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Friday, May 13, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS New members of the Lehighton team accept the Commissioners Cup trophy and plaque for their team, which won the 23rd annual Carbon County Senior Games. Presenting the Lehighton team with the award is Victor Pituch, director of the games, second row, left. Members of the team accepting the award are, seated, from left, Sandy Fritz, Fran Haas, Esther Hartman, and Aileen Steigerwalt. Second row, Pituch, Joe Mustacchio, Barbara Mustacchio, James Ketchledge, Linda Daubenspeck, and Ron Fritz.

Thursday was the perfect end to the 2011 Carbon County Senior Games.

Over 100 participants from Weatherly, Panther Valley, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe and Palmerton attended a banquet at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Hall to recognize the winner of the games, as well as reminisce with friends about memories that were made during the eight-day event. Lehighton placed first with a score of 746.

As the banquet began, Anne Horrigan, coordinator of the games, welcomed and thanked everyone for making the games another successful year.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Eldred Township Historical Society

The next meeting of the Eldred Township Historical Society will be on Tuesday, May 24 instead of May 17, due to it being Election Day. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eldred Twp. municipal building. Gail Boscia will be giving a presentation on Victorian lace.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Carbon County officials are urging area residents and business to fly the American Flag at half-staff on Sunday in honor of the police officers across the nation who lost their lives in the line of duty.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board adopted a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day. May 15 also kicks off National Police Week across the country.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, asked Sheriff Dwight Nothstein to accept the proclamation on behalf of all area police officers.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A 1992 Palmerton High School graduate now living in North Carolina is currently waging the two most desperate fights of her life.

Alaina Giordano is battling Stage 4 breast cancer.

And because of her cancer, a judge ruled that custody of her children should go to her ex-husband who lives in Chicago.

This week, Giordano, 37, appeared on NBC's "Today Show" and appealed for public support regarding the judge's ruling.

Friday, May 13, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS A long-vacant house at 146 Fisher Ave. in Coaldale is deteriorating to the point where it may be threatening public safety.

Residents of Fisher Avenue in Coaldale are concerned that a deteriorating house could start shedding debris into the narrow street, and upset that the borough has barricaded the section of road in front of the shabby structure.

Mike Doerr, whose garage faces Fisher Avenue, spoke to council on Tuesday, asking officials to at least take down the sagging front porch and shore up the upper windows.

Friday, May 13, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

It was one year ago that Grace Ann Blundetto was born by cesarian section May 1, weighing 2 lbs. 2 oz. and was 14 1/2 inches long to Lindsey and John Blundetto of Gilbert (third and fourth from left, holding Grace.) Diagnosed with preeclampsia, Lindsey delivered at 30 weeks at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Because of all the great care Grace received, the Blundettos wanted to do something to support programs in the community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Friday, May 13, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Charlie Silliman, pantry coordinator for the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches, explains to members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that the ministry has been told it has until July 1 to relocate.

A ministry of 15 Palmerton Area churches that assists those in need has until July 1 to vacate its headquarters.

Drew Harris, president/Chief Executive Officer of Blue Mountain Health System, addressed the situation with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stacia Smith, on left, from Tamaqua walks her two 2-year old German Sheppard Rotty Boxers "Max" and "Mya" during the TAAR fourth annual dog walk held recently. Pictured on right is Monica Williams, from Brockton, walking "Shelby", her 3-year old female cauapooh.

The Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue (TAAR) held its fourth annual Dog Walk recently to raise monies for a permanent "no kill" shelter in Tamaqua to house lost and stray animals found in the borough and surrounding communities.

The walk was held along the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail located on Rt. 209 west of the borough. Currently the organization has to rely on foster families or the Hillside Animal Shelter in Pottsville to take in the animals until their owners are located or an adoption takes place.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nine year old Shawn Worman (left) and ten year old Abigail Worman from Coaldale enjoy a game during the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile's visit to Jim Thorpe on Wednesday.

No, in spite of appearances, that really wasn't a 27 foot long 7 ton hot dog and bun parked in the Jim Thorpe Market's parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

It was the one and only Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, an advertising icon and to many baby boomers, something right out of their childhood memories.

While it may be one-of-a-kind in concept and design, there are actually six Wienermobiles cruising the highways and byways of America today.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

S.S. Palmer Elementary School announces the Principal's List and Honor Roll for the third marking period by Ms. Brumbach, elementary principal of Palmerton Area School District.

HONOR ROLL