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Monday, June 6, 2011

The drone of an overhead airplane circling Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk between 4 and 5 p.m. signalled the opening of the Windsor Store Company's annual sidewalk sale. The plane was loaded with inflated balloons to which merchandise certificates were attached. Half of the balloons were released over Mauch Chunk, the remainder over East Mauch Chunk. The gift certificates were between 50 cents and $5 in value and were redeemed in merchandise at the local store.

Monday, June 6, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Seniors Blake Campbell (left), Elli DeSocio (center) and Bill Heinick (right) perform the musical selection "Getting Into You" as part of Palmerton Area High School's Baccalaureate Services Sunday at Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton.

It isn't so much the quantity of years a person lives as it is the quality of years that matters most.

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

That statement, spoken by Abraham Lincoln, is the favorite quote of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2011.

In many ways, it served as the underlying theme for the PAHS Class of 2011 Baccalaureate Service held Sunday evening at the Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton.

Monday, June 6, 2011
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The first grade class at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, recently took a field trip to the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in Jim Thorpe. They learned about the life cycle of a butterfly, butterfly habitats, the parts of a butterfly's body, and how to care for butterflies. Students enjoyed creating an art project out of dry pasta noodles, showing the different stages in a butterfly's life. The highlight of their day was interacting with live butterflies and luna moths in the Flutterarium.

Monday, June 6, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Data released based on a Penn State mail survey of a few years ago paints a dreary picture of a community currently undergoing revitalization.

Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences has released local results of a statewide opinion survey conducted a few years ago and the data is overwhelmingly negative.

The survey indicates that it's part of a larger project by Penn State to help communities strengthen their capacity for economic development.

In a flyer called the Tamaqua Community Report, survey results paint a picture of negativity, distrust and frustration based on opinions expressed by local residents.

Monday, June 6, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High School seventh grade students honored at a banquet held recently at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton are (front row, l-r), Devon Santos, Shaelyn Heft, Brynn Boehler, Jenna Wallace, Briana Caravello, Tyler King, Gavin Scott, Tanner Fahringer (back row, l-r), Miranda Green, Ben Everett, Seth Andress, Brock Moyer, Lila Goodhile, and Owen Miller.

Just because they've laid an educational foundation doesn't mean they should rest on their laurels.

That was the message given by Mike Shafer, of Manager Quality Compliance, US Quality Assurance, to a group of Palmerton Area Junior High School students.

Shafer served as guest speaker to the students at a banquet held recently at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

As part of his speech, Shafer told the students that they should appreciate the moment to the fullest.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hundreds of children and family members enjoyed the season's opening day of the Tamaqua Bungalow pool. The pool is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pictured enjoying the water are sisters Amy Barron, 16, front, and Amber Barron, 13.

Monday, June 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Marian graduates throw their graduation caps high into the air following their commencement service held on Saturday.

"Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity."

Those were the key words given by valedictorian Victoria Vadyak during her speech.

Hundreds of family members and guests filled the Marian Catholic High School's gym during the graduation commencement exercises held Saturday morning for the class of 2011.

Monday, June 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Around 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, firefighters from Lansford, Summit Hill, Tamaqua and Coaldale were called to a structure fire on the Lansford firefighter's training grounds near the intersections of East Dock Street and East Front Street. When firefighters arrived they noticed fire and smoke emanating from one of the buildings, which was used to store block party and other miscellaneous supplies. Outside fire companies were canceled while Lansford firefighters stayed and extinguished the fire. No one was hurt. Fire police and Lansford ambulance also responded.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Beltzville State Park is open again for swimming. The swimming area was closed Friday due to high levels of bacteria. The swimming area was closed as a precaution last week when a water sample showed higher levels than the state allows.

The water was retested and the swimming area/beach has reopened.

Beltzville State Park features a 525-foot sand beach which is usually open from late-May to Labor Day, from 8 a.m. to sunset. The beach is a swim at your own risk location and there are posted rules to follow for swimming. A bathhouse is located near the beach.

Monday, June 6, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the students recognized at the Palmerton Area High School Senior Awards Night were (front row) Derek Szena (back row, l-r), Jillian Farkas, Jordan Ruzicka, Katie Reimer, Samantha K. Smith, Dave Kenion, Jarrett Kleintop and Blake Campbell.

Palmerton Area High School held its senior awards assembly recently in the high school auditorium.

Students and the awards they received are as follows:

Ashley Appelbaum - Outstanding Senior Award, Cheerleading (Plaque).

Adam Berger - Soccer Parents' Club Award ($50); Outstanding Senior Award, Boy's Soccer (Plaque).

Albert Bickowski - Nick Bickowski 4EVER Memorial Scholarship ($1,000).

Nathan Binder - Soccer Parents' Club Award ($50).