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Thursday, June 2, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A surprise party was held at McDonald's in Nesquehoning recently for the Rev. Michael Netznik who is being transferred to another church in Allentown. He is currently pastor of Grace-St. Paul in Jim Thorpe and Meed's Methodist Church in Nesquehoning. The children of both churches bid him a fond farewell with a cake that looked like a hamburger and french fries. He also received gifts and Happy Meals.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

St. John Neumann Regional School recently held its 6th annual "Fore the Students" Golf Tournament at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

There were 100 registered golfers that turned out to support the school and take part in a day of fun, despite a few rain drops to start.

The event is one of the school's largest fundraisers: last year, more than $9,000 was raised, and coordinators of this year's event hope to surpass that figure and hit the $10,000 grand mark.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

If one man's kindness to another can be measured in inches, then George Bevich has logged hundreds of miles in his lifetime. The Summit Hill resident, hailed as the "Good Samaritan of the Panther Valley," was honored as the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization's 1984 Citizen of the Year. Bevich was presented the plaque by SHCIO president Edith Ann Szczecina. He also received plaques and gifts from numerous other organizations for his service.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford police Officer Brian Horos and Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick hold three parking meters uprooted by thieves in the area of 120 W. Ridge Street early in the morning of May 25.

Lansford police have a lead on the persons responsible for pulling three parking meters out of the ground in the area of 120 W. Ridge Street early in the morning of May 25.

Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick said the meters were dragged across the street and left in a vacant lot. The heads of another four meters were smashed and whatever money was in them stolen.

What the vandals didn't know was that they were being videotaped during the crime, which happened at about 1:40 a.m. that morning, he said.

"We believe we know who at least one of them is," Soberick said.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Rev. David H. Knoebel will be honored for 50 years in ordained ministry during a service Sunday at St. John's United Church of Christ, Tamaqua.

A Tamaqua man who spent 50 years in ordained ministry will be honored during a service on Sunday and the public is invited to attend.

The career of the Rev. David H. Knoebel will be celebrated during a service set for 3 p.m. on June 5 at St. John's United Church of Christ, 150 Pine Street, Tamaqua.

From the start, Knoebel seemed destined for a career in service to his fellow man.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A group of sixth graders walk with their class for the American Cancer Society's Relay at the Panther Valley Middle School.

The Panther Valley Middle School surpassed its goal for the American Cancer Society Relay. The goal of $2600 was set and with the penny wars, dress down in the high school and dress down in the middle school, they raised $4005.10.

The penny war winners were: sixth grade-Mrs. McBride, seventh grade Mrs. Williams. eighth grade- Mrs. Powell. The most money collected winners were: sixth grade -Mr. Evanko, seventh grade- Mr. DePuy and eighth grade- Ms. Laird.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
The American Legion led the marchers in the parade followed by the 12th Philippine Division re-enactors.

The steady, slow rhythm of a drum announced the nearness of the Memorial Day parade in Slatington. After visiting cemeteries in the early morning, the Allen O. Delke Post 16 American Legion formed a parade at the post home and led it to the Fairview Cemetery for the memorial program.

Among the marchers were members of the Legion, police, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, the Northern Lehigh High School band, a NOVA ambulance and re-enactors of the 12th Philippine Division of World War II dressed in the uniform of 1941. It was Todd Leibenguth of the re-enactors who beat the drum.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Doctors sued

Christopher and Michelle Johnson, 1235 Spruce St., Johnstown, has filed a civil complaint against John Manzella, D.O., the Manzella Family Healthcare, Edward D. Manzella, M.D., Victor Manzella, M.D., all of 1353 SR903, Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest Township.

The filing states that the action is a professional liability claim for treatment of Mrs. Johnson. All the defendants are brothers, the suit notes.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Three of the four vehicles involved in a fatal accident in Tamaqua Wednesday.

A Lehighton woman was killed and her husband airlifted as a result of a violent crash that occurred at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday in Tamaqua that closed SR309 near the Hess Express gas station for about five hours.

Traffic was backed up in all directions while Tamaqua firefighters and Tamaqua Rescue volunteers used the hydraulic extrication equipment to remove the doors and panels off the couple's SUV.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Alan Thompson of Roccograndi Construction Co. displays a tile from the front facade of the 1916 Scheid's Department Store building, 24-26 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, where a large-scale facade restoration project has begun. According to documentation in the Tamaqua National Historic District inventory of resources, the building's white glazed terra cotta tiles may be the work of noted Pottsville architect F.X. Reilly. The historic, four-story building, currently occupied by Tire Pros, also includes a baked enamel storefront and granite cornices.