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Thursday, May 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Standing at the top of the water slide during the ribbon cutting are, from left, Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, ESRC Jason Boris, Councilman Dave Mace, Dan Evans, and borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt. Also pictured is Laura Mace, 9.

The Tamaqua Borough Council held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new water slide at the H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool on Monday.

The water slide measures approximately 12 feet high and 60 feet in length and cost $95,000. The project was funded by a $60,000 grant from the John E. Morgan Foundation and $35,000 from the borough's Community Development Block Grant Program.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Francis "Frank" G. Hinkle, a native of Beaver Meadows, was recognized on Memorial Day at the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by members of the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 for having 50 years of membership with the post. Presenting Hinkle with a framed certificate and cap are Ed Smith, incoming 13th District Commander, left, and Tamaqua post Commander Larry Kabana.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Taxpayer Paul Stecyna peers through the front door of Mahoning Township tax collector Richard P. Swarcheck's office on Ashtown Drive Wednesday.

Mahoning Township tax collector Richard P. Swarcheck said this morning that he will be back in his office today, tomorrow and Saturday.

Days after losing a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for tax collector in Mahoning Township, Swarcheck was nowhere to be found. Calls to his office phone were met with either a busy signal or the shrill tone of a fax line.

"An emergency came up and I had to leave," he said when reached at his home early Thursday.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dennis Ziegler from American Legion Post 16, speaker James Anthony, songstress Victoria Lear and the Rev. James Robison await their turns to participate in the Slatedale memorial service.

Following the Rev. James D. Robison's welcome, Victoria Lear, a seventh grade Northern Lehigh Middle School student sang "The Star Spangled Banner." It was her fifth year of sharing her talents, said Robison of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.

Slatedale's memorial service was held May 27 in a combined service by four churches: Holy Trinity Lutheran, Good Shepherd, St. Peter's United Methodist and Salem United Methodist. Each contributed members to a combined choir.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jennifer Reppert, 28, right, and her little sister, Charlee Swartz, 5, shared a sisterly experience recently when they both had their hair cut to donate to the Locks of Love Foundation. They both had 18 inches cut from their hair. Jennifer and Charlee are from Lehighton.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 installed officers on Friday. Seated from left are, Cheri Santore, conductress and flag bearer and Ellen Driesbach, president. Standing from left are, Mary Arieta, trustee; Maureen Hirochek, secretary and treasurer; and Missy Hascher, trustee and color bearer. Maureen Hirochek was the installing officer.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Former Pleasant Valley Coach and 1994 PIAA "AAA" State Champion Wrestler Mark Getz will take on three opponents in what may be his last district match ever a civil rights lawsuit.

Lori Moeck, a Palmerton resident and mother, filed the lawsuit May 9 alleging her teenage children were sexually harassed and physically abused by former Pleasant Valley wrestling coach Mark Getz. The suit also targets, members of Pleasant Valley School District's Administration.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
(Courtesy of D&L National Heritage Corridor) Tens of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will be hitting the trail on June 1 as they celebrate American Hiking Society's 21st National Trails Day. Event attendees will be hiking, pedaling and paddling through some of America's most beautiful areas as part of the celebration.

Tens of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will be hitting the trail on June 1 as they celebrate the American Hiking Society's 21st National Trails Day. Event attendees will be hiking, pedaling and paddling through some of America's most beautiful areas as part of the celebration. National Trails Day is devoted to appreciating America's trails and the hardworking individuals who build and maintain them.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved PPL Electric Utilities' request to implement a new charge to recover costs associated with capital investments on its distribution system to improve service reliability.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Mauch Chunk Museum's President John Drury, left, and Vice President Bob Stevenson are putting on display a 31-star silk Civil War-era flag that is believed to have been made in Mauch Chunk in the 1850s and presented to a Union officer in 1861. AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On Jan. 24 John Drury, president of the Mauch Chunk Museum in Jim Thorpe, received a phone call from J.C. Coombs of Wichita, Kansas. Coombs was in possession of a flag that was presented to a Union soldier in Mauch Chunk In 1861.

Coombs, a retired Wichita State University music teacher who specialized in the Civil War period, had been lecturing at St. James Episcopal Church in Wichita. Following the lecture, a board member said to him, "While renovating the church, in the basement we found something that might interest you".