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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Local residents were captured for posterity as they strolled through Tamaqua's Five Points during a snowstorm in the 1980s. The image, by Scott Herring, is one of many that will be showcased beginning Thursday at the Tamaqua Chamber Gallery.

A photo exhibit with strong local interest, "Tamaqua - A Portrait in White," will debut with a reception Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Chamber Gallery, 114 W. Broad St.

Tamaqua native Scott Herring is celebrating his 40th Anniversary as the coal region's "Last Anthracite Photographer" and his hometown is featured in a uniquely personal photo exhibit from The Hardcoal Chronicles.

The Tamaqua Historical Society will host the opening reception in conjunction with the Tamaqua Chamber Gallery from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and everyone is invited.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
CHUCK BRIDGEN/special to the times news Graduates of Panther Valley High School turn the tassels at the end of commencement exercises.

Seventy-one Panther Valley High School seniors graduated on Monday night in the school's auditorium but before they did so, valedictorian Jacob Tokosh asked his classmates to raise their hands and answer one last question as Panther Valley students.

"How many of you here, on this stage, have ambition?

"Critics have condemned us, Generation Y, as lazy, sloppy, snobby, and overly entitled. In their eyes, we have indeed become the letter 'Y' and the question 'why?' 'Why do we even exist?,'" said Tokosh.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel were called to Penn Drive (SR443), near the intersection of Villas Crossing, around 4:30 p.m. yesterday following a motor vehicle accident involving a two older teenagers.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Exploring 4-H Day Camps will be held July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill and also on July 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pocono Lake United Methodist Church, Route 940, Pocono Lake.

This program is open to children in Carbon and Monroe counties between the ages of 10-13 (as of Jan. 1, 2013).

Workshop topics are as follows:

Kitchen science: Learn about cooking techniques, kitchen safety, measuring and more. Participants will be making their afternoon snack during this workshop.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District residents will in fact see a 2.3-percent increase in their property tax rates next year.

On a 7-0 vote, the school board agreed on Monday to approve the 2013-14 general fund budget in the amount of $28,509,357. Directors Natalie Green and Robin Distler were absent.

The spending plan represents a $402,575 increase over the 2012-13 spending plan, and calls for a 20.17 millage rate in Lehigh County, and a 57.31 millage rate in Northampton County.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
ED KOLONSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Cressona Band presented a free outdoor concert recently at the Zion's Church on Valley Road in Lewistown Valley. The concert was free to the public and was sponsored by the church. Their next upcoming free concerts will be June 19 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the ABC Hi-Rise in Tamaqua and June 30 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Heisler's Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley. For more information about the band, visit them on Facebook or Myspace.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Northern Lehigh High School's recent commencement exercises made quite an impression on its spectators.

Superintendent Michael Michaels lauded the high school administrative team on a job well done as part of Monday's school board meeting.

Michaels noted the graduation ceremony, held this past Friday evening inside the high school gymnasium, was nothing short of a smashing success.

"It is a wonderful environment," Michaels said. "A lot of the parents really love graduation indoors instead of outdoors, because they said it's so much more personal."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Walker Township Prepares for ACT 537 Plan

By Lisa Price

During a meeting Saturday, Walker Township Supervisors discussed possible revisions to the township's Holding Tank ordinance, which was adopted in 2005, and future adoption of an On-Lot Sewage Management Program. Both measures are part of the township's ACT 537 Plan.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Good News Club Day Camp

Children living in Carbon County, going into first grade through sixth grade, are invited to attend Good News Club Day Camp at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. Camp activities include singing, crafts, games, swimming, and Bible lesson time. There are three sessions of camp to choose from: July 8 to 12, July 22 to 26, or Aug. 5 to 9. Camp is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. There is a fee.

For more information or to register campers, please contact the office of Child Evangelism Fellowship at (610) 377-3632.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Police responding to a call about a dying woman at 304 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, on June 6 arrested the woman's boyfriend on drug charges.

Eric Zuber, 31, 304 W. Bertsch St., faces four counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford and committed to Carbon County prison.