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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS A Maple tree is ready to be dropped into a hole for planting at Lock 13, Parryville, at the Lehigh Canal Park. Taking part in the planting were several Trail Tender volunteers and several members of the Beltzville Lions Club.

Volunteers planted six 25-foot maple trees at the Lehigh Canal Park at Lock 13 in Parryville on Saturday to celebrate Earth Day. The trees will also stabilize the area and provide shade for park visitors.

Several members of the Beltzville Lions Club Robert Maholick, Joe Craig and Tom Zellner handled the planting.

Joe Krock of Sugar Hollow Farms, Effort, donated services for the project. He brought a Bobcat and operated the bucket to dig the holes.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Weissport trailhead pavilion.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Twenty area residents entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced in Schuylkill County court by Judge John E. Domalakes recently.

David Scott Reed, 29, of Greenwood St., Tamaqua, formerly of Allentown, on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with person under age 16, corruption of a minor, and indecent exposure, was sentenced to serve 56 to 112 months in a state correctional facility with credit for serving 217 days in the county prison. Reed was cited by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods, last Aug. 26.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Work is progressing on the replacement of the Center Street bridge in Tamaqua. A steel temporary bridge is expected to delivered to the Cedar Street bridge work site in the next week. Subcontractors with PennDOT are in the process of installing temporary shoring for the temporary bridge, which will divert traffic around the old bridge. Traffic is expected to be switched onto the new bridge by the end of May. Contractors pointed out the timeline is tentative and subject to change. Completion of the bridge is estimated to be around July of next year.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A new, fast Lehigh Valley Railroad freight train, known as B-NY-2, on its maiden trip from Buffalo to New York City, on a 12-hour schedule daily, was wrecked 100 yards west of Bowmanstown bridge at 2:25 a.m. today, resulting in the death of Charles Remaley, engineer, Lehighton, and the slight injuring of other members of the crew.

The train consisted of three cars of perishable goods and a caboose.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A sketch of the new 3-story, 15,000-square-foot building that Pencor Services Inc plans to construct at 462 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton. The building will house about 35 Pencor employees.

Pencor Services Inc plans to build a 3-story, 15,000-square-foot professional complex in Palmerton.

The building will be located at 462 Delaware Ave., and will house about 35 Pencor employees, said Pencor Services Inc President David Masenheimer.

Masenheimer said the new building will house Purchasing Department, IT and Accounting Department employees, as well as room for expansion for additional employees.

As part of its plan, Masenheimer said the company has a permit to take down the building at 456 Delaware Ave., which currently serves as an apartment complex.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania voters were expected to turn out in small numbers for Tuesday's primary election, with little to entice them at the top of the ticket and scattered competition for party nominations in Congress, the statewide row offices and the Legislature.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has campaigned regularly in Pennsylvania even though he has had no serious opposition for the GOP presidential nomination since former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out two weeks ago. President Barack Obama is unopposed for the Democratic nod.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, at the Big Creek Grange. Livestock Projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8 and 19 as of Jan 1, 2012.

4-H is a youth program of thePenn State University. PSU does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A 1988 graduate of Weatherly Area High School was murdered two weeks ago in Massachusetts by her husband, who later turned a gun on himself, according to officials in Middlesex County in that state.

Officials said it is believed Lori A. Levangie, 41, the former Lori Green, was shot to death by her husband, Todd Vogel, 43, who then turned the gun on himself at the couple's home in Hopkinton.

The Middlesex County District Attorney, Gerry Leone, called the murder-suicide an "extreme case of martial domestic violence.,"

Monday, April 23, 2012

Any shock to the nervous system is cause for concern, and should not be handled lightly.

Which is why Palmerton Area School District and the Palmerton Football Parents Club have teamed together to sponsor a concussion seminar hosted by OAA Orthopaedics Specialists of Allentown.

The seminar will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the high school auditorium. It will focus on current concepts in concussion management, from injury to return-to-play.