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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Families are invited to the third annual Lehighton School and Community Education/Safety program which will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Lehighton Memorial Pool.

The event is sponsored by Lehighton Area School District, Title One Department and the Lehighton Pool.

This is a fun, free evening of swimming, food and activities all geared to young children.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Grand Army Cemetery on Saturday dedicated the GAR memorial, which was created from the plaque donated by Lansford Borough Council to the cemetery. Officers of the GAR pose with the monument, from left, President David A. Wargo, corporate secretary Tom Phillips, and treasurer Louis Vermillion. Missing are Vice President David Hiles and managing secretary Penny Shelton.

After more than a year of planning and with gratitude toward the Lansford Borough Council, the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Association of Summit Hill unveiled and dedicated a monument to the members of the Eli T. Conner Post #177 of the GAR and all of the Panther Valley area veterans of the Civil War.

The monument was constructed from the large bronze plaque that once hung in the foyer of the Panther Valley Middle School and was donated last year to the cemetery by Lansford Borough.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Who let the Dawgs out?

Those who participate in the 12th annual Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday can see for themselves.

The event will be held at the Northern Lehigh Athletic Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington. Registration will take place at 7:30 a.m.

The 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. The post race features awards, a drawing, and dog costume judging.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Delaware River Shad Fisherman's Association will hold its 6th annual Youth Fishing Education Day from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Blue Mountain Fish and Game Club. The event is rain or shine and is limited to the first 100 students ages 8 to 15 years old. Trophies are awarded for fishing contests.

For more information or to register your child for this event, contact Dave Carl at 570-325-4336 or email at fisherman_dcarl@yahoo.com. Registration is required. Free t-shirt and hat for registered participants.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tom Zimmerman IV, president of the Mahoning Valley Lions Club, has called a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the potential future of the Carbon County K-9 program.

It will be held at the Lehighton American Legion Post.

Zimmerman said, "This event is to discuss what we can do and how we can help with the possible closing of the Carbon County Animal Shelter. We will need resources, volunteers, ideas, plans, and help whatever is decided. We need to meet as a group to discuss options for the welfare of Carbon County animals. We need this shelter open."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Two Schuylkill County men are jailed, charged with the murder of another county resident by tying him to a tree for 20 hours in extreme heat.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspects as Keith Allen Reber, 48, of 294 Meadow Drive, Schuylkill Haven, and Daniel W. Dull, 25, of 115 Station Rd., Orwigsburg.

The two are charged in the death of Bryan Robert Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
With a mighty toss, Carbon County athlete James O'Connor sends a javelin flying during the the Special Olympics Annual Athletics Competition in Jim Thorpe.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School stadium was the setting for the Special Olympics in which athletes competed in a wide variety of track and field events that were appropriate to the age and disability level of each individual.

Athletes from three different participating counties in Pennsylvania: Carbon, Luzerne, and Columbia/Montour counties, participated in the events which were appropriately held in conjunction with the annual community celebration honoring Olympian Jim Thorpe on his birthday.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260, in conjunction with Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe, will hold its yearly Blessing of The Flags on June 9, at noon.

All organizations who have American flags are invited to come and get the flags blessed and fly them on Flag Day. Also invited were the sheriff, Carbon County commissioners, and state and federal legislators.

For more information, call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying a day out fishing, from left, are Matthew Miller, 14; Caleb Carpenter, 14; Larry Miller; Erica Miller, 12; and Rick Miller.

Members of the Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association held their 45th annual 2-day community free fishing derby recently at the Rabbit Run Reservoir Dam on Rabbit Run Road in Tamaqua. Despite a few periods of drizzle, hundreds of youth and adults participated in the event.