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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS St. Jerome students make participants smile as they dance and sing in unison.

Students, mission representatives and staff with St. Jeromes Regional Catholic School spent time visiting and sharing songs with participants at the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center. In addition, a check was presented from the school for a mini-walk held by the students for the center.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host two summer sessions this year.

Summer session 1, for ages 5-8, will take place June 17-21. Summer session 2, for ages 9-12, will take place June 15-19. There is a fee. Sessions will be held outside, weather permitting. Topics will focus on being outside and connecting to nature.

For more information or to register, call (570) 645-8597.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Kinsley's ShopRite will host its annual Organ Donor Awareness Day to benefit Gift of Life Family House on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The store is located at 107 Kinsley Lane, off Weir Mt. Rd., Brodheadsville

The Family House serves as a "home away from home" for transplant patients and their families by providing temporary, affordable lodging, meals and supportive services to those who travel to Philadelphia for transplant care.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Chestnuthill Township 250th Anniversary committee recognized the Pleasant Valley High School winners of the student 250th Anniversary Logo Contest at the May 23 PVSD school board meeting. Presenting the monetary awards was left, Norm Burger, the committee chairman, Annie Troller, third place ($50) and Michayla Kelsch, first place ($250.) Kodey Bell, absent, was the second place winner ($100). The 250th Anniversary Committee also presented the PVHS Art Department with a check for $250 for the promotion of the arts to Art department Head, Barbara Cortese, right.

Contribution forms for the 250th anniversary of Chestnuthill Township were given out at the May 16 committee meeting. If there should be any money left over in the anniversary account after the events, it will be divided by the four townships that were once Chestnuthill, for use on a historical event.

The brochures have been updated.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Thirty-eight Lansford stores initiated the Wednesday half holiday today and throughout the summer.

These mercantile institutions will close at noon every Wednesday during the months of June, July and August.

Merchants have long appreciated that the Wednesday closing was in line with the progressive policy of recognizing the rights of employees to a little recreation in the middle of the week.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Two successful write-in candidates on the Republican ballot for four seats on the Bowmanstown Borough Council have resulted in what will be a contested race in the General Election to be held in November.

The TIMES NEWS incorrectly reported Monday that only four candidates will be seeking the four four-year terms, when there are actually five candidates as a result of the write-in votes.

The successful write-in candidates are Darren Thomas and John Domant, who received 15 and 10 votes, respectively.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Bobbie Jo Flexer, holding Peyton, and Derrick Flexer, along with the Nittany Lion, were among those at the Flexer Family fundraiser held at the Lehighton Recreation Center on Sunday. The funds raised will help the family buy a home. They lost their home and everything in it during a fire on April 9.

After losing virtually everything to a house fire, a Lehighton couple received a boost on Sunday from the community.

Jackie Neff, who didn't even know Derrick and Bobbie Jo Flexer and their seven-month-old daughter. Peyton, before the fundraiser, inspired the community to help raise funds for the family at the Flexer Family Fundraiser.

The event was held Sunday at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A jury found a Tamaqua police officer's testimony convincing and convicted Crystal Fegley, 33, of 109 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, as well as guilty of refusing to submit to a blood test, which carries added penalties, following a one day trial Tuesday in Schuylkill County court.

Judge James P. Good deferred sentencing to Friday, July 26. After the verdict was read Goodman also found her guilty of two counts of stop sign violations and fined her $50 and costs.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/special to the times news

Nesquehoning Hose Co. No. 1 is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Ametek Foundation. Chad Hammerly, left, plant manager of the Nesquehoning Division of Ametek, West Chester Plastics presents check to John P. McArdle, Fire Chief of Nesquehoning Hose Co.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead an 8-mile hike on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit trails at 12:30 p.m. on June 15, weather permitting. This hike is moderate in difficulty and combines the best of the trails in Tuscarora State Park. Hikers will meet in the Crow trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road. Call Robin at (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. Pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.