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Thursday, May 24, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) today announced that his bill extending the sunset date of two critically important environmental protection grant programs unanimously passed the Senate. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

Senate Bill 1398 would extend the sunset date of the Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program and the Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention Program to June 30, 2017. Both programs were set to sunset in June of this year unless reauthorized by the legislature.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The 65th opening of the Palmerton Memorial Pool will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Break out those swim goggles, suntan lotion and swimsuits.

The 65th opening of the Palmerton Memorial Pool will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday.

It will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, and at noon on Monday, Memorial Day. Weather permitting, it will be open those days until 8 p.m.

Next week Tuesday through Thursday, the pool will be open from 3-8 p.m. On Friday, June 1, regular operating hours begin, when the pool will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-8 p.m. Sundays.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ms. Carole Geary, Pleasant Valley School District's Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum, announced at the last Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors meeting that the school district was awarded a Keystones to Opportunity Grant in the amount of $221,024.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The NBC Nightly News camera team was in Brodheadsville Wednesday taping Monroe County's Penn State Cooperative Extension's Strong Women/ Change Club program this morning, and interviewed the instructor, Carmela Heard, Kunkletown. They will be featured as part of a story interviewing the Strong Women program founder, Dr. Miriam Nelson from Tufts University. The segment is to be featured today, Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Nightly News.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Father William Campion, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton, recently celebrated his 35th year in the priesthood.

He's performed religious rites for the better course of three-and-a-half decades.

Firmly entrenched as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton, Father William Campion shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

On May 14, Campion celebrated his 35th year in the priesthood, a milestone he said he's extremely grateful to have achieved.

"It's been 35 very happy years," Campion said. "It's not a job; it's life for me."

Campion said he's always intrigued by the newness of each day that is the priesthood.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Photograph courtesy of Matt Perdie A month into his walk, Matt Perdie stands in front of the U.S. Capitol. "I am getting a good glance that the government that I believe is making things a lot harder for Americans," Purdy said. On May 25 at 7 p.m., there will be a showing of his walk across America, part one, at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

Three years ago, 24-year-old Matt Perdie of Jim Thorpe began a 3,600-mile walk across America that would take him more than one year and wear through nine pairs of shoes.

A freelance videographer, Perdie recorded his odyssey, and plans to release a series of five or six DVDs of his journey. The first DVD is being released today. There will be a release reception with a showing of the 114-minute feature-length DVD on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Ella Cronk, a fourth-grade student at S.S. Palmer Elementary, who will serve as Miss Poppy for this year's Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton, presents a poppy to her grandfather, Joe Uhnak, First Vice Commander, Palmerton American Legion. The parade will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.

It is with heavy hearts that they'll march to the beat of the drum, fully aware of the significance at hand.

Patriotism will once again reign supreme at the annual Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton, which will be held Monday, May 28.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Second and Delaware Avenue. It will form at 9:30 a.m. at Dynamite Woodworking, at Second and Delaware Avenue. From there, it will continue on to Fifth and Delaware, where it will turn left at the former IGA Golden Key Market to Franklin Avenue, and then back to the park, where it will disband.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The TIMES NEWS is proud of the area's 2012 high school graduates.

To commemorate this accomplishment, a special supplement recognizing the area schools can be found in today's edition of the TIMES NEWS.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua is much greener this year as a burden of Japanese knotweed overwhelms it's banks. The weed, native to Japan, can be seen all over our area. Local homeowners and municipalities find it hard to control the growth of the invasive weed as normal herbicides don't work effectively. In Pennsylvania, knotweed was extensively planted at strip mine reclamation sites.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Billy O'Gurek, chairman of the Carbon County Democratic Club, cuts ribbon marking opening of the club's new headquarters at 110 S. First St., Lehighton. Holding the ribbon are, l-r, Ambrese Farrow, volunteer coordinator; Gene Stilp, congressional candidate, 11th Congressional District; Gene DePasquale, candidate for state auditor general; Matt Cartwright, congressional candidate, 17th District; Tim Seip, state senator candidate, 29th District; Ronald Rabenold, state House of Representatives candidate, 122nd District, and Patti Borg, assistant chairperson of the Carbon County Democratic Club.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday marked the opening of an office of the Carbon County Democratic Party in downtown Lehighton.

The new office is located in the Elks Building, with the main entrance at 110 South First Street.

Billy O'Gurek, chairman of the Carbon Democrats, cut the ribbon that was held by several party candidates for state and federal offices.

He said that during the summer months, the office will be open three days per week. It will be open more days as the November election draws closer.