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Monday, May 9, 2011

Residents in the area who basked in balmy temperatures and admired their gardens of Mother's Day were startled this morning when they woke to March-like temperatures and a record snowfall. On Friday, the temperature had risen to 82 degrees. During the night, a bristling arctic air mass pushed down from Canada and sent temperatures plummeting to 32 degrees. Nearly two inches of snow was reported in Coaldale and Summit Hill.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet on Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. at Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. The featured topic will be a discussion about how the Palmerton Area School District and the Palmerton Area Library Association are being impacted by state cuts to education.

"This will be our final official meeting before our summer break but there will be lots of activities to discuss," said Club President, Sarina Berlow. "Attendees are also reminded to bring canned goods to donate to the Palmerton Area Food Bank."

Monday, May 9, 2011

The May 5 meeting of the Towamensing supervisors opened with a moment of silence for the passing of Curt Beers. Supervisor Penny Kleintop said he was helpful in many ways including being on the zoning hearing board and historical commission.

"He will be sorely missed. We give condolences to the family," said Kleintop.

At the April meeting Supervisor Tom Newman made a motion to put off taking out a $3 million loan for the new municipal complex. It died for lack of a second.

Monday, May 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Michael Martinez, a fourth-grade student at St. John Neumann Regional School, proudly displays his snowman painting and pin.

St. John Neumann Regional School students have a real flair for the arts.

Students anxiously displayed their artistic talents at the school's annual art show Tuesday at the Palmerton campus.

Artwork was on display from students from both the Palmerton and Slatington campuses as representatives from Chrysler and Rentschler Chevrolet joined with parents and teachers for a Drive for the Kids fundraiser in support of the school.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Food pantry

The Shepherd House food pantry at Ebenezer E.C. Church will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14. Recipients must reside within the Jim Thorpe Area School District. The pantry is located at 441 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. For more information call (570) 325-2855.

Nonperishable donations are needed and accepted at the bin in the foyer of the Jim Thorpe Market. Many working families are struggling to provide for their families.

Appreciation dinner

Monday, May 9, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Working on their senior class project under the watchful eyes of Bill "Swampy" Highland, Joshua Williams, left, and Matt Curran lay conduit along a 275-foot trench to carry wiring that will illuminate the flagpole at Sam Miller Field in Jim Thorpe.

Two Jim Thorpe Area High School students, Joshua Williams and Matt Curran, chose an enlightening undertaking at Sam Miller Field for their senior class project.

Working under the guidance of Bill "Swampy" Highland and Leroy Strohl, the grandson of Sam Miller – the namesake of the field – their project will illuminate the field's flagpole and eventually electrify a future scoreboard.

The project required about 275 feet of trenches, most of which were dug for them by Kuhn's Hauling & Excavating of Jim Thorpe, with about 30 feet of trench dug by hand.

Monday, May 9, 2011
Lansford American Legion's 2011 Lansford Person of the Year Bob Silver smiles as he hears an entertaining comment from friend and coworker George Mermon.

Lansford American Legion Post 123 honored former Lansford mayor Bob Silver as its 2011 Person of the Year, during the third annual Person of the Year dinner held Saturday at the Legion.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Six contested races for party nominations exist in elections for township, borough and school district positions in Northern Carbon County. Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 17, when the 2011 Primary Election is held in the county's 51 election precincts.

The challenged races exist in Banks Township, Beaver Meadows and the Weatherly and Hazleton school districts.

Monday, May 9, 2011

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A court magistrate is set to consider a request by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to extend a restraining order against a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man accused of stalking her.

At Monday's hearing, a magistrate in Anchorage will consider extending the order against Shawn Christy of McAdoo by six months.

Palin, her father, Chuck Heath, and her friend, Kristan Cole, also have been seeking long-term protective orders against Christy's parents, Craig and Karen Christy.

Monday, May 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The arrival of sunny weather over the past few days led many residents to get their green thumbs out. Pictured weed whacking in Tamaqua is Charise Matalavage of Dutch Hill.