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Thursday, August 26, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS It was the 4th Annual Pet Show at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home and several dogs and their owners paid a delightful visit with the residents.

One of the highlights of the year at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown is the annual Pet Show.

"Our residents enjoy having visitors from the community, especially the four-legged kind," said Carrie Shafer, activities coordinator.

The invitation went out to the community to bring in animals with current updated shot records for the 4th Annual Pet show.

Mary Jane Sterling of Summit Hill brought her 2 1/2 year old Scottish Terrier, Dougal, dressed in a kilt and a Tam o' Shanter.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Pupils in the p.m. kindergarten class at the Parkside Education Center eagerly await in the hall in anticipation of their first day of school in the Palmerton Area School District. Pictured in the background are, left to right, kindergarten instructor Tamara Dobias, Superintendent Carol Boyce, Parkside Education Center Principal Mary Brumbach, and (front) kindergarten instructor Amy Negley.

The floors sparkled, the windows shined, and eyes twinkled with excitement.

All that added up to a picture perfect start to another school year as Wednesday marked the first day of classes in the Palmerton Area School District.

One by one, pupils in the p.m. kindergarten class at the Parkside Education Center filed in to join their fellow classmates for the start of the 2010-11 school year.

Inside the gymnasium, first grade pupils were treated to a lesson on SOAR, a schoolwide positive behavior program.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cornerstone Community Baptist Church

There will be a10 a.m. Worship Service with Junior Worship followed by a 11:30 a.m picnic meeting at the Cornerstone Community Baptist Church Sanctuary this Sunday, Aug. 29. All are welcome to attend.

Middlecreek Christian Church

Middlecreek Christian Church Sunday School will run from 9:45 a.m until 10:45 a.m. followed by church services at 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Polk Township Historical Society

Thursday, August 26, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS View of the Francis E. Walter Reservoir from the bridge to the control tower. Because of less than half the normal rainfall, the reservoir level has dropped and whitewater recreational releases are being canceled.

Due to a prolonged lack of rain this summer, Lehigh River whitewater dam releases may be canceled for the balance of the paddling season.

Steve Rochette, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District said, "The current level of water storage will not allow the corps to complete whitewater releases after Sunday, Aug. 29."

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Ten members of the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Post 314, Lehighton, with 50 and 60 years of membership were recently recognized. Among those who were recognized were, from left, Robert Getz, 50 years; and Robert D. Berger Jr., 60 years. Also recognized were, Justin J. D'Alessandro, Allen V. Fritz and Robert P. Shoch, 60 years; and 50 year members, Darryl L. Nicholson, Arnold C. Hill, Joseph W. Heimbach, Robert Haas and David E. Hontz.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured during the grand opening, open house, and ribbon cutting of mTherapeutic Massage, 900 East Broad St in Tamaqua, are, from left, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Yulanavage, 900 East Broad St. LLC Vice President Judy Lech and Manager Larry Lech, Therapeutic Massage owner Mary Vignone, her father Joseph Vignone, mother Francis Vignone, and sister Kim Kostak.

Mary G. Vignone, an IMA certified massage therapist, of Nesqueshoning, who has been providing therapeutic massage to residents of Tamaqua and surrounding communities for over 13 years, has a new permanent place of business in Tamaqua at 900 East Broad St., located on a section of building where MAFF Motors used to be, and now currently owned by 900 East Broad St LLC.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The fears of the past year were finally ended for a Lansford family when word came that their son, Bernard P. Pavlik, 21-year-old Navy hospital corpsman, has been repatriated. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pavlik have been watching their television screeen nightly for names of released prisoners of war. Mrs. Pavlik was retiring early and had just begun to say her rosary - a nightly ritual since her son went overseas - when a reporter telephoned the good news.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A concerned citizen, employing the Pennsylvania Right To Know Law, appeared at Schuylkill County Commissioners' meeting Wednesday morning at the courthouse and asked for all information pertaining to the commissioners' hiring an auditor to perform a single audit of the county's financial operations for year 2009.

Preparation of the audit is being disputed between the auditor hired, Samuel Deegan, and the controller's office in which all the financial records are located.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Carbon County Correctional Facility inmates who deliberately break toilet fixtures and other prison property should face criminal charges, county Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said at a prison board meeting Wednesday.

Nothstein's suggestion was prompted by maintenance director Charles Neff's report of inmates in the medical area of the prison clogging a toilet early Monday morning by stuffing it with a blanket, causing an overflow mess.

"It's costing us money. If we can narrow it down (to who did it), they should definitely be charged," Nothstein said.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Head over heels at playground party

The North and Middle Ward Playground Association in Tamaqua hosted its annual Children's Evening Dance Party at its playground recently. Children and family members came to enjoy the music, dancing, games, activities, and prizes. North and Middle Ward Playground Association president Kim Snyder stated her appreciation to the volunteers that helped put this free community event together. Friends pictured hanging out on the monkey bars are, from left, Sierra Klinger, 9, Jade Pradel, 11, Shawnee Geiger, 11, and Abby Harley, 6.