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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Judges in Schuylkill County court dealt with many phases of the law, including dismissing criminal charges, holding bench warrant hearngs, on violations of protection from abuse orders and appeals from sumnmary convictions.

President Judge William E. Baldwin heard motions from District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon on cases she could not prosecute. Motions to nolle proseque was granted in the following cases:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The most animated part of the Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisor's Meeting came during new business. Supervisor Alan Katz made a number of motions, which effectively reorganized the board for the third time this year.

Katz's first motion involved removing Chairman Paul Montemuro from his position in favor of Supervisor Christine Fazio.

"Because we deem it necessary," was Katz's reply when residents in attendance questioned randomly from the floor why Montemuro was being removed.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area High School graduation Class of 2013 flip their tassels as they prepare to flip their caps into the air during commencement exercises Monday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The foundation has been laid.

Now, all that's left for the members of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2013 is to become the pillars of success they are all so seemingly capable of.

A total of 123 students received their diplomas during the 105th annual commencement exercises Monday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, which began with a song by the high school chorus that featured seniors Brianna Bush and Laurel Seemiller.

Class President Tyler Snyder welcomed those in attendance, after which senior Michayla Doherty performed a song.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Naturalists will lead a salamander program at Locust Lake State Park at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Discussions will include salamander anatomy, habitat, and role in the ecosystem. A field identification capture and release walk will follow.

All will meet at the amphitheater and should bring along a plastic container for animal collection.

For more information call Robin at (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Tuscarora State Park naturalists will lead a hike at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 to Wolf Creek Falls in Saint Clair, weather pending.

Hikers will meet at the north end of the Wal-Mart parking lot off PA Route 61 in the Coal Creek Commerce Center. All dogs must be leashed and get along well with people and other pets.

Registration is required by contacting Robin at (570) 467-2506 or at dcnr.state.pa.us under the Tuscarora State Park calender of events.

Monday, June 3, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

For most, spring and summer means more time outdoors with friends and family. Abigail, 4, enjoys a ride on a seesaw in Andreas with father Bobby Baker of Lehighton.

Monday, June 3, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Speakers at Marian Catholic High School graduation included, l-r, Justen Hackenberg, director of student services; Samantha N. Faust, salutatorian; Ryan J. Karnish, valedictorian; Sister M. Bernard Agnes, I.H.M., principal; and Sue Gerhard, director of development.

Sixty-five graduation caps were flung high in the air following Marian Catholic High School's Class of 2013 commencement exercises held Saturday in the school's gymnasium.

An emotional event occurred when Sister M. Bernard Agnes, I.H.M., Principal, pointed out the many memories and combined accomplishments with the students.

Sister Agnes stated that 80 percent (52 students) will attend four- year colleges, 12 percent will attend community colleges, two percent will attend technical/trade schools and five percent will go into the military.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer free educational seminars on Weight Loss Surgery. The first seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. At 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, he will speak at the Gnaden Huetten Campus Community Room, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Monday, June 3, 2013

They can be sitting down to dinner with their families, finally snuggling into bed after a hard day's work, or in the midst of a project. But when the tones sound, the volunteer firefighters of American Fire Co. # 1 in Lansford don't hesitate to respond.

Now, they need your help and you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home to do it. all it takes is tucking a check into an envelope and mailing to American Fire Co. #1, P.O. Box 6, Lansford, PA 18232.