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Monday, June 3, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon Chapter of PASR (Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees) recently recognized Lehighton Area Middle School American history teacher John Lopata and Mahoning Elementary School and Shull-David Elementary School learning support paraprofessional Michelle Blasiak with the prestigious Lauretta Woodson Award. Pictured, left to right, are Aaron Sebelin, elementary principal; Vicky Meyer, itinerant learning support teacher; Jill DeLong, Carbon Chapter of PASR Educational Support Committee chair; Blasiak; Lopata; Gloria Bowman, Carbon Chapter of PASR Educational Support Committee member; and Dr. Mark McGalla, LAMS principal.

During the recent Lehighton Area School Board meeting, Carbon Chapter of PASR (Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees) presented the prestigious Lauretta Woodson Award to a teacher and a support professional of the school district.

Educational Support Committee Chair Jill DeLong and Committee Member Gloria Bowman first recognized John Lopata, Lehighton Area Middle School American history teacher.

Monday, June 3, 2013

There will be borough council contested races in Jim Thorpe, Lansford, Lehighton, Palmerton and Weatherly as a result of write-in vote activity that took place in the Primary Election.

Thirteen persons won Democratic nominations and 24 persons won Republican nominations via the write-in voting results, which are unofficial until they are certified by the county's board of elections this week. To win a nomination where there is a shortage of candidates, a person must obtain 10 write-in votes and their result must be higher than another person who meets that criteria.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Four criminal jury trials got underway this morning in Schuylkill County court.

David L. Kraft, 60, of Pottsville, is on trial on charges of tampering with public records and unlawful conduct for allegedly violating the Clean and Green Law, as charged by the state Attorney General's office. President Judge William E. Baldwin is presiding over the trial.

William Robert Thompson, 48, Minersville, is on trial before Judge John E. Domalakes and a jury on charges of two counts of simple assault and one count each of defiant trespass and harassment brought by Minersville Police.

Monday, June 3, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Taking advantage of kindler weather, Bill Keich, of Center Street in Tamaqua, places red carnations in his homemade planter. Bill said he enjoys working with recycled wood and has made many similar planters for friends and family. He said he made this antique style planter specifically for his wife, Claudette. They've been together 17 years.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Horses and Horizons Therapeautic Learning Center (HHTLC) in West Penn will be holding an open house this Sunday in celebration of their 20 years of operation. Organizers stress that all are invited. They are hoping to see current riders and volunteers with their families, as well as new faces and former riders and volunteers.

HHTLC, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization, which was founded in 1993. It is located at Helping Horse Farm, between the towns of Tamaqua and New Ringgold.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Carbon County Planning Commission released the third part of its recreation and open space plan, including plans fora hospitality center proposed at the interchange of Interstate Highway 80 (Lake Harmony) and the Pocono Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It is estimated that the county will attract an estimated 500,000 tourists by 1980. These vacationers will probably be heading for places outside Carbon County, but could be persuaded to visit here if they were made aware of what the region has to offer.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Panther Valley High School's graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on June 10 at the high school stadium.

The date was listed incorrectly in this year's graduation publication.

Monday, June 3, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of Marian Catholic High School's chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America attended the 2013 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference, held April 15-17 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Conference highlights included a check presentation to the American Trauma Society; individual, chapter and team competitive events related to business skills; election of state officers; leadership development workshops; and recognition of members' community service efforts throughout the commonwealth.

Monday, June 3, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Senior Laurel Seemiller performs a rendition of "A Simple Song" as part of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2013 Baccalaureate Service held Sunday at Blue Mountain Community Church.

God wastes nothing.

Neither, then, should members of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2013, which held its Baccalaureate Service Sunday at Blue Mountain Community Church in Palmerton.

Pastor Jennifer Eckhart gave the Call to Worship. Eckhart told the students they shouldn't be afraid to fail, because failure is a constant in life, and that fear can be overcome by faith.

The Blue Mountain Community Church Praise Team sang "How Great thou Art".

Senior Jessica Pereira gave the Prayer of the Day.