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Friday, May 23, 2014

State police fire marshal Thomas Jones ruled Friday that a fire that destroyed the Gilbert Inn at Gilbert last week was caused by arson.

The six-alarm fire spotted early Wednesday morning broke out a month before the building was scheduled to be sold at a sheriff's auction following the mortgage foreclosure.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors voted to purchase PVHS band room cabinets from Reed Associates for $28,557.

The board voted, 8-1, with H. Charles Hoffman abstaining, to elect H. Charles Hoffman as the board treasurer, effective July 1-June 30, 2015. The board also approved, 8-1, with Hoffman abstaining, a stipend of $650 as compensation for the board treasurer for that term.

The board approved, 9-0, the law services for the 2014-2015 school year:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Berkheimer and Associates of Bangor will continue collecting earned income taxes in Carbon County.

During the Carbon County Tax Collection Committee's meeting on Wednesday, the group decided to renew the contract with Berkheimer for three years, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Berkheimer will continue collecting earned income taxes for all municipalities and school districts in the county with a rate of 1.73 percent commission, up from 1.5 percent this year.

Friday, May 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Mighty Oaks of St. John Neumann School, Palmerton, took first place during the 2014 sixth, seventh and eighth grade Envirothon (Investigator division), held at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill recently. Members are, front, on rock, Fran Lenahan, teacher; Nathan Cunfer; and Jonathan Hillanbrand. Back, Elyse Gair, teacher; Matthew Doherty; and Gabe Bauer. With them are Audrey Wargo, Carbon ConservationDistrict, second from right; and Liz McElwee, district governor, Lions Club District 14-U.

Friday, May 23, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Sgt. 1st Class Paul A. Shutter, Pennsylvania National Guard, Hometown, will present the main address at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Sky-View Memorial Park's "Salute Our Veterans" ceremony.

Sky-View Memorial Park of Hometown announced that its annual Memorial Day "Salute Our Veterans" service will take place 11:30 a.m. Monday at the cemetery along Route 54.

The salute will include an address by Sgt. 1st Class Paul A. Shutter, Hometown National Guard, and a tribute to Memorial Day and invocation by Chap. Ltc. Jim Greaser, retired.

A gun salute to the honored dead will take place courtesy of members of Isganitis, Heckman, Messerschmidt Post 973, Quakake American Legion, which conducts the service each year. Taps will be played by Jerome Machay.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Eleven first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 23, 2014
HEATHER DILISSIO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heidi Muller, left, of Rosengarten-Westheim, Germany, meets her sisters Caryl Valdez, center, of Lehighton and Sheila Valdez of Lansford.

After a night of restless sleep, Sheila Valdez of Lansford awoke Wednesday and groggily took a seat in front of her laptop.

She immediately visited the Lufthansa website to check the status of a flight from Germany to JFK airport in New York. This particular flight contained some very precious cargo.

Friday, May 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE Times news

Nancy DaCosta, right, lion tamer for the Penn-Kidder Lions Club, presents checks to representatives of the local Scouts. From left, Carol Teets, Boy Scouts; Sue Urban, Girls Scouts; Daniel Teets, Boy Scouts. Each group received $100 each for their summer programs.

Friday, May 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton 2 team from Palmerton Area High School took first place during the 2014 high school Envirothon recently. Members of Palmerton 2 are, front center on rock, from left, Lauren Campbell, Isaac George and Collin Green. Back center on rock, Gavin Scott and Bruce Hettler. With them are, front, from left, Jeannie Carl, CCEEC naturalist; JeanneKnepper, team adviser; Dave Hawk, Lions Club District 14-U; and Frank Snyder and Lucas Repa, Pennsylvania DCNR, Bureau of Forestry, right. Back, Cory Bentzoni, Pennsylvania Game Commission; and Franklin Klock, CCEEC naturalist.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Students from Marian Catholic High School received awards on May 14 at the Athletic Awards assembly.

Students were recognized for football, track, cross-country, basketball, baseball, volleyball, media, band, silks and softball, cheerleading and golf.

The awards were given by Stan Dakosty, athletic director; as well as their coaches.

Students were recognized with plaques, letters, inserts and certificates.