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Saturday, June 8, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Northern Lehigh High School graduation Class of 2013 fling their caps into the air during commencement exercises Friday inside the high school gymnasium.

A total of 147 Northern Lehigh High School students received their diplomas on Friday as rainy weather moved the 123rd annual commencement exercises indoors to the high school gymnasium.

Led by band director David Carroll, the Northern Lehigh Concert Band performed the recessional march, followed by the singing of the national anthem by senior choir members.

Principal Robert Vlasaty told the students they are about to enter adulthood, and with it comes very important responsibilities and demands.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Pocono Area Dance Association (PADA) will host its "Spring into Summer" dance social on Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall, 197 North Sixth St., Lehighton. The event will benefit the Boys and Girls Band.

Music will be provided by Riverside Rhythm, a 17-piece big band whose repertoire includes instrumental and vocal hits from the 1920-40s.

For more information about PADA and the dance Saturday night, visit www.PADance.org, email info@PADance.org, or call (570) 580-0563.

Friday, June 7, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Rick Snyder (pictured in front of the ladder), sales representative, Rileighs Outdoor Decor, of Bethlehem, discusses lighting options with members of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee in the borough park on Wednesday.

A Palmerton committee continues to make headway in its pursuit to have new decorations adorn the borough park by Christmas.

Members of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee met at the home of Joe and Marj Federanich on Wednesday, after which they later gathered in the borough park.

Joe Federanich, who serves as chairman of the committee, announced that a bank account has been established through the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The committee then agreed to award a bid for four new poles in the park to Pencor Construction in the amount of $1,400.

Friday, June 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

To celebrate the end of the school year and tie in their science curriculum, Stefanie Clark's second grade class at Panther Valley Elementary School performed a musical variety show called "Dinostars!" The students performed the play on May 30 for their second-grade peers and family members. The musical incorporated facts about dinosaurs through songs, dances, and jokes.

Friday, June 7, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the Northern Lehigh High School seniors honored at the Senior Academic Achievement Awards ceremony held recently in the high school auditorium were, front l-r, Morgan Farber, Samantha Pryor, Courtney Blocker, Emerald Snyder, Kendra Smith; back l-r, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Pavolko, Alex Haberern, Allan Sipos, and Lucas Pierce.

Northern Lehigh High School held its Senior Awards assembly recently in the high school auditorium.

The students, and the awards they received, are as follows:

Andrew Afflerbach - Miller-Keystone Certificate of Achievement

Dustin Allen - Outstanding Senior Male Wellness/Fitness Student; President's Award for Educational Achievement.

Christopher Bingert - Interact; President's Award for Educational Achievement; Friedens Fire Company Scholarship ($100).

Friday, June 7, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Senior Bryanna Tomkins reads "A Poem" that she wrote as part of the Northern Lehigh High School Class of 2013 Baccalaureate Service held Thursday in the high school auditorium.

The Northern Lehigh High School Class of 2013, held its Baccalaureate Service Thursday inside the high school auditorium.

Senior Courtney Blocker welcomed those in attendance, and thanked them for taking the time to attend the service.

That was followed by the singing of the Hymn "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty".

After the Call to Worship, the Rev. James Levan gave the Prayer of Invocation.

Senior Bryanna Tomkins then read "A Poem" that she wrote.

As part of her poem, Tomkins noted that "the Lord has the final word."

Friday, June 7, 2013
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Horsehead Community Development Fund (HCDF) Grant Awards were presented at the Palmerton Area Library. Those receiving the awards were, front, from left, Diane Hoffman, Lehighton Area Pool Pals; James Wimmer, president of HCDF; Diane Danielson, Palmerton Area Library; and Tess McGown, Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool Association. Back row, Pam Andrews, Palmerton Area Recreation Committee; Darlene Nothstein, Meals on Wheels of Palmerton; Chris Bush, Bowmanstown/Palmerton Baseball/Softball Association; Dan Kunkle, Lehigh Gap Nature Center; and Tony Christman, Franklin Township Athletic Association.

Volunteer groups in the Palmerton, Lehighton and Northern Lehigh areas got a much welcomed helping hand from Horsehead Industries.

Eighteen organizations were presented grant awards by Horsehead Community Development Fund recently at the Palmerton Area Library.

The fund was incorporated in December of 1989 and the first grants were given out in 1990. Over the 23-year span, 762 grants have been awarded. The fund averages 30 applications a year. To date the Horsehead Community Development Fund has awarded $2,980,494 to local organizations.

Friday, June 7, 2013
PENNDOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured is an artist's rendition of the bridge after its estimated completion in November 2014.

Many area residents are under the impression that the entire US209 West Broad Street Bridge in Tamaqua is being torn down.

That is incorrect. Only the sidewalks and sidewalk supports of the historic bridge will be demolished.

The main section of the bridge, which consists of three masonry arches, spandrel walls and stone retaining walls, is only being rehabilitated.

In addition, new concrete piers will extend out into the Little Schuylkill River from the bridge to support the new sidewalks.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Registration has begun for the Summer Reading Program at Western Pocono Community Library and will continue through June 8. The reading program is a great way to help children maintain or even increase their reading levels throughout the summer months.

There will be several special guests who will visit the library during the summer, including Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center; Buckhill Skytop Music Festival; and local author Denise Smale.

Friday, June 7, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/TIMES NEWS In attendance at the fifth meeting of the Carbon County Mayor's Association, which was held at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, were, front l-r, recording secretary Jamie Solomon, guest speaker Sen. John Yudichak, Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle, Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia; back l-r, Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, and Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko.

The fifth meeting of the Carbon County Mayor's Association was held at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. One of the things mentioned was that a countywide Crime Watch unit is being organized.

Present were Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle, Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia and guest speaker Sen. John Yudichak.

"I think that the Mayor's Association is a great idea," said Yudichak, who was invited by Walck.