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Monday, June 24, 2013

Keith A. Reber, 49, Orwigsburg, went on trial before a jury in Schuylkill County court before Judge Charles M. Mller on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful restrain, recklessly endangering another person, tampering with evidence, and possession of firearms with altered numbers.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education center, will present "Bats: Fact and Fiction" at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. on July 6.

She will have a live bat to share, and will talk about their unique anatomy, habits and diet, and how White Nose Syndrome is affecting the bat population. After the program, she will use a bat detector to listen to and identify bats in the park. For more information call (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday accepted the resignations of Justin R. Clarke, Brodheadsville, from his job as a part-time corrections officer, effective June 17; and of David E. Rogers, of Long Pond, from his job as corrections officer, effective June 5.

Monday, June 24, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Senator David Argall Good Citizenship Award is presented to Franklin Township Elementary School students, front l-r, Lyle Cordes and Richard Failla, Jr.; back l-r, Ashley Beers; Jade Schleicher; Ashley Marchessault; and Carter Strauss.

As the end of the 2012-2013 school year approached, Franklin Elementary School recently held its annual awards program.

Assisted by faculty and staff, Principal Suzanne Howland presented the awards.

Envirothon Awards were presented to those third grade students who had competed with other school districts as they answered questions pertaining to our environment.

The students who received this recognition are:

The Green Squad (First Place) - Holly Fasching, captain; Abigail Meckes; Sherry Nametko; Emily Snyder; and Ian Werner

Saturday, June 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the celebration service are, from front left, Bishop of the Slovak Zion Synod Reverend Wilma Kucharek, guest soloist Marcia Smith and Pastor Marjorie Keither. From back left are Evan Beblavy Jr., David Hawk and recording secretary Anne Trauger.

Parishioners and guests of St. John the Evangelist Slovak Lutheran Church in Lansford joined in celebration during a recent Sunday service to mark the 100th anniversary of its two church bells.

Performing during the celebration service was guest soloist Marcia Smith, a native of Brooklyn, who now resides in Jim Thorpe. Smith studied voice with former singers of Carnegie Hall and sang with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Pastor Marjorie Keither also recognized two area residents for their involvement with the bells.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lehighton Borough Council recently discussed the potential of two traffic improvements on Ninth Street in the borough, one being the installation of a traffic light at Ninth and Bridge Street.

The other would be a left-turn lane for motorists traveling north on Ninth Street and turning into the campus of the Lehighton Area School District (at Ninth and Union Streets).

Both are only in the preliminary phases, but the council members indicated they would like to see both occur.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Carbon County Senior Games took off officially with the opening ceremonies at the Lehighton Rec Center.

For the past five years, the games had been played at Jim Thorpe.

"This is a dream come true for me," said Victor Pituch of Lansford, director of the games. "And this is a beautiful facility. The community should be proud of the facilities here in Lehighton."

County Commissioners Dean DeLong and John Mogilski welcomed the seniors and encouraged them to have fun.

Saturday, June 22, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ron Hlavaty, right, of Pocono Area Dance Association (PADA), presents a check in the amount of $970 to Steven Fatzinger, left, president of Lehighton Boys and Girls Band. The money was raised during a recent PADA dance featuring Riverside Rhythm - a 17-piece big band whose repertoire includes instrumental and vocal hits from the 1920s through the '40s.

Saturday, June 22, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System Home Health Care aide Sonya Fisher checks 103-year-old Herman Rockman's blood pressure.

Herman Rockman sits in a comfortable wing chair in the living room of his West Penn Township home, smiling and joking with the aide who is checking his blood pressure.

At 103, Rockman's mind is sharp he follows the morning stock market reports with keen interest but his body is worn. Last year, after a hospital stay, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a condition common in the elderly, and for which there is no cure.