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Monday, June 3, 2013

Four criminal jury trials got underway this morning in Schuylkill County court.

David L. Kraft, 60, of Pottsville, is on trial on charges of tampering with public records and unlawful conduct for allegedly violating the Clean and Green Law, as charged by the state Attorney General's office. President Judge William E. Baldwin is presiding over the trial.

William Robert Thompson, 48, Minersville, is on trial before Judge John E. Domalakes and a jury on charges of two counts of simple assault and one count each of defiant trespass and harassment brought by Minersville Police.

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Taking advantage of kindler weather, Bill Keich, of Center Street in Tamaqua, places red carnations in his homemade planter. Bill said he enjoys working with recycled wood and has made many similar planters for friends and family. He said he made this antique style planter specifically for his wife, Claudette. They've been together 17 years.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Horses and Horizons Therapeautic Learning Center (HHTLC) in West Penn will be holding an open house this Sunday in celebration of their 20 years of operation. Organizers stress that all are invited. They are hoping to see current riders and volunteers with their families, as well as new faces and former riders and volunteers.

HHTLC, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization, which was founded in 1993. It is located at Helping Horse Farm, between the towns of Tamaqua and New Ringgold.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Carbon County Planning Commission released the third part of its recreation and open space plan, including plans fora hospitality center proposed at the interchange of Interstate Highway 80 (Lake Harmony) and the Pocono Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It is estimated that the county will attract an estimated 500,000 tourists by 1980. These vacationers will probably be heading for places outside Carbon County, but could be persuaded to visit here if they were made aware of what the region has to offer.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Panther Valley High School's graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on June 10 at the high school stadium.

The date was listed incorrectly in this year's graduation publication.

Monday, June 3, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of Marian Catholic High School's chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America attended the 2013 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference, held April 15-17 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Conference highlights included a check presentation to the American Trauma Society; individual, chapter and team competitive events related to business skills; election of state officers; leadership development workshops; and recognition of members' community service efforts throughout the commonwealth.

Monday, June 3, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Senior Laurel Seemiller performs a rendition of "A Simple Song" as part of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2013 Baccalaureate Service held Sunday at Blue Mountain Community Church.

God wastes nothing.

Neither, then, should members of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2013, which held its Baccalaureate Service Sunday at Blue Mountain Community Church in Palmerton.

Pastor Jennifer Eckhart gave the Call to Worship. Eckhart told the students they shouldn't be afraid to fail, because failure is a constant in life, and that fear can be overcome by faith.

The Blue Mountain Community Church Praise Team sang "How Great thou Art".

Senior Jessica Pereira gave the Prayer of the Day.

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Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, celebrates a Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday in honor of the 25th anniversary of his ordinations to the priesthood. At left is Deacon Henry G. Gordon Jr.

The Rev. James J. Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, celebrated the silver anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at a Mass of Thanksgiving and dinner program held Sunday, June 2.

Rev. Burdess, who has served the Catholic community of Summit Hill since 2005, was the principal celebrant at the Mass, where over 200 persons attended. Other concelebrants were Rev. Msgr. Edward Domin and the Rev. James Bechtel, while the sermon was delivered by the Most Rev. William Skurla, D.D., Ruthenian Archeparchy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.