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Friday, June 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS From left are Diane Krapf, Lewistown Valley with her pen pal Morgan Lusch, 11, Walker Township, and Mildred Frantz, Tamaqua, with her pen pal Meghan McArdle, 11, Andreas. Lusch said she and her pen pal share a common interest in raising chickens.

Twenty-eight West Penn elementary school students got a chance to meet their adult pen pals for the first time during a Meet and Greet lunch held recently in the library of the school.

"This is an incredible program," said Michelle Bittner, West Penn teacher and program organizer. "The program provides a way for the children to increase their academic goal of improving letter-writing skills in a fun-filled atmosphere."

Friday, June 15, 2012

There are some changes to the Clean and Green Act in Carbon County.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to adopt a resolution which updated sections 5490.4 and 5490.5b of the act.

Under the action, the Carbon County Board of Assessment Appeals will now charge a $50 application fee to cover administrative duties with the application.

Friday, June 15, 2012
special to the times news

Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansford, recently held a new member brunch to officially welcome two new members into the church. They are Claudia Sokol, left, and Miriam "Mimi" Marrin, right. With them is Dr. Susan Featro, center, church organist, who was also recognized for recently graduating from Wilkes University with a PhD in Educational Leadership. Susan is a teacher in the Tamaqua Area School District. In the back row are Martha Tirpak, church council president, and the Rev. Roy Koehler, designated pastor.

Friday, June 15, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Zion United Lutheran Church, Brodheadsville, has celebrated a milestone of ministry and mission. It is 150 years old in its service to the area and to the world.

"For 150 years Zion has been holy ground," were the words of the Rev. Elizabeth A. Melot, current pastor at Zion United Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville, in the church's 2012 anniversary booklet.

Those words can be echoed by current members of the congregation whose families helped build the church and whose connections to that founding time and subsequent growth of the church were told at a celebratory dinner meeting held at a previous "sister" church, Christ Hamilton Lutheran in Hamilton Square.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Saint Joseph Regional Academy, Jim Thorpe, has announced the names of students who earned a place on the honor roll for the final quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Grade 4

Distinguished honors: Emily Reaman and Gianna Steber

First honors: Nicholas Goff

Second Honors: Ben Sheridan

Grade 5

Distinguished honors: Hunter Fristick and Katie Spillman

First honors: Grace Crouthamel, Natalia Richards and Sydney Vincent

Second honors: Macayla Almeida, Kelsey Carroll, Rhiannon Malarkey, Seth Paluck and Caroline Snerr

Grade 6

Friday, June 15, 2012

District Deputy Robert F. Roth of Mahanoy City was in town (Tamaqua) last evening consulting the members of the R. P. O. Elks in the matter of the new lodge that is to be instituted at Lehighton in the near future. Ashland lodge will be the instituting lodge. The date set is the 27th of June and all is now required is the instituting order from the grand exalted ruler.

Friday, June 15, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Brandon Brooking waves the NASCAR flags that were presented to him at Dover, Del. and signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

For 15-year-old Brandon Brooking, spending an afternoon at Dover, Del. was an over-the-top experience, especially when his dream came true to meet NASCAR race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

In the past, the Palmerton teen's parents, Pete and Melissa Olimpaito, would not likely have taken Brandon to races because of his diagnosis with autism. But the special accommodations made by the speedway allowed Brandon to enjoy his first-ever autism-friendly NASCAR race.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Weatherly Area Community Library has announced its Summer 2012 hours. The library will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 2-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. - noon and 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. - noon and 3-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

Friday, June 15, 2012
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

Celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), a procession heads out of St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe led buy Deacon Jack Mroz, seen carrying the Monstrance holding a consecrated Host.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Carbon County officials are finding out that there are groups and individuals who would like to take over the county's animal shelter.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, a second interested party, this time a business owner, came forward and expressed his interest in operating the shelter on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

Robert Dages of Jim Thorpe asked the commissioners about the status of the shelter.