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Monday, June 9, 2014

"Cultivate grit."

That was some of the advice the area's competitive young scholars in the Lehigh Valley and the Hunterdon, New Jersey, area got from the Dean of Temple University University's Beasley School of Law.

She wasn't talking about something for breakfast.

JoAnne A. Epps Ph.D. was talking about that characteristic of sticking to the pursuit of the goal even when it gets tough.

"Focus on your pursuit of success however you define it with passion and perseverance. In other words, cultivate grit."

Monday, June 9, 2014

Two defendants elected to have their preliminary hearings before District Judge Steve Bayer of Tamaqua on May 27, both losing their bids to have the charges dropped.

Robert William Finley III, 23, of 165 W. Moser Ave., Coaldale, had charges of simple assault and harassment held over for trial in Schuylkill County Court. The charges were filed by Coaldale Patrolman Joseph David following a domestic incident on April 2.

Finley was originally jailed in the county prison, Pottsville, in lieu of $15,000 percentage bail. Bail was reduced to $15,000 unsecured on May 16.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Travis Kuntzman requested approval of a conditional use for his property at 75 Getz Dawl Road, Palmerton, to operate a sawmill. It is to be a hobby, not a business.

He was asked about his source of energy and said he would prefer to use solar or water power.

Kuntzman said he would be comfortable with a maximum of 5,000 board feet per week.

He works during the week unless weather is bad since his job is road construction. There would be no work done on Sundays so it would be mostly be used Fridays and Saturdays.

Monday, June 9, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Gold Star mother Anna Rodriguez, Whitehall, and husband Michael wait their turn Saturday to offer comfort to the family of fallen Green Beret Jason B. Jones. The couple lost their son, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Rodriguez, USMC, in 2011, and drove to Pottsville to offer support.

The loss of a young life in service to others brings a special kind of pain to a grieving mother.

On Saturday, two Gold Star mothers were on hand in Pottsville in a show of support for Suzy Jones, mother of fallen hero Capt. Jason B. Jones, Orwigsburg, killed Monday in Afghanistan.

American Gold Star Mothers Inc. was formed in the U.S. shortly after World War I to provide support for mothers who lost sons or daughters in the war.

Monday, June 9, 2014
Desha Utsick/Special to the Times News A cable is strung along the top of Bridal Falls at Glen Onoko falls in the Lehigh Gorge State Park to prevent people from getting too close to the ledge. Unfortunately, people are still hurt from missteps at the three falls.

A 51-year-old woman fell about 20 feet from a path at Glen Onoko falls in Jim Thorpe into the river below on Saturday afternoon.

It took about two hours for firefighters to rescue the woman, whose identity was not released.

She was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

The rescue operation was under the direction of Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Jarrod Steber.

One of the firefighters who responded, Wayne Nothstein of the Lehighton Fire Department, said someone heard the woman screaming and it was discovered she had fallen.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Could Lehighton Area School District procure a $2 million grant to be used for the potential construction of a new elementary center?

An update on the Alternative Clean Energy Program Grant will be given when the school board's building committee holds a workshop meeting at 7 tonight in the administration board room.

In March, the board approved a resolution to seek the grant from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used for the potential construction of the elementary center as a "high performance building."

Monday, June 9, 2014

A Palmerton woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Tamaqua on Sunday morning.

Meghan Milkovits, who is reportedly six months pregnant, was driving south on Center Street at 8:30 a.m., when she attempted to make a left turn onto Cedar Street, turning in front of a northbound Dodge Dakota operated by Gregory Palmer of Allentown.

The Dodge struck the front passenger side door of Milkovits' Volkswagen Jetta. She was transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by ambulance.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Monday, June 9, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS  Recipients of the 2014 C. Arthur & Elizabeth Walters Hammers Scholarship at Lehighton Area High School are, from left, Michelle Pomposello, Kyle Higgins, Christi Beddiges and Peter Phelan. Each was awarded $4,000 per year for four years.

The hard work of the Lehighton High School senior class was recently recognized at the school's All School Academic Awards Assembly.

A total of 66 different awards were given away to this year's graduating students.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LEADER OF CHARACTER presented to a junior for outstanding performance in academics, athletics, community service, citizenship and leadership. Kyle Collins received a school plaque and invitation to Award Recognition Day at U.S. Military Academy.

Monday, June 9, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Patriot Guard Riders joined forces with several other groups to put on a dramatic show of some 85 American flags, along with providing other support services at the memorial service for Capt. Jason Jones held Saturday in Pottsville.

Support groups were out in force in Pottsville on Saturday, helping to provide comfort to those grieving and helping the regional community deal with a sudden tragic loss.

Volunteers offered help in tangible ways, such as directing traffic, assisting mourners in wheelchairs, and in the case of the American Red Cross, offering water, Gatorade, crackers and snacks.

Monday, June 9, 2014

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold a dedication service and dinner on Sunday, June 29, for the prayer garden that has been built to the rear of the church. Reservations are due by Sunday, June 22, and can be made by signing up at the church or calling Irene Remmel or Bonnie Hoffman.

Bible school

Ebenezer Evangelical Congregation Church will host a Vacation Bible School for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. The program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 to 20 at the church. To register your child call the church at 570-325-2855.