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Friday, May 27, 2011
Kindergarteners at L.B. Morris Elementary wave American Flags during their performance of "Yankee Doodle" at their Memorial Day program May 26.

A special Memorial Day service starring kindergarten students from L.B. Morris Elementary School, Jim Thorpe kicked off the Memorial Day weekend Thursday.

Each year the kindergarteners put together a Memorial Day program for veterans and their families.

"They've been doing it for longer than I can tell you," said kindergarten teacher Shawn Bierman, "But this is our third year doing this program."

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Tamaqua YMCA will begin offering a Silver Sneakers Fitness Class on May 31. Classes will then meet every Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Silver Sneakers is an innovative health, exercise and wellness program for older adults. For more information, call (570) 668-2903.

Friday, May 27, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, applauded the decision by the United States Supreme Court that upheld a Hazleton-style illegal immigration law.

The decision, which was handed down Thursday morning, supports Arizona's "Legal Arizona Workers Act" a law that was specifically modeled on the law Representative Barletta spearheaded when he was mayor of Hazleton in 2006. Both laws were drafted by one of the nation's leading immigration law experts, Kris Kobach.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Carbon County residents want something done to help the dogs and cats in the county.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, members of Carbon County Friends of Animals approached the board, asking them to do something to help the animals, such as creating an ordinance addressing issues of overpopulation; and abandoning animals. They also offered to help reduce the burden on the county K-9 shelter by offering volunteer services.

Friday, May 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A number of witnesses in Tamaqua reported seeing a funnel cloud or similar-shaped cloud heading south behind the Tamaqua Senior High School. Pictured are Tamaqua youths that observed the funnel cloud appear for approximately two minutes behind the Tamaqua High School. They also stated that it was only in sight for less than five minutes prior to the start of the heavy winds, rain and sleet. The hail struck so fast, that they had to seek quick cover from the falling hail. They also pointed out that the hail stung when it impacted their skin.

Friday, May 27, 2011
Subject of search

Pamela Boiko, 52, of Lehigh Township is the target of an intense search along the Lehigh River, after she entered it Wednesday night in a canoe in an attempt to save a dog in the river.

Friday, May 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Kellner's Dam Association trustee Anthony McGeehan, secretary Amy Bieniek, president Pete Bieniek Jr., trophy winner Kailyn Ever, 9, who caught a 23.5 inch fish, Cody House, 15, who also caught a 23.5 inch fish, vice president Pete Bieniek III and trustee Marygrace House.

Members and volunteers of the Kellner's Dam Association held their 16th annual two-day Kellner's Dam Children's Fishing Derby for children ages 4 to 15 in Tamaqua.

Approximately 200 youngsters registered for the free fishing derby. More than 70 prizes were given out for catching tagged fish. Some of the prizes consisted of fishing poles, tackle boxes, bicycles, nets, and many other sport items.

Friday, May 27, 2011

What a wild evening for the Marian Catholic High School baseball team!

The Colts played at Pine Grove in a District 11 elimination game.

First, the game was stopped because of a tornado warning. A police siren caused the team to flee to a local school building in anticipation of a potential twister.

Then, when the team finally did make the trip home, the bus had to stop for coaches to remove fallen tree branches from the roadway; dropped power lines forced detours, and finally, some team members got back to broken windows on their vehicles from the catastrophic hail.

Friday, May 27, 2011
Carol Zickler, special to the TIMES NEWS

Frank Bokan received the trophy for largest fish at the Third Annual Connell McCall Fishing Derby sponsored by the Nesquehoning Conservation Club. His fish measured 18 1/2 inches long. Behind Frank are family members of the late Connell McCall. They include, from left, Madison, Darby, Avery, Mary Ellen and Terry McCall and behind them are Emmett Jr., Michael, and Emmett Sr. McCall.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Lehigh Carbon Community College has announced its Summer hours for the northern tier campuses in Tamaqua and Nesquehoning. The Summer schedule will begin on May 31.

The LCCC Carbon Center in Nesquehoning will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua will be open Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. tp 2:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admissions and registratrations will be open at both sites. For more information, call 570-669-7010 (Carbon) or 570-668-6880 (Tamaqua).