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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Heather Heffelfinger, rear, and Crystal McLean Heffelfinger visited the gazebo of Lansford's Kennedy Park last week to make plans for their upcoming wedding, the first same-sex marriage to be performed in the town. The two already joined in a civil union in New Jersey four years ago. See page 2 for a judge's comment about same-sex marriage and families.

Heather loves Crystal.

Crystal loves Heather.

And their love will be expressed publicly on Saturday, June 28, when Lansford hosts its first same-sex wedding, to take place at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

The event may be the first legal wedding ceremony of female partners in Carbon County.

Two Palmerton men reportedly married two weeks ago but chose to keep details private.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission cautions motorists that eight traffic stoppages of no more than 20 minutes each are scheduled starting from 9 p.m. Wednesday until approximately 5 a.m. Thursday on Route 903 and Interstate 476, weather permitting.

The stoppages are due to the $23 million construction of an E-Z Pass-only exit along the turnpike's Northeastern Extension between the Mahoning Valley and Pocono interchanges.

The project is completely funded by toll dollars and is being built by New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc., of New Enterprise.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Organizers of the Carbon County Fair are seeking volunteers for a variety of opportunities.

"This is our 15th consecutive fair, and each year it continues to grow because we have so many dedicated volunteers who help ensure our success," said fair President Bob Silliman.

"The fair has some of the finest volunteers from our county, and surrounding areas," said Liz McElwee, volunteer coordinator. "It's all about having fun and so many of our volunteers return year after year they enjoy doing what they do best volunteering and they enjoy being part of our fair family."

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Friends Alex Partington and Sierra Van Hood create a memory at Northwestern Lehigh High High School's graduation Saturday.

Lights were lowered and the familiar music of the procession began as Northwestern Lehigh students were ready to become 2014 graduates at the commencement ceremony held at Stabler Arena on June 7.

"We celebrate these remarkable men and women who have memories through 13 years," said high school Principal Aileen Yadush.

Class President Sam Haas said he stands before his classmates one last time.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sewer-related topics, roadwork and borough workers were all discussed in detail at Tuesday's Bowmanstown Borough Council meeting.

First, during the sewer treasurer's report, Councilwoman Pam Leiby, who had questions about the previous report at last month's meeting, said, "Last month, Portland (Contractors) submitted the bill, that was (over) … it's over again this month. They submitted the bill for $4,289.50, and I think last month we had asked them to put a breakdown (of their monthly operational costs)."

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dana Van Horn, nationally known artist and Baum school instructor, will give a presentation on "Tips to Improve Your Landscape Painting" at this week's meeting of the Carbon County Art League. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Penn-Kidder Senior Center, 1874 Route 903, Jim Thorpe.

Van Horn's work is included in the Allentown Art Museum's permanent collection and in many private collections in the area and across the country. He has taught painting in oil, acrylic and watercolor as well as pastel at the Baum School of Art for many years.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The monthly Carbon County Fair board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 20 in the community room, located on the ground floor of the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital campus of Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a display vendor at the fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at 570-325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com.

The fair will be held Aug. 4-9 in Palmerton. For more information go to www.carboncountyfair.com or call 610-826-1862.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Richard C. Gregory will be the speaker during Weatherly High School's 126th commencement ceremony on Friday.

The graduation will be held at 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium.

Gregory, the son of Richard and Barbara Gregory, was born and raised in Weatherly and graduated from Weatherly High School in 1990 with honors.

Following graduation, he attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in molecular and cellular biology.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Coaldale Sea Scouts drew quite the crowd as they marched in the bond parade in Pottsville.

The unit was led by Skipper Isaac Evans and Mate Edward Arner.

They left the Coaldale Legion Home at 6 p.m. in a chartered bus.

The Sea Scouts received a bell from a Navy ship to use at their meetings and drills at the American Legion home, which will be mounted and inscribed there.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Cosmic Adventures Traveling Planetarium provided Polk Elementary School students with instructional fun about the night sky.

It's Countdown at Polk Elementary School.

Friday is the last day of school but it's also the last day for Polk Elementary. Pleasant Valley School District is shutting down the school, due to declining enrollment.

So, Polk decided to go out with a "Bang!" Every day of this last week will feature some kind of special event with a theme of "Blast Off to Next Year."

"We want all our students to feel excited about the move to Pleasant Valley Elementary next year," says Erica Greer, Polk's principal.

Monday was Positive Behavior System Building Wide Reward All Day.