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Thursday, May 9, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A mural of the Dorsey Brothers was unveiled prior to the Panther Valley Band Concert. The mural was instructed by artist-in-residence Stephen Bennett.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lansford council on Wednesday was poised to award the job of replacing roofs on buildings at the borough's swimming pool. But, after a representative of one of the bidders questioned whether another company's bid bonds were properly submitted, council wiped the slate clean and agreed to seek another round of proposals.

Council on April 10 opened bids from four companies vying for the job. The bids were to replace the roofs on the pavilion; a building whose roof is tagged "roof 1;" the snack shop, and the office.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburgh, PA.

Thursday, May 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A colorful rainbow appears between houses along Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Franklin Township business owner has 60 days to meet requirements set forth by the Joint Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board.

The board is comprised of representatives of 10 local Carbon County municipalities.

The board met Tuesday night for its second time on this matter at Franklin Elementary School to hear an appeal from Pam Flutegate, owner of The Pure Beauty Lounge, 450 Interchange Road, Lehighton. The business operates as National General Properties, which is located in the former Techna Graphics building on Route 209, Interchange Road.

Thursday, May 9, 2013
special to the times news

The Fifth Annual Nesquehoning Conservation Club Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 11, beginning with registration from 8-9 a.m. on the grounds located near the creek just north of the PV Elementary School. The tourney is held in memory of Connell McCall of Lansford, a longtime fisherman and angling enthusiast who passed away Nov. 30, 2006, In addition to the club sponsoring the event, which attracts hundreds of youths annually to the refreshed creek, thanks to the NCC efforts, helping to host the derby are the Friends of Connell McCall.

Thursday, May 9, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS PathStone Head Start Regional Deputy of Child and Family Development Services Bernetta Frantz listens as her colleagues reminisce about Frantz' decades with the program at a retirement party Tuesday.

PathStone Carbon County Head Start teachers, parents, volunteers and students bade farewell Tuesday to the woman who grew the program from a couple of classrooms to a flourishing multilevel educational system that spans two counties.

Bernetta Frantz, whose most recent title was Regional Deputy of Child and Family Development Services, was feted by about 90 people who gathered for the retirement/birthday tribute at Head Start's Lehighton Center.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

In the mood to bust loose and say goodbye to cabin fever?

Then spring forward and prepare to enjoy the fun-filled family experience that is the Crusaders For A Cause carnival.

The eighth annual event will be staged from May 16-19 in the Palmerton Borough Park. Hours are 5-10 May 16, 5-11 May 17, 5-11 May 18, and 2-7 May 19.

May 16 and May 19 are Kids Ride Special Day, which comes with a rides discount.

Live entertainment is scheduled each day, and there will also be crafting vendors, food vendors, and Christina's Reptile & Animal Sanctuary.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Willard Doll, from the Lehighton team, competes in shuffleboard at the Lehighton Recreation Center Tuesday morning.

Carbon County Senior Games kicked off Tuesday with an opening ceremony, followed by shuffleboard and bean bag toss.

Lehighton was top scorer, with 46 points, followed by Panther Valley with 24, Palmerton with 22, Jim Thorpe with 16, and Weatherly with 0.

The teams are divided into North and South. The South Team is composed of Lehighton and Palmerton; the North Team is composed of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, and Weatherly.

The individual results for shuffleboard are:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Stephena Kurtz, 95, of Palmerton, gets her game face on. Kurtz has been competing in the senior games since they began in 1989.

The 25th anniversary year of Carbon County's Senior Games kicked off Tuesday with great fanfare.

More than 200 senior athletes, clad in primary color T-shirts yellow for Panther Valley, red for Jim Thorpe, blue for Palmerton, orange for Weatherly and maroon for Lehighton stood at attention as the American flag, borne by the Panther Valley School District JROTC color guard, was carried into the recreation center gym. They remained standing, most with hands over hearts, as Martha Moyer of Jim Thorpe sang the national anthem.