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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Summer Reading program at Palmerton Area Library begins at 10:30 a.m., Friday. The theme is "Fizz Boom Read." The opening program is called "Fizz, Boom, Baam, Alakazaam Reading Magic Show" featuring Michael Reist, The Amazing Magi.

All the summer reading programs are free and no advance registration is necessary.

On Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through July 24 the library will host Preschool Circle Time for children ages 3-5, featuring stories, songs, dancing and more.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Steven Behr, principal of the Tamaqua Area School District's elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the final marking period of the 2014-2015 school year. This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn elementary schools.

To be eligible for high honors, students must earn straight As. To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

High honors

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Francis Thamarus, a long-time firefighter with Aquashicola Fire Company, and Chris Kegel, former Palmerton Fire Chief and now a member of Aquashicola Fire Company, christen new pumper that the Aquashicola fire Company purchased. The truck was dedicated in memory of the late Gary Koons, former assistant fire chief.

Aquashicola Fire Company on Tuesday dedicated a new firetruck to a former assistant fire chief, the late Gary Koons. The dedication occurred on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Koons was 62 when he died unexpectedly. He had been the assistant fire chief for 34 years and served as fire chief for two years.

He was playing golf when he was stricken with an apparent heart attack.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Work on the McCall Bridge in Lehighton has not, I repeat, has not stopped.

Rumors about work ceasing because of worse than expected conditions on the 16-span, steel deck truss bridge began circulating Tuesday.

But Ronald J. Young Jr., district press officer for the Pennsylvania of Transportation District 5, wants to put those rumors to rest.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

There will be a special Eldred Township public meeting, 7 p.m., Monday, June 23 at the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Co.

Pleasant Valley School District offered Eldred Township the opportunity to buy the Eldred Elementary School for $1 with a deadline of June 5.

At the last supervisors' meeting, which was held on June 4, the supervisors voted to not accept the offer, saying that they did not have enough time to make an informed decision and also citing the cost of maintenance.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Jungle Safari" is the theme of this summer's edition of Vacation Bible School at First Congregational Church, Coaldale. Youths ages 3 to 18 are welcome to participate in the program, which will be held 6 to 8 p.m. July 21 to July 25 at the church on East Ruddle Street.

For more information or to register, please call 570-645-9426.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has restructured its administrative team.

The school board, on a 7-0 vote on Tuesday, appointed Paula Husar as high school principal, at a salary of $91,670; Richard DeSocio, junior high school principal, $82,500; and Daniel Heaney, director of curriculum, instruction, and technology, $89,500.

Directors Susan Debski and Charles Gildner were absent.

Afterward, board President Tammy Recker congratulated the administrators.

"You guys are awesome," Recker said. "We love you."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Panther Valley Library a $1,500 grant to support children and teen summer reading literacy.

A library spokesman said that Dollar General's grant will allow the library to reach more young people with its Summer Reading Program and expressed their gratitude.

"At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Fawns are cute and may even look helpless, but humans can do more harm than good if they touch them.

Now is the time of year when does are giving birth to their young, and many people are finding newborn fawns alone in the woods.

Although fawns may appear feeble and abandoned, the Pennsylvania Game Commission urges people to simply leave them alone.

"During the first few weeks of life, does only associate with their fawns briefly, usually at sunrise and sunset with fawns nursing only two or three times a day," said Jeannine Tardiff Fleegle, wildlife biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened the beach to swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County effective today because of safe bacterial counts in water samples from June 16. The beach was closed since last Thursday.