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Saturday, June 1, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bruce Jones, past commander; Gus Erickson, trustee, Carl Ellis, commander; Karen Bandzi, auxiliary president; Pat Ohl, treasurer; Miriam Mack, senior vice president; Ruth Anthony, trustee; Carla Binder who made the bows for the trees, and children Robert, Faith and Laurel Ohl participated in the ceremony. Pat Ohl read the prayer for the ceremony.

The Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, decorates the park around Walnutport's Veterans Memorial each year. This year it was done on May 25.

"Decoration Day" is the original name for Memorial Day when the Confederate graves were decorated. President Lyndon Johnson officially changed its name in May 1966 and it came to mean all veterans of all wars.

Trees are dressed in ribbons and bows of yellow and red, white and blue. A new small tree has a multitude of smaller bows.

The United States flag and POW/MIA flag are replaced with new ones.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

"The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time."

Thomas Jefferson

The definition of the words "Liberty", "Freedom", and "Rights" given in Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, are respectively, in part, the following:

"Liberty - Freedom from all restraint except such as are justly imposed by law.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce and Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Corporation present the Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram-Chevrolet Mixer from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.

The event will be held at Rentschler.

Rentschler is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Slatington. Tours are part of the celebration of the grand opening of the two newly remodeled and renovated showrooms and service departments.

Food and beverages will be provided, and be sure to bring plenty of business cards for networking!

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Caleb, 2-1/2, and Ethan, 5, stand with their grandmother, Karlene Laub, at Friedens Church.

"Day is done, gone the sun, from the lake, from the hills, from the sky; all is well, safely rest, God is nigh." The music that goes with these familiar words from "Taps" ended the memorial ceremony at each cemetery on the tour held to honor deceased veterans by the American Legion, Allen O. Delke Post 16, Slatington.

Accompanying the Legion members are the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders. They visited nine cemeteries on May 26. They were joined by members of the churches where the cemeteries are located.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Visitors look over smaller-sized posters of the veteran banners that will be hung throughout Tamaqua in the next few weeks.

Forty two veteran banners will soon be flying high above downtown Tamaqua as part of the Chamber of Commerce's "Our Hometown Heroes" program.

Members of the chamber made the announcement to the public following a Memorial Day service held recently in front of the American Legion post.

"We'll put one on every pole," said Linda Yulanavage, executive director for the chamber. "This is just a start. In addition to Broad Street, we hope to fill other main streets throughout Tamaqua - with room for many more."

Saturday, June 1, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jean Andrews has her own American Dream it's a country, pop, blues, oldies, classic rock band, and she is the lead singer. Quite a change for a 30 year old who grew up on a remote Philippine mountaintop villa

Jean Andrews has her own American Dream it's a country, pop, blues, oldies, classic rock band, and she is the lead singer. Quite a change for the 30 year old who grew up on a remote Philippine mountaintop village.

The Philippines is a nation of 97 million people, living on 7,107 islands. Jean lived on the island of Cebu, outside the Marmol, a town of about 1,000.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Seniors join with classmates as they sing "Keep Holding On" during the program.

Just about every pew of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua was filled as over 50 Tamaqua Seniors attended their Baccalaureate ceremony Sunday evening.

The Tamaqua Baccalaureate ceremony, a Ministry of the Tamaqua Area Ministerium, is a service of worship in celebration of and thanksgiving for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.

During the sermon, The Rev. John A. Frink, of St. Jerome Church, stated farewell to all the seniors, encouraging them to stay the course. He added, "You have nothing to fear."

Saturday, June 1, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Master Gardeners John Kupec (left) and Mike Cormier plant native pollinator plants in the 25-foot diameter circular Pollinator-friendly Garden next to Penn State Extension's office at Mauch Chunk Lake.

"Declining bee populations pose a threat to global agriculture," reads a headline on the website of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The article cited this week's ban by the European Commission on a class of pesticides suspected of playing a role in "colony collapse disorder," a phenomenon in which worker bees from a colony abruptly disappear.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Matt King (left),Vice President of Public Relations for Americare Home Care Services, Inc.

presents a check in the amount of $775 to Francis O'Donnell representing Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304 to help defray expenses of the Fishing Derby for special needs

students which is is sponsored by both Post 304 and the Germantown Grove Club.

Friday, May 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Freshman Lynn Kistler leaps past juniors during a play.

Girls played football while members of the Tamaqua Raider football team coached during the annual Powder Puff benefit held recently at the Tamaqua Sports stadium to defray costs of student field trips and support a number of other charities.

The benefit, hosted yearly by the Tamaqua High School Biology Club, involved female students from each high school class trying for the Powder Puff championship.

In the end, the seniors won against the juniors, 21-8.