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Friday, June 7, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Senior Bryanna Tomkins reads "A Poem" that she wrote as part of the Northern Lehigh High School Class of 2013 Baccalaureate Service held Thursday in the high school auditorium.

The Northern Lehigh High School Class of 2013, held its Baccalaureate Service Thursday inside the high school auditorium.

Senior Courtney Blocker welcomed those in attendance, and thanked them for taking the time to attend the service.

That was followed by the singing of the Hymn "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty".

After the Call to Worship, the Rev. James Levan gave the Prayer of Invocation.

Senior Bryanna Tomkins then read "A Poem" that she wrote.

As part of her poem, Tomkins noted that "the Lord has the final word."

Friday, June 7, 2013
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Horsehead Community Development Fund (HCDF) Grant Awards were presented at the Palmerton Area Library. Those receiving the awards were, front, from left, Diane Hoffman, Lehighton Area Pool Pals; James Wimmer, president of HCDF; Diane Danielson, Palmerton Area Library; and Tess McGown, Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool Association. Back row, Pam Andrews, Palmerton Area Recreation Committee; Darlene Nothstein, Meals on Wheels of Palmerton; Chris Bush, Bowmanstown/Palmerton Baseball/Softball Association; Dan Kunkle, Lehigh Gap Nature Center; and Tony Christman, Franklin Township Athletic Association.

Volunteer groups in the Palmerton, Lehighton and Northern Lehigh areas got a much welcomed helping hand from Horsehead Industries.

Eighteen organizations were presented grant awards by Horsehead Community Development Fund recently at the Palmerton Area Library.

The fund was incorporated in December of 1989 and the first grants were given out in 1990. Over the 23-year span, 762 grants have been awarded. The fund averages 30 applications a year. To date the Horsehead Community Development Fund has awarded $2,980,494 to local organizations.

Friday, June 7, 2013
PENNDOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured is an artist's rendition of the bridge after its estimated completion in November 2014.

Many area residents are under the impression that the entire US209 West Broad Street Bridge in Tamaqua is being torn down.

That is incorrect. Only the sidewalks and sidewalk supports of the historic bridge will be demolished.

The main section of the bridge, which consists of three masonry arches, spandrel walls and stone retaining walls, is only being rehabilitated.

In addition, new concrete piers will extend out into the Little Schuylkill River from the bridge to support the new sidewalks.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Registration has begun for the Summer Reading Program at Western Pocono Community Library and will continue through June 8. The reading program is a great way to help children maintain or even increase their reading levels throughout the summer months.

There will be several special guests who will visit the library during the summer, including Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center; Buckhill Skytop Music Festival; and local author Denise Smale.

Friday, June 7, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/TIMES NEWS In attendance at the fifth meeting of the Carbon County Mayor's Association, which was held at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, were, front l-r, recording secretary Jamie Solomon, guest speaker Sen. John Yudichak, Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle, Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia; back l-r, Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, and Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko.

The fifth meeting of the Carbon County Mayor's Association was held at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. One of the things mentioned was that a countywide Crime Watch unit is being organized.

Present were Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle, Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia and guest speaker Sen. John Yudichak.

"I think that the Mayor's Association is a great idea," said Yudichak, who was invited by Walck.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Tamaqua area Girl Scouts will conduct a registration session on Monday, June 10, at the Tamaqua Public Library on South Railroad Street. Hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is open to all girls between kindergarten and twelfth grade.

Financial aid is available.

Friday, June 7, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The freshly painted Lansford Pool opens tomorrow and invites swimmers to jump right in.

Although there is rain in the forecast for tonight, management of the Lansford Pool along with members of the Parks and Recreation Board have bright prospects for this summer's pool season, which officially opens tomorrow at noon.

A lot of hard work has gone into making improvements to the only pool in the Panther Valley area and management wants all of Panther Valley to come out and enjoy it together.

"We're proud of the improvements," said Parks and Recreation Chairwoman Gwyn Collevechio.

Friday, June 7, 2013
DAVID ONDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An electrical problem was deemed the cause of the fire that caused major damage to a home at Eckley's Miners Village.

A state police fire marshal stated it was an electrical problem that caused major damage to a 160-year old home Tuesday at Eckley Miners' Village outside of Freeland in Foster Township.

George Gera, 86, who lived at 40 Main Street much of him life, told reporters he hopes the state will rebuild; since the state owns all the historic homes in Eckley.

"I was hopeful they'd probably re-construct it," said Gera. "I'd like to live there again, that's my hope."

Architects with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission checked out the damage Wednesday.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The date for the kickoff of the 150th anniversary celebration in Slatington will be Aug. 24. Details will come later.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The West Penn Township Lions and Lioness Clubs held their 2013 Installation Banquet recently at the East Penn Sporting Club in Lehighton.

District Governor Elect Lizanne McElwee installed the officers and officiated the new member induction.

Incoming officers for the West Penn Lions are Melissa Kistler, president; Kurt Trumbauer, first vice president; Mike Hunsicker, second vice president; Robert Neumoyer, secretary; Sarah Trumbauer, treasurer

Rebecca Neumoyer, Lion tamer; Leroy Wentzel, tail twister; and Al Martinez, membership director.