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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Monroe County Garden Club will install its new Executive Board officers on Wednesday, May 11 at the Annual Luncheon at Shawnee Inn, Shawnee-On-Delaware.

The new board will be Arlene Deskus, President; Carol Akum, First Vice President; Denise Huggard, Second Vice President; Recording Secretary, Daisy Perez; Treasurer, Tricia Wingerter; Corresponding Secretary, Kathy Neubert; Financial Secretary/Membership Chair, Ellen Meli; Parliamentarian, Maxine Mason.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Special to the times news

Students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently had a McDonald's luncheon where they were able to celebrate with a special friend such as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or neighbor. The students enjoyed spending time with loved ones during school and were treated to tricks and jokes by Ronald McDonald himself. Pictured is the real Ronald McDonald and his friend Andre Velez, a kindergarten student.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Justin Klotz, 24, center, was named the 2011 Firefighter of the Year by the Foreign Wars Post 256, Lehighton. The award was presented by Harry Wynn III, left; and Fred Schaffer.

A Lehighton firefighter was named the 2011 Firefighter of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 256, Lehighton.

The award was presented this week to Justin Klotz, 24, who was selected by his peers for the honor. Harry Wynn III. Wynn and Fred Schaffer, represented the VFW Post.

The award was inscribed with the following message: "In special recognition and highest praise for alertness, personal courage and ever vigilant guardianship of life and property."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Lehighton man, charged as an internet sexual predator, was one of nine persons facing criminal counts to enter guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Joshua D. Baer, 32, pleaded to one count each of unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication device.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Some of the Pre-K Counts students paused from their pirate adventures on Friday to pose for a photo. They are, seated from left, Brinn Harwood, Cameron Keeler, Madeline Millard and Nekya Strohl. Standing, Anastasia Susko, Jack Edwards, Christina Hydro, Stephen Yuhas, Allesandra Marciante, and Rene Bubar.

Pre-K Counts and kindergarten students at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, last week, celebrated the Week of The Young Child, which recognizes the importance of caring for young children and honors the men and women in the education system. During the week, the students in Kate Harleman's Pre-K Counts class learned through various activities and got to dress up as pirates.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Several residents that live on Bonser Drive attended the March 15 Chestnuthill Township supervisors' meeting to report serious flooding issues on their properties and asked the supervisors if there were grants available to install piping to alleviate the problem. Township engineer Chris McDermott said that piping would have to be installed for at least 1/2 mile and it would be very costly. The supervisors asked David Albright, township manager, to research to see if there were any grants available.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured standing outside Phong's Spa & Nails, from left, are owner Phong Pham, wife Wendy Pham, daughter Jun Pham, 9, and family member Any Pham.

Phong's Spa & Nails, a new family-owned and operated business now located at 43-45 West Broad St. in downtown Tamaqua, held its grand opening recently. The nail salon, once occupied by Hess Windows,

was completely refurbished prior to moving in.

Some of the services they offer consist of manicures, pedicures, nail polishing, nail art, arm and leg massage, lotion rubs, eye brow wax, and many other services. Their salon also has five manicure stations and five state-of-the-art pedicure massage stations to service multiple customers and services.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Carbon County Bar Association announced that "Law Day" will be commemorated this year on April 29 with a special program at the county courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Law Day is held across the country by bar associatons and is aimed at fostering community awareness and understanding of the American legal system.

Law Day is usually held on May 1, but since that date is a Sunday this year the program will be held on Friday, April 29.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Tyler McGeehan, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, is collecting the names of the high school's graduates who have gone on to serve in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. Focus will be on the soldiers who graduated from JTAHS from its inception in 1955 through the present.

McGeehan is constructing a display case to showcase those names and honor the area soldiers. The case will hang in the commons area of the high school.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Todd Zimmerman, president of Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. He discussed LDIC's current projects and fundraisers - such as the beautification of Colonel Jacob Weiss Park, which includes personalized brick pavers; the new electronic billboard at the entrance to town on Route 209 north; Lehighton Bike Night scheduled for Saturday, August 13; Amazing Lehighton Race scheduled for Saturday, September 10; and the newly-improved website - www.ExperienceLehighton.com.