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Thursday, July 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

West Penn Township police and fire police closed a half mile section of Dairy Road for over five hours Wednesday evening after a pole fell onto the road. PPL responded and performed emergency repairs. No related power outages were reported. Police pointed out that there weren't any high winds in the area and that the pole appeared to fall on its own.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Slatington Public Library, 650 Main St., Slatington, will hold its 16th annual Chinese auction on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Diamond Fire Company, Main Street, Walnutport. Donations of handcrafted items, gift certificates, gift baskets or like new items are needed. This event is the library's major fundraiser for the year and helps to pay for the day-to-day expenses on the library.

Items may be dropped off at the library during operational hours. Items will be displayed with donor's name in the library window at the end of the summer until the week of the event.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Many people choose to cut their hair shorter during the hot summer months. Some choose to go a little farther. Pictured are brothers Quentin, 9, left, and Zachary Swolensky, 7, enjoying a musical event at the Tamaqua Train Station last weekend.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A woman from Weisenberg Township, who was formerly employed by the Northwestern Lehigh School District, has been arrested for allegedly gaining access to the district's computer system to change her children's grades.

State police said they charged Catherine Venusto, 45, on Wednesday with three counts each of unlawful use of a computer and computer trespassing. She was arraigned before District Judge Robert C. Halal and is at liberty on $30,000 bail.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the fourth marking period of the

2011-2012 school year has been announced by Mr. Robert Vlasaty, Principal.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

12th Grade: Tyler Adams, Kimberly Bayer, Kiana Bellesfield, Allison Beltz, Samantha Corcoran,

Emin Eminof, Lauren Haberern, Tiffany Hamm, Heather Heiney, Brandon Horvath, Kelsey Hosford, Kelli Hunsicker, Alyssa Lancsak, Christopher LeFrancois, Kirsten Leskowich, Jinessa Rutt, Maggie Sauerwine, Shannon Strohl, Margaret Surdovel, Brandon Weider, Matthew Williams.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Albrightsville Fire Company look over new, multi-layer epoxy floor installed in the fire compnay's new garage addition. From left are Tyler Michael, junior firefighter; David Michael III, firefighter; Fire Chief Bruce Berger, and David Smith, Steven Marino, and C. J. McFeeley, all junior firefighters.

A new addition to the Albrightsville Fire Company near Hickory Run is virtually completed.

A multi-layer, epoxy floor is being added to the garage area. The floor is the final stage of the project, said Fire Chief Bruce Berger.

The chief said the project had its groundbreaking in October 2010.

Last week, apparatus was removed from the garage of the fire station so the floor could be constructed.

Volunteers camped out overnight at the fire station while the apparatus was parked outside and the fire house garage doors were left open so the epoxy finish could cure.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS St. Joseph Regional Academy students, seated from left, Jacob DeHaven, Jenna Goff and Nick Goff display the boxes of computers that the school was able to purchase through the efforts of the parishes that comprise the school. At right is Ann Marie Oblas, technology teacher, displaying one of the 28 Dell computers.

St. Joseph Regional Academy students will have state-of-the-art computers to learn on this school year.

Recently, the school, located in Jim Thorpe, purchased 28 new Dell computers, 20 of which will be used in the school's computer lab; and one for each classroom. Funding for the computers is being raised as a joint effort between the school and Msgr. John Chizmar, pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman; the Rev. James Ward, pastor of Immaculate Conception; and the Rev. Francis Baransky, pastor of St. Joseph's Church.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Joseph Plechavy, band director, leads members of the Palmerton Community Band through a practice rehearsal Wednesday evening inside the borough's municipal building gymnasium. Plechavy said the band has a need for percussionists, as well as people who can play the keyboard. For more information, call 610-681-6934, or visit palmertoncommunityband.com.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS JoAnn Bush, Sandi Kaspszyk, John Fidz and Virginia Hock take advantage of a Cardio Blast class offered at Eldred's Pocono Family YMCA in Kunkletown.

When the Pleasant Valley School District closed Eldred Elementary School in Kunkletown due to budgeting costs and a drop in enrollment, it had hoped the building would be repurposed in some way.

The Pocono Family YMCA expressed interest in opening a satellite location in the West End.

PVSD thought the Eldred school building might make the perfect location and a deal was struck with Pocono Family YMCA and they opened Jan. 1, 2011.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – About one-third of Pennsylvania's 8.3 million voters are unaware of the new state photo ID law that takes effect on Election Day and at least 1 million voters lack the documents they need to take to the polls for their votes to count, lawyers challenging the law said Wednesday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and its partners in a lawsuit seeking to block enforcement of the law made the claim in a pretrial brief filed in preparation for a hearing in Commonwealth Court scheduled to begin July 25.