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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 Honor Guard perform a 3-volley salute during one of many ceremonies honoring veterans over the weekend. The 3-volley salute is a ceremonial act performed as part of the drill and ceremony of the Honor Guard. It consists of a rifle party firing blank cartridges into the air three times. Some say the custom originated from the European dynastic wars, where the fighting ceased so the dead and wounded could be removed. Then, three shots were fired into the air to signal that the battle could resume.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs staff recommended Lansford not be declared distressed at the present time. The decision was announced in a report presented during a public hearing presided over by Fred A. Reddig, chief of the municipal programs division of the DCA. These actions were set in motion with a request made last month by Robert Silver, acting on behalf of 275 residents who signed petitions in agreement. They asked for a determination of municipal financial distress under the Municipalities Financial Recover Act of the DCA.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These very young "military" men helped with the unveiling of the new monuments on Saturday. They are from left, Sammy Cusanelli Breiner, grandson of Tony and Marge Cusanelli, Angelo F. Greek, son of attorney Michael and Michelle Greek; Anthony F. Santore, son of Cheri Santore and the late George Santore; and Robert P. Ellis-Williams son of Larry and Holly Williams.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

For many, Memorial Day means visiting loved ones lost. United States Army National Guard Private Jason Diehl, of Summit Hill, helps his cousin Julianna Aungst, 2, put flowers on the grave of of the late Matt T. Aungst. Aungst was a junior firefighter with the Lansford Fire Company who passed away at age 15 on May 30 of 2011. Many other of Matt's friends and family members were also on-hand in remembrance.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The allure of Tamaqua's Victorian architecture is part of what makes the town second on the list of 10 reasons to visit Pennsylvania, according to an article in The Huffington Post.

Forget the typical tourist traps and highly commercialized venues.

Pennsylvania's charm is in locations richly genuine, says an expert. And she just told the world that the town of Tamaqua is a prime example.

The Schuylkill County community ranks No. 2 on a list of the top 10 reasons to visit the commonwealth, according to award-winning travel author and writer Judith Fein.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Members of the Claddagh keepers giving circle who participated in a "Back to the 80s" benefit dance held recently at the West End Saloon in Palmerton for the Domestic Violence Service Center include (front row, l-r) Lynn Shupp, Fred Miller, (Erin Pindris' sister and mother) Shannon Pindris and Catherine O'Connor (second row, l-r) Tara Anders, Lorraine Paules, Stuart Henritzy, Missy Kolnik, Amy Lalik, Cindy Gasper, and Alexis Drey, (third row, l-r) Jessica Gasper, Barry Hahn, Tina Ahner, Dee Evans, Tim Lorah, and Derrick Drey.

A Palmerton goodwill organization has helped raise money for victims of domestic violence.

The Claddagh Keepers giving circle recently held a "Back to the 80s" benefit dance for the Domestic Violence Service Center.

Held at the West End Saloon, the event was in memory of Erin Pindris of Jim Thorpe, who was a victim of severe domestic violence. Erin's mother and sister, Shannon, attended the event.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Divorces granted

Alyssa L. Brodhead, was granted a divorce from Walter M. Brodhead, both of 30 City Line Avenue, Brandonville. They were married Aug. 2 2003.

Dorothy A.C. Zemanik was granted a divorce from Robert A. Zemanik, both of 136 Pottsville St., Port Carbon. They were married Jan. 9, 1993.

File for divorce

Matthew Sabb started a divorce action against Susan Sabb, both of 415 Elizabeth St., Tamaqua. They were married in December 2004.

Barnesville man

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL T0 THE TIMES NEWS Scot Samoleski and his daughter Sophia are getting ready for their 15th anniverary at SNG Service Center on Route 209, East Catawissa Street, Nesquehoning. A cook out will be held on June 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Lottery tickets will be handed out to the first 100 people.

On Saturday, June 1, SNG Service Center, East Catawissa Street, Nesquehoning looks back at 15 years in a thriving business.

Scot Samoleski is the owner along with his wife, Gina (Tessitore) and their children Nickolas, who has graduated from Penn State University as a mechanical engineer, and daughter Sophia, a fourth grader at St. Joseph Regional Academy. Gina is the receptionist at the center and daughter Sophia comes every day after school to help.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS American Legion Post 927's Commander Thomas Franklin, left, introduced the Legion's Freedom Singers Glee Club. The speakers at the Memorial Day observance were PA State Rep. Rosemary Brown, PA State Rep. Mario Scavello and Monroe County Commissioner Suzanne McCool.

The American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert held a stirring and solemn Memorial Day ceremony.

The haunting sounds of bagpipes greeted guests.

The Post's Ladies Auxiliary's president, Debra Kennelly sang the national anthem and led the Post's Freedom Singers Glee Club in singing "Some Gave All."

Past Commander Ken Giardina read the poem, "The Veteran."

Post Commander Thomas Franklin introduced it's three speakers for the event.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Taking part in the dedication of the East Penn Korea and Vietnam Veterans Memorial were, from left, David Bryfogle, Hans Keller, Frank Bokan, Kevin Long, Henry Desrosiers and Jay Barry. The monument was dedicated after 10 months of planning.

After 10 months of planning, a monument to recognize Korea and Vietnam veterans of East Penn Township was dedicated on Saturday under sunny skins at Marvin Gardens Park. The location of the monument is next to the World War I and World War II monument and is near the Lehigh River.

The monument honors veterans of the two conflicts for their military service.

Carved into the black granite monument were the 56 names of East Penn Township veterans who served in the military during the Korean War from 1950 to 1955 and Vietnam War from 1960 to 1975.