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Friday, May 17, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Mother Marie Morgan claps for Sejan Wellington, a soloist.

Two churches, Faith Mountain of the Poconos and Word of Faith of Allentown, combined to hold a Victorian Tea in the Chestnuthill Community Center. The flowered centerpieces were in teacups and lace covered the tables.

Mother Joanna Young asked Cathy Borden to give the blessing of the food.

Jenny Filey gave a handmade gift of a teapot with a cross to each person attending.

"When you're alive, it's a beautiful day," said Young.

As more people entered contributing more food to the overflowing table, she added, "Like the fish and the loaves, the food is multiplying."

Friday, May 17, 2013
Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development celebrated the recent merger of the Carbon County Chamber and Carbon County Economic Development and opening of their new office at 137 South St., Lehighton. From left are the new faces of the chamber, from left, Marlyn Kissner, executive vice president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Dawn Ferrante, executive director; and Heather McClure, assistant director.

The Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development on Thursday celebrated the opening of its new office at 137 South St., Lehighton, and the recent merger of the Carbon County Chamber and Carbon County Economic Development with a ribbon cutting, educational seminars, tours of the new facility, refreshments and opportunities for members to network and learn about the function of the new chamber.

Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony were members of the chamber and local and state officials.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The name of William D. Boyer was inadvertently omitted from a Thursday TIMES NEWS story on the upcoming primary elections.

Boyer is a candidate for Rush Township Supervisor on the Republican ticket.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Republican voters in Palmerton will have a choice to make among five candidates seeking four nominations for four-year terms on the borough council. We incorrectly stated earlier this week in our election preview that there were no contests in the borough balloting this time around. We apologize for the mistake.

The GOP candidates for council are incumbents Richard L. Nothstein and Michael J. Ballard and newcomers Lamont C. Musselman, Gerard J. Alfano and Jereme J. Barkanic. The latter's name was inadvertently omitted from the preview.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the third marking period of the 2012-2013 school year has been announced by Robert Vlasaty, principal.

Principal's list

Friday, May 17, 2013

The best way to reduce Carbon County's 94 percent repeat offender rate is to funnel those accused of substance abuse related crimes through a separate "drug court," a volunteer group told the county Prison Board Wednesday.

Dr. Leta Thompson of the Carbon County Correctional Facility Research Committee, recommended the drug court, along with other programs, as effective ways to curb the county's high recidivism rate. Drug addiction is the driving force behind the extraordinary number of repeat offenders, Thompson said.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Over Memorial Day weekend, a series of special events will be held culminating in the coronation of Jim Thorpe's Bicentennial Queen. Girls vyng for the title are Diane Cherb, Karen Romanisko, Diane Hricik, Lori Searfoss, and Cheryl Cinicola. Master of ceremonies and pageant coordinator is the Rev. William Mayes, assisted by Mrs. Carol Witt and Mrs. Virginia Landgreen.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Since passing a burning ordinance in Rush Township last March restricting open burning in residential areas to the use of "recreational fires," some Rush residents took the opportunity last night to quarrel with the board of supervisors over the definition of what that clause specifically means. The ordinance prohibits burning leaves or brush. That is clear. But where the ordinance becomes vague is in the section about bonfires versus recreational fires. Bonfires are prohibited. Recreational ones are not. So what's the difference?

Friday, May 17, 2013

It's fast, free, and generates proceeds to benefit the Palmerton high school basketball teams.

Back by popular demand, the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club will host a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser as part of the PHS Basketball Team (boys and girls) Free Test Drive and Antique Car Show.

Sponsored by Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Leon George Bus Company, 660 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Heritage Hill Senior Community is holding an open house for the public on Wednesday, May 22 from 2-7 p.m.

More people are proactively researching personal care so they are aware of the options available to them or their loved ones. The open house will provide the opportunity to see what Heritage Hill has to offer.

There will be entertainment, giveaways, refreshments (many made by their Busy Bakers Club), and a chance to win a flat screen television.

Heritage Hill is located at 800 6th Street in Weatherly. For more information, visit www.heritagehillsenior.com.