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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Members of the Panther Valley JROTC color guard present the colors during the opening of the 2012 Carbon County Senior Games. Members of the color guard are Storm Alvarado, Georgiana Butler, Jennifer Jelleyman and Natasha Scerbo.

It was off to the races Tuesday morning as over 200 area senior citizens and volunteers gathered to celebrate the opening of the 2012 Carbon County Senior Games.

The kickoff celebration for the 23rd annual event was held at the Lehighton Recreation Center, Eighth and Iron streets. This year's competitors include seniors from Panther Valley, Lehighton, Palmerton, Weatherly and Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder senior centers.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the clean up coordinated by Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee were several youngsters who are part of the Kings Club at Bethany E.C. Church, Lehighton. From left are Zoya Dobosh, Simone Dobosh, Rebecca Dobosh, Zeliese Dobosh and Kim Evans.

Alan Pearson took his role as a volunteer for the downtown cleanup project by the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee very seriously.

While most of the other 16 or so participants picked up litter throughout the community, Pearson utilized a broom and swept the pathways in the Lower Park.

"We want to make this area look good," he remarked.

The cleanup had been scheduled as part of Earth Day, but rain postponed it for a week.

It occurred Sunday under sunny skies and pleasant temperatures.

Cleanup of litter wasn't the only thing happening.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Carbon County Democratic Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Inn at Jim Thorpe.

William O'Gurek Jr., party chairman, will preside.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The event consisted of a visit from a search and rescue team from Consummate K-9 Training, Andreas. From left visitor Abigail Coles, 6; dog trainer Don Wilcox with "Alex;" training director Dave Balmat with "Lucas;" and visitor Madison Fludgate, 7.

Dogs of all descriptions converged at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville over the weekend during the first annual Bark For Life benefit.

The event, organized by Tyler Resch of Clamtown Boy Scout Troop 755, consisted of a dog walk, cancer survivor ceremony, sled team display, obedience show, dog kissing and talent contest and a special search and rescue presentation.

The event also featured a special appearance by Rufus, a therapy dog for the New Jersey area and Best in Show for 2006 Westminster.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Slatington Lions Club will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Moose. The speaker is to be announced.

Afterward, the group needs volunteers to stay and help with the mailing of flyers for the annual car show held in September.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS D.A.R.E. instructors Joseph Schatz, Jim Thorpe Police Chief, second row left; and Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Office, second row right; welcome guest speaker Magisterial District Judge William Kissner, second row center, and congratulate Emily Duane, Natalie Terpstra, and Sage Hukka, the essay winners of this year's graduating D.A.R.E. class at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe.

Ninety-five fifth grade students at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe pledged to stay drug and violence free during their D.A.R.E. graduation recently.

Students and parents gathered in the gymnasium of the school to celebrate the graduates' accomplishments last Friday. Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz and Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's department, certified D.A.R.E. instructors in the Jim Thorpe Area School District, hosted the program. They both noted that they were honored to be the classes' instructors.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System will recognize Stroke Awareness Month with a free stroke screening on Wed., May 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the second floor Next Step Acute Rehab Unit at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th Street in Lehighton.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A benefit vendor show and basket raffle has been scheduled for Baby Emma Hope Cipko.

It will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the Hometown Fire Company, Tamaqua.

Baby Emma suffers from congenital heart disease and required surgery in her first few weeks of life.

Proceeds will help offset Emma's medical expenses.

There will be food, baked goods, drinks, and more than 10 vendors.

For more information, or donations, e mail Margaret Schock at my27schock@gmail.com or phone her at (570) 778-4774.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Eight defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Monday afternoon before Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

They were

Richard Lee Gechter Jr., 43, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to two counts of simple assault. He was arrested on June 17, 2011, by Lehighton police following a domestic incident at his home.

Police charged he assaulted his wife, Laurie Gechter, by punching her in the face during a domestic dispute. He was also charged with assaulting his stepson.