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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton is partnering with Carbon County SAFE Kids, SAFE Kids USA and Johnson & Johnson to provide parents, coaches, and young athletes with practical information and tools to reduce sports-related injuries.

Two sport safety clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, and Tuesday, July 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Pyramid Sports Performance Center, 230 Ochre St., in Lehighton. The sport safety clinics are free, open to parents, coaches, and school officials, and are geared for young athletes from pre-school through eighth grade.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Skylar, 7, searches for buried treasure at a local park in Tamaqua with his father Chris Jandrisevitz of Coaldale. Chris stated they've found numerous items with their metal detector, such as old sterling silver jewelry and coins found buried at an unidentified Lansford location.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Military services were held for Pfc. David L. Verbilla, 19, the first Tamaqua serviceman killed in the Vietnam War, in Ss. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church, Tamaqua. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Verbilla, and died May 3 while serving with Co. A of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, in a battle for three hills in South Vietnam. A detachment of Marines under the command of Maj. J. O. Cranford of the Marine Corps Reserve units at Reading and Freemansburg performed the military honors in a drizzling rain.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It's time to start thinking about the West End Fair. This year it will be held from Aug. 26-Sept. 1.

The West End Fair advanced admission discounted tickets are on sale now for $20 for six tickets (per book.)

Tickets are available at: Beltzville Bar & Grill, Pohopoco Dr., Kunkletown; DiMarcos Bakery, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville; Kunkletown General Store, Kunkletown; or by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope to Pat Schneider, PO Box 84, Reeders, PA 18352.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Weissport man was spared a jail term yesterday in Carbon County court on theft and related counts.

Christopher Mertz, 21, was placed on probation for 18 months on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, and corruption of a minor.

Mertz was arrested on Aug. 12, 2011, by Lehighton police for an incident in which he entered a garage and removed a bicycle and other items. He was also charged with a Aug. 13 incident in which another bike was taken. In the cases a 16-year-old male juvenile was with him which led to the corruption charge.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Volunteers carry a brand new scoreboard that was installed at Franklin Township Little League field at the Phifer Ice Dam Park. The scoreboard is wireless and was installed Saturday morning and put into use on Saturday.

Volunteers assisted the Franklin Township Little League with the installation of a new scoreboard at the Phifer Ice Dam Park field.

"The scoreboard is an upgrade to the park," said Ryan Wentz, president of the Franklin Township Athletic Association.

The scoreboard gave the volunteers a struggle when it needed to be lifted on the I-beam supports.

Assisting the volunteers with lifting the board was Robbie Cressley, Franklin Township road foreman, who was working nearby at bridge installation project at the park.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School Exchange Student Ricardo Sandoval was recognized by the school board on Monday.

Northern Lehigh School District's 2012-13 budget is available for public inspection.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, informed the school board on Monday that the board intends to adopt next year's final budget when it meets at 7:30 p.m. June 11.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

All there is to know about Palmerton Area School District has been shared in full detail.

Exactly how it was formed, it's current status, and where it's headed was discussed as part of a State of the District presentation given by administrators to the school board on Tuesday.

Superintendent Carol Boyce began the occasion with an overview of the district.

Boyce traced the district's early beginnings, which she said originated in 1912.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In attendance in the conference room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe for the beginning of the Mayor's Association of Carbon County were front, from left, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig; Champ Holman, Deputy Secretary DCED; and Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck. Rear, from left, Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors; Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko; and Bowmanstown Mayor Keith Billig.

The First Annual Mayors' Meeting for Carbon County, which was held in the conference room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe, was done in a spirit of nonpartisanship cooperation.

The initial meeting of the mayors was hosted by Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko with the assistance of Champ Holman, deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).