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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Franklin Township Lions Club is holding a Spring Fling on Sunday, June 17, at the Phifer Ice Dam Park. There will be music by Hickory Rose Band from 6 to 8 p.m.

The kitchen will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the new tanker that will cost Franklin Township Fire Company approximately $270,000.

The fire company will dedicate the new tanker at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22 during the annual block party.

Saturday, June 16, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mahoning Valley 4-H Community Club members Kiarah Krapf, 12, Rachel Knoblauch, 12, and Grace Lorenz, 11, sell baked goods during the fundraiser.

Members of the Mahoning Valley 4-H Community Club recently held their summer fundraiser at Rita's Italian Ice in Lehighton.

The fundraiser included a bake sale, face painting, and a wheel of chance featuring prizes from Lehighton Rita's and Burger King.

The club earned 10 percent of the day's sales at Rita's. Profits will be used for community service projects and to promote the program's 100th anniversary.

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Frank Susanin, Palmerton "No. I think he has better things he should be doing. I think he should stick to his business practices and policies and run the city."

New York's Mayor Bloomburg is on a crusade to ban the sale of big sugary drinks in the Big Apple. Do you think this is something public servants should get involved with?

Saturday, June 16, 2012
special to the TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Elementary School Title I Program recently held a Luau Literacy Family Night in conjunction with the annual Spring Book Fair. The Title I teachers provided several activites for the students to participate in as a way to promote family involvement in literacy. Activities included Comprehension Beachball Toss, Make-a-Word, Hawaiian Wordless, Create-a-Bookmark, Beachball Bingo and Sight Word Charts. Gift certtificates to the book fair were awarded to the 30 lucky students who attended.

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Executive Director Jonathan Rodgers, second from left, cuts the bright red ribbon Friday at a celebration to mark Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Services' grand opening at 50 W. Ridge St., Lansford. In front are Andrew Rodgers, 2, and Zoe Rodgers, 4, and at right, Abigail Benack, 5. Adults are, from left: dance teacher Megan Rodgers, Jonathan Rodgers, Director Victoria L. Benack, state Rep. Doyle Heffley, and Lansford Alive! member Bob Silver. The celebration included a lively show and a free exercise class. Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Services incorporates the arts, fun exercise activities and community events, and helps people learn how to better develop their coping and social skills.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford resident Marie Ondrus comforts Joann Thomas of Weatherly after a crash in the borough's business district Friday.

Lansford liquor store manager Joann Thomas of Weatherly was just about to park her blue Jeep in front of the business at about 10:50 a.m. Friday morning when the vehicle jumped the curb, flattened a parking meter and struck the front door, shattering it.

"The car wouldn't stop," Thomas said.

No one was hurt, and borough councilman Lenny Kovach, who is head of the borough work crew, backed the car off the sidewalk and into the street, where it was then towed.

Kovach then sawed off the few inches of jagged stump that was left of the meter.

Saturday, June 16, 2012
From the summit of Mount Pisgah, Paul Fogal sits on an overlook of the Nesquehoning Junction Bridge over Lehigh River below the Glenn Onoko Access to Lehigh Gorge State Park.

Paul Fogal of Penn Forest Township, a long time outdoor advocate, and for many years a member of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Board of Directors, has been named to the chairmanship of the organization.

Fogal, a co-owner of Pocono Whitewater/Skirmish USA, was elected chair of the D&L in January, succeeding Charles Petrillo, Jr. He was originally invited to join the board by board member Cliff David and former executive director and chair of the board, Allen Sachse.

"They asked me if I would be interested and I accepted," Fogal said.

Saturday, June 16, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS At age 82, Eloise Hinterleiter is still on the job as Weatherly Borough secretary.

Eloise Hinterleiter, poised, genteel and all of 82 years old, sits at her large, L-shaped wooden desk in the Weatherly Borough Hall, greeting visitors, typing notes on a computer and organizing paperwork.

After 43 years as the borough secretary, a job she's held since 1968, Hinterleiter is adept at multitasking: her duties include taking and computerizing minutes of borough council meetings and helping people who come in to pay bills or ask questions.

For Hinterleiter, it's all in a day's work.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A mini heat wave caused problems for motorists on Route 248 in Franklin Township. The hot temperatures caused patching material on the highway to soften. The material caught onto the tires of vehicles and caused some bumpy driving conditions. At one location on the highway, a strip of patch melted and expanded, causing a small upheaval in the road surface. A spokesman for PennDOT said the highway had been repaired with sealer. However, with the record heat and heavy traffic on the highway, the tar began to melt.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A New Ringgold contractor claims the Panther Valley School District is illegally holding a forklift he owns and when he asked for its return was denied.

Christopher Verta, 12 Midland Court, New Ringgold, now wants a Schuylkill County judge to rule in his favor to have the machine either returned or receive payment for its value. He filed a civil action in the Schuylkill County Court against the district.

The facts in the case, as listed by Verta, are: