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Thursday, June 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kelsey Ziegler, 12, left, and Merranda Zehner, 14, enjoy themselves as the TIMES NEWS photographer uses his underwater camera to snap their photo.

Cool fun

at the

Bungalow

Temperatures in the mid-90s yesterday made for cool, refreshing fun at many community pools. Hundreds of people could be seen enjoying themselves at the H.D. Buehler Memorial Bungalow Pool in Tamaqua.

Bottom left, Michael Bonetsky, 11, looks as if he is suspended in air as he jumps off the high dive. He is the son of Steve and Dee Bonetsky.

Bottom right, taking a refreshing plunge into the water is Devon Zehner, 11, son of Shawn and Amy Zehner.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Two Luzerne County men convicted of harassing Sarah Palin's Alaska lawyers have been ordered to pay $15,010 in restitution.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Wednesday ordered Shawn and Craig Christy of McAdoo to immediately pay the amount to the law firm Clapp, Peterson, Tiemessen, Thorsness, Johnson LLC.

The firm sought restitution for billable hours that it said were spent dealing with the large volume of harassing calls to its offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Keri Ramsay, assistant to the principal at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School, will be the new reading supervisor as of July 1 when Dora Tartar, the current reading supervisor, retires after 40 years in the education profession.

Ms. Ramsay gave a power point presentation on how the district will utilize the grant money the district received from a Keystone to Opportunity/Striving Readers Grant in the amount of $221,024. PVSD was one of 58 school districts in Pennsylvania to receive funding from this grant.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

State police are investigating a vehicle accident that occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on Valley Road in Lewistown Valley, Walker Township. An older male driver was seen lying outside his wrecked car. No other information was available as of press time. Responding in addition to state police were volunteer firefighters and fire police from Walker Township's New England Valley Fire Company and West Penn Fire Company.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Five Carbon County inmates have been charged following an incident that occurred at the prison in Nesquehoning on April 7.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, District Attorney Gary Dobias, a member of the board, updated officials on the investigation conducted by the Nesquehoning police in regards to the fight.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The idea of forming a Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership was discussed for quite a few months prior to things getting underway in late 2010. The partnership idea was to pool the resources of two local non-profit organizations and hire a part-time Community Projects Manager who would help both organizations plan and coordinate a variety of community improvement projects in Lansford and Summit Hill Boroughs.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Katherine Uhler, director of The Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, and Minimus, a Saw Whet owl, help children at the Palmerton Area Library's summer reading program, have an up close and personal look at some of the animals of the night. A Saw Whet owl is the smallest of owls in Pennsylvania and is featured on PA license plates. She also brought a Screech owl and a Barn owl. She told the children that owls eat mice, moths and little frogs. Owls have large fixed forward facing eyes so that's why they can turn their heads almost of the way around.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Walnutport teen was shot and killed last week in an apparent attempted robbery in Michigan.

Joshua Stepp, 16, was shot about 5 p.m. on Monday, June 11, inside a trailer at the Westwood Heights mobile home park, which is located off Interstate 75, and about a mile north of Flint, Mich.

According to information published in the Flint Journal, a suspect in the murder has been arrested. Police in Mt. Morris Township arrested Kiunda J. Burress, 29, of Flint. Burress turned himself into Flint police on Wednesday, June 13.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Yesterday's high temperatures made for dangerous conditions. A woman was lifeflighted after passing out and hitting her head on the ground while at the Hometown Farmers Market. Officials on scene stated heat was the cause. A PennStar helicopter landed in the parking lot of the old Morgan's factory. Responding were Hometown police, firefighters and fire police. The name and condition of the woman wasn't known as of press time. Hometown firefighters and members of the PennStar crew load the woman into a helicopter.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Volunteers working on the restoration of the Kemmerer Carriage House are, from left to right, Eagle Scout Bill Sterling, Frank Potoczak of Secure Technologies, Jack Sterling of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society, and John Drury of the Mauch Chunk Museum.

Restoration of the 1880s Carriage House of the Mahlon Kemmerer estate, now Kemmerer Park in the historic district of Jim Thorpe, is nearing completion. A portion of the building will open as a rental apartment in the late fall, and in the spring of 2013, the remainder of the main floor will open as a museum.