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Thursday, June 9, 2011
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Students from Jim Thorpe Area High School participated at the PA Junior Academy of Science State Competition which was held at Penn State University in State College recently. Each student took 2nd place in their respective categories. Pictured are, from left : Mary Slack, Adam Dachowicz, Alyssa Dachowicz, Thomas Smyth, Alex Haggerty, and Mr. Donahue, PA Junior Academy of Science Advisor for Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  It's off with the caps as members of Palmerton Area High School's Class of 2011 celebrate following commencement exercises Wednesday inside the high school gymnasium.

It's time to follow their inner moonlight and dance the night away.

That was part of the wisdom shared with members of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2011 on Wednesday.

Due to the extreme heat, the 103rd annual commencement exercises were moved indoors to the high school gymnasium.

As the heat sweltered, the 118 students who comprised this year's class calmly took it in stride.

Commencement exercises got under way with a welcome from class President Blake Campbell, who complimented his fellow classmates on their achievement.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Northern Lehigh High School's Class of 2011 will hold baccalaureate services at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16 in the high school auditorium.

Commencement exercises will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the high school stadium.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Robert Eggstein, left, new owner of Keystone Harley Davidson, purchased the Harley-Davidson division from Blocker Enterprises, while Dennis Blocker has retained the Kawasaki and Yamaha line. For the present time, both businesses are operating at 770 State Road, Parryville. Dennis Blocker has announced his retirement.

A Parryville businessman has announced his retirement, which has given a new comer to the area the opportunity to own his own business.

Dennis Blocker, president and owner of Blocker Enterprises, 770 State Road, Parryville, has announced that the new owner of the Harley-Davidson division of the business is Robert Eggstein, who has named the business Keystone Harley-Davidson.

Blocker started in the business in 1971 with Yamaha, adding Harley-Davidson in 1976. The dealership grew from 3,000 square feet to over a 50,000 square foot state of the art facility in 2005.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Spring scorcher!

It's going to be a scorcher.

Summer doesn't officially start until June 21, but the region's second soggy spring heat wave has plopped down over the region like a wet wool coat. The first blistering blast was over the Memorial Day weekend.

The heat could reach as high as 100 degrees in some parts of the state today. Yesterday, the mercury climbed to 97 degrees in some areas.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Panther Valley School board hired Joseph A. Jordan, SFC, as a full-time permanent JROTC non-commissioned officer army instructor at the high school.

Jordan replaces SFC Steven Caddy, who will retire as of July 1. Jordan's salary will be determined based on U.S. Army guidelines.

During the meeting, resident John Barna asked why he has been the only person limited to three minutes during the public comment sessions.

"People have talked for 10 to 15 minutes. I alone have been limited to three minutes," he said. "I want an explanation right now."

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Abby Masenheimer/Times News Some of the eighteen students who helped raise money proudly present the check to librarian Becky Wanamaker (center), of the Lehighton Public Library. The students are (left to right): back row, Hannah Schappell, Tyler Motzkus, Emma McClafferty, Kelsey Knappenberger, Emma Schappell, Lily Hutton; front row, Katherine Halenar, Emily DeKorte and Madylin Woller.

Students at Mahoning Elementary School presented a check to the Lehighton Public Library Wednesday, the result of a challenge from reading specialist, Marsha Long.

Long challenged the students at Mahoning Elementary School to read as many books as they could during the month of April.

"April is family and reading month," said Long.

Students accepted her challenge and ended up reading a total of 900 books during the month.

Because of their work, they were rewarded with a hat and shades dress-up day.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

More than 300 citizens attended a meeting of Mauch Chunk Town Council and stated they want the trolley lines phased out in favor of good roads and motor buses. The meeting was called by E. J. Mulhearn, council president. A communication from the State Highway Department requested that town council assume the Trolley Company's obligation on Lehigh Avenue. It was explained that no taxpayer money will aid the trolley company, which now owes the borough over $5,700 for resurfacing Broadway.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Tamaqua man charged with reporting a number of false fire alarms had one charge dismissed last week when he appeared before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, for a preliminary hearing.

Thursday, June 9, 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.