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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Carol Zickler/special to the times news

Speaking at the recent Nesquehoning Memorial Day service were left to right Walter Breiner, VFW commander; Amanda Breiner, VFW Auxiliary president; main speaker Brian Sommers; Thomas McKeever, and Ed Coll, president of American Legion Post 172.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Nesquehoning man was lodged in Carbon County Prison yesterday following arraignment on drug charges.

Paul Nicholas Niedzialek, West Center Street, was arraigned in the office of District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

The charges stem from an incident on March 11 in Nesquehoning.

He was charged with criminal conspiracy, which is a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.

The controlled substance allegedly was heroin.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Terry Steigerwalt, left, is presented a shotgun for his marksmanship by Dr. Edward Miller; and Larry Richards, right, who organized the event.

There was plenty of shooting action as regional marksmen raised nearly $25,000 during the Fifth Annual Shoot for a Dream event held June 4 at Whitetail Preserve in Conyngham.

For most of the morning and early afternoon, shooters aimed at 100 clay disc targets to raise funds for Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter. Whitetail Resort, located outside of Hazleton in the Conyngham Valley, also supports and works with children of special needs.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Tim Tkach, principal at Lehighton Area High School and Jamie Drake, treatment program manager, for Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol program, preview a video about drug and alcohol abuse that was created by students at Lehighton Area High School.

Helping youth learn how to make wise choices about drugs and alcohol use will be the topic of the Community Drug and Alcohol Seminar to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Lehighton High School auditorium.

That night, parents will learn the signs to look for if they suspect their child is abusing drugs and alcohol. Also invited to attend are educators, community groups, politicians and members of the community.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Pictured from left are retiring teachers Barbara E. Herring, Hope Harakel, JoAnn Dobrosky, TEA President Frank Wenzel, retiring teachers Vicki Feliciano, Janet Smetana and Jean Newton. Not pictured is John Potlunas and Mary Ruth Taylor.

The Tamaqua Education Association (TEA) honored nine retiring teachers from the Tamaqua Area School District during its retirement dinner held on June 10 at Capriotti's in Tresckow.

TEA president and master of ceremonies Frank Wenzel, Tamaqua Superintendent Carol Makuta, Elementary Assistant Principal James Fasnacht, TASD President Larry Wittig, former principal Tom Ponting, and other TEA and retirement committee members, welcomed the honorees as they spoke of their many accomplishments during the ceremony.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Some Panther Valley residents are on Cloud 9 today after meeting "Old Blue Eyes" in the flesh. When Frank Sinatra, along with daughter, Nancy, and comedian Charlie Callas, opened a week-long run in Atlantic City, seated at stageside, as Sinatra's personal guests, were Bob and Marigrace Parfitt of White Bear, adn Bob's sister and brother-in-law, Natalie and Walt Whiteman of Winston-Salem, N.C. After the show, the two couples were invited backstage to spend some long-to-be-remembered moments with the legend himself.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

All the kindergarteners from the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua performed a number of music skits for their parents and teachers as part of their graduation day program held Tuesday in the school gym.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS 'All aboard for Tamaqua Summerfest.' Michael McDevitt of Coatesville, engineer of the Brandywine Miniature Railroad, is shown recently in Schuylkill Haven where he invited members of the Victorian Highwheelers of Tamaqua to ride the train, from left: Darlene Straub, Dan Horengic, John Poponiak, Don Shoup and Don Serfass. Both attractions, the train and highwheelers, will be part of the free entertainment on Father's Day in Tamaqua.

Family-oriented entertainment is on the agenda all day long at the 21st Annual Tamaqua Summerfest to take place on Father's Day Sunday, kicking off the summer season in the Tamaqua area.

The event is presented by the Tamaqua Historical Society and takes place rain or shine, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Carbon/Monroe County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Danadee M. Miller-Boyle, wants to remind farmers and landowners that local FSA county committee nominations begin on June 15.

Farmers and ranchers are urged to participate in this year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the August 1 deadline. County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S Department of Agriculture and provide a voice to landowners, farmers and ranchers so that their opinions and ideas can be heard.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Logan Thomson

Logan Thomson of Walnutport has been named March's Girl of the Month from the Woman's Club of Slatington.

The Northern Lehigh High School senior is a member of the Northern Lehigh Marching Band (drum major), Pit Orchestra, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, Concert Choir, and National Honor Society.

She was selected to PMEA District 10 Band in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and Lehigh County Honors Band in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Thomson also created the website for the Northern Lehigh High School Music Department.