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Monday, June 11, 2012

The Elderly Home Help Program provides in-home assistance to income eligible Carbon County residents (aged 60 and older) who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or willing to assist with the care of their home or personal needs. Services are provided for the purpose of ensuring safe and sanitary conditions and may include: light housekeeping assistance, laundry assistance; and/or shopping assistance.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Underclass students at Marian High School were recognized on the last day of school following closing Mass in the gymnasium.

Awards were presented to: Theology 1H, Faith Befano ; Theology 1R, Cheyanne Bray; American Cultures H, Nico Agosti; Amer. Cultures R, Josiah Fedorshak; Algebra 1, Rebecca Braun; Algebra IIH, Nico Agosti; Algebra IIR, Nicholas Sully; Algebra I Most Improved, Jillian Yanuzzi; Algebra II Most Improved, Cheyanne Bray; Physical Science H, Matthew Karnish; Physical Science R, Jonluke Sivak.

Monday, June 11, 2012
MCADOO FIRE COMPANY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Two tranquilized bear cubs lay in the soft grass after being rescued by state Game Commission Officers and firefighters.

Answering a request by the state Game Commission last Friday, McAdoo Fire Company's ladder truck responded to the village of Tresckow, Banks Township, for a report of two small bears stuck in a tree in the backyard of a residence.

An officer with the Game Commission shot one small bear with a tranquilizer dart and was able to safely remove the bear. The second bear made it difficult for rescuers as he went higher up the tree before it too was shot by a dart while the fire company's ladder was positioned nearby.

Monday, June 11, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School was the scene of Eighth Grade Graduation which also included a salute to this year's retiree Charles DePuy of Lanford. Receiving the State Senate's Sen. David Argall Award were Hunter Keip and Sam Stanko. The House of Representatives Award by Rep. Doyle Heffley were given to Nathan Miller and Kelsey Van Horn.

Monday, June 11, 2012
Elsa Kerschner/The Times News Valedictorian Joseph Suleiman and salutatorian Rachel Kester led the students to the stage for their diplomas.

On Saturday 198 students from Northwestern Lehigh High School became former students as commencement was held at Stabler Arena.

During the procession it was easy to see where a student's family was seated as their cheers showed them as personal fan clubs.

Black and gold rosettes decorated the end chair in each row. Black and gold were the class colors and on stage was the orange of Tiger Lilies, the class flower.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its meeting Wednesday, June 13 at the Big Creek Grange at 7 p.m. Livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8-19 as of Jan. 1, 2012. 4-H is a youth program of the Penn State University.

Monday, June 11, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bud and Brenda Hill are seated in the new hall at Penn Forest Fire Company. The room is decorated for a graduation party.

Brenda Hill is rightfully proud of the bright, new hall at Penn Forest Fire Company, which will also be used as a Carbon County Emergency Center.

"Four years ago we had 40 people living here for a week," said Hill. "There are showers for handicapped in the large new restrooms."

The new hall is 65-by-75 feet and replaces a smaller room with dark paneling. Now called Whispering Pines, it can seat 299 people and is air conditioned.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Smokey the Bear will be at the Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville, Schuylkill County, amphitheter on Saturday, June 16. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Dave Duffy, the fire chief from New England Fire Company, will give a fire prevention and campfire safety presentation followed by a visit from Smokey the Baer. The program is free and open to the public. Shine only and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Elementary pupils Jagger Bolton, 9, Emily Wotring, 10, Makenzie Hunsicker, 9, and Caitlyn Michael, 9, check out their selections.

Just call them wheelers and dealers.

That's essentially what Slatington Elementary students were as they took part in a recent Book Swap.

Kristie Borger, Title I Reading Specialist, said the students received tickets for every book they brought in. The tickets were then placed in baskets, and later picked for prizes.

Borger, who estimated about 2,500 books were brought in by the students over a one-week span, said the book swap served dual purposes.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Ashley Hartman, Jim Thorpe staff member of Robin's Nest ELCCC "I they should resubmit it. I don't think it's right that they take away from the kids or the parents."

Should the state resubmit funding for public schools?