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Friday, June 1, 2012
Administrative Director, David Reinbold, left, Salutatorian, Gregory Oboril, Senior Class President, Sara Tompkins, Valedictorian, Brandon Poole; and Principal, Brent Borzak stand for a photograph at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute commencement ceremony for the class of 2012.

Thursday evening, Carbon Career and Technical Institute's commencement ceremony for the class of 2012 was held in the Jim Thorpe High School Auditorium. Around 70 students, from numerous different trade areas, received their diplomas.

Principal, Brent Borzak opened the commencement with a greeting to the class of 2012, family, friends, faculty, and staff.

Jeanette Richards sung, "The Star Spangled Banner."

Speeches were given by several members of the class of 2012.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The owner of the female Brittany Spaniel rescued from high rocks in Kline Township was found. Wednesday morning, firefighters and police had to use their ladder truck to rescue the dog after she got herself stuck on a ledge of rocks overlooking Mile Hill (SR309) in Kline Township. The Hillside SPCA in Pottsville couldn't release the name of the owner of the dog, but said he had a Tamaqua address. Above, the dogs waits in the back of a Kline Township Police cruiser following her rescue.

Friday, June 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS While playing at a park at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club, Jacob Irish, 9, tries to pull "Sadie" out of a mud puddle using a frisbee. Sadie is cared for by Jesse Nicholas.
Friday, June 1, 2012

Carbon County officials are still looking for a solution for its animal shelter.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that they are still looking to get out of the shelter business, due to budgetary reasons, and hopes that a nonprofit organization could take over the operations of the shelter, both financially and physically.

The shelter costs the county just under $100,000 to operate annually, and the loss of thousands in state funding has put a larger strain on the county's budget.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. for all team members. Committee members are asked to arrive for a meeting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to all participants, volunteers and anyone wishing to get involved. Teams are asked to have at least one representative present, as team tent sites will be chosen at this meeting.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Although swimming is not allowed, a group of students from Pleasant Valley High School, top, enjoy the beautiful weather and the scenic view while playing a game of football on the beach at Beltzville Lake Thursday. Despite numerous signs stating "No Swimming," bottom, approximately 30 people were seen swimming in Beltzville Lake at the time of this photo. The beach was closed to swimming as of Wednesday afternoon due to high bacterial counts in the water, which were revealed from testing conducted on May 29.

Friday, June 1, 2012

In a 2-1 vote, Carbon County officials have approved a resolution opposing two sections of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

Friday, June 1, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School senior Karl Pielmeier won first place in the Job Interview category, and received an invitation to the National FBLA Competition in San Antonio, TX.

This year's Pennsylvania Business Leaders of America competition couldn't have been more aptly named.

Dubbed as "The Gateway to Greatness", the event held in Hershey featured over 4,000 students who competed in more than 60 categories, attended professional workshops, and met with business leaders from across the country.

Kerry Palumbo, FBLA co-advisor, Palmerton Area High School, recently read a letter to the school board on behalf of business instructor Jennifer Danzeisen, who could not attend.

Friday, June 1, 2012
DAVID TRUSKOWSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters were quick to quell a fast-moving fire that claimed three properties and damaged multiple homes and businesses yesterday in Schuylkill Haven.

Five families are displaced and three properties destroyed following a fast-moving four alarm fire that struck multiple homes and businesses just after 6 p.m. yesterday at the Schuylkill Gun Works gun shop on the 100 block of West Main Street in Schuylkill Haven.

Billowing smoke could be seen for miles as over 100 firefighters from over a dozen communities, to include 12 volunteer firefighters from Tamaqua Fire Department's Rapid Intervention Team, responded and helped put a quick stop to the fire.

Friday, June 1, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Concourse Club of Palmerton presented donations to several Palmerton organizations. They were: left to right sitting, Matta Curran (Band Concerts); Pam Andrews (Palmerton Area Recreation Association); Bonnie Green (CACPAC); Diane Danielson (Palmerton Area Library); Tammy Rodgers (Domestic Violence); Robin Davis, Maureen Foster and George Bird (Special Olympics). Standing, left to right: Marie Williams (co-chair of the Concourse Club Ways and Means Committee); Joe Plechavy (Palmerton Band); Larry Arner (manager of Palmerton Memorial Park); Wayne Knirnschild (Towamensing Fire Co.); Bruce Koch (Bowmanstown Fire Co.); Greg Volosch (Palmerton Fire Co.); John Porambo (St. Vincent DePaul); Bill George (Aquashicola Fire Co.); Bill Smelas (Palmerton Area Historical Society) and Marge Federanich (Concourse Club co-chair of Ways and Means Committee).

Every year the Concourse Club of Palmerton hosts its Basket Spectacular. The baskets are indeed spectacular, filled with amazing items. There is a basket for everyone from children to men and to women. It is the club's largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds go to Palmerton organizations.

This year the Basket Spectacular raised $7,600.

"It was down a little from last year, but it was still a great turnout," said Marge Federanich, Concourse Club's co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee.