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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

East Penn Township supervisors have drawn a line in the sand, and a line in the rock.

During their meeting Monday, they let residents know they've drawn a line in the sand for township business owner Clair Troxell, giving him until July 30 to clean up his property. Chairman Dean Kercsmar said he met with Troxell on Memorial Day.

"I explained to him, you have to make this property look like it should look," Kercsmar said. "No more games, you gotta make it right it's been too long, too much, no more."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Allentown Diocese Bishop John Barres has announced new and/or additional assignments of priests in the diocese, effective Tuesday, June 11.

They are:

Rev. Scott R. Ardinger, from administrator, Incarnation of Our Lord Church, Bethlehem, to pastor, Incarnation of Our Lord Church, Bethlehem, and Holy Ghost Church, Bethlehem, and chaplain, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Rev. J. Michael Beers – from Sacramental Ministry, Sacred Heart Church, Palmerton, to retirement with residence in Martinsburg, W. Va.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Twenty high school graduates of St. Ann's parish attended baccalaureate services in their Lansford parish church. The baccalaureate Mass was said by the pastor of St. Ann's, Rev. John J. O'Neil.

At the conclusion of the Mass, Father O'Neil presented each graduate with a special gift and offered his congratulations to the graduates and to their parents.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area High School students prepared and presented projects and findings to a panel of expert judges at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition, which was held at Penn State University in State College. The JTAHS winners are, from left, Brett Luciana, second place; Ilse Hassler, second place; Haley Cope, first place for Math Project and first place for Computer Science Project; Ashley Kelly, second place; Kim Ferko, first place; and Nathan Donahue, adviser.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan has promoted Brian S. Tobin of West Penn Township, Schuylkill County, to captain and assigned him as the director of Tactical Operations Division with the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.

Captain Tobin most recently served as the Patrol Section Commander of Troop N, Hazleton.

A native of Philadelphia, Tobin enlisted in the state police in 1988. Following his training at the State Police Academy, he was assigned to Troop N, Fern Ridge.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Western Pocono Jaycees are sponsoring the 18th annual West End Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 23, at the West End Fairgrounds, Route 209, Gilbert. The event is held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Western Pocono Jaycees.

Parking is free, but there is an admission fee.

The event includes entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Chris Eckert; Pocono Old Tyme Farm Equipment Association; Peddle Tractor Pulls, Pocono Mountain Garden Railway Society; flea market and craft show. There will also be refreshments. For additional information call (610) 681-4045.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Patrick H. Reilly, left, Mauch Chunk Trust Company president and CEO, introduces MCT's "2013 Community Heroes" at the bank's main branch. The "heroes" were on hand Friday to meet the public and pass out "hero" sandwiches and other refreshments. With Reilly are, from left, Rick Grant, C. Jean Zimmerman, Alfred Feuerstein, and Ida Queen, MCT board of directors. Missing is George R. Taylor, one of this year's Community Heroes.

Four local residents have been selected by the Mauch Chunk Trust Company (MCT) as 2013 Community Heroes in recognition of their outstanding volunteer contributions.

The award recipients nominated by community residents will be recognized at a public banquet to be held in their honor on Tuesday, June 18 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton.

At that time, the Mauch Chunk Trust Company will present each recipient with an award and a $100 donation to the charity of his or her choice.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
BILL MAY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The residents of Beltzville Lake Estates have been inundated with the arrival of the cicadas. At first, tiny holes began to appear on lawns and lowwooded areas. As days went by, exoskeletons started appearing on what seemedto be every tree, plant and walkway. According to many residents, the sounds from the cicadas are deafening from dawn to dusk. The insects, along with their locust cousins, reek havoc with vegetation and their deafening mating sounds is not music to the ears of local residents. Fortunately, they only appear in massive numbers every 17 years.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Joe Curran of Lehighton was one of the winners at the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. Car Show. The event was held Sunday at the fire company grounds.

A total of 115 cars were displayed during the annual Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. annual car show. The event was held Sunday at fire company grounds.

As visitors walked the show, the owners sat behind their cars, answering questions and giving general information about their vehicles.

Of those 115 cars, 30 were selected as prize winners by the show participants.

Among the winners was a black and chrome 1969 Olds 442, driven in by Joe Curan of Lehighton.