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Friday, June 10, 2011
Liz Pinky/special to the times news The top 10 ranking students in the Panther Valley Class of 2011 include (left to right) Michael Sloboda, Brittany Erbe, Sarah Branchide, Alyssa Marshall, Christopher Albertini, Scott Nevenglosky, Celene Yelito, Jason Gates, and John Owens. Missing from the photo is Sindle Griffiths.

Dylan Smith, president of the Panther Valley High School class of 2011, encouraged his fellow graduates to "make the most of the time we have on earth and be the best people we can be" during commencement exercises last night.

During his address, he also paid tribute to his friend, Casey Williams, a 2009 Panther Valley graduate who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

"He inadvertently taught me an important life lesson," said Smith. "Do not live with any regrets. If you want something do not sit around and wait for it. Take it."

Friday, June 10, 2011

Food pantry

The Shepherd House Food Pantry at Ebenezer E.C. Church will be open on Saturday, June 11 from 9-11 a.m. Please note the change in hours. Recipients must reside within the Jim Thorpe Area School District. The pantry is located at 441 Center Ave. in Jim Thorpe. Please call (570) 325-2855 for more information or to volunteer.

Vacation Bible School

Friday, June 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Sister Virginia Stephanie, left, kindergarten pupil Connor Steffie, second from left, sixth-grade student Michelle McCawley, center, Greg Rentschler, second from right, and kindergarten pupil Alexander Cornmesser, far right, pose with the $1,000 donation Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge raised recently as part of the Drive For the Kids program.

St. John Neumann Regional School has additional money in its coffers, thanks to a few brief trips around the block.

Recently, Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Slatington presented the school with a $1,000 donation as part of Chrysler's Drive for the Kids program.

Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal of the Palmerton campus, said each participant that took a brief test drive in a Town & Country earned a $10 contribution to the school from Chrysler.

Friday, June 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The covered bridge, which is located in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township and crosses Buckwha Creek, was badly damaged after a truck that exceeded height limits traveled through the bridge, ripping down inside beams along the way.

The last remaining covered bridge in Carbon County utilized by motor vehicles has been the victim of an accident.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Ron and Carol Gilbert, owners of The Covered Bridge Inn in Lower Towamensing Township, approached the board to ask for permission to place two "reward" signs at the bridge, located in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township and which crosses Buckwha Creek.

Ron Gilbert outlined the accident, which damaged the bridge last Friday.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Michael A. Heery/Special to the Times News Good Citizenship Award recipients at East Penn Elementary include Shawn Cope, Emily Kleintop, and Logan Pagotto.

Senator David Argall Good Citizenship Awards for the 2010-11 school year have been presented to students in the Lehighton Area School District.

The criteria for the award are for those fourth grade students "who have demonstrated qualities of good citizenship through display of character, leadership, scholarship and acceptance of responsibility." The recipients of this award are selected by their teachers.

East Penn Elementary School students who were recognized with the award are Shawn Cope, Emily Kleintop, and Logan Pagotto.

Friday, June 10, 2011

In Thursday's article about the pool situation in Slatington, it was noted that that the borough maintains the Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool at Victory Park. It does not.

A shortage of water has delayed opening of the pool until the Slatington Borough Council and the Northern Lehigh Swimming Association resolve their differences.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news This weekends marks the 50th Anniversary of the Weatherly Hill Climb. Key figures in the running of this year's event are, left to right: Morgan Wilson, driver; George Bowland, driver and Hill Climb record holder; Staff Sgt. Chuck Francisco, PA National Guard; Kyle Feaster, representing David Feaster Excavating LLC; Joe Cyburt, President Weatherly Hill Climb Association and driver; Richie Molinaro, Marketing Director for Fairway Subaru; Al Corazzo, Sales Manager Fairway Subaru and driver; David Rogers, Firestone Store Manager; Fred Grant, Division Manager DeAngelo Brothers Inc.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the running of the Weatherly Hill Climb as drivers will be coming from all over the East Coast, the New England states, and the Midwest to challenge the one-mile hill on the outskirts of the town.

On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be racing from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m with an expected 80 or more drivers competing on both days. Each driver will try to finish the 1.1 mile course in under 60 seconds while climbing through an elevation change of about 340 feet.

Friday, June 10, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Shelba Haydt Sheffner of Kresgeville loves to quilt and will be displaying her Stars Around The Garden quilt and others she has made at the Stitches in Tyme Quilt Show on Sunday.

Shelba Haydt Sheffner of Kresgeville was in high school and remembers wanting to learn how to quilt. Her Grammy Haydt was a quilter so she asked her if she would teach her. One day she handed Shelba a paper bag and told her that inside "This is all you have to know."

Inside was a cardboard square, a couple pieces of fabric and a fabric square.

"I really didn't know what to do with it," she says.

She set the bag aside and didn't begin quilting until over 20 years ago.

Friday, June 10, 2011

St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Rd., Lehighton (Franklin Township) will hold an Afternoon of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. There will be a musical smorgasbord of selections, with various instruments, singing and readings. Following the program, a light luncheon will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Friday, June 10, 2011
First heat,then wind

Although nothing like the low level tornadoes that swept through the region two weeks ago, the area was hit by damaging winds against last evening.

The quick-moving thunderstorm, which resulted in a number of temporary road closures due to downed trees and debris on roads, followed a sweltering day of searing temperatures that reached triple digits in some areas.

Homes in West Penn, Rush and Walker Townships were still without power this morning.