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Thursday, April 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors have started to tear down the tall silo at the St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale. One contractor added that it hasn't been used in years. To prevent damage below, contractors have to take it apart one brick at a time. In addition, they also placed mattresses on top of the roof of the buildings below.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the third marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

Principal's List

Students who have attained all As in all major subjects.

Third grade: Madison Anthony, Julia Blose, Kaleb Eitner, Shea Finney, Lucas Heydt, Magdalena Himmelwright, Sebastian Hunsicker, Jeremy Mooney, Isabella Mujevic, Analise Recker and Christopher Walkowiak.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Grandmother Brenda Haas and mother Pattie Rauch accepted the Blue Star Flag for Jesse Mackaravitz. Her father Wayne was unable to attend.

Allen O. Delke American Legion Post 16, Slatington, held a Blue Star Families program and honored members who had 50 years or more of continuous membership on April 22.

The meeting was opened by Commander Jim Gourniak Sr. The chaplain led an opening prayer asking that peace be sent to our country and all countries. George Burke, senior vice commander, removed the cover from the POW/MIA chair.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Tapestry A Women's Ministry committee member Kelly Carver, left, and coordinator Lissette Rodriguez, right, welcome Kelly's mother-in-law, Patti Carver as the guest speaker for the April meeting at Pleasant Valley Assembly of God. Patti's message was "Being Tailor Made: Fashioned with Purpose."

When one thinks of a tapestry, we think of textile art woven on a loom. We've seen them hang in museums. They once graced castle walls as decorations and to ward off drafts.

Today there is another kind of tapestry making an impact in our communities. Tapestry A Women's Ministry at Pleasant Valley Assembly of God is "Women woven together by the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish God's purposes for such a time as this."

Thursday, April 25, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joseph Bevins, formerly of Coaldale, was welcomed home by the third grade class of Heather Wagner on April 24. Bevins returned from the Army Reserves where he served in Afghanisatan prior to coming home. The class adopted the soldier as Wagner's classes have done in the past. They sent him over 30 packages and letters. He was ecstatic with them and presented the class with a framed U.S. Flag and certificate of appreciation on his surprise visit to them. Bevins is a 2011 graduate of Panther Valley High School. He is seen presenting the framed flag to PVES principal, Mary Figura, left, and teacher Heather Wagner, right.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Katie Lachcik, left, and James West, right, two Pleasant Valley Life Skills students, helped celebrate National Animal Cracker Day at the Western Pocono Community Library with Patti Weiss, the library's circulation manager. The library offered snack bags filled with animal crackers to patrons for a small fee. Animal-shaped crackers were introduced to the United States during the late 1800s. The demand skyrocketed so bakers began to produce them domestically. Crackers are usually in the shape of circus or zoo animals such as elephants, lions, tigers, bears and monkeys.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Stephen S. Palmer's Patek Phillippe watch is going on sale June 11 at Christie's auction house, New York, complete with the original sale documents.

Palmerton Area Historical Society became involved with the sale at Christie's Auction House of Stephen S. Palmer's watch. Palmer was a turn-of-the-century industrialist and founder of the New Jersey Zinc Company and town of Palmerton.

Christie's wanted some historical background on the town that was begun by Palmer for use in its sales catalog.

Society member Peter Kern sent a package of items including the recent "Messages from Palmerton, The First Fifty Years," a book of old postcards.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The third quarter honor roll and principal's list for the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District has been announced as follows:

Honor roll

Thursday, April 25, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS SS. Peter and Paul School celebrated the graduation of fifth and sixth grade students from the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) this week. Speaking during the program were, back row from left: Neil Ebbert, Lehighton Chief of Police; Steven R. Serfass, Carbon County Court judge; Lieutenant David Midas, DARE instructor; Jennifer Lorenz, fifth and sixth grade teacher; and Sherry Sernak, SS. Peter and Paul principal. Front row from left: Katherine Aaron and Caleb Kovach, DARE essay contest winners; and Rev. Michael Ahrensfield.

Parents and members of the community gathered Wednesday at SS. Peter and Paul School to celebrate the DARE graduation of the school's fifth and sixth grade students.

The program was lead by DARE instructor Lieutenant David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Office.

The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is a national and international program that is led by police offers and teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug- and violence-free lives.