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Monday, June 17, 2013

Local firefighters were kept busy this weekend with two rescue calls on the Lehigh River.

The first happened Saturday afternoon when a kayak overturned between Packerton and Jim Thorpe, sending a male and female into the river.

The male didn't see the female immediately after the incident and phoned the Carbon County Communications Center.

The Jim Thorpe Fire Department responded to the Jim Thorpe entry into the river and the Lehighton Fire Department went to an area in its borough.

Unknown to the male, the female was picked up by a rafter.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Volunteer Reading Coaches from the local AMETEK Chemical Products Division scooped water ice for over 500 students celebrating 100 hours of reading at Panther Valley Elementary School recently.

This year the 15 volunteers spent half an hour each week reading with and to students in kindergarten through third grade as part of the 100 Book Challenge program sponsored by a grant from the AMETEK Foundation. The partnership is in its 10th year and will continue into the next school year.

Monday, June 17, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kendall Smith, a second grade student at Shull-David Elementary School, earned the distinction of being named "Artist of the Year" for the school. Throughout the school year, art teacher Adrienne Fedor selects an "Artist of the Month." One student is then named the overall "Artist of the Year."

Monday, June 17, 2013

Several defendants that were previously sentenced by Carbon County court judges to either probationary are jail terms have had petitions filed by the adult probation office to revoke them from their current status.

The following actions were filed during May.

Paul Tyahla, 26, of Palmerton, had a petition to revoke his probation filed by Kimberly Cooper of the probation office. On Jan. 14 he was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika on a charge of providing false information on firearm ownership to 36 months probation.

Monday, June 17, 2013

In need of a heavy duty truck with the capability to dump loose material?

If so, then plan to submit a bid to the Borough of Palmerton, which has a dump truck for sale.

Those interested in the borough's 1990 Chevrolet model are encouraged to submit bids by 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the vehicle is for sale because the borough replaced it with a 2012 model.

Any money the borough receives for the vehicle will go back into the general fund, Danielson said.

Monday, June 17, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Keira Herman has fun posing as a flower at the fourth annual Lehighton School and Community Educational/Safety Program at Baer Memorial Swimming Pool on Friday evening. She and her mother, Tiffani, enjoyed the evening of swimming and other activities.

Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton was the site of a "big splash" with families on Friday evening with the 2013 Lehighton School and Community Educational / Safety Program.

"Despite our one-day weather delay, the fourth annual pool event was a fantastic success," said Suzanne Howland, principal of East Penn Elementary and Franklin Elementary Schools. "We estimate 800 people from our community enjoyed the 30-plus agencies and resources."

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community. For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, the flag will fly at the park in memory of the late John Wapensky.

He served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II (1944-45).

Monday, June 17, 2013
Available for adoption Bill Toone, a volunteer with the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning, shows-off Copenhagen, a Jack Russell mix, at the annual Polka-for-Pets animal adoption festival yesterday at the Lehighton Community Grove. Toone said the dog was found about a week ago in Lehighton and he was hoping the owner might attend Polka-for-Pets and recognize the pet. Polka-for-Pets is sponsored by Mahoning Valley Lions Club

Nine-year-old Autumn Madea of Lehighton seems to have found a friend in a mixed-breed dog, Amber, which was available for adoption at the sixth annual Polka-for-Pets held yesterday at Lehighton Community Grove. The animal adoption awareness program featured numerous adoption agencies. Free polka music was played by the Pennsylvania Villagers. Autumn's mother said she was considering adopting a dog.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Four area residents were among 66 defendants arraigned on criminal charges Monday morning in the Schuylkill County Courthouse before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon and all pleaded not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Laura Marie Keck, 23, of 47 Lakewood Avenue, Barnesville, charged by Saint Clair Patrolman Joseph J. Leskin, with theft of three sets of Legos valued at $319.11 from Walmart Store.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The joke's on us despite an obvious disclaimer, satirical news site "Skookill News" had Schuylkill County residents buzzing this weekend with talk of an MTV TV show based off the "Coalcracker" life.

"Skookill News" is an online blog established on May 6 of this year that posts purely satirical articles. The site says it makes no attempt to function as an actual new source and the website's disclaimer reads: "This page is entirely for fun, the news that is reported on this site is not real. It's been created just for a good laugh."