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Monday, June 3, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

What a bunch of animals!

That would be in the form of the wildly popular Lehigh Valley Zoo, which has been elected Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

At 5150 Game Preserve Road, in Schnecksville, the Zoo provides wildlife conservation, conservation science education programs aligned with Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content, and a family-friendly recreational resource for the community.

Monday, June 3, 2013

HARRISBURG, May 31, 2013 - - The Pennsylvania Fraternal Alliance recently presented state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) with their prestigious 2013 Legislator of the Year Award.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Carbon County Communications Center's 911 service was down for about six hours beginning at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

County 911 director Gary Williams said early Monday that the outage was triggered by a problem with Verizon's equipment.

"It affected everyone at first, then it affected Jim Thorpe, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, and Lansford in Carbon County, and Coaldale and Kline townships and McAdoo in Schuylkill. It seemed like Verizon had an issue at their Bloomsburg office," he said.

Efforts to reach Verizon spokesman Sheldon Jones were unsuccessful early Monday.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The complexion of municipal election races for the General Election to be held in November took a different look than what Primary Election voting machine totals showed last month, as several persons were successful in write-in ventures that has resulted in them winning nominations for various positions.

Thus, in some cases where there were no contested races, there now appears to be contests, and, in some cases, where there were no candidates, now someone has likely won the soon-to-be-vacant positions by winning both Democratic and Republican nominations.

Lehighton mayor

Monday, June 3, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Among the students recognized during Palmerton Area High School's Senior Awards Night were (front row, l-r) Jessica Pereira, Brianna Bush, Laurel Seemiller (back row, l-r) Tyler Snyder, Morgan Mummey, Courtney Getz, and John Snyder.

Palmerton Area High School held its senior awards assembly recently in the high school auditorium.

Students, and the awards they received, are as follows:

Sawyer Allen - Outstanding Senior Award, Swimming (Plaque).

Kaylee Blasiak - Nick Bickowski Memorial Scholarship ($1,000).

Joseph Bubble - Michael Allen Senior Industrial Arts Award ($100); Outstanding Senior Award, Wrestling (Plaque).

Stephanie Buck - Softball Parents' Club Award ($50); Outstanding Senior Award, Softball (Plaque).

Saturday, June 1, 2013

This summer season, when talented country singer Nicole Donatone performs at events, she will have with her a veteran duo - Duane and Lisa Hawk of Palmerton - who have been area favorites of music fans for decades.

The first appearance for them will be Sunday, June 2, 2-4 p.m., in the Gazebo at Palmerton Park.

"We were psyched," said Duane, regarding being asked by Donatone to perform with her.

Lisa, his wife, agreed. "I haven't looked forward to playing this much in years."

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club will co-sponsor a community health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, on the main floor and cafeteria at the Palmerton Hospital Campus of BMHS at 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Free screenings will be offered, including (fasting) cholesterol and blood glucose, pulmonary function, blood pressure, depression and anxiety, and body fat measurements.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
From left are Superintendent Carol Makuta, 2013 Class President Shane Mulligan, Class of 2013 Valedictorian Tyler Butkus and guest speaker R. Thomas Berner.

"Expect the unexpected," said guest speaker R. Thomas Berner, a professor emeritus of journalism and American studies, Pennsylvania State University during graduation last night at Tamaqua Area High School.

He said, "Another way of looking at this advice is roll with the punches. In fact, when it comes to punches - get out of the way. Your life will not unfold as you expect it to and there will be days, months and maybe years, when you will have to deal with something unexpected. Be prepared for it."

Saturday, June 1, 2013

There are steps you can take to avoid becoming victimized by a gypsy contractor, according to Dante Angelus, owner of Motola's Paving in Lehighton.

First and foremost, if work is being done that you did not authorize, or if the contractor is using high-pressure tactics, immediately call the police.

Do not let them into your residence, and be sure all doors out of sight are locked.

Some other tips by Angelus:

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Jose Leon, Palmerton "Steak. No question about it. Steak's delicious any time but it's just that much better on the grill."

It's grilling season. What's your favorite summer grilling food?