with the Carbon County commissioners to discuss the worsening problem of feral cats and dogs in Carbon County.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Carbon County Annex Building, third floor.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute valedictorian Nicole Henry at work in the graphics classroom.

Carbon Career and Technical Institute's Valedictorian, Nicole Henry, can visualize her career options, and the picture is looking good from every perspective.

Henry, 18, of Palmerton, studied graphic arts at CCTI and is considering further study in engineering. "I'm interested in technology," she said. "I plan on going to Lehigh Carbon Community College."

Career options could include nanotechnology.

Her teacher, Michele Klock, is confident she'll be successful.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Mikaylah Pruitte "Going to the beach"

What are your plans for the summer?

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news Pictured from left are Tamaqua Area High School Principal Stephen Toth, guest speaker Dr. Craig J. Krause (1971 graduate), Salutatorian Melody Kelly, Valedictorian Kyle Cunningham and Tamaqua school superintendent Carol Makuta.

TN Correspondent

editor@tnonline.com

Resilience is the secret attribute.

That was a key point stressed by guest speaker Dr. Craig J. Krause at Tamaqua Area High School's 121st graduation commencement exercises held last night.

Krause, a 1971 Tamaqua graduate, told the 149 seniors that their futures will lead to struggles or success, stating that "life after your sheltered four years here at the Tamaqua High School is a constant ever-changing challenge, but a wonderful and fulfilling experience, no matter how challenging it becomes."

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Gnaden Huetten Hospital, 211 N. 12th St., is hosting a blood drive from 7 to 11 a.m. in conjunction with Miller-Keystone Blood Center on Thursday, June 9.

Donors registering at this drive or any other MKBC community blood drive in June can enter to win a $250 Visa card, two IronPigs baseball tickets and a picnic basket of goodies.

MKBC relies on the support of local blood donors to maintain a safe community blood supply.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Christopher Nothstein was named the Extraordinary Volunteer of the year by the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Left is John Hughes, regional executive; and right is Bill Coles, board vice chairman. both of the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

A Lehighton man who began his volunteer work as a Boy Scout, was recognized as an Extraordinary Volunteer by the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley at a Volunteer Luncheon held recently at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Christopher Nothstein, who began pasting up posters several times a year in the Lehighton/Carbon County area for the American Red Cross blood drives as a member of Boy Scout Troop 145, said that it was just something he does. Nothstein is employed by Pencor Services with Blue Ridge Communication.