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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Lehighton Area Middle School will be holding a concert and art exhibition on Tuesday, May 15.

The 18th annual Spring Art Exhibition will begin at 6 p.m. while the Spring Choral Concert will start at 7 p.m.

Ms. Phillips and Mrs. Micheletti's students will exhibit outstanding art work from their fifth through eighth grade art classes. Projects that were created this year include ceramics, 3-D construction, printing, drawings, and mixed media works in a juried art display with awards given.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic High School held it's annual May Crowning on Friday. Emily Burger, front row, far left, was the May Queen. With her are court members, front row from left, Jeanne Cannon, Shannon Skotek and Carli Possessky. Back row, Stephen Valente, Cory Chilinskas, Tyler Spencer and Dylan Latham.

Students, faculty, administrators and parents at Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, continued a long-standing tradition of honoring Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother, during the school's annual May Procession observance on Friday.

The event took place during the morning Mass that preceded classes, followed by the crowning of the Blessed Mother by Emily Burger, daughter of Glen and Jane Burger of Drums, who had been selected as the school's May Queen.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Wanda Crostley of Lehighton feeds a deer at Overlook Deer Farm.

Rebecca Cunfer of Evergrowing Inspirations presented an outdoor program showing skins, bones, horns, antlers and more at the Overlook Deer Farm on May 5.

"I'll show you all sorts of neat things," she said, as she waited for the last visitors to arrive. There were also crafts such as flowerpots made from paper with seeds to plant before they are taken home, and rocks to paint as garden decorations.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet today at 7 p.m. at Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown.

The program will include a discussion of plans to gear up for the fall election to reach out to voters with Sarah Warfield, Carbon County field organizer for Organizing for America preceded by a brief update and analysis of the April 24th Primary Election by Roy Christman.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Navigation Building, St. Mark's Church and the Carbon County Courthouse. Only days are left for your vote to make Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania the 2012 Best Small Towns in America Best of the Road, in a contest sponsored by Rand McNally and USA TODAY.

Only seven days are left for your vote to make Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania the winner of the 2012 Best Small Towns in America Best of the Road contest sponsored by Rand McNally and USA TODAY.

"We all know that we are the most beautiful town in America," said Pat Handwerk of the Harry Packer Mansion. "It's time to let everyone else know too."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

It will be a busy trial week for Carbon County court this week.

Monday began criminal trial week and juries were selected to hear five cases before the county's three judges.

The trials began today and will continue the rest of the week. Those on trial include:

Joseph W. Oliver Jr., 38, of Jim Thorpe, charged by state police at Lehighton with three counts of sexual abuse of children - possession

of child pornography.

His trial is before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers and members of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua have started their seasonal Free Community Blessing Shoppes. Organizers routinely hold this free item giveaway about every other week or so in a large garage next to their church, 407 Schuylkill Avenue. Some of the free items consist of clothing, shoes, books, games, small furniture, electronics and so on. The event also offers free snacks and refreshments to visitors. For their next free Blessing Shoppe date, watch for its listing in the TIMES NEWS, call the church at (570) 668-4059 or via Facebook. Moving a baby bed to a car are young volunteers Tiffany Pickette and Grace Seibel, 13.

Volunteers and members of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua have started their seasonal Free Community Blessing Shoppes.

Organizers routinely hold this free item giveaway about every other week or so in a large garage next to their church, 407 Schuylkill Avenue. Some of the free items consist of clothing, shoes, books, games, small furniture, electronics and so on. The event also offers free snacks and refreshments to visitors.

For their next free Blessing Shoppe date, watch for its listing in the TIMES NEWS, call the church at (570) 668-4059 or via Facebook.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The date of the Panther Valley High School's JROTC Award Night has been changed. Award Night will be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the high school. Family and friends are invited to come out and congratulate the cadets.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Every year firefighters throughout our area respond to hundreds of vehicle fires. One occured over the weekend at the Switchback Mini Market in Summit Hill.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one out of five reported fires is a car fire; occurring every 96 seconds in the United States. In fact, 18 percent of all fires take place on a roadway and involve a motor vehicle.

The NFPA reports that, on average, 33 car fires are reported every hour across the country, with one person per day dying as a result.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Tom Haberman of the Lehighton team was awarded the fifth annual Philip Steigerwalt Memorial Walk plaque for his third place finish in the men's 60 to 64 division of the walk. The award began after Philip Steigerwalt, a senior games participant, collapsed and passed away on the field, following his third place finish in the walk in 2007. Steigerwalt was in the 60 to 64 division. Since then, the third place finisher in that division receives the honorary award in Steigerwalt's name.