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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Pleasant Valley School director accused of aggravated assault of a fellow school director will have his case heard in Monroe County Court.

Harvey R. Frable III, 42, of Effort, refused a plea agreement at a preliminary hearing Friday, April 19, before District Judge Colleen Mancuso of Brodheadsville. Frable posted $2,500 bail.

As a result, Mancuso bound all charges over to the county Court of Common Pleas in Stroudsburg until Wednesday, May 22, at which time Frable will appear for a status trial conference.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A representative from the Disabled American Veterans will be available once a month at Tamaqua Borough Hall to offer free veterans claim service for veterans as well as widows and dependent children of veterans. Information and assistance will be provided for service connected disability claims, low income pension, health care claims for service connected disabilities and low income veterans and other questions concerning veterans' benefits.

The representative will be at Tamaqua Borough Hall, 320 E. Broad St., on May 13, June 10 and July 8.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Members and volunteers with the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Summit Hill American Legion, 100 East Lehigh Street.

Any new members are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the league and upcoming events, go to www.mcldet626.org or call (570) 386-2129.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Jim Thorpe officials, contemplating whether to appeal a ruling by a federal judge to return their namesake's body to his native burial grounds in Oklahoma, is seeking input from residents of the town.

The borough council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. today in Memorial Hall to discuss the matter.

Officials said the meeting will be opened by attorney William Schwab of Lehighton, who has been representing the borough in the lawsuit filed by Thorpe's sons, John Thorpe, Richard Thorpe, and the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Charles R. Linkhorst, of Lake Hauto, was recognized for over 50 years of membership to the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173. From left are Joe Cocco, PA Department commander; son Ritchie Linkhorst, commander, Sons of the American Legion; Charles Linkhorst; Mary Zelonis, commander, 13th District; and Larry Kabana, commander, Tamaqua American Legion Post 173.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While the brilliant blossoms of flowering Dogwood trees throughout our area only just recently made theirappearance, they have already begun to drop off the trees in what at times can resemble a warm weather snowfall.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization who gathered recently at the site of the Palmerton Veterans Memorial are (l-r) Ed Moyer, commander, American Legion Post 269, Harry Brown, Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, American Legion Post 269, and Richard Nothstein, goodwill Ambassador.

Names submitted for inclusion on the Palmerton Veterans Memorial will likely have to wait until Veterans Day.

An information box complete with forms for names to go on the memorial wall, bricks and blocks, are available at the site, and may be filled out and sent in, according to Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, American Legion Post 269.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Parkview Inn owner Sharon Chapman, right, presents a $224.81 check to Panther Valley Public Library Head Librarian Pat Ladick, left, and library board member Nancy Meitzler, center. Chapman said the money is a percentage of payments from meals sold over 18 hours, from 4:30-9 p.m. over two recent weekends. "I think it's important to give back to the community," Chapman said. "All small businesses are struggling, but they can do a little bit." Ladick and Meitzler were thrilled with the donation, given Tuesday. The money will pay for more books and other library needs.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jeff Rimm, a Tamaqua native, stands next to some of his art work on display at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

The Tamaqua Community Arts Center is currently featuring a broad media array of artworks by Jeff Rimm.

"I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil," said Rimm, a Tamaqua native, who stated his interest with art stayed with him all his life.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS PA Department Commander Joe Cocco talks to members of the Tamaqua American Legion and their family members. Also pictured are Mary Zelonis, Commander, 13th District; Larry Kabana, Commander, Tamaqua American Legion Post 173; and Ed Smith, Deputy Commander, 13th District.

PA Department Commander Joe Cocco spent time talking to legion officers, members and family members of the Tamaqua American Legion on Sunday.

Commander Cocco enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1962 and completed basic training in San Diego. He served aboard the USS Galveston CLG-3 for three years.

After receiving an honorable discharge in June 1965, Cocco continued to serve as he joined the Naval Reserve in 1974 and retired in 1997 as the Battalion Command Master Chief of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 21 (NMCB-21), Lakehurst N.J., known as "The Fighting Seabees."