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Friday, June 15, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Zion United Lutheran Church, Brodheadsville, has celebrated a milestone of ministry and mission. It is 150 years old in its service to the area and to the world.

"For 150 years Zion has been holy ground," were the words of the Rev. Elizabeth A. Melot, current pastor at Zion United Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville, in the church's 2012 anniversary booklet.

Those words can be echoed by current members of the congregation whose families helped build the church and whose connections to that founding time and subsequent growth of the church were told at a celebratory dinner meeting held at a previous "sister" church, Christ Hamilton Lutheran in Hamilton Square.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Saint Joseph Regional Academy, Jim Thorpe, has announced the names of students who earned a place on the honor roll for the final quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Grade 4

Distinguished honors: Emily Reaman and Gianna Steber

First honors: Nicholas Goff

Second Honors: Ben Sheridan

Grade 5

Distinguished honors: Hunter Fristick and Katie Spillman

First honors: Grace Crouthamel, Natalia Richards and Sydney Vincent

Second honors: Macayla Almeida, Kelsey Carroll, Rhiannon Malarkey, Seth Paluck and Caroline Snerr

Grade 6

Friday, June 15, 2012

District Deputy Robert F. Roth of Mahanoy City was in town (Tamaqua) last evening consulting the members of the R. P. O. Elks in the matter of the new lodge that is to be instituted at Lehighton in the near future. Ashland lodge will be the instituting lodge. The date set is the 27th of June and all is now required is the instituting order from the grand exalted ruler.

Friday, June 15, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Brandon Brooking waves the NASCAR flags that were presented to him at Dover, Del. and signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

For 15-year-old Brandon Brooking, spending an afternoon at Dover, Del. was an over-the-top experience, especially when his dream came true to meet NASCAR race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

In the past, the Palmerton teen's parents, Pete and Melissa Olimpaito, would not likely have taken Brandon to races because of his diagnosis with autism. But the special accommodations made by the speedway allowed Brandon to enjoy his first-ever autism-friendly NASCAR race.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Weatherly Area Community Library has announced its Summer 2012 hours. The library will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 2-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. - noon and 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. - noon and 3-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

Friday, June 15, 2012
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

Celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), a procession heads out of St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe led buy Deacon Jack Mroz, seen carrying the Monstrance holding a consecrated Host.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Carbon County officials are finding out that there are groups and individuals who would like to take over the county's animal shelter.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, a second interested party, this time a business owner, came forward and expressed his interest in operating the shelter on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

Robert Dages of Jim Thorpe asked the commissioners about the status of the shelter.

Friday, June 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS After about a year of construction, drivers in Tamaqua are being diverted onto the new temporary SR309/Center Street bridge, which is located next to the old bridge. The bridge also includes 150-foot pedestrian walkway.

After about a year of construction, PennDOT has opened the temporary SR309/Center Street bridge in Tamaqua to traffic.

Traffic is now being diverted onto the temporary 150-foot-long and 38-foot-wide bridge while contractors with Clearwater Construction, a PennDOT subcontractor, tear down and replace the old bridge.

Contractors point out that the temporary bridge, which runs over the Little Schuylkill River, is a Baily-type Acrow bridge.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The roadmaster for Pine Grove Township in Schuylkill County was struck by a truck and killed Thursday while working along a township road.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the victim as Ralph Geist, 63, of Pine Grove.

According to troopers Geist was working along Chapel Drive when he was struck by a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Jeremy Wise, 24, of Pine Grove.

Troopers said Wise was southbound and negotiating a right curve about 11 a.m. while Geist was standing/walking in the center of the road. Wise attempted to avoid Geist by moving to the left.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area Library held its first ever Student Art Show. Students of artist Paula Zelienka, from ages 6-18, like, left to right, Skyler Graver, Maison Allen, Ktie Beck, Julia Kinney and Riley Zelienka, were invited to enter their art work in the show. Refreshments were provided by the Friends of the Library and prizes were given in two age categories. Winners in the 6-12 age group were: 1st place, Jesse DeKorte; 2nd, Aliya DeKorte; 3rd, Sydney Geist. Winners in the 13-18 age group were: 1st place, Julia Kinney; 2nd, Riley Zelienka; 3rd, Katie Beck.