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Friday, April 26, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A Greek instrument, the bouzouki, was introduced to the people who had not seen it at a previous Roger Latzgo concert.

Roger Latzgo's appearance in the Knight's Gallery of the Palmerton Area Library was part of the Library Concert Series. He said it was also Earth Day weekend, which is a recent development.

"Everyday should be Earth Day for nature," said Latzgo.

His first song was a poem by Emily Dickinson set to music. It is about bees and is titled "I take the liquor never brewed." He accompanied himself on the piano.

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Lion Robert Neumoyer, project coordinator, left, and Gary Kistler, President, wrap seedlings in preparation to distribute them to all Tamaqua Elementary School students.

Members of the West Penn Lions Club spent a couple hours Wednesday evening prepping and wrapping over 1,000 white spruce seedlings to be given to all elementary students in the Tamaqua Area School District.

The project was done as part of the Lions Club Global Service Action Campaign created to focus efforts on preserving and protecting the environment.

Friday, April 26, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Family and friends as well as current and previous fellow teachers and administrators recently gathered at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton to honor Candace Steffie for her 25 years of dedication to the school. Pictured are Rev. Michael Ahrensfield, Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, (left) and Principal Sherry Sernak (right) presenting a plaque to Steffie (center) to commemorate her special day.

An actor-turned politician by the name of Ronald Reagan was President of the United States.

Moviegoers were enjoying films like Dirty Dancing, Good Morning, Vietnam, Moonstruck, and Three Men and a Baby.

Songs including At This Moment, Livin on a Prayer, The Lady in Red, and Walk Like an Egyptian filled the airwaves on boomboxes and walkmen.

It was during this time that Candace Steffie was hired as a teacher at SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jeffrey S Bobish, Beaver Meadows, has announced his intent to seek the Democratic nomination in the May 21st primary, for the seat of Mayor of Beaver Meadows.

After serving four years on the borough's Planning Commission, and helping to create the borough's Comprehensive Plan, Bobish was appointed to fill a vacant council seat. Jeff has subsequently been elected to four consecutive terms since. During his 16 year tenure as a councilman, Bobish has been elected to serve as president of the council for seven of those years and currently holds the vice president's position.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Parking concerns in downtown Palmerton have been alleviated, according to one borough business owner.

One month after she said there was a lack of available parking spaces in front of her business, Jan Kresge once again appeared before Borough Council on Thursday.

However this time, Kresge, who owns Jan's Barber Shop, at 434 Delaware Avenue, told council the situation appears to have been rectified.

"There's parking now," Kresge said. "I have additional parking."

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Showing a glimps of spring foliage are railroad tracks running parallel to North Railroad Street in Tamaqua.

Friday, April 26, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Denise Smale of Kresgeville read both of the books she authored and illustrated to children at Western Pocono Community Library's Children's Story Hour.

What if your family moved since last Christmas. Would Santa Claus be able to find you in your new house?

Denise Smale of Kresgeville tries to answer that question in her newest children's book, "Santa I Moved!"

Smale wrote and illustrated "Santa I Moved!" and is now promoting it locally. She recently visited the Western Pocono Community Library where she read both her books during the Children's Story Hour and was the guest at a Lunch with the Author. She thanks Carol Kern, the library's director, for her support over the last few years in her endeavors.

Friday, April 26, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Carbon County 911 dispatcher Justin Markell explains the dispatching controls to student during Government Day. The students, from left, representing Jim Thorpe Area High School are Lauren Zurn, Michael Kalage and Bridget McFadden, and from Lehighton Area High School Maria Magyar.

Dozens of Carbon County high school students learned how their county government and courts work on Thursday.

The students, from Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Weatherly, Panther Valley, and Palmerton school districts, and Marian Catholic High School, gathered in the commissioners' meeting room at 8:30 a.m. They then walked to the ornate Courtroom No. 1 to be greeted by President judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Panther Valley school board put faces to the furloughs of six educators on Thursday, naming those teachers who have lost their jobs due to curtailment or alteration of various programs.

The board voted, with school director Roy "Mickey" Angst absent, and after accepting the resignation of school director David Hiles, to approve the furloughs.

Friday, April 26, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Mobile meth lab equipment removed from a house at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, during a raid Thursday night.

Drug agents from the Pennsylvania office of the Attorney General, assisted by local police and the Carbon County Emergency Management coordinator, on Thursday night raided a home at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, where a person was allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.

Firefighters from American Fire Co. No. 1, Lansford, stood by, several in full turnout gear and air packs. Two trucks were ready, engines running and hoses unfurled, in the event of an explosion or other reaction from the volatile chemicals used to make the drug.