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Friday, June 3, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This "lonesome dove" takes a backward look as it turns its head around almost completely while looking over its shoulder - talk about limbered-up.

Friday, June 3, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Saint Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe held its 3rd Annual Duck Derby and children's festival at the Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club which had offered SJRA the use of their facilities and pavilion for kid's games, food, and a bake sale. About 2,300 plastic ducks that floated down the Mauch Chunk Creek nearby raised $8,700 of which $2,150 went to prizes with the balance going to the support of Saint Joseph Regional Academy.

Friday, June 3, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Still hidden from the outside hustle and bustle in a nest deep within a pine tree, this baby Robin has rapidly grown to the point where it would soon be ready to face the whole new world that awaits it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Going on vacation and worried about bringing home some unwanted souvenirs? Blue Mountain Health System will offer a bed bug boot camp at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at Hyperbaric & Wound Healing Center & Conference Center, 6th and Iron Streets, Lehighton.

Friday, June 3, 2011
Navy Club members Scott Reinhart, Bob "Ski" Siesputowski and Stanley Jaroszewski stand with second and sixth grade students from S.S. Palmer at Wednesday's flag presentation.

S.S. Palmer Elementary School learned important facts about the American flag from the Navy Club of Carbon County Wednesday.

Navy Club members commander Scott Reinhart, senior executive Stanley Jaroszewski and Chaplain and historian Bob "Ski" Siesputowski taught all the students at S.S. Palmer through an interactive presentation.

Students learned how to properly hold and fold the American flag by participating in the demonstration.

Friday, June 3, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Jean Zimmerman, Carbon County Coordinator for Senior Corps RSVP of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, and Larissa Kimmel of Family Promise of Carbon County hold wooden toys made by volunteers living at Fellowship Community in Whitehall. The men also made wooden crates that have wheels and pull cords. The toys and crates will be donated to each of the 13 churches that have signed on to host homeless families for Family Promise. RSVP volunteers also crocheted blankets for each person coming through the program to keep.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Carbon County officials are asking local municipalities involved in a countywide grant to replace emergency service radios, to write letters of support for the project.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said he wanted to get the word out to all municipalities and local officials that letters supporting the Local Share grant application are needed. A sample letter will be sent out shortly.

Friday, June 3, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Jimmy Imbriaco, 10, of Palmerton, prepares to do a flip off the diving board.

Splish, splash. Splish, splash. Splish splash.

With the water at a comfortable 74 degrees, conditions were ideal for opening day at the Palmerton Memorial Pool.

The facility held its 64th annual opening day this past weekend to much fanfare, according to Larry Arner, pool manager.

"The phone has been ringing off the hook this morning," Arner said. "It's been a while since they were standing at the gate waiting to get in."

Colin Kern, of Brodheadsville, was the first person to go down the pool's popular waterslide this year.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Ten first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program recently by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or is revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, June 3, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Christopher Santizo

Christopher Santizo, handsome and strong, a talented chef and promising young musician, thought he had the flu.

It was Jan. 25, and Santizo, the son of Oscar Santizo of Jim Thorpe, felt so sick he was taken to Mercy Hospital in Scranton, close to where he was living and working.

The next day, he was much worse. He was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Columbia County. There, Santizo was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP.