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Monday, June 6, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  A donation by Pencor, Inc., to the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation establishes a scholarship fund to be used to recognize a Tamaqua Area High School scholar-athlete. The award will bear the name of the late Joseph M. Plasko. Shown at Thursday's presentation are, from left: Kathy Kunkel, TN Tamaqua office manager; Robert A. Miller, III, foundation president; Ed Hedes, TN managing sports editor and Walter Kruczek, foundation vice president.

The legacy of a deceased local journalist and Pencor employee who supported education, arts and athletics in the Tamaqua Area School District will be honored in perpetuity through a scholarship bearing his name.

Pencor, Inc., publisher of the TIMES NEWS, has donated $1,200 to launch the Joseph M. Plasko Scholar-Athlete Fund through the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation. Plasko served as TIMES NEWS Tamaqua bureau chief and passed away unexpectedly March 22, just one week after his 50th birthday.

Monday, June 6, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Delaware & Lehigh (D&L) National Heritage Corridor members pose with "Mulegellan," the organization's mascot. From left, Dennis Scholl, Dale Freudenberger, Loretta Susen, Gary Fedorcha, Rayne Schnabel and Walter Niedermeyer, the mayor of Slatington.

Dozens of cyclists, hikers, and trail walkers poured into the Slatington Trailhead on Saturday morning to celebrate National Trails Day sponsored by the Delaware and Lehigh (D&L) National Heritage Corridor. The event celebrated the completion of 15 contiguous miles of trail that run from Bowmanstown to Cementon.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Nominations for residents of Towamensing Township who are considered as having done the most outstanding job of preserving or restoring their historic property are eligible for the Historic Commission's preservation award. For information about how to nominate email Seed361@ptd.net.

Forms are at the township office. The deadline is Aug. 15. The announcement was made at the June 2 supervisosrs' meeting.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Panther Valley High School's graduation location, which is slated for June 9, at 7 p.m. at the high school stadium in Lansford, has changed. The graduation will now take place at the high school.

Tickets are needed to attend the graduation due to the limited amount of seats.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Towamensing Township Historical Commission is in the process of selecting a township resident to receive its first annual Historical Preservation award. The award will be presented in the fall 2011 to the person who has done the most to enhance the historical heritage of the township.

The Commission is gathering a list of nominees for this award - the nomination form asks for the name and address of the nominee and a brief explanation of why the award is merited. Residents can pick up a form from any Historical Commission member or at the township building at 120 Stable Road.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Ÿ Tuesday, June 7, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., First UCC Palmerton, 457 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton; call 610-826-2097.

Ÿ Thursday, June 9, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th St, Lehighton; call 610-377-7350.

Ÿ Thursday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Hometown Nursing & Rehab Center, 149 Lafayette Ave, Tamaqua; call 570-668-1775.

Ÿ Monday, June 20, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., St. Katherine Drexel Church, 124 Abbott Street, Lansford; call 570-645-3994.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The drone of an overhead airplane circling Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk between 4 and 5 p.m. signalled the opening of the Windsor Store Company's annual sidewalk sale. The plane was loaded with inflated balloons to which merchandise certificates were attached. Half of the balloons were released over Mauch Chunk, the remainder over East Mauch Chunk. The gift certificates were between 50 cents and $5 in value and were redeemed in merchandise at the local store.

Monday, June 6, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Seniors Blake Campbell (left), Elli DeSocio (center) and Bill Heinick (right) perform the musical selection "Getting Into You" as part of Palmerton Area High School's Baccalaureate Services Sunday at Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton.

It isn't so much the quantity of years a person lives as it is the quality of years that matters most.

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

That statement, spoken by Abraham Lincoln, is the favorite quote of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2011.

In many ways, it served as the underlying theme for the PAHS Class of 2011 Baccalaureate Service held Sunday evening at the Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton.

Monday, June 6, 2011
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The first grade class at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, recently took a field trip to the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in Jim Thorpe. They learned about the life cycle of a butterfly, butterfly habitats, the parts of a butterfly's body, and how to care for butterflies. Students enjoyed creating an art project out of dry pasta noodles, showing the different stages in a butterfly's life. The highlight of their day was interacting with live butterflies and luna moths in the Flutterarium.