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Friday, June 14, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Law enforcement officers were honored by PennDOT for their outstanding participation in the 2012 Pa. Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project. From left are Robert Webre, North East Law Enforcement liaison; Det. Scott Preboshyak, Lehighton Police Department; Chief Matthew Kuzma, Kidder Township Police Department; Officer Edward Kubert, Weatherly Police Department; Chief Brian Markovchick, Weatherly Police Department; and Joseph Schatz, Jim Thorpe Police Department. Also to be recognized are Chief Mike Morresi, Beaver Meadows Police Department; Officer Jason Doll, Franklin Township Police Department; and Pennsylvania State Police at the Lehighton and Fern Ridge stations.

Several law enforcement officers were honored by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for their outstanding participation in the 2012 PennDOT funded Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project.

Honored were Det. Scott Preboshyak, Lehighton Police Department; Chief Matthew Kuzma, Kidder Township Police Department; Chief Brian Markovchick, Weatherly Police Department; and Officer Edward Kubert, Weatherly Police Department.

Friday, June 14, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Retiring Blue Mountain Health System board of directors member Conrad Biege, left, and BMHS CEO Andrew Harris stand outside Room 117 at The Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The room was renovated and dedicated in Biege's honor.

Dozens of friends, family members and co-workers gathered Thursday to mark a Blue Mountain Health System board member's retirement, and to celebrate the dedication of a room at The Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in his honor.

Conrad Biege will retire at the end of this month after 19 years of service on the BMHS board of directors, including four years as chairman.

"Normally, we don't do this. After a member leaves us after years of service, we give them a small gift," said BMHS CEO Andrew Harris. "But to me, this was very special."

Friday, June 14, 2013

In yesterday's TIMES NEWS regarding the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series, Lizard Creek's postponed concert date was listed as June 20. It should have said Thursday June 27.

Next Thursday's regularly scheduled performance by the Christopher Dean Band will be held as planned.

These concerts are the first in a series of free bi-weekly Thursday concerts held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. outside the Tamaqua Train Station throughout the summer, courtesy of the chamber and sponsors. Spectators are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or towel.

Friday, June 14, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sudent Appreciation Day was held for students in the L. B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, with such activities available as balloon bounce houses and a rock-climbing challenge. The activities were sponsored by the L. B. Morris PTA.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The first grant payment has been received by the Nesquehoning Water Authority just in time to make the next installment payment to Blooming Glen Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $153,478.61, for the work they have completed to date on the water tank project.

Authority members will ask for a progress update from Alfred Benesch & Co. to be given for the July monthly authority meeting.

During Monday's meeting, authority members selected Natural Clay as the color of the siding to go on the new booster pump station once it is in place.

Friday, June 14, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Officers of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company and eight of the 2013 Anna Marie Helbing Trust Award recipients at a small reception held recently at the North Street branch in Jim Thorpe. They are, l-r, Patrick H. Reilly, MCT president and CEO; Debra Lobien; Jessica Lobien; Kristin Lawrence; Kevin Seemiller; Damian Richards; Brielle Poeldnurk; Kaitlyn Matula; Kristen Halenar; Paula Seaner, MCT wealth management support specialist; and Lee Zink, MCT trust officer.

Thirty-five local residents have been honored by Mauch Chunk Trust Company (MCT) as recipients of Anna Marie Helbing Trust scholarship grants towards their pursuit of a nursing degree.

The award recipients, selected by an independent committee, were recognized at a small reception held in their honor at the North Street branch location in Jim Thorpe.

The 2013 Anna Marie Helbing Trust award recipients are:

Brandy Bamford, Rachel Borger, Alessandra Buzzetta, Marissa Cantelmi, Codey Drum, Kelly Fisher, Kristen Halenar, Shelby Hartman, Kacie Haupt.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Senior and disabled citizens throughout the Commonwealth are receiving letters offering them assistance in applying for Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

The Senior Advisory Center, a California company with a Harrisburg post office box, has mailed out tens of thousands of offers to help Pennsylvanians fill out the rebate forms.

All they ask in return is a $39 processing fee instead of the 46 cents in postage it usually costs an applicant to mail the free form to Harrisburg.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Western Pocono Women's Club will be holding its monthly meeting on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Effort United Methodist Church in Effort. The speaker will be Lisa Marie Halecky who will be speaking on senior Issues.

The WPWC welcomes all new members and is open to all women who wish to make a difference in the West End of Monroe County.

For more information go to www.westernpoconowomensclub.org or email wpwomensclub@gmail.com.

Friday, June 14, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area Library Summer Reading Program got off to a winning start as approximately 25 boys and girls, kindergarten through fourth grade, played Beach Bingo for donated prizes. The children came dressed in summer clothing, which then entitled them to two free game boards. Everyone present got to take home a new book to kick start their summer reading. Snacks and drinks were also served. The Beach Bingo was organized by the library Teen Group. Front row, left to right: Allyssa George, Savannah Moyer, Mara Tracey, Kristen Rauch, Brittany Irwin.

Friday, June 14, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Gold wins The Gold team won the championship at the annual Black, Gold and White day at the Panther Valley stadium. The event has been going on for more than 30 years. This year the gold team won with 216.5 points followed closely by the black who scored 215.5 points and the white in third place. Captain of the gold team was eighth grader Brendan Morgans holding the plaque, with some team members, l-r, Alex Mehmeti, Brett Paulus, and Christopher Santore. This is the first time since 1996 that the gold team won.