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Thursday, May 10, 2012
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Four IBEW Local 375 members including Summit Hill residents John Kupec III and Tony O'Gorman as well as Penn Ridge resident Eric Keck and Weatherly resident Tom Brisniski spent last Saturday mulching and edging the young trees in Ludlow Park while Kupec's father John cleared the beds around the gazebo and planted hosta for decoration.

Four members, including two Summit Hill, residents of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 375 spent a day performing community service for their local chapter by mulching and maintaining the younger trees in Ludlow Park last Saturday in preparation for the annual Arbor Day planting in Summit Hill.

"As we go through our apprenticeship with the union, we need to perform six hours of community service," said John Kupec III of Summit Hill. "We usually help with projects in Allentown so it was nice to be able to do something to help out our own town."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library is looking for volunteers in a number of areas at the library.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Last night, the Tamaqua Area School Board held a special meeting and Finance Committee meeting to pre-approve the 2012-2013 school budget and to adopt a proposed final budget.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This 2000 Mercury Marquee was operated by Eleanore Shea, 85, of Palmerton.

Minor injuries were sustained as part of a four-vehicle accident that occurred Tuesday morning in Palmerton.

Palmerton Police Department said the accident occurred at 10:22 a.m. at the intersection of Sixth Street and Delaware Avenue when a 2004 Chevy Impala, operated by Dick Heiney, 80, of Palmerton, exited the Country Harvest Family Market parking lot to travel east onto Delaware Avenue.

Heiney intended to turn left onto Sixth Street, at which time his vehicle turned into the path of a 2000 Mercury Marquee, operated by Eleanore Shea, 85, of Palmerton, and collided.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Standing below the projected video displaying 'Everybody is Created Beautifully' are students Alexandra Miller, 16; Haleigh Jacob, 17; teacher Thelma Urban; Amanda Hinkle, 16; and Rebecca John, 17. Not pictured is Tyler Billig.

Students and staff at Tamaqua Area High School have come together to draw greater attention to a national problem.

Realizing the lifelong effects of bullying, a number of students from Thelma Urban's language arts class put their minds together recently to produce a video portraying facts and stories relating to the short- and long-term effects of bullying, as well as the lifelong scars it can leave.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Both the Tamaqua Elementary School and West Penn Elementary School will be holding student science fairs today at each school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A defendant scheduled to go on trial Tuesday changed his mind and entered into a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to a new charge, while verdicts were reached in two criminal trials held Tuesday.

Amend complaint

Joseph W. Oliver Jr., 38, of Jim Thorpe, entered a plea to one count of possession of an instrument of crime after the Commonwealth agreed to amend the original complaint filed against him.

Oliver was originally charged by state police at Lehighton with three counts of sexual abuse of children-possession of child pornography.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

In a photo that ran in Monday's edition of the TIMES NEWS, with the story Fun-N-Safety Fair held in Jim Thorpe, the boy coloring a coffee filter was misidentified. His name is Tanner Yurchak, 7, of Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

With the school year winding down the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board acted on activities for the summer school program and approved 15 students nominated for graduation at the conclusion of the 2011-12 schoool year in action taken at the monthly board meeting held at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Teachers to be employed to provide Extended School Year (ESY) service to eligible students at the Maple Avenue Campus during the summer of 2012 not to exceed 100 hours at $25 per hour were as follows:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sophia "Sue" Kester of Walnutport contributed to the World War II war effort through her work at Bethlehem Steel.

Among the many women who took defense jobs during World War II was Sophia "Sue" Kester of Walnutport. She worked at Bethlehem Steel operating a 10-ton crane.

The 92-year-old Kester was born in Palmerton and graduated from Stephen S. Palmer High School in 1937.

"We went through the Great Depression. Dad worked in the Zinc Company and Mom was mostly at home," she said.