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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehigh county officials are investigating a fire Tuesday morning which leveled a mobile home at 7193 Oriole road in Heidelberg Township, about a mile east of New Tripoli. Firefighters from three communities battled the blaze which may be suspicious.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS World World II veteran Russel Kellner, 91, Tamaqua, will lead this year's Tamaqua American Legion Memorial Day Parade, which will startMonday morningat 10 a.m.

World War II veteran Russel L. Kellner, 91, of Tamaqua, was named as this year's Grand Marshal for the Tamaqua American Legion's Annual Memorial Day Parade to be held Monday morning in Tamaqua. Kellner, a 50-year member of both the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 and AMVETS Post 101, enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served with the 723rd Military Police Battalion and later with the 1536th Engineer Battalion in France and Germany. After the war in Europe, he was transferred to the Pacific theater in the Philippines, where he served as a member of the occupation forces in Osaka, Japan.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call the Carbon County EMA at (570) 325-3097.

Knowledge Center: Entry Level Training: 6:30 p.m., May 30, at the Carbon County EMA. Class is full.

FEMA G-386 Mass Fatality Incident Response: June 23-24, at the Carbon County EMA.

ICS-200 Incident Command: Sept. 4, 6, and 9, at the Carbon County EMA.

HAZMAT Operations: Sept. 8, 15, and 16, at the Carbon County EMA.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Its location may have changed, but the mission has remained the same.

The 11th annual Relay For Life of Palmerton & Surrounding Communities will be held for the first time ever at the Lehighton Football Stadium.

This year's 24-hour event will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, and end at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 3. The theme of this year's Relay is "Rockin' Around the Clock for a Cure".

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Students at the Tamaqua Elementary School will be showing off their talents Thursday in the gymnasium of the elementary school as part of the school's annual talent show. Two similar showings will be 9 a.m. for the students and 6 p.m. for the adults.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The third bill in a legislative package designed to enhance Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system is one step closer to becoming law, state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) said today.

Senate Bill 817, which restricts the use of restraints on juveniles during court proceedings, unanimously passed the state Senate this afternoon and now awaits the signature of Gov. Tom Corbett.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at the pavilion at the Weissport trailhead.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured walking the red carpet during the film festival event were, from left, students Victoria White, 18; Jacob Gursky, 15; "High Class" Raider mascot, wearing a top hat and monocle; and teacher Kim Woodward.

The Tamaqua Area High School's Media Club held their 7th Annual IF (Independent Film) Festival recently in the Tamaqua Area School District auditorium.

This year's festival was open to the public, and celebrated the cinematic work of over nine Tamaqua Area High School students.

Due to the event's "film premier" vibe, organizers encouraged all guests to dress up in formal wear.

Hosting the event were Tamaqua students Andrea Whitley, Allie Miller, Keith Kranch and Chris Hartung as part of Mrs. Lori Remmel's Media Club class.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Peter Salerno and Nick Mantz, Lehighton Area High School seniors, were victorious in the third annual Great Lehighton Race held Saturday. At the awards event upon the completion of the event are, l-r, Scott Kane, branch manager of First Niagara Bank, the main sponsor of the race; Tim and Rachel Robb, second place finishers; Salerno and Mantz; Karen and Paul Ziegenfuss, third place prize winners, and Todd Zimmerman, president of the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee and creator of the Great Lehighton Race. The race raises funds for the Initiative Committee.

The third annual Great Lehighton Race, held Saturday, had a tight finish with the top three teams finishing within 2 1/2 minutes of each other.

The race was staged by the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee, and was coordinated by Todd Zimmerman, president of the LDIC and creator of the race.

The winners were Peter Salerno and Nick Mantz, both seniors at Lehighton Area High School, who completed the course in one hour, 37 minutes, and 12 seconds.

The second place finishers were Tim and Rachel Robb, whose time was one hour, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

On Saturday, May 12, Donny Gildea (back row, center) was recognized by the Lansford Little League after throwing out the first ball to open the 2012 season. League President Mike Turrano (back row, fourth from right) and league vice president Glen Karnish (back row, fourth from left) presented Gildea with a plaque and jacket for 55 years of volunteering as an umpire. Donny and his brother Ed Gildea umpired the first Lansford Little League game in 1957. Also taking part in the presentation are the Lansford American Legion Little League team.