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Sunday, May 25, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Charles Rowlands and Commander George Burke place a wreath on the grave of Allen O. Delke for whom the American Legion Post 16 home was named.

He was in battle only a short time and killed just before World War I ended.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Andrew Leibenguth, dressed in fatigues, stood at a podium in front of the Veterans' Memorial Garden in Coaldale on Sunday afternoon. he briefly introduced himself -- a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, medically discharged after being injured in a training accident in Iraq.

The featured speaker for the borough's Memorial Day ceremonies, Leibenguth, a Tamaqua Area High school graduate, quickly put the day into perspective.

Looking to his left, he beckoned, and a widely-spaced line of borough children began walking toward him.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS

The Dolon-Jones-Martino American Legion Post 304 began its Memorial Day services on Sunday morning at the Vietnam Memorial on West Broadway. Services began at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 12:15 p.m.

Here's the list of area services: http://www.tnonline.com/2014/may/24/area-memorial-day-events-scheduled

Sunday, May 25, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Volunteer Fireman’s Relief Association, representing the borough’s four fire companies, grouped and walked somberly along Broad Street on their way to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church for the 85th Annual Memorial Service, held at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Check back for full story and more photos.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch was back in his comfort zone, sliding into his familiar NASCAR ride only hours after he starred in the Indianapolis 500.

On deck in the nightcap, a shot at racing history.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Member of the American Legion and veterans organizations visited cemeteries today to honor those who served our country.

The day included services at the following cemeteries: Williamstown, Jacksonville, New Tripoli U.C.C., Heidelberg UCC, 9:45 a.m.; Neffs Lutheran,; Seventh Street Catholic Church, Fairview, Friedens and Presbyterian.

On Monday, the organization will leave the post home at 8 a.m. and head to Catholic Cemetery, Washington Street, 8:05 a.m.; Slatedale, 8:30 a.m.; Trout Creek Covered Bridge, 8:50 a.m.; and form for the parade at the post home at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Sparse attendance marked the 68th annual opening of the Palmerton Memorial Pool on Saturday.

A little over a dozen visitors turned out for the start of the 2014 pool season on a day that was marred by murky weather.

Despite the pool temperature at a chilly 64 degrees, the few who did turn out said they were glad to be there.

As he slowly tiptoed into the cooler than usual pool, Matthew Andrews of Palmerton, was among them.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A man found unresponsive at a popular Pennsylvania scuba diving spot has died.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek tells The Express-Times of Easton (http://bit.ly/1p6rZvX ) that 54-year-old Pax Williams was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon after being pulled from the water at Dutch Springs. The 50-acre lake and water park has a number of underwater attractions for divers.

Lysek says the cause and manner of death are under investigation.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Carbon County man is facing theft and forgery charges.

State police at Lehighton said Donald W. Smale, 40, of Summit Hill, was charged. Troopers said in his capacity as an intellectual development disabilities program specialist, formerly employed by the nonprofit organization, NHS, he allegedly misused, defaulted and stole funds from two clients assigned to him.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A pair of land development plans in Palmerton, one of which pertains to the recently opened Dunkin' Donuts shop, have been shot down.

By a 5-0 vote on Thursday, borough council rejected the Joseph Bennett land development plan at 555 Delaware Ave. which houses the Dunkin' Donuts shop. Councilman Michael Ballard and council President Terry Costenbader were absent.

Council turned down the plan based on compliance of the Municipalities Planning Code, as well as the borough engineer's review of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.