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Friday, April 29, 2011

Wildlands Conservancy is seeking nominations for its Friend of the Lehigh River Awards. The awards, given annually by the organization, are in acknowledgment of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, institutions, or government entities that deserve recognition for their commitment to preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Lehigh River and its watershed. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 20.

Friday, April 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Jason Gates, who won the 17th Annual Citizen Bee, prepares to answer a question during the oral testing round on Thursday.

The 17th Annual Pennsylvania Citizen Bee was held Thursday evening at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

The Citizen Bee tests students' knowledge of U.S. history, economics, geography, Pennsylvania history, local/regional history and current events. Four students out of 25 competing walked away with top prizes.

First place winner was Panther Valley High School senior Jason Gates. Last year he competed in the Citizen Bee and placed third. Gates plans to attend Dickinson College for economics.

Friday, April 29, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The newly released Tamaqua Area 2011Community Progress Report features the new graphics created by Tamaqua Area High School student Sarah DeBenedict and motto of 'Growth - Progress - Tradition,' developed by Ann Gangwer. The logo was unveiled Wednesday at the 61st Annual Tamaqua Area Community Dinner.

Friday, April 29, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn-Kidder Lions Club recently honored Tyler DeAlbertis, center, who was chosen as the eighth grade Student of The Month. Tyler is a student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. With Tyler are his father, John DeAlbertis, left; and Manny DaCosta, president of the Penn-Kidder Lions. The meeting was held at Piggy's in Lake Harmony.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Students from seven area high schools had the opportunity to see how Carbon County operates during the county's 11th annual Government Day.

On Thursday, students from Panther Valley, Marian, Palmerton, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Weatherly, and Carbon Career & Technical Institute high schools found themselves spending a day observing Carbon County officials doing what they do best, run the county.

Students had stops at the Carbon County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe and 9-1-1 Communication Center in Nesquehoning.

Friday, April 29, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley School District was represented in the District 10 Intermediate Band Festival on April 1. Selected to participate from the Middle School were Steven Reehl (clarinet) and Morgan Kadel (Alto Clarinet). The band festival took place at Catasauqua Area High School.

Friday, April 29, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS In late November, Panther Valley JROTC Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins lowered the 10-foot-by-16-foot American flag from its pole at the Coaldale Complex as his platoon stood at attention. The flag was in need of repair and was mended over the winter months by Coaldale World War II Committee member William Gaddes. This week Bevins hoisted the flag, given to the committee by now-state Senator David G. Argall, to its position of glory. JROTC cadets attending were Major Ashlee Miller, Sgt. First Class Ashton Walck, Sgt. First Class Heidi Warman, Pvt. First Class Jerdil Castillo, Cmd. Sgt. Mjr. Angela Piscitelli, Lt. Col. Courtney Lazar, Sgt. Tyler Suzadail and First Sgt. Codey Drum. Major Kenneth Markovich leads the unit.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

In the wake of a number suicides in the United States by teenagers who have been bullied by classmates, Behavioral Health Associates is offering a free seminar to Carbon County residents.

The seminar, "In & Beyond the Schoolyard Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue," will be presented Wednesday, June 1, from 6-9 p.m. at BHA's Packer Ridge Academy, just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. The academy is the site of the former Packerton High School.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Attorney James Nanovic, left, solicitor for Lehighton Borough, reviews plans for a fire company expansion program during a meeting of the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board. Zoning board members include, seated l-r, Randy Semmel, Mary Jo Vrablic, and Mary Lou Brophy. The zoners unanimously approved the fire department's request.

The Lehighton Fire Department crossed a major hurdle in its goal to extend the size of its fire station, Thursday night.

It received unanimous approval from the borough's zoning hearing board.

The $3.5 million project calls for demolishing three houses situated between Station 1 (Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 building) and Station 2 (Engine Company No. 2 building) in the 100 block of South Third Street, and then erecting bays and other facilities between them.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Jesse Walck

Jesse Walck, 295 East Mountaintop Road, Summit Hill, has announced his candidacy for Summit Hill Borough Council. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.

Walck, 32, is currently serving on the Carbon County Planning Commission.

He is a 1997 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 2008 graduate of Temple University, where he attained a degree in economics. Immediately after graduating high school, he served six years in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent over two years involved in combat operations in Iraq.