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Saturday, June 14, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the Northern Lehigh High School students honored at the Senior Academic Achievement Awards ceremony held recently in the high school auditorium were (front, from left) Jamie Miller, Sam Miller-Brown, (back, from left) Marissa Marsh, Nathaniel Czarnecki, and Chelsea Harlan.

Northern Lehigh High School held its senior awards assembly recently in the high school auditorium.

The students, and the awards they received, are:

Daniel Abruzzi Miller-Keystone Certificate of Achievement; Ann Bernard Memorial Scholarship ($3,580); Dakota Galusha Memorial Fund Scholarship ($1,000); Rotary Club of Slatington; Donald P. Jones Memorial Scholarship ($1,000).

Alexis Barrett President's Award for Educational Achievement.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A former Coaldale man, now reportedly living in the woods behind Shickram's Car Wash in Tamaqua, spent some time in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, following a domestic incident on June 6.

Tamaqua police were dispatched to 423 N. Railroad St. at 9:57 p.m. and met with Rebecca Haughwought, who told officers that her boyfriend, Michael A. Strohl, 30, had thrown cans at her, striking her in the head and face.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Irizarry Guillermina, 44, of 209 Gay St., Tamaqua, has been cited for violating the Tamaqua Borough Ordinance concerning barking dogs.

The citation was issued on June 8, when police were called to the area after complaints about the dogs. Neighbors said the small dogs are left outside for long periods of the day, barking for hours at a time.

This was the fourth time officers received complaints about the dogs' barking.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
BOB MILLER/TIMES NEWS Today, June 14, is National Flag Day. United States residents should fly the American Flag in honor of the day that the "Stars and Stripes" were authorized by Congress as the official national symbol of the United States of America.

Today is National Flag Day.

It's a day to remember the history of America and teach Americanism.

"Our flag is a symbol of freedom, victory, challenge and pride," said Henry Desrosiers, director of the Carbon County Veterans Affairs office.

"It is a symbol that represents not only for who we are as a nation, but also for what we stand for and believe in. Because of this, it is a constant reminder of all of the men and women who served and who are still serving our country today, to guarantee our freedoms that we enjoy today."

Saturday, June 14, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Amanda Trelease, Slatington 150th Anniversary Committee chairwoman and treasurer, unveils the eight days' worth of events being readied for the town's upcoming celebration this Aug. 9 through 16.

The Slatington 150th Planning Committee, tasked with developing yearlong events for the borough's sesquicentennial anniversary this year, held a press conference about the upcoming celebration.

Amanda Trelease, Events Committee chairwoman and treasurer, unveiled the schedule for each day of the eight-day event, which will run from Aug. 9 to 16.

She said the celebration will kick off that Saturday at 8 a.m. with a 5K race at the Slatington trailhead, followed by opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. in Victory Park.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Student speakers during commencement exercises at Jim Thorpe Area High School are, from left, Ryan Richard Saunders II, class president; Haley Christine Cope, valedictorian; and Brandon Michael Huffman, salutatorian.

Jim Thorpe Area High School students were urged to "find something you are passionate about and pursue it."

Valedictorian Haley Cope told her classmates, "Do not let others, not me, your parents, teacher or friends, determine how you will live. Your purpose belongs to only you, and is yours to change, modify and uphold as you please."

A total of 155 seniors were awarded diplomas during commencement exercises Friday in the Jim Thorpe High School gym.

Other student speakers were Brandon Huffman, salutatorian, and Ryan Saunders II, president of the class.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The 52 members of the senior class stand as "Pomp and Circumstance" is played by the school band inside the middle school gymnasium at the start of Friday evening's 126th Annual Commencement at Weatherly Area High School.

Fifty-two graduates at Weatherly Area High School heard words of encouragement from a 1990 alumnus during commencement ceremonies held Friday evening inside the Weatherly Area Middle School gymnasium.

Weatherly native Richard C. Gregory, a cancer researcher living in Framingham, Massachusetts, was the honored speaker.

Gregory advised the group that the world is theirs.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Dana McAllister, class salutatorian, takes a "selfie" before  addressing her classmates during Pleasant Valley's graduation.

The Pleasant Valley High School gymnasium was a sea of blue and white as 415 high school seniors received their diplomas Friday night.

It was the 54th graduating class at Pleasant Valley.

Besides all the pomp and circumstance, the gym radiated with great joy from the seniors to their guests.

"Class of 2014, this is your special night," Principal John Gress said. "You'll remember it the rest of your life."

Saturday, June 14, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The new Advance Auto Parts store along Route 145 will be at the site of the former Classic Car Wash, between Blue Ridge Auto Service and Tire and the Lehigh Plaza 1 strip mall, and will open for business in February of 2015, said Project Engineer Darrin Heckman, of Lehigh Engineering Associates.

Topics from a new auto parts store to feral cats to missing roadside signs, were covered at Walnutport's Borough Council meeting Thursday night.

Project Engineer Darrin Heckman, of Lehigh Engineering Associates, showed council plans for an Advance Auto Parts store at the site of the former Classic Car Wash on Route 145, also known as Best Avenue, in Walnutport, located between Blue Ridge Auto Service and Tire and the Lehigh Plaza 1 strip mall.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Care to wind down the weekend with some good old fashioned music?

Settle in for Sunday Evening Concerts in the Park, arranged through the Concourse Club of Palmerton's Bandstand Committee.

The concerts are free for the public to enjoy at 7 p.m. each Sunday in the borough park through Aug. 17.

In case of inclement weather, the Bandstand Committee reserves the right to cancel the concert.

Various donations are secured to provide for these concerts.

The 2014 schedule is:

Ÿ June 15: Old Friends, sponsored by First Northern Bank and Trust