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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS West End resident Richard J. Gould receives an honorary Pleasant Valley High School diploma. Class of 2014's valedictorian Patrick Rimple presents Gould with a medal and PV blanket.

Receiving a high school diploma is one of life's greatest moments. But sometimes that moment comes later in life. Like in Richard Gould's case.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Gould quit school and joined the United States Air Force in 1952. He was stationed in England and North Africa as a member of SAC Bomber Command, and he served four years and three months. He earned his GED while in the service.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its special program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs.

Horses & Horizons is a registered nonprofit organization, located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309. It offers therapeutic riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Senior Farmers' Market Program will be offered again this year to eligible Carbon County senior citizens age 60 and over.

This program is made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Distribution.

The Carbon County Area Agency on Aging staff will be distributing $20 in vouchers, free to eligible seniors, for the purpose of encouraging older adults to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers who make their produce available at farmer's markets.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Linda Koehler/Times News Schneider Electric presented the Pleasant Valley Education Foundation with a check for $10,000. From left are Nick Cattaneo; Weston Ernst, Schneider Electric regional manager; Rick Sawyer, PV Education Foundation board member; Christopher Fisher, assistant to the superintendent; and Larry Wood, PV Education Foundation board member.

Weston Ernst is the regional manager of Schneider Electric. Schneider Electric is a global company that provides technology and integrated solutions to optimize energy usage in markets like energy and infrastructure, industry, data centers, buildings and residential … and schools. Schools like Pleasant Valley.

Ernst and Nick Cattaneo, a 2003 PV graduate and former Schneider Electric sales representative, were instrumental in bringing a huge savings to the PV school district.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lehighton Area School District will receive a $2 million grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development for construction of a new elementary center.

The new, 140,000-square-foot K-2 primary and 3-5 elementary center, will replace four aging facilities.

The grant through the state's Alternative and Clean Energy Program would provide funding for a geothermal HVAC system, energy-efficient lighting, natural daylighting and thermal envelope, and is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by 4,685,179 kBTU annually.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area High School seniors who were recognized with a resolution by borough council on Thursday for their level of activities and achievements were, front, from left: Joshua Evans, Arissa Snyder, Andrew Nosti, Gabe Scott and Jessica Debski. With them are, back row, borough Councilmen Kris Hoffner, Jason Behler and Richard Nothstein. Not pictured is senior Darris Rodrigues.

To maintain a high level of achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities is a challenge for any student to live up to.

Six students in the Palmerton Area School District achieved that standard of excellence and were recognized by borough council on Thursday.

Seniors Jessica Debski, Arissa Snyder, Joshua Evans, Andrew Nosti, Darris Rodrigues and Gabe Scott were honored with a resolution for their levels of activities and achievements. All but Rodrigues were present.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lansford police officer Joshua Tom, center, talks with John McArdle, left, Nesquehoning fire chief, and an unidentified firefighter at a house fire at 254 E. Abbott St., Lansford, Tuesday night. Tom fought the fire with a garden hose until firefighters arrived.

For the second time within a week, Lansford police officers Joshua Tom and Shawn Nunemacher just happened upon fire scenes during their night shifts in the community.

Tuesday night, at about 11:45, Tom was checking on a double-parked car on East Abbott Street when someone came running toward him yelling that their house was on fire.

Tom reported the fire to the Carbon County Communications Center, grabbed a neighbor's garden hose and began battling the flames.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Graduation ceremonies were held recently for the Tamaqua Public Library's Story Time

Program. Graduates included: Adrien Arthurton, Emily Beltz, Gavan Hess, Steven Richardson and Nicholas Sottilare. Story Time sessions were conducted by Hannah Miller, the library's young adult specialist, and Linda Smarr, children's program co-ordinator.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The staff and residents at Hometown Nursing Center celebrated Nursing Home Week with many beach activities throughout the week. Residents enjoyed a beach party with Tom Rogo performing and the staff entertaining them with a hula dance. Other activities included a pineapple sundae social, a hula hoop contest, a cookout and staff lunch.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
bob ford/times news

A duck soars along the Lehigh River through Lehigh Gorge State Park on a recent Saturday morning.