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Thursday, May 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured taking part in the Tamaqua library's PA One Book program from left are Angelina Casella, 6, library employee Susan Schlosser, McKayla McLaughlin, 9, library director Gayle Heath, and Alexander Barron, 8.

For the sixth consecutive year, Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child program will lead the way and highlight the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3 to 6. In its inaugural year, the One Book, Every Young Child program won the coveted, national John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

On Monday, April 18, the Palmerton Lions Club presented Tammy Muniz (second from right) with its Outstanding Service Award at a dinner meeting at the Fireline Hotel. The club president, the Rev. John F. Hanzel, Jr. (right) presented the plaque to her. It read, "For dedicated service in fulfilling the roles of Educator, Motivator, Counselor, Liaison and Humanitarian s Leo Club Advisor." The evening's speaker was Past International Director Robert Miller, (second from left) about Eye Research and Sight Conservation. He was accompanied by his wife, and Lion, Judy Miller, (left.)

Thursday, May 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Holding a 24 inch fish they caught during the Rabbit Run Fishing Derby are, from left, Joseph Sanzi, 10, Rachel Sanzi, 7, and Kyle Kairewicz, 13.

The Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association held its 44th annual 2-day fishing derby recently at the Rabbit Run Reservoir Dam on Rabbit Run Road in Tamaqua. Despite rainy weather, hundreds of youths and adults participated in the event.

More than 1,100 trout were stocked prior to the two-day event. More than 100 prizes, to include two bikes, were awarded for various categories.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The American Legion Post 16, Slatington will have memorial services at outlying cemeteries on Sunday May 29 beginning at 8 a.m. They will be visiting Williamstown Cemetery at 8:10 a.m., Jacksonville Cemetery at 8:40 a.m., New Tripoli U.C.C. Cemetery at 9:15 a.m., Heidelberg U.C.C. at 9:45 a.m., Neff's Lutheran Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., 7th St. Catholic Church at 10:45 a.m., Union Cemetery at Delke's grave at 11 a.m., Friedens Cemetery at 11:15 a.m. and Presbyterian Church Cemetery at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

There will be a moderately difficult 4-mile dog walk/hike at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Locust Lake State Park.

The pine stands and brush are the perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. The hike will go up to the top of the mountain.

Meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park, located before the contact station.

Bring your dog for a nice, relaxing hike in the woods. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Registration is required; call Robin at 570-467-2506 or online under Locust Lake State Park calendar of events.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Germantown Grove Club member Brad Hurley (left) and Air Force MSgt Patrick Rodgers, son of Germantown Grove Club founder Phil Rodgers, help fifth grade L.B. Morris student Luke Hartrum display his catch of the day.

The Dolon-Jones-Martino Post 304 Special Kids Fishing Party for kids from schools all over Carbon County was held last Thursday and Friday along the stream running through the Germantown section of Jim Thorpe.

The event was sponsored by the Germantown Grove Club and the Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304 and this was the 57th year for this event which hosted approximately 240 students over its two day run.

It was all started in 1954 as an American Legion function by Germantown resident Phil Rodgers and others.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Residents who live in the Palmerton Area School District will likely see a 12.6 percent increase in their property tax rates next year.

The school board on a 7-2 vote on Tuesday agreed to grant proposed final adoption to the 2011-12 proposed budget, which calls for a 5.506-mill increase. Directors Carl Bieling and Carol Dwyer were opposed.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Newly-elected Carbon County Judge Joseph Matika with his wife, Jeanine, during a victory celebration at their Lehighton residence last evening. Attorney Matika will fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge David W. Addy, who died at the age of 52 on Dec. 17, 2009, just four years after he was elected to the bench.

The issue of who will serve as Carbon County's newest judge was resolved Tuesday.

Attorney Joseph Matika of Lehighton won on both the Democrat and Republican ballots over opponent attorney James Lavelle of East Penn Township.

Had voters split the votes by party, then the judgeship wouldn't have been decided until November. Both candidates cross-filed.

Both are assistants to District Attorney Gary Dobias.

Matika, of the Summit Hill law firm Velitsky and Matika, isn't scheduled to be sworn-in as judge until January.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Christine A. Fauzio won the Democrat's nod for supervisor candidate in Penn Forest Township, yesterday.

She defeated opponents Harry J. Connolly and Keith L. Knappenberger in party voting.

Fauzio netted 149 votes, Connolly got 122 votes, and Knappenberger recevied 112 votes.

She will oppose Republican Salvatore L. Baldassano, who wasn't opposed, in November.. He got 284 votes.

For a six-year term as auditor, Donna M. Briglio won over Coletta Oshin, 227-80, on the Democratic ticket.