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Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Library of Congress is sponsoring a summer essay contest in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region encouraging rising fifth- and sixth-grade students to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. Palmerton Area Library in Palmerton is a participating location.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Doreen Roth, 77, of Mahoning Valley, was among the cancer survivors who participated in the 12th annual Relay For Life of Lower Carbon County and Surrounding Areas.

Even under the glare of the hot sun, it was their passion and unbridled belief in the cause that shined brightest of all.

Amid the sweltering heat, participants in the 12th annual Relay For Life of Lower Carbon County and surrounding areas did their best in the fight against cancer.

Held this past weekend at the Lehighton High School football stadium, the 24-hour event raised proceeds to benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Behavioral Health Associates addresses high-risk children and suicide prevention with a special presentation on Monday, June 24, from 6-9 p.m. at 413 Bridge Street, Weissport.

This is a FREE presentation that qualifies for Act 48 credits. It is open to the public but it is recommended that you reserve seating.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Palmerton man accused of child abuse will have his case bound over to Carbon County Court.

Robert Schafer, 34, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Schafer waived his right to the hearing, and will appear on July 2, at 1:15 p.m. at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Schafer faces charges of aggravated and simple assault, criminal attempt; and endangering the welfare of children.

He has been recommitted to county prison in lieu of $150,000, 10 percent bail.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown confirmed 10 young men and women on Pentecost Sunday under the guidance and instruction of Norm Burger, front left, and the Rev. Suzanne Brooks-Cope, front right. The new members are, front from left, Katelin Arace, Katelyn Heffelfinger, Nicholas Snyder, Morgan Frantz and Willow Krechel. Back row, Riston Barr, Austin Kresge, Abby Huber, Sierra Krechel and Joshua Frantz. The new members were the guests of honor at a reception held immediately after the service.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lehighton taxpayers are getting a break this year a seven-mill break, to be exact. That amounts to savings of between $5 and $7 per $1,000 assessed value. The seven mills were added last year by former board members to support a proposed renovation program in the district, but since neither the plan nor the board members are around any more, the seven mills are being returned.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School graduate and soon-to-be Fulbright scholar Joseph Seemiller will travel to Germany to conduct medical research.

Congratulations or "Herzlichen Glückwunsch" to Joseph R. Seemiller, a 2009 graduate of Palmerton Area High School who will be traveling to Germany this fall on a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant.

Seemiller, the son of Joseph and Linda Seemiller, graduated cum laude from the University of Scranton on May 26 and earned a bachelor's degree in neuroscience with a minor in computer science. Seemiller is one of five University of Scranton students to be awarded Fulbright Grants for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Ryan Township Fire/Rescue volunteers are working hard in preparation for a busy weekend. In addition to their first annual community block party Friday and Saturday, Saturday's events will include a parade at2 p.m. and new truck housing at 4 p.m. at their station, 945 Barnesville Drive in Barnesville. Longtime volunteer Robert Taiko works with other volunteers painting signs for the events.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those who attended a news conference for the Gateway Improvement Project in Slatington were, l-r, Carol Kern, Woman's Club of Slatington, Dale Freudenberger, Anthracite Regional Coordinator, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Virginia Savage, Manager of Main Street Initiatives Lehigh County/Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation, Cathi Glanz, wife of Les Glanz, Marilyn Kaul, member, Northern Lehigh Future Focus, Dan Stevens, president, Northern Lehigh Future Focus, and Robert Stettner, member, Northern Lehigh Future Focus.

The beautification of Downtown Slatington continues, this time by virtue of a new sign and memorial plaque that greets visitors.

A new "Welcome to Slatington" sign and memorial plaque dedication were unveiled at a news conference held by Northern Lehigh Future Focus on Tuesday at Main and Railroad streets in Slatington.

The sign showcases the Gateway Improvement Project on the north side of the Slatington Trailhead, as well as a memorial plaque in honor of long time NLFF member/treasurer Les Glanz.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A new policy for cell phones issued to employees was adopted by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Mark Scarbinsky, county administrator, presented the policy to the commissioners, who ratified it. The policy is effective retroactive to May 27, 2012. Scarbinsky said this policy provides the rules and regulations relating to the issuance and use of county issued cell phones to employees. Department heads decide which employee is eligible for a cell phone.