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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News
Saturday, June 18, 2011

Even though it's a polka music, don't be surprised if you hear a little of "Hound Dog" or "Cat's In the Cradle."

Anything goes when it comes to trying to pair pets and people, Sunday, when the fourth annual Polkas for Pets is held at the Lehighton Community Grove.

The free event will begin at noon, with the Pennsylvania Villagers polka band playing from 2-5 p.m.

Tom Zimmerman IV, coordinator, said the purpose of Polkas for Pets is "bringing together pets of many kinds who need homes."

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Jesse Walck, Billy O'Gurek and Michael McCall pause from their cemetery cleanup work.

Members of the Jeffersonian Democratic Club, Summit Hill, have completed a community service project in their hometown, cleaning up debris at the cemetery complex in the eastern end of the community.

"At our June meeting, members decided they wanted to give back to the community, and so we decided to help spruce up the area around the cemeteries, where, sadly, people have chosen to make it a dumping ground," said Nathan Halenar, club president.

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey D. Miller was born and raised Jewish but at the age of 12, during a Hebrew prayer service in synagogue, he decided there was no God, and became an atheist.

Through the next 24 years of his life, he remained devout to his lack of faith in anything spiritual. To him, life was just existence, and when it was over, it was over.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news A hard-hitting slideshow and statistics were just part of Dr. Bryan Kane's presentation brought to CCTI by student Joe Zercie's senior project about the danger of "Distracted Driving".

As a driver, Joe Zercie, a senior in the CLIU Unit 21 class at CCTI in Jim Thorpe, realizes the importance of staying focused and paying attention to the road and he wanted to share that message with his classmates.

For his senior project, he chose a program on "Distracted Driving," which pointed out the distractions such as MP3 players, cell phones, text messaging, grooming, eating, drinking, smoking, and even reading.

Friday, June 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Girl Scouts with the Tamaqua Girl Scouts Service Unit 310-98 were taught the history of Tamaqua while visiting the Tamaqua Historical Society and Museum. Pictured from left are Girl Scout leader Lauren Wall, scouts Kirstin Jones, 11, McKayla Wall, 11, Gabriella Geronimo, 10, Alaina Welsh, 10, and Historical Society president Dale Freudenberger. The historical society is looking for volunteers of all ages to help at the museum two hours a week. Call the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce at (570) 668-1880 for more information.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Pictured in front of two newly-donated soccer dugouts located at the TASD Soccer Field Complex are, from left, Clem MCCarroll, girls soccer head coach; Courtney McCarroll, JV girls soccer coach; Trevor Arnold, boys JV soccer player; Mary Ann Slivka, girl's soccer booster president; Curt Bailey of Curtis J. Bailey Inc.; Larry Wittig, Tamaqua School Board president; and Mike Hromyak, Tamaqua athletic director.

Four new dugouts were donated recently to the Tamaqua Area School District's soccer and softball complexes located behind the Middle School.

Constructed of wood, cinderblock and metal, each dugout cost approximately $4,500.

The two softball field dugouts, including construction costs, were donated by M & T Bank and Rottet Motors of Tamaqua. Members of both the girls and boys Tamaqua Soccer Booster associations donated two new dugouts and construction costs for the district's soccer field.

The soccer booster clubs had donated the press box a few years ago.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

With this year marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, it's only fitting that the Carbon County Civil War Monument, located in Hazard Square in downtown Jim Thorpe next to the County Courthouse, is prepared for the occasion. Here, workmen repaint stonework on the base of the statue, which honors "the Brave Defenders of the Union from the County of Carbon."

Friday, June 17, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Honored students include, from front left, Cassidy Taras, Mady Coccio, Alyssa Campomizzi, Isaiah Kupchinsky, Christine Deshay, Emma Koch, and Aaron Wargula. Pictured from back left are TASD Superintendent Carol Makuta, teachers Tim Gombar, Vicki Feliciano, Megan Ingraham and elementary Principal Steven Behr.

The Tamaqua Area School District's elementary schools met for their annual achievement luncheon for fifth grade students on May 17 at the La Dolce Casa Restaurant in Tamaqua.

The luncheon featured the presentation of the President's Academic Achievement Awards, which are presented to fourth and fifth grade students who achieve a 90 or better grade point average.

Receiving awards were:

Friday, June 17, 2011

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) has introduced legislation to study the costs to Commonwealth agencies that provide social services and public assistance to illegal immigrants residing in Pennsylvania.