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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Helicopter operations are expected to resume on Wednesday as work continues on the slope stabilization project at Lehigh Gap.

The current schedule for helicopter work is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8-10, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 11. June 12 has been reserved as a contingency day depending on how much progress has been made.

The helicopter is being used to transport materials to the upper slopes that are not accessible by other means, according to J. David Reuss, project coordinator, Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. John Hazel receives the Melvin Jones plaque from Past District Governor Robert Neumoyer.

The Rev. John Hazel was named as a Melvin Jones Fellow at the May 16 meeting of the Palmerton Area Lions Club. He joins 17 club members who were previously so honored.

Robert Neumoyer, past district governor, said the Lions have a lot of reasons to be proud. Lions Clubs International Foundation is helping people down south and in Japan.

The Melvin Jones Fellows were first named in 1973. It is an honor named after the founder of Lions International and can go to either a member or a nonmember because there are a lot of deserving people.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Plaques on the Johnstown City building indicate the level of flooding of 8.5 feet in 1977, 17 feet in 1936, and 31 feet during the Great Flood of 1889.

Recent rains of nearly Biblical proportions deluging the Northeast after creating record flooding of the Mississippi River, recall the worst flood in American history, which occurred 122 years ago in the city of Johnstown, Pa.

Johnstown is a sister city to Bethlehem, Pa. another great steel town which was able to rise from the ashes of their idle blast furnaces to become a tourist destination.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda L. Kelly took the oath of office Friday, May 27, during a private ceremony in Harrisburg, officially assuming the powers and duties of Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer.

Kelly has been a prosecutor for more than 30 years, serving as both an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County and most recently as senior litigation counsel as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A few of the students honored at Marian's Academic Awards Night include, from left, John Swierczek, Tom Kupres, Miranda Milillo, Joseph Meier and Sean Davis.

Marian Catholic High School held its Academic and Appreciation dinner on Tuesday, May 11 in the school gymnasium. Over 300 students, parents, faculty and friends attended the function.

Students were recognized for their accomplishments and achievements throughout the entire school year. Rev. Ronald J. Minner opened with a welcome and invocation.

The following students were recognized:

Student Council:

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Against all odds, a brain-injured Patti O'Donnell received a doctorate from Lehigh University after persevering for 20 years.

Against all odds, a brain-injured woman received a doctorate from Lehigh University, a summit achieved after persevering for 20 years.

In 1991, a 28-year-old recently-married Patti O'Donnell of Bethlehem began her doctoral studies at Lehigh University, with her tuition covered by coaching the women's cross country and track teams.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

There will be a public meeting Monday, June 6, with the Carbon County commissioners to discuss the worsening problem of feral cats and dogs in Carbon County.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Carbon County Annex Building, third floor.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute valedictorian Nicole Henry at work in the graphics classroom.

Carbon Career and Technical Institute's Valedictorian, Nicole Henry, can visualize her career options, and the picture is looking good from every perspective.

Henry, 18, of Palmerton, studied graphic arts at CCTI and is considering further study in engineering. "I'm interested in technology," she said. "I plan on going to Lehigh Carbon Community College."

Career options could include nanotechnology.

Her teacher, Michele Klock, is confident she'll be successful.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Mikaylah Pruitte "Going to the beach"

What are your plans for the summer?