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Friday, June 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Karen Green, an employee at Rite-Aid in Palmerton, stands next to a chart that shows how much money has been raised for the Children's Miracle Network, a program that benefits children with any type of illness or injury.

"Would you like to donate a dollar to the Children's Miracle Network?"

We've all been asked to donate as we check out at almost any given grocery store or local business.

Most of us will donate once, and then politely decline when asked again.

"No, thanks. I already have."

It's our way of reassuring ourselves that once is enough, putting our consciences to rest and avoiding any judgmental looks from the sales clerk.

But to Karen Green, an employee at Rite-Aid in Palmerton more familiarly known as "Auntie Karen," once is not enough.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Chestnuthill Township's supervisors expressed their appreciation to township manager, David Albright, for his diligent work in obtaining close to $118,000 in grants for the township.

At a recent meeting Supervisor Vice Chairman Chris Eckert commended Albright for acquiring the grants. Supervisor Harry Miller expressed his appreciation for all Albright does, as well.

During the meeting the board unanimously approved the following:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Tax office closed

The office of Terry McElmoyle, tax collector, will be closed Saturday, June 7 and Monday, June 9. The office will reopen Tuesday, June 10.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Eldred Township solicitor Michael Kaspszyk asked the supervisors if they were ready to make a choice on the state's mandate for Management of the Retroreflectivity of Traffic Signs.

In May of 2012, the state mandated that there be a standard for minimum levels of retroreflectivity that must be maintained for traffic signs and gave until June 13, 2014, to comply.

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Schuylkill County bank was robbed Thursday afternoon by the same person who stole a car a few minutes earlier in a nearby community and used it in the robbery.

State police at Frackville said the robbery occurred at the National Penn Bank branch office in the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

Troopers said a white male entered the bank about 3:10 p.m. and demanded money. Troopers said the suspect gestured consistent with him having a concealed firearm. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, will hold an informal question-and-answer session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 16.

The meeting will be held in the school library for all parents and students interested in attending Marian in the fall.

Faculty, staff and administration will be available to answer questions regarding registration, academics, financial aid or athletics. Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is now open.

If you are unable to attend and would like to visit the school campus, call the Marian Development Office at 570-467-0641.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Test drive a new Dodge, and support Palmerton high school basketball in the process.

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 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the high school parking lot.

Sponsored by Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Dodge vehicles will be available for parents, faculty, and guests to take a five-minute test drive in a Dodge Caravan, Journey, Durango or Dart.

Friday, June 6, 2014
HALEY SAWYER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS People realized how quickly a crash can happen by testing skillsin the Lehigh Valley Health Network's driving simulator.

People attending the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Expo Thursday learned through a simulator just how quickly they can get in trouble on the road.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) hosted the event at Carbon Career and Technical Insitute.

The Lehigh Valley Health Network's driving simulator creates courses in distracted or impaired driving in which the driver faces multiple obstacles. For example, a "passenger" could ask the driver to make a phone call or senda text while driving for them.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club will co-sponsor a free community health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Palmerton Hospital cafeteria.

The day will include several health assessments, health screenings, chair massages, and an opportunity to meet with representatives from the Blue Mountain Health System, as well as agencies from Carbon County and surrounding communities.

Information and education on a variety of health-related topics and services will be available.

Businesses have donated door prizes.

Friday, June 6, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Dylan Michael Frantz, 20, of Kunkletown, is in Monroe County Prison following a shooting Thursday afternoon on Sycamore Drive in Polk Township.

A 20-year-old man is in Monroe County Prison today in lieu of a half million dollars bail following a shooting incident in Eldred Township on Thursday.

Dylan Michael Frantz of 104 Silver Spring Blvd., Kunkletown, is charged with shooting Albert J. Guzman, no address given, in the torso.

Guzman was flown to St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem by medical helicopter where he underwent emergency surgery.

His condition was not available this morning.

State police at Lehighton barracks said Frantz admitted to the shooting, using a .45 caliber gun.