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Monday, June 25, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Newly installed officers are: Burdell Steigerwalt, Wayne Engle Sr., Past District Governor Bob Argot, Henry Altemose, Kathy Nunemacher, Raymond Nunnemacher, William Ravert, Emma Moyer and Edward Steigerwalt. Duane Hawk was not present.

Scholarships and honors were presented at the Charter Night banquet of the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club on June 18 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. At the same time, new officers were named.

Lion Burdell Steigerwalt gave the invocation saying "Once again it is charter night, a night when we bestow on our members the honors they are due. We hope and pray for them. For all our blessings we say thank you."

Saturday, June 23, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right, Allentown Art Museum arts and education manager Kathy Odorizzi, Artist-in-Residence Victor Stabin, and Panther Valley High School art teacher Kimberlee Burkett review Daedal Doodle 2.0 at the Allentown Art Museum celebration of works by Panther Valley students.

An exhibition of the work of Panther Valley students, who participated in the spring semester's Artist-in-Residence Project, is currently showing at the Allentown Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibit, "Victor Stabin-Daedal Doodle: An Extraordinary Journey through the Alphabet."

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Jim Thorpe Chamber will hold "Midsummer Night's" mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Broadway Grille and Pub to raise funds for the Jim Thorpe Chamber's marketing efforts. Complimentary appetizers, raffle prizes. Cash bar. RSVP by July 20 to nancy@innjt.com. The event does have a fee.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Lynne M. Klingbord, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Klingbord, First Street, Slatington, became the first female enlistee in the Lehighton Army National Guard. She was enlisted in the 165th Military Police Battalion Headquarters Detachment. Klingbord, who is a graduate of Slatington High School with the Class of 1975, was recruited by SP4 Thomas G. J. Rezeli, a member of the Lehighton National Guard "Stay Behind Recruiting Team."

Saturday, June 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS While parked at the Hometown Wal-Mart, members of the Tamaqua Senior Citizens group get on Miss Molly Trolley.

Twenty two members of the Tamaqua Senior Citizens group got a chance to ride S.T.S. Miss Molly Trolley during their trip to Knoebel's recently.

The last trolley in Schuylkill County, Car 303, left Saint Clair just after 11:30 p.m. on September 10, 1932, operated by motorman John Lynaugh. Now, almost 70 years later, another trolley has returned to the county as a new addition to the Schuylkill Transportation's fleet.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jillian Wagner, 18, of Barnesville, dishes up ice cream at Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy in Walker Township.

With a wholesome smile that lights up her face, Jillian Wagner hands a chocolate ice cream cone to a customer at Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy in Walker Township.

The 18-year-old Barnesville teen is starting her fourth summer of work at Heisler's, saving most of her earnings to help pay for college in the fall.

"My sister worked here before, and so did my brother, so it's pretty much a family thing," Wagner said. "I'm going to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall, so I'm saving for that, and paying for gas and other things."

Saturday, June 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Relay For Life team members with 'Lady Wreckers' are, from back left, Tea Heister, 15; Sara Heister, 17; and Cathy Strizak, 15. From front left are Elaina Busher, 17; Kelly Parker, 15; Suzanne Reigle, 17; and Devon Bizarre, 17.

The 19th annual Relay for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities kicked off Friday and will continue until 2 p.m. today at the Panther Valley football stadium in Lansford.

This year's relay, which has the theme "Rock The Walk," marks a change of venue from previous years when the event was held at the Hometown Farmers Market.

The event includes a variety of food, games, music and many other activities throughout the 24 hours. Team members and organizers encourage residents to support the event which includes free parking.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Emergency rescues work proceed into the Lehigh River beneath the Lehighton trestle during drowning incident, which occurred at about 3:30 p.m., Friday. Wanda D. Wentz, 49, of Lehighton, died; and her grandson, age 6, was critically injured.

A 49-year-old Lehighton woman, swimming in the Lehigh River with her two grandchildren, died in what is termed an accidental drowning at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Wanda D. Wentz was pronounced dead at the Gnaden Huetten Campus of Blue Mountain Health System. Her 7-year-old grandson is in critical condition in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Campus.

She, the grandson, and another grandchild who is slightly older, were reportedly swimming in the Lehigh River below a trestle that spans the river between Lehighton and Weissport.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The numbers of teens in the 16-19 year age group has been climbing.

According to the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, the teen labor force has grown by an average of 28 percent.

But the increase has not been steady: Prior to the recession's start in December 2007, the teen labor force had increased an average of 34 percent.

But since then, teenagers have not entered the labor force as much as pre-recession.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Melissa Krom, New Tripoli - "Vacation. We're going to Washington DC and Virginia."