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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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of Cindy Miller's 5th grade art class spent time painting the glass walls of the Tamaqua Elementary School. From back left are Kailyn Erbe, Lizzie Wagner, Sabrina Moyer and Kayla Sherry. From front left are Sarah Maue, April Gerber, Brooke Williams and Olivia Lattanzi. All are 11 years old.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Seniors Lydia Anthony, Olivia Haydt, Monica Handwerk and Rebekah Ahner perform the song "Butterfly Fly Away" as part of Palmerton Area High School's Class of 2012 commencement exercises Monday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

It's all about the numbers.

At least, that's what members of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2012 were told as they celebrated the 104th annual commencement exercises.

Flanked by family and friends, the 138 students who comprised this year's graduation class received their diplomas Monday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Commencement exercises began with a welcome from class President Lydia Anthony, who expressed her thanks to everyone who helped and supported the class.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Children are welcome to attend Vacation Bible School at Grace-St. Paul's UMC, Monday-Friday, June 18-22, from 6-8 p.m., and experience this fun, hands-on Bible-Times event.

This year the VBS will be visiting Daniel in Babylon. There will be games, crafts, music, snacks and more.

Families are welcome to attend on Friday, refreshments will be provided.

Register children online at www.gracestpaulsumc.org or call the church at (570) 325-9151.

The church is located on 40 Church Road, just off Route 903 in Penn Forest Township next to the butterfly sanctuary.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Prior to the start of the No. 9 Mine and Museum Miner's Picnic held recently, volunteers and local and state officials were on hand during the mine's Annual Miners Memorial Ceremony held outside the museum. The Carbon County Labor Chapter (CCLC) conducted the ceremony and laid a memorial wreath at the Miner's Monument to honor coal miners and all American laborers. Speaking on behalf of the Labor Chapter was its President Terry Whiteman.. Pictured during the ceremony, from left, were Terry Whiteman; Ray Rabenhold, CCLC; Fred Bartelt, CCLC; Dave Kuchta, President, No. 9 Mine; and William O'Gurek, Carbon County Commissioner.

Prior to the start of the No. 9 Mine and Museum Miner's Picnic held recently, volunteers and local and state officials were on hand during the mine's Annual Miners Memorial Ceremony held outside the museum. The Carbon County Labor Chapter (CCLC) conducted the ceremony and laid a memorial wreath at the Miner's Monument to honor coal miners and all American laborers. Speaking on behalf of the Labor Chapter was its President Terry Whiteman.. Pictured during the ceremony, from left, were Terry Whiteman; Ray Rabenhold, CCLC; Fred Bartelt, CCLC; Dave Kuchta, President, No.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ken Leffler, seated left, church office manager at Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, holds plaque received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pa. Department of Education for the church's administration of a free lunch program during summer months for students within the Lehighton Area School District. Next to him is Vickie Hegyi, coordinator of the program. Standing are, from left, Mary Ringenberg, education administration specialist with the Department of Education; Laurie Kepner, administrator of the summer food program with the Department of Education; and Barry Shupp, chairman of the mission outreach committee of the church.

Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton was honored yesterday by two government agencies – one federal, one state – for the success of its free summer lunch program for school students.

Ken Leffler, church office manager, said the program will resume on June 11, operating weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's open to all students – grade school through high school – in the Lehighton Area School District.

No reservation or advance registration is needed.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Mahoning Township couple is getting a little help from their friends.

The Repshers became homeless on April 18, 2012, when a fire severely damaged their home along Dead End Lane, just off Hemlock Drive. The couple has been living with a son since the fire. They did have some insurance for the home, but they have lost everything.

The husband is disabled. The couple is very disheartened by the loss of their home.

"Nothing is salvageable," said Jessyca Fredericks, who along with a committee, is organizing the fundraiser for the couple.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
 AP Photo Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, speaks to the media at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – Despite his repeated efforts to delay it, Jerry Sandusky's child molestation trial was set to begin with the start of jury selection, as prosecutors and his defense lawyers chose 12 people from the area around Penn State to decide his guilt or innocence.

Sandusky's lawyer said the 68-year-old, who gained fame as defensive coordinator for the university's vaunted football team, where he won two national championships, would be in the courtroom Tuesday for the start of a trial that is expected to last several weeks.