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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Diocese of Allentown announced new or additional assignmens for priests, including several from the TIMES NEWS coverage area, effective Tuesday, June 12.

Rev. John Frink, from administrator Pro Tempore, St. Jerome Church, Tamaqua, to administrator of the church.

Rev. Edward J. Essig, from pastor of Holy Cross Church, New Philadelphia, to pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Whitehall.

Rev. Ronald J. Minner, from pastor of All Saints Church, McAdoo, to pastor, Holy Cross Church, New Philadelphia.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Brandon Yarnal, 14, of Summit Hill, watches as heavy equipment digs up the macadem on the basketball courts along West Amidon Street in Summit Hill. The two existing courts will be replaced with two new courts that will have benches between them.

Work began yesterday on the construction of new basketball courts along Amidon Street next to the Ginder Field in Summit Hill.

Heavy equipment began digging up the blacktop at the heavily-used courts.

Monica Marshall, president of the Summit Hill Recreation Commission, said two new courts will be built as well as three smaller courts for younger children.

The courts are being reconstructed thanks to a $75,000 grant obtained through the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO).

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A motion to hire an additional road crew worker was revived last evening after being killed at last month's West Penn Township Board of Supervisors meeting. The motion had died due to a deadlock between Supervisors Alfonso Martinez and James Dean and no third one to cast a vote.

The road crew only had one fulltime worker before another was hired last evening with a 2-1 majority. Supervisor James G. Dean did not accept the motion last month, and he voted against it this month because of budget issues.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The monthly meeting of the Navy Club of Carbon County, will be held on Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m. in the VFW, 302 Center St., Nesquehoning, with Scott Reinhart, in charge.

New members and associate members are welcome with applications available at the meeting. Members are reminded a flag blessing service will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, June 9, at noon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

St. Jerome's Regional School releases honor roll

St. Jerome's Regional School has released its honor roll for the final quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. To earn Distinguished Honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For First Honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second Honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Penn Forest Township has been undergoing FBI investigations for alleged misappropriations of some $1.6 million of taxpayer money. Township officials remain mum about the investigations, while many residents feel they are being lied to.

Walter Gibbon, a lifelong resident of the township, provided an emotional statement to the board of supervisors and citizens present at Monday's meeting:

"These board members have been lying to us for years. I've lived here all my life. We are demanding the truth," said Gibbon.

His emotional speech continued.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Three local heroes were recognized at the town square during the Memorial Day Service by the New Philadelphia Borough for acts of courage and valor after rescuing John Marcavage, 51, from a fire that destroyed his home, 220 Valley Street, on October 22 of last year. Marcavage was flown to a burn center after suffering severe burns over most of his body. From left are Joe Genunis, Dave Heffner and Mark Thorn.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Mauch Chunk boy who was stricken with infantile paralysis at the age of nine months and was benefited by the services of Dr. Bruce Gill, has been discharged from the crippled children's clinic. He is James, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Crossin of West Broadway, who has made a complete recovery from the paralysis which affected his left foot. The child underwent two operations, the first at the age of five and the other when he was eight.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Deirdre Berger, of Slatedale, a cancer survivor of over one year, served as Honorary Survivor Chair as part of this past weekend's Relay For Life of Palmerton & Surrounding Areas at the Lehighton Football Stadium.

Unless they experience it firsthand, one can never fully realize the magnitude of the wretched disease that is cancer.

But, that doesn't mean they couldn't attempt to walk a mile in their shoes, as many a participant did at the 11th annual Relay For Life of Palmerton & Surrounding Communities.

Those who took part in the 24-hour event held this past weekend at the Lehighton Football Stadium did their part to raise as much money as possible to help combat the disease.

The event really hit home with Deirdre Berger, 42, of Slatedale, a one-year cancer survivor.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Inducted into the Legends of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame were, Sharyl Maglionico, Master Paul Maglionico, Instructor Rich Maglionico, Master John Fagliarone and Instructor Dave Scott. From left are Sharyl Maglionico, Master Eric Kovaleski, Jessica Kovaleski, Master Paul Maglionico, Instructor Rich Maglionico, Master John Fagliarone and Instructor Dave Scott.

Mountain Karate Academy of Lehighton participated in a once in a lifetime event this month.

Master Kovaleski's USA Karate, in Dickson City, sponsored a visit with the Grandmasters of Tang Soo Do. The Grandmasters traveled to Pennsylvania from Korea.

On Thursday, May 11, a group of martial artists, including nine from Mountain Karate Academy, and other martial artists from out of state and even as far as from Mexico, participated in a training seminar with these legendary Grandmasters at the tournament held at Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony.