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Monday, June 11, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bud and Brenda Hill are seated in the new hall at Penn Forest Fire Company. The room is decorated for a graduation party.

Brenda Hill is rightfully proud of the bright, new hall at Penn Forest Fire Company, which will also be used as a Carbon County Emergency Center.

"Four years ago we had 40 people living here for a week," said Hill. "There are showers for handicapped in the large new restrooms."

The new hall is 65-by-75 feet and replaces a smaller room with dark paneling. Now called Whispering Pines, it can seat 299 people and is air conditioned.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Smokey the Bear will be at the Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville, Schuylkill County, amphitheter on Saturday, June 16. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Dave Duffy, the fire chief from New England Fire Company, will give a fire prevention and campfire safety presentation followed by a visit from Smokey the Baer. The program is free and open to the public. Shine only and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Elementary pupils Jagger Bolton, 9, Emily Wotring, 10, Makenzie Hunsicker, 9, and Caitlyn Michael, 9, check out their selections.

Just call them wheelers and dealers.

That's essentially what Slatington Elementary students were as they took part in a recent Book Swap.

Kristie Borger, Title I Reading Specialist, said the students received tickets for every book they brought in. The tickets were then placed in baskets, and later picked for prizes.

Borger, who estimated about 2,500 books were brought in by the students over a one-week span, said the book swap served dual purposes.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Ashley Hartman, Jim Thorpe staff member of Robin's Nest ELCCC "I they should resubmit it. I don't think it's right that they take away from the kids or the parents."

Should the state resubmit funding for public schools?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sarah Ayers and Chris Dean recently kicked off the first of a series of performances to be held every other week as part of the 6th Annual Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series.

The concerts are free and held outside the Tamaqua Train Station on North Railroad Street.

"We are bringing a large variety of musical artists. These popular, and free, outdoor concerts have become the highlight of the season in historic downtown Tamaqua," said Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Speaking at last night's Weatherly Area commencement were, left to right: Thomas McLaughlin, school superintendent; Christopher Hunt, salutatorian; Alicia Marie Panzarella, valedictorian; Dr. James H. Lauer, MD, guest speaker; and Stu Tipler, high school principal.

TN Correspondent

The 124th Annual Commencement of the Weatherly Area High School was held in the Middle School gymnasium filled with parents, family members, and friends on Friday evening.

After the graduating Class of 2012 entered to the fanfare and processional, the program began with the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Mrs. Rebekah McFadden.

Weatherly Area High School Principal Stu Tripler and Thomas McLaughlin, school superintendent, gave the opening remarks.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Molly Hatchet is one of three bands performing tonight at Penn's Peak, in a concert starting at 8 o'clock. Also on stage are Blackfoot and Jimmy Van Zant. Tickets are just $30 at the door.

Tonight at Penn's Peak, you'll see the wild side of Bobby Ingram and his fellow Molly Hatchet band members as they make a stop during their "Southern Fury" tour.

Molly Hatchet is one of three Southern rock bands appearing at the venue - the other are Blackfoot and Jimmy Van Zant - in a concert starting at 8 o'clock. Ingram, the lead guitarist, said the show that Molly Hatchet puts on "is high energy big time." Anyone who has seen Molly Hatchet in the past knows that's no exaggeration.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the Times News A Pottsville man was killed after losing control of his motorcycle Friday on Route 309 near the West Penn Township-Tamaqua line.

A motorcyclist from Pottsville was killed early Friday afternoon after he lost control of his motorcycle on SR309N in the area of Fegley's gas station near the West Penn Township-Tamaqua line.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Fourth graders Mason Malloy, Andrew Surotchak, Chuck Byers and Thomas Greco acted out YMCA while dressed in the appropriate costumes to the delight of the audience at the Panther Valley Elementary School's Talent Show.

When Miriam Hoffer started teaching music at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning she took over as the coordinator of the annual Talent Show from the PTO.

That was over 22 years ago.

Today, the show has been limited to fourth and fifth graders since there are 850 students in the elementary school. Hoffer said she holds tryouts and chooses around 25 of the best acts with a one-and-a-half- to two-hour program.

"There are no prizes," said Hoffer, "just the end of the year variety show."

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A special liturgy was held In St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua, on May 5 as 26 children received the Holy Eucharist for the first time. The Rev. John Frink, Administrator of Saint Jerome Parish, conducted the special liturgy. First Communicants, who received instruction through St. Jerome Regional School and the St.