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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Carl Zickler/special to the times news
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ted Dacey, chaplain of VFW Post 8008 (left) is seen with JROTC cadet speakers, Codey Drum, Chelsea Digiglio, and Lazur Zenon, along with Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck in front of VFW Post 8008.

What a beautiful day for a parade! Nesquehoning's Memorial Day reflected on the veterans and what the day means to those who spoke at the service.

The parade consisted of marchers of soccer, scouts, baseball, JROTC, and veterans organizations. Due to the small numbers in the Panther Valley Band this year, only one band marched and this year they were in Lansford's parade.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Workers spent a majority of their Memorial Day weekend replacing lines and restoring services throughout our area. Pictured are PPL crews replacing downed power lines and poles on Tower Road following last week's tornado and high winds in West Penn Township.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last week the Jim Thorpe School Board passed the 2011-2012 budget with a 2 mill (value of 1 mill is $649,682) increase. The final budget has been passed but the school board will have a final vote at the June 27th board meeting.

The budget has to be submitted by June 30th, which is the end of the school districts fiscal year. The school board will be putting in a final vote on June 27th but the budget cannot be changed.

Superintendent Barbara Conway stated, "Once the budget is passed, it is locked in."

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Tamaqua man was injured just before 5:30 a.m. this morning when he was struck by a tractor trailer in the 300 block of Pine Street (SR309). Norman McLaughlin of Pine Street, Tamaqua, apparently entered the truck's lane of travel to get to his parked car. He told police he saw the truck, a tractor trailer, but thought he had enough time.Traffic was backed up for 45 minutes as emergency responders cared for the victim and Tamaqua police remained on scene to investigate.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heavy damage occurred Memorial Day when a fire ravaged a building at the Mahanoy City Area school complex, forcing the closing of school today and perhaps for the rest of the school year.

Hometown and other Schuylkill County fire companies, some wearing parade attire, spent their Memorial Day fighting a destructive fire at the Mahanoy City Area school complex that started just before 8 a.m. Monday morning.

The fire started in a the ceiling of a storage room located near the cafeteria. The fire broke out in the cafeteria complex. One witness stated, "Thick black billowing smoke shot out the school's glass front doors when firefighters opened them."

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Shippensburg University student Aric Shubeck of Summit Hill speaks at Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held Sunday in the Seek section of the borough, and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.

A young but wise voice on Sunday called for the nation to keep alive the memories of those who left the comfort and security of home to defend America from those who threaten our freedoms.

"From the American Revolution, to the Afghan and Iraq wars, the United States has lost 1,343,812 of the finest men and women the world will ever know in the line of duty," said Aric Shubeck, the main speaker for Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held at the Seek memorial and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cub Scout Pack 756 Weblo Jacob Rudy, 10, of New Ringgold places a flower on a veteran's grave during the annual West Penn Memorial Day Service.

The annual West Penn Memorial Day Service was held Sunday at the St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville.

Participating in the service were Reverends Cheryl Moore and Michael Frost, West Penn and Tamaqua band members, guestspeaker Air Force Master Sergeant Lisa Miller, Boy Scout Pack 755, Cub Scout Pack 756, Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1205, Brownie Troops 30975 and 1323,

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Local volunteers are planning the annual 5k Run/Walk to raise money for the American Diabetes Association's diabetes research and education programs. The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13. The start/finish line will be at the Palmerton Borough Park, and registration will begin at 8 a.m.

There is a registration fee for the event, which will be donated to the ADA.

Trophies will be given to fastest overall male and female runners. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age category. Walkers will be noncompetitive.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Seven-month old twins Anna and Carolina sit with their mother Jordi Breiner of Tamaqua during the annual West Penn Memorial Day Service. Their father is Ernie Breiner.