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Saturday, June 9, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Fourth graders Mason Malloy, Andrew Surotchak, Chuck Byers and Thomas Greco acted out YMCA while dressed in the appropriate costumes to the delight of the audience at the Panther Valley Elementary School's Talent Show.

When Miriam Hoffer started teaching music at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning she took over as the coordinator of the annual Talent Show from the PTO.

That was over 22 years ago.

Today, the show has been limited to fourth and fifth graders since there are 850 students in the elementary school. Hoffer said she holds tryouts and chooses around 25 of the best acts with a one-and-a-half- to two-hour program.

"There are no prizes," said Hoffer, "just the end of the year variety show."

Saturday, June 9, 2012
 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A special liturgy was held In St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua, on May 5 as 26 children received the Holy Eucharist for the first time. The Rev. John Frink, Administrator of Saint Jerome Parish, conducted the special liturgy. First Communicants, who received instruction through St. Jerome Regional School and the St.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Ready, set, go! Participants compete in the 11th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Run/Walk held recently in Palmerton.

They darted out of the blocks as if there was no tomorrow.

Both adults, and kids alike, took to the streets in the 11th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Run/Walk held recently in Palmerton.

In all, 470 participants were on hand to partake in the event, according to Dr. Michael Martinez, M.D., F.A.C.S., co-director of the event.

Martinez said the race was held amid "perfect weather", and added the event marked "the largest kids run to date."

The race results are as follows:

Saturday, June 9, 2012
More area students pursuing higher education

The numbers of students in most local districts pursuing higher education appears to be increasing, with Tamaqua and Panther Valley leading the way.

Of Tamaqua's 2012 graduating class, 131 students, or 91 percent, will be seeking higher education. That's lower than previous years, but still higher than the state's 2011 rate of 76.5 percent, the most recent data available.

In 2004-05, Tamaqua's graduating class saw 147 students, or 93 percent, further their educations. In 2010-11, the figures were 145 students, or 94.8 percent.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Building owners Rick Caffrey, left, and Joe Trimmel cut the ribbon during the Pyramid Sports Performance Center's grand opening ceremonies. The Pyramid is located on Ochre Street in Lehighton.

The owners and trainers of the Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday as part of their grand opening weekend. This grand opening celebration, which includes public tours, free classes and membership discounts, will continue through Sunday.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley class adviser, Tim McCutchan, left, shares a moment with the class officers before last night's graduation. They are, left to right, Anthony Ruiz, treasurer, Britanny Tucciarone, president, Katie Forte, vice president and Miranda Houchins, secretary.

On a picture perfect early June evening, 488 young men and women entered the Pleasant Valley High School stadium in their blue and white caps and gowns to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance," played by the PVHS band, signifying the end of their high school careers and the beginning of the next phase of their lives.

John Gress, PVHS principal, greeted everyone and thanked Mother Nature for taking care of them for the night.

Marissa Gray, salutatorian, recalled some of the highlights of her senior year, from homecoming to prom.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Tamaqua, held its May Crowning in conjunction with a First Holy Communion celebration on May 6. The Rev. William Linkchorst, pastor, officiated as 28 children received the Blessed Sacrament. Abbey Michele Delpais, daughter of Michael and Sadie Delpais, assisted with the crowning.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the Northwestern Lehigh High School students who were recognized as part of the Senior Awards assembly held recently in the high school auditorium were (l-r) Nicole Lach, Nick Davidson, Jake Hoover, Rachel Kester, Joseph Suleiman, and Rebecca Lindtner.

Northwestern Lehigh High School held its Senior Awards assembly recently in the high school auditorium.

The students and the awards they received are as follows:

Altruism Award The Travelers Protection Association Britta Saeger

Allentown Garden Club Scholarship Benjamin Gangaware

Art Award April Moyer and Alana Harrington

The Balfour Company Award Joseph Suleiman and Rachel Kester

NWL Band Booster Assoc. Award Natalie Herb, Michelle Green, and Paige Terwilliger

Best of the Best School & Community Leadership Award Nicole Lach

Saturday, June 9, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Seven young people recently received the Rite of Confirmation at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton, on Pentecost Sunday, May 27. Pentecost is the birthing of the Church by the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus' apostles. The seven students completed two years of catechetical instruction and did volunteer service projects before affirming their baptisms and publicly confirming their faith. From left are, front row, Jacob Hoffner, Alayna Krause, Dylan Kleintop; and back row, Caleb Carpenter, Ashley Mulcahy, Christina Drofich, Tanner Perry and the Rev. Robert vonFrisch.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

First Congregational Church, Ruddle Street, Coaldale, will hold a special Father's Day service at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 17, followed by Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Vacation Bible School will be held July 9-13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students ages 3 to those finishing grade 11 are welcome to attend the sessions, which have as their theme, "Adventures on Promise Island – Where Kids Discover God's Lifesaving Love!"

Bible lessons, crafts, snacks and song practice are on the agenda.