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Monday, June 6, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the students recognized at the Palmerton Area High School Senior Awards Night were (front row) Derek Szena (back row, l-r), Jillian Farkas, Jordan Ruzicka, Katie Reimer, Samantha K. Smith, Dave Kenion, Jarrett Kleintop and Blake Campbell.

Palmerton Area High School held its senior awards assembly recently in the high school auditorium.

Students and the awards they received are as follows:

Ashley Appelbaum - Outstanding Senior Award, Cheerleading (Plaque).

Adam Berger - Soccer Parents' Club Award ($50); Outstanding Senior Award, Boy's Soccer (Plaque).

Albert Bickowski - Nick Bickowski 4EVER Memorial Scholarship ($1,000).

Nathan Binder - Soccer Parents' Club Award ($50).

Saturday, June 4, 2011

State employees who serve Carbon County picketed Friday afternoon, voicing their concerns against current state budget proposals, which call for cuts to service programs and education.

Employees of the Carbon County Assistance Office in Lehighton, who are members of SEIU Local 668, a statewide union, conducted the rally during their lunch break.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news Tamaqua's Depot Square Park, at the intersection of SR309 and SR209, will be the venue of multiple ACS events on Sunday.

TN Correspondent

editor@tnonliine.com

Volunteers with the Tamaqua-Carbon Chapter of the American Cancer Society will be hosting three multi-fundraiser and awareness events tomorrow in Tamaqua to help raise donations for Relay For Life and promote cancer awareness.

In the first-ever photo-scavenger hunt, people of all ages can bring their digital cameras or cell phone cameras to take photos of scavenger-listed items in Tamaqua. Teams, consisting of 2 to 4 people, should meet at the Depot Square Park, Five Points, by 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS A few of the multiple award winners at Northwestern Lehigh's senior awards assembly are, from left, Jennifer Groller, Kelly Boyd, and Michael Hontz.

Northwestern Lehigh High School held its senior awards assemblyon May 24 in the high school auditorium.

Students and the awards they received are as follows:

Altruism Award - The Travelers Protective Association Award - Kelsey Backenstoes

Art Award - Abbey Rosko and Kaitlin R. Snyder

The Balfour Company Award - Michael Hontz and Samantha Kelly

Northwestern Lehigh Band Booster Association Award - Nathan Klienschuster, Tanya Tews, and Tacie Tews

Best of the Best School and Community Leadership Award - Michael Hontz

Saturday, June 4, 2011

There will be a new addition to the traditional cap and gown at next year's high school graduation ceremonies throughout the Lehigh Valley: the red cord.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced a new program to honor graduating seniors for their participation in life-saving blood donation programs during high school. High school graduates who qualify will be given a red recognition cord to drape around their necks over their gowns to denote their role as blood donors and/or blood drive volunteers.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Beltzville State Park was closed to swimming yesterday after a water test showed bacteria levels higher than the state allows.

A brief statement on the park's website says:

"The swimming area at Beltzville Lake is currently closed as a precaution due to a bad water sample taken earlier this week. The park is in the process of having the water retested and we anticipate reopening swimming area in the near future."

Beltzville State Park is one of the top destinations in Carbon County for swimmers and boating enthusiasts.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Tiger Leaping Gorge, located in China's northwest Yunnan, is one of the deepest river canyons in the world. The gorge is 14 miles of green hills, snowcapped mountains and rugged paths, with bending trails, cozy villages and waterfalls along the way.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a four-part series on Taylor's recent trip to south China's Yunnan Province

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A metal, grated bridge on Cold Run Road in Walker Township is in bad shape and requires re-rated until the township can make the necessary repairs.

Greg Stewart, a structural engineer with Alfred Benesch, the township's engineering firm, advised the board of supervisors as to the condition of the bridge at their regular meeting. The firm performed an initial visual inspection and then followed up with a complete inspection.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Helicopter operations are expected to resume on Wednesday as work continues on the slope stabilization project at Lehigh Gap.

The current schedule for helicopter work is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8-10, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 11. June 12 has been reserved as a contingency day depending on how much progress has been made.

The helicopter is being used to transport materials to the upper slopes that are not accessible by other means, according to J. David Reuss, project coordinator, Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. John Hazel receives the Melvin Jones plaque from Past District Governor Robert Neumoyer.

The Rev. John Hazel was named as a Melvin Jones Fellow at the May 16 meeting of the Palmerton Area Lions Club. He joins 17 club members who were previously so honored.

Robert Neumoyer, past district governor, said the Lions have a lot of reasons to be proud. Lions Clubs International Foundation is helping people down south and in Japan.

The Melvin Jones Fellows were first named in 1973. It is an honor named after the founder of Lions International and can go to either a member or a nonmember because there are a lot of deserving people.