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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Laurel and Bobby Ohl prepare to place flags in the holders around the veterans' monument.

"Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree" were the words of a popular 1970s song by Tony Orlando.

The trees in the Walnutport Park on Washington Street may not be oaks but they sprouted yellow and red, white and blue ribbons as the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 decorated the park on May 28.

The yellow is for men and women serving in the military now and hoping they come home safely, and the red, white and blue are for those who served previously.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning held a Veterans Appreciation Program the day after Memorial Day. Taking part in the ceremony were members of Jim Thorpe Legion Post 304. Left to right are Robert Wagner, William Diehm, vocalist Angela Nardini, main speaker Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein (Air Force vet of Vietnam era), Francie O'Donnell, John Gallagher (front), chaplain Gilbert Henry, and CC Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Deroisers.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Administrative Committee members listen as auditor Gregory J. Shank of Maillie, Falconiero & Co., LLC, advises them on how to better keep tabs on borough money. From left are Danielle Smith, Shank, Adam Webber and Mary Kruczek.

Lansford borough needs to keep a hawk eye on its money, and take a close look at its past to map out its fiscal future, an auditor told council's Administrative Committee on Tuesday.

"Many boroughs and townships across the state are facing dilemmas with decreasing resources and rising expenses. So they need to look at a better and more timely budgeting process and monitoring process to deal with these potential challenges," said auditor Gregory J. Shank of Maillie, Falconiero & Co., LLC.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tower Road in West Penn Township was one of the many areas hit hard by Thursday's record storm. In addition to vast areas of fallen trees, the home of Greg and Joanne Stewart had to remove a tree that fell onto their home. Pictured is a common site in West Penn and East Brunswick, as a very large tree lies uprooted in the front yard of a Tower Road home.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS As the big people bid on on everything from baking sheets to neon Budweiser signs at Saturday's auction of Costello's restaurant in Coaldale, a group of little entrepreneurs held a bake sale nearby, selling cookies, brownies and cupcakes. The children are, from left to right: Cassie Vachon, 11, holding Aiden Kreimendahl, 5; Douglas Vachon, 9, and Mallory Palmer, 7.

As the big people bid on on everything from baking sheets to neon Budweiser signs at Saturday's auction of Costello's restaurant in Coaldale, a group of little entrepreneurs held a bake sale nearby, selling cookies, brownies and cupcakes. The children are, from left to right: Cassie Vachon, 11, holding Aiden Kreimendahl, 5; Douglas Vachon, 9, and Mallory Palmer, 7.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
At Friedens Church the Rev. Lunnett Hilliard waits to give the Benediction as Dennis Zeigler provides the voice of the ceremony.

Members of the American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16 of Slatington, visited 12 cemeteries with a ceremony providing honor to the war dead. Nine ceremonies were held on Sunday when members of the churches were able to attend.

Dennis Ziegler, president of the Memorial Day committee, said they were there to honor the heroic dead because they made our lives free.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two persons were injured, one seriously, in a one car crash Tuesday afternoon along SR903 in Penn Forest Township. The incident occurred just after noon as the car was being operated just north of the Turnpike overpass. For some unknown reason the car crossed the roadway traveling down an embankment and impacting with a tree head-on. The injured were treated at the scene by members of the Lake Harmony ambulance and the Lehighton paramedics.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., June 13, at the Carbon-Tamaqua Office of the American Cancer Society, 33 W. Ridge Street, Lansford.

The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ernest Spence, Seaman 2nd Class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Windsor Spence, Lansford, has been presumed officially dead, the Navy informed his family. He was aboard the submarine U.S.S. Snook which failed to return from a mission to the South China seas a year ago. He leaves his parents, a widow, an eight year old son, and a two year old daughter. A brother, Howard Spence, who served in the Pacific during the war, will remain in the Navy until June 1947.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS PDE members Holly Jobe, 21st Century Teaching & Learning Program Manager, right, and Ralph Maltese, 21st Century Teaching & Learning Mentor, watch as Carla Keller, 7th grade language arts teacher, talks to her class during one of her lessons.

The Tamaqua Area High School and Middle School technology departments were given positive remarks after being visited by members of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Members Holly Jobe, 21st Century Teaching & Learning Program Manager, and Ralph Maltese, 21st Century Teaching & Learning Mentor, were given a detailed tour of the district's technology departments by Eric Lech, TASD Technology Integration Coach.