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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Molly Betz, center, has been selected for the state band. Presenting her with her citation is Superintendent Carol Makuta and Steve Toth, high school principal. The other student who made the state band, Shane Mulligan, was unable to attend the school board meeting.

The Tamaqua School District plans to expand the opportunities students have for "dual enrollment" – earning college credits while attending high school.

During the school board's committee meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Carol Makuta said that beginning with the second semester of the 2013-14 school year, high school seniors will be able to take Engineering Design 101, offered through Penn State University's Hazleton campus. Students who pass the course will earn three college credits, she said.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the check presentation are, from left, class members Alma Fisher, Ida Piccin, secretary Marion Miller, Nancy Nunemacher, president Floyd Berk MD, library director Gayle Heath, class member Curt Williams and library clerk Susan Schlosser.

The Class of 1953 of Tamaqua Senior High School presented a check for $2,200 from its Book Memorial Fund to the Tamaqua Public Library. The money will be used by the library to purchase several needed items yet to be decided.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Saint Joseph Regional Academy, 25 West 6th St., Jim Thorpe, has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.

Grade 4

Distinguished honors: Owen Brady, Sophia Samoleski and Isabella Stianche

First honors: Mason Fristick, Liliana Kelly, John Malarkey, Alexia Pietkiel and Trent Young

Second honors: Nicole Ivan, Thomas McGinley, Madison Moore, Julian Rickert and Olivia Wolfe

Grade 5

Distinguished honors: Emily Reaman and Gianna Steber

First honors: Nicholas Goff

Second honors: Brandon Becker

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday was a beautiful day for walking and other outdoor sports competitions in the Carbon County Senior Games.

The Philip Steigerwalt Memorial Walk took place at Baer Memorial Field in Lehighton.

The South Team, composed of senior citizens from Lehighton and Palmerton, again outpaced the North Team, composed of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, and Weatherly.

At the close of the races, the top total scorer thus far was Lehighton, with 452 points, followed by Jim Thorpe with 256, then Panther Valley with 141, Palmerton with 93, and Weatherly with 8.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Never-ending work

From snowplowing to potholes, Tamaqua Borough workers work to repair a section of road along South Railroad Street in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Angelo Cannarella represents Palmerton in horseshoes during the Carbon County Senior Games at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton.

Athletes in Carbon County Senior Games' horse shoe competition Tuesday knew how to pitch.

The South Team stayed ahead the horse shoe pitch, at Baer Memorial Field in Lehighton.

The South Team is composed of senior citizens from the Lehighton and Palmerton school districts; the North Team is composed of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, and Weatherly districts.

At the close of horse shoes, the top total scorer thus far was Lehighton, with 575 points, followed by Jim Thorpe with 295, then Panther Valley with 164, Palmerton with 111, and Weatherly with 21.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lansford will elect a new mayor in November. Leonard Fredericks topped incumbent Mayor Dr. John Polumbo and Mrs. Edith Marks in the three-way Republican battle for mayor and will face Democrat Joseph E. Olexy, who was unopposed, in the November general election. In Summit Hill, Democrat Leonard Alabovitz won his party's mayoralty nomination, defeating Michael J. Leonzi. Alabovitz will oppose Republican Mayor Gregory DeMilio in November.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Congratulations to Nancy Frantz, who won the raffle for the library's spring basket.

There will be a Wonderful World of Wildlife story hour on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. Children ages 4 through fifth-grade are welcome. The summer program will run from Wednesday, June 19 through Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Lenny Ogozalek, Vietnam War veteran and longtime community activist, will be the grand marshal of the 2013 Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade.

At age 69, Leonard J. "Lenny" Ogozalek isn't ashamed to cry.

"That's what I did," he said, when he was recently asked to serve as grand marshal of the annual Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade.

""Why me?," he asked Tom Vermillion, parade committee chairman, and W. Kevin O'Donnell, commander of American Legion Post 316, when they visited his house at 26 E. White St., Summit Hill, last week to ask him to lead the upcoming parade.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Susan Gallaher demonstrates now the Great Horned Owl uses its talons to grab its live prey.

This past Saturday Kidder Environmental Advisory Council held its seventh annual spring workshop. The topics this year were "Birds of Prey" and "Making Maple."

The 9 a.m. session was presented by Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. She spent more than an hour on the topic of locally found birds of prey.

Gallagher brought three live examples for the audience to see. There was a screech owl, a great horned owl and a red tailed hawk. Each of the birds on display was injured in some way and unable to be returned to the wild.