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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Fun at movie night in Tamaqua Volunteer Jake Wenzel, 18, hands out glow sticks to Amber Cords, 8, Pamela Miller, 8; and Dina Cords, 12, during a free movie night held by the Tamaqua East End Park Association.

Volunteers with Tamaqua's East End Park Association showed a free movie Monday night at their park. Rachael Betz, 9, on left, and Skyler Clouser, 13, help work the concession stand at the park.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon Career & Technical Institute Adult Education State Approved Nurse Aide Program has graduated four individualsfrom the program.Pictured at theMahoning ValleyNursing and Rehabilitation Center, where graduation ceremonies were held, are l-r, Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN; Kristen Benek; KristinSommers; JehimySantelises; andLorena Ahner.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Patrick H. Reilly

HARRISBURG, PA – Patrick H. Reilly, president and chief executive officer of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company in Jim Thorpe, has been elected to the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) Board of Directors as an at-large representative for a three-year term.

The Board of Directors, which includes PBA's officers, meets quarterly to determine the policies and administration of the association. Members of the board are senior level officers of PBA member banks.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hearings were held by the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board on three applications seeking changes in the county zoning ordinances for expansions and subdivisions of properties.

Susan A. Gibbons, 68 Brandonville Road, Ringtown, was granted her request to use only one of two buildings located on her property.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A male tiger swallowtail butterfly nectars on milkweed flowers in Penn Forest Township.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Local author Sherry Hoffman will be at the Palmerton Area Library on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to sign copies of her new book, A to Z Character Education for the Classroom.

Hoffman is a local teacher and reading specialist, writer, and the mother of three children.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Four subdivision plans in Carbon County received the green light recently.

During the monthly meeting of the Carbon County Planning Commission on Tuesday, the board reviewed and approved for subdivision plans around the county. They are as follows:

Ÿ Jeffrey D. and Shelly L. Williams proposed a lot line revision at B601 Birch Road, Holiday Poconos, Kidder Township. The plans call for combining two lots to create a .821-acre plot.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Lehighton Area High School senior Schyler Cordova, left, and recent LAHS graduate Kaitlyn Piekarski have roles in the Lehigh Valley premiere of "Shrek the Musical," being presented July 18-21 at the Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem, by Sing for America.

Two Lehighton girls have roles in "Shrek: The Musical, which is being presented in Bethlehem July 18-21.

Schyler Cordova, a Lehighton Area High School senior, and Kaitlyn Piekarski, a recent Lehighton Area High School graduate, are in the production whcih is being presented by "Sing for America."

Cordova plays Mama Bear and Piekarski has the role of witch/greeter.

Cordova is the daughter of Stan and Cindy Cordova of Lehighton.

Piekarski is the daughter of Anita Auletti of Lehighton and will be attending Kutztown University in the fall.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Schools in our area will be getting just a tad more state money this year, but superintendents say the little bit will go a long way in these economically tight times.

The state announced on June 30 that schools would be receiving more than $9.75 billion this year, $257 million more than last year. The money streams through basic education funding, school employee's Social Security; pupil transportation; nonpublic and charter school transportation; Special Education funding; and school employees' retirement.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free community picnic dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

The church is located at 40 Church Road, just off Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at (570) 325-9151.