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Monday, June 10, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community. For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, the flag will fly at the park in memory of the late John L. "Jack" Crampsie.

Monday, June 10, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Taking part in the veterans appreciation day by students of the Lehighton Area High School Multiple Disabilities Support and Lifeskills students were, front l-r, Iresis Hubbert, student; Robert Bailey, veterans, Marines; Elmer Hunsicker, veteran, Navy; Diane Demianeko, veteran, Marines; and Justin Rehrig, student; and back l-r, Daniel Kurtz, student; Louis Rauch, veteran, Army; Harry Shiffert, veteran, army; Johvany Rodriguez, student; Albert Kaplan, veteran, Air Force; and Frankie Kershner, student.

Lehighton Area High School Multiple Disabilities Support and Lifeskills classes recently showed appreciation to veterans who are residents at the Summit, Blue Mountain Health System.

The students made patriotic bunnies by using hand towels and wash clothes and then personally delivered the bunnies to the veterans and thanked them for their service to our country.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Tamaqua's East End Park Association will be hosting a free movie in the park starting after 8 p.m. today. Rain date in tomorrow, same time. They will be featuring "Wreck It Ralph". Park is located on Mountain Avenue. Volunteers encourage everyone to come.

Monday, June 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Abby Frye, 8, and Masin Ketchledge, 5, both of Barnesville, enjoyed their Saturday with friends and family members during the Ryan Township's new truck celebration held outside the fire company. In addition, the fire company held a truck housing ceremony for their new 2013 KME engine/rescue truck.

Monday, June 10, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Allen Heckman officially cuts the ribbon marking the dedication of the newly installed elevator at Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton. From left are, Dan Kunkle, Faith Lift committee; Woody Frey of Service Construction, general contractor; Mel Everett, member; Tim Fritz, president of the consistory; the Rev. Heckman; the Rev. Nancy Azar, associate minister of Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ; John Lopata, chairman of the property committee; and Michael Jonn, architect.

Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, on Sunday celebrated the dedication of its new elevator during church services, followed by a ribbon cutting and ceremonial ride by two members of the congregation who use canes to help them walk.

The elevator installation was part of a $500,000 renovation project at the church.

The Rev. Allen L. Heckman, pastor of the church, welcomed everyone to the special celebration service.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

By Den McLaughlin

dmclaughlin@tnonline.com

I have been covering the Carbon County court system for over 30 years now. The criminal and civil case loads have increased most of those years at a moderate rate. However, in the past two years, and more directly, since late 2012, the case load for the criminal side has exploded.

The number of criminal cases has increased to such an extent that recently the adult probation office staff added another officer and the clerk of courts office added another employee.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Carol Zickler/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Panther Valley Elementary School's recipients of the Senator David Argall Good Citizenship Awards were Jessica Markovich, left, and Thomas Greco, both fifth graders pictured with their principal, Mary Figura.

Graduation was held for the fifth graders at Panther Valley Elementary School. The commentator was principal Mary Figura.

The PTO awarded trophies to the Spelling Bee winners in fifth grade. They are Brandon Stilitino, first place; Jenna Dubosky, second place, and Claire Kokinda, third place.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Nesquehoning Police Department and Nesquehoning VFW gather in front of Hauto Fire Department's rescue truck for a picture on Sunday, May 26. Standing from left are Officer Robert Blisard, Chief Sean Smith, Don DeMarco, Ed Coll, Lee Thear, James Mulholland, Tom Mckeever, Rich Ellis, Ted Dacey, Stanley Gieniec, Joe Drosdak, Bill Heffelfinger, Frank Kattner, Officer Brian White and Officer Dane O'Brien. The fire department makes a homemade meal every year for those participating in Veterans Day ceremonies at their monument.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Student speakers who offered advice to their fellow graduates during the 128th annual commencement of Lehighton Area High School on Friday evening, l-r, Valedictorian Jacen Nalesnik and Salutatorian Tia Rex.

With an overflowing crowd of proud family and friends looking on, Lehighton Area High School held its 128th annual commencement Friday evening for the Class of 2013.

While the graduates received a variety of important advice to help navigate the seas of life, all of the speakers offered one unifying message.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

On April 15, 2013, our nation lost three innocent individuals, with several more severely injured. The Boston Marathon bombing was a chilling reminder that no day in this great nation should be taken for granted. The tragedy that unfolded a few months ago brought our nation together to stand strong with Boston.