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Monday, June 13, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brother Bernard on one of his visits to China.

Brother Bernard Seif blends together his interests in spirituality, natural medicine, clinical psychology and Asian culture in the plot of his newest book, Night Prayer: From the Office of the Dead, the sixth book in the series.

A Catholic Christian monk who is fascinated by the Salesian tradition (a way of living inspired by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal), he practices clinical psychology and Chinese medicine.

While the three seem somewhat unrelated, Brother Bernard assures they are linked.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/times news Lansford American Legion Rider Paul Zona, with wife Roseann, Lansford, retires an American flag at the ceremony. Watching in back is Tamaqua Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell.

"Like a fallen soldier, a flag that is being retired must be handled with reverence and dignity" states The United States flag code.

With that kind of directive in mind, thousands of used American flags were ceremoniously burned Sunday during the Tamaqua American Legion's First Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony, held next to the Legion located on West Broad Street.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A family of six were displaced by a house fire near Slatington Saturday evening.

The fire occurred at about 5:30 p.m. at 7940 Furnace Road, Washington Township, Lehigh County.

No injuries were reported. However, a dog and two to three cats were lost as a result of the fire.

The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley said the family is staying with relatives.

The Red Cross provided meals, clothing and toiletry items to the family, and will continue to work with them.

Further information on the fire was not available in time for today's publication.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Panelists in a seminar entitled "In & Beyond the Schoolyard – Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue" are, from left, Summit Hill Chief of Police Joseph Fittos Jr., Kim Mulik of the Carbon County Juvenile Probation Office, Jim Thorpe High School Principal Tom Lesisko, Lehighton Area High School teacher Cristi Marchetti, and Weatherly Area School District nurse Rebekah McFadden. The event was staged by Behavioral Health Associates.

Bullying has many ugly faces.

It can be physical, verbal, attained through social exclusion, sexual or cyber.

These various types of bullying were examined during a public seminar conducted by Behavioral Health Associates at the Packer Ridge Academy in Mahoning Township.

About 30 people attended the event titled "In & Beyond the Schoolyard Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue."

Monday, June 13, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Joe Uhnak, second from left, of the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization receives a donation from the Rev. William Campion, second from right, paster of Sacred Heart Parish Church of Palmerton. Also pictured are Richard Nothstein, far left, and George Duell Jr., far right.

Community support continues to pour in for a veteran's memorial set to be erected in Palmerton.

The parishioners of the Sacred Heart Church of Palmerton were the latest to give a donation to the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization for the eventual construction of the memorial.

Over $1,800 was raised as part of a collection over Memorial Day weekend, said George Duell Jr., Freedom Team Salute, Ambassador, U.S. Army.

"We're just pleased with our parishioners," Duell said. "They were generous; we got more than we thought."

Monday, June 13, 2011
 Larry Neff/special to the times news

Rush Township police are investigating a shooting incident in which a bullet shattered a kitchen window in a residence at 135 Wertman road on Sunday at 10 a.m. Police officer Richard Sinton reported that a small child was in the room when the smaller caliber bullet struck the window. None of the residents of the home were injured. Sinton, who canvassed the area, believed the bullet may have originated from a careless person target shooting since a bullet of that caliber could travel a mile.

Monday, June 13, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Jeremy James Nansteel of Lansford, son of Jeremy and Sarah Nansteel, used the maracas to accompany the dance musicat the after-graduation party held at Penn's Peak

for the homeschoolersof theCommonwealth Connections Academy on June 8. Jeremy will be 2 in September.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Makenzie Baird, 9, of Jim Thorpe, shows off some of her souvenirs she collected while on a trip to Florida, sponsored by Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

A number of area youngsters recently enjoyed the magic of Walt Disney World, thanks to to a dream-fulfilling trip to Florida courtesy of the Blue Ridge Chapter of Dream Come True.

Monday, June 13, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School senior Nicole Czarnecki (center) holds a $5,000 Pennsylvania Automotive Association Foundation Community Service Scholarship she recently received at Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Pictured next to Czarnecki are (l-r) Greg Rentschler, assistant manager, Fred Rentschler, co-owner, Mike Czarnecki, service manager and Nicole's father, and Rick Rentschler, co-owner.

A job well done does indeed comes with its share of perks.

There's no doubt the four years of hard work Nicole Czarnecki put into her academic studies has paid off.

Czarnecki, a senior at Northern Lehigh High School, was a recipient of a $5,000 Pennsylvania Automotive Association Foundation Community Service Scholarship, given in recognition of outstanding service, dedicated involvement and ongoing commitment to the well-being of the greater community.