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Saturday, May 24, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Estelle Sverchek, 96, left, of Lansford, and Betty Chabala, 92, of Summit Hill, both served as nurses during World War II. They will be participating in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday in Summit Hill.

Estelle Sverchek, 96, of Lansford was sitting in a movie theater on Dec. 7, 1941, when she heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

She was 23 at the time and single, so she immediately signed up as a nurse for military duty.

Her mother wasn't happy about her decision.

"I came home and told my mother I joined the Army, and she wouldn't talk to me," Estelle said. "She was angry."

She never regretted the decision.

Sverchek is one of two Panther Valley women who served in the armed forces with the Army Nurses Corps during World War II.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf announced this year's list of nursing home facilities that will be awarded the Department of Health's "Award for Excellence in Health Care Compliance."

"For three years now, the Department of Health has been proud to recognize exemplary nursing home facilities with these awards," said Wolf. "Pennsylvania is home to some of the best care available and it is our honor to showcase facilities that go above and beyond the call of duty for their residents."

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A grand slam in the bottom of the sixth by junior Madison Shaneberger gave Pleasant Valley a 5-4, come-from-behind win over Bethlehem Freedom in District XI softball action.

Adding to the rally was an unassisted double play in the top of the seventh by PV's Jordan Meckes, with the opponent having the bases loaded, to end the game.

The win by PV avenges a 10-0 opening game loss to the Patriots.

For Shaneberger, this was her second home run of her high school career, and her first grand slam.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Marian and Tamaqua were both eliminated in District 11 softball action on Friday, while the Northwestern Lehigh baseball team also lost in a district quarterfinal.
The Fillies lost to Minersville by a 15-0 score in four innings in a Class A semifinal. Tamaqua also lost a Class 2A quarterfinal to North Schuylkill, 5-0.
In a Class 3A baseball quarterfinal, Northwestern Lehigh lost to Pottsville, 2-0.
Friday night's 3A baseball semifinal between Tamaqua and Bethlehem Catholic was postponed and reschedule for 1 o'clock on Saturday.

Friday, May 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thunderstorms are moving through the area as of 6 pm. Hail and gusty winds could accompany the storm.

Some spots could receive a quarter-inch of rain.

There’s a possibility of showers through 3 a.m.

 

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Temperatures will be near 73.

 

From there the weather will improve.

Sunday and Monday should be mostly sunny with a high near 80.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pleasant Valley School District’s board of directors voted 5-4 to hire Matthew Gould as the 2014-2015 head basketball coach Thursday night.

The board members who voted “no” were Dan Wunder and Susan Kresge. Dominic Sacci and Russell Gould abstained. Wunder said his “no” vote had no reflection on the candidate, it was a question of his experience.

Friday, May 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Insurance Department is taking steps to help people affected by a hail storm that brought widespread damage to the eastern part of the state.

The agency said Friday that it will allow out-of-state appraisers to speed property damage reviews and appraisals and expedite claims processing and payments.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Consedine urges Pennsylvanians in the affected areas to review their home and car insurance policies and contact their insurance carrier.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The following programs are scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. If your program is not listed, please send information to tneditor@tnonline.com.

Carbon County

Summit Hill

American Legion Post 316 memorial service at St. Joseph's Cemetery, White Bear section of Summit Hill, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Summit Hill Memorial Day program at Ludlow Park will take place at 10 a.m. Monday.

The annual Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Monday.

Lansford

Friday, May 23, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday agreed to authorize the borough code enforcement officer to take action to abate this property at 3 Hillside Ave. The property is abandoned and has no windows, overgrown brush, feral cats and kids reportedly drinking and doing drugs.

Palmerton plans to take a stand against unkempt properties in the borough, most likely with the eventual adoption of a quality of life ordinance.

To that end, borough council, on a 5-0 vote Thursday, agreed to authorize the borough code enforcement officer to take action to abate the property at 3 Hillside Ave. Councilman Michael Ballard and council President Terry Costenbader were absent.

Resident Stuart Henritzy questioned why the property at 662 Mauch Chunk Road was given an "emergency" permit to put on a new roof.

Friday, May 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton Memorial Park pool will open Saturday.

After a long, bitter winter, the summer is quickly approaching, and pools in the area are preparing to open for the season. All pools have membership options available for purchase.

Palmerton

Larry Arner, on behalf of the Palmerton Memorial Park pool, said the winter was spent completely refurbishing the bathhouse and bathroom. He also said that rates for entry have increased about 5 percent.

The pool, which is located at 1255 Third St., opens Saturday.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for a child. There is a discount of $1 off after 5 p.m.

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