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Friday, June 22, 2012

Harriet Reihman of Mauch Chunk today received word from her brother, Tech. 5th Grade Charles Reihman Jr., a prisoner of war of the Italians in Germany. He wrote on a postal: "I am all right. I have not been wounded. I am a prisoner of the Italians and I am being treated well. Shortly I shall be transferred to a prisoners' camp and I will let you have my address." The young soldier was taken prisoner in February. His family is permitted to send him an 11-pound package every 60 days and to send cigarettes to him through a tobacco company.

Friday, June 22, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local youth from the band 'Malibu' perform their first time for a crowd of visitors. Pictured from left are Damian Munoz, 16, Ivan Munoz, 17, and Shane Mulligan, 17.

Volunteers with the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center held part two of the center's grand opening during Tamaqua's Summerfest on Sunday. The event consisted of many attractions; such as music and entertainment, large art show, food and other activities.

Tying it all together with Summerfest, center volunteers also performed all around Tamaqua with the center's "Music & Arts in the Streets" program. Later in the day, spectators could find strolling musicians and center volunteers performing on the corners and in Depot Square.

Friday, June 22, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A sea of people came out to cool off at the Palmerton Memorial Pool amid the sweltering heat Thursday afternoon.

Oppressive heat generates attendance booms at community pools.

As temperatures boiled into the mid-90-degree mark over the past two days, the Palmerton Memorial Pool was a hotbed destination for over 3,000 visitors who took the plunge into their backyard sanctuary.

Attendance had already swelled to 1,350 visitors a mere one-and-a-half hours after the pool opened on Thursday, according to Susan Arner, president of Pool Pals of Palmerton Memorial Park.

Resident Joe Uhnak said its days such as these where the pool is a safe haven for visitors to relax and enjoy their day.

Friday, June 22, 2012

People's E.C. Church and St. Peter E.C. Church will be offering Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 to teenagers to adults at People's E.C. Church, 216 Wagner St., Lehighton (Franklin Township). This is a one-day event only and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone must be preregistered by July 9. The theme is "Rocky Point Lighthouse VBS." There will be songs, lessons, projects. There will be a closing program at 12:30 p.m., followed by a picnic lunch and games. Call (610) 377-1696 to register.

Friday, June 22, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A digital thermometer was placed on a backyard sliding board, and it shows the toy got pretty hot. Within minutes, the temperature rose to 115 degrees. Not only should parents be aware of the heat on playground toys, but also macadem and other surfaces on which their pets are subjected.

BOSTON (AP) – Record-breaking heat scorched the Northeast for the second straight day Thursday, breaking records from Vermont to Delaware and sending people flocking to beaches, pools and air-conditioned museums to stay cool.

At least eight temperature records nationwide were broken, and three others were tied, the National Weather Service said. In Vermont, temperatures soared to 97 degrees in Burlington, and the air in Georgetown, Del., and at Kennedy Airport in New York registered a record-breaking 97 degrees.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Residents living along Packerton Dam Road across from the proposed Packerton Yards land development project being developed by the Carbon County Commissioners may retain their existing rights to property currently owned by the Lehighton Water Authority once the county takes control of the ground. However, they may find their common dirt roadway that provides egress to their properties will be restricted to a right turn in and right turn out according to plans presented and discussed at the Mahoning Township Planning Commission Tuesday night.

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Montgomery County man admitted to a series of burglaries in the Kidder and Penn Forest townships area of Carbon County on Thursday morning before county Judge Steven R. Serfass. He was one of 10 defendants to enter pleas.

Crime spree

Gary Kieffer, 41, of Eagleville, pleaded guilty in six pending cases. He pleaded to four counts of burglary and one count each of robbery, theft and criminal trespass.

He was charged by Kidder Township police and state police at Fern Ridge. Kieffer admitted entering several homes in the two townships in November 2010.

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Carbon County man, who broke into the home of Lehighton's fire chief, two days after the chief has passed away, was sentenced to a state program on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Ryan Heiser, 20, of Lehighton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 24 months in the state's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) on a charge of burglary.

Heiser was arrested by Lehighton police for entering the home of John Kuller, on April 26, 2011. Kuller, who was the borough's fire chief, died two days prior.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Palmerton Jr. High School Principal, Mr. Thaddeus Kosciolek, is pleased to announce the students who achieved Principal's List and Honor Roll for the fourth marking period:

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: 90-100, no grade lower than an A-

Eighth Grade: Jagr Andress, Seth Andress, Erika Beers, Brynn Boehler, Rhianna Delich, Lila Goodhile, Scott Heffelfinger, Tyler King, Caitlyn Kresge, Brock Moyer, Justin Pilc, Gavin Scott