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Friday, June 24, 2011

A service honoring veterans will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, June 26, at Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe. All veteran organizations, auxiliaries, veteran families and friends are welcome to attend.

Veteran organizations; as well as auxiliaries and sons are asked to bring their flags. Flags and posts will be blessed at that time.

Invited guests include Congressman Lou Barletta; state Sen. John Yudichak; state Rep. Doyle Heffley; and the Carbon County Commissioners and county Veterans Affairs office.

Friday, June 24, 2011
The Le Quattro Stagioni family and staff surrounds owner Roberto Picone at his restaurant. From left to right are Anthony Lomonaco, Josie Picone holding Kai A. Picone, Iris Picone, Cesare Picone, Roberto Picone, Roberto Giunta, Kaylynn Covine and Sally Alonge.

Italian restaurant Le Quattro Stagioni (DiMaggios) has been serving up Italian delights since its opening last month in Nesquehoning.

Although the restaurant itself is new, the recipes are familiar. Le Quattro Stagioni is one of many DiMaggios restaurants owned by Roberto Picone.

"The owner of the building said there was an opportunity so we opened another restaurant," said Picone, of the Nesquehoning location.

Friday, June 24, 2011
Special to the Times News

Members of the Tamaqua LEO Club attended their district's LEO Club rally recently at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds. The rally consisted of multiple events, such as water balloons, t-shirt tie dying, fairground tour, leadership presentation and activities. Guest speaker was Ted Fusco, Past International Director, of Philadelphia. Pictured are Tamaqua LEO Club members and advisors hanging out with their Mascot during the Rally.

Friday, June 24, 2011

As in years past, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will again sponsor a winter maintenance program for 2011 for a variety of positions to supplement the permanent workforce, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) said.

Positions will be available for temporary equipment operators, mechanics, trades helpers, clerks and typists. The program runs from September through April.

Friday, June 24, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, band directors Robert Riday, James DeVivo and Floyd Frisbie and members of the Pleasant Valley Alumni Band ended its concert on a high note in a celebration of the school district's 50th anniversary.

When the call went out that Pleasant Valley was going to put together an alumni band to help commemorate the school district's 50th anniversary, no one ever expected to receive the overwhelming positive response that they did.

Over 100 former members of Pleasant Valley bands expressed interest in playing for a concert and a schedule of rehearsals was issued. The culmination of their efforts was heard on Saturday, June 4 at a concert held in the PVHS new auditorium with 108 musicians and three conductors making beautiful music.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Tamaqua School Superintendent Carol Makuta offered a clarification to the article published Wednesday concerning the district's 2011-2012 budget, offering assurances about the suggested furloughing of teachers.

"The district is not furloughing any faculty members," explained the superintendent. "During the entire budget process, the school board was committed to avoiding furloughing/firing teachers at all costs. The elimination of 10 teaching positions is related to retirements, resignations and the re-assignment of some staff members."

Friday, June 24, 2011

Heroin is considered one of the most, if not the most, addictive illegal substances plaguing America. It is the apparent drug of choice for those involved in the use of illegal substances in Carbon County according to statistics.

Yesterday in the county court a Nesquehoning woman said she has spent an inheritance she received, totaling $100,000, on heroin over an eight month period.

Gina Marie Raczkowski, 21, made the admission to President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II when entering a guilty pleas to one count each of theft and receiving stolen property.

Friday, June 24, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At a new member/graduate luncheon held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansford four new members were introduced to the congregation. There were also two scholarships presented to high school graduates, Max Willing who graduated from Commonwealth Connections Academy, and Monique Butrie who graduated from Panther Valley. From left to right are Pastor John Keiter, Jr., new members Emilio Yarro, Larry Mullen, Rita Trucios. Church council president Martha Tirpak is presenting a scholarship to graduate Max Willing. Missing from photo are new member Jeffrey Biggs and graduate Monique Butrie.

Friday, June 24, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Several parents with their children participated in learning a new dance at Pleasant Valley Elementary's Family Music Night.

There was a whole lot of music going on at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. The banging of drums could be heard in one room and the sound of steel drums were heard in another. A visit to the cafeteria and fathers, mothers and boys and girls were having a grand time dancing.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Miss Mary Hunsicker, Lehighotn, has been chosen by her peers as "Nurse of the Year" at the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. A graduate of Lehighton Area High Schoolwho holds her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, she is employed in the neo natal intensive care unit at the hospital. She was awarded a plaque at a tea held in her honor at the hospital. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Hunsicker of Lehighton and the late Jean (Showalter) Hunsicker.