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Friday, June 13, 2014

Jim Thorpe held its fourth annual Laurel Festival of the Arts, opening with a two-week run of classical music concerts and art exhibits.

Synonymously, the town stated its tribute to the state flower, the Mountain Laurel, with its yearly Lauren Blossom Festival.

The festival included about 50 craft booths and food vendors near the train station and park, featuring everything from Irish lace tablecloths to potato pancakes to face painting.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club is offering local veterans an opportunity to serve their community.

The "Involve a U.S. Veteran" program is a nationwide initiative sponsored by Lions Clubs International that offers qualified veterans an entrance fee waiver of up to $30 when joining a local Lions club. The waiver is available to the first 5,000 U.S. veterans. The program runs through June 30, 2015.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Over the past two weeks, residents, family members, staff, volunteers and community leaders of the Weatherwood nursing facility in Weatherly have sent 15 handwritten letters to local legislators urging them to make the care of the state's frailest, sickest people a priority in the state budget.

The letters showcased personal stories in an effort to illustrate the importance of state funding for long-term care services.

"State budgets should not be balanced on the backs of the frail elderly," administrator Karen Nocilla wrote in a press release Thursday.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Lansford man was given a county prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court after previously pleading guilty to drug dealing.

He was one of three defendants who had entered guilty pleas at prior proceedings to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

Vito William Molle, 32, was sentenced by Matika to serve one day less one year to one day less two years in the county prison on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Friday, June 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

John Mateyak, left, presented two Tamaqua Area High Schoolstudents with scholarships on behalf of his late wife, Karen, who was a math teacher at Tamaqua Area High School. Rebecca Minehan received the Karen Mateyak Mathematics Tutoring Award, and Jared Sharpe earned the Karen Mateyak Mathematics Award, presentedto the student with the highest cumulative average in honormathematics. Also present was Dr Kathryn Kropp of the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, the organization administering the awards.

Friday, June 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club recently installed officers for the 2014-2015 year. Officers were installed by District 14-U District Gov. Liz McElwee at the Mansion House Restaurant in Summit Hill. A new member was also installed. First row, from left, McElwee; Sue Anthony, president; Gerry Andrews, treasurer; Barbara Christopher, co-treasurer.

Second row, Steven Anthony, secretary; Alicia Silliman, second vice president; Barbara Walck, first vice president and tail twister; Robert Silliman, lion tamer; Betty Wagner,

Friday, June 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three Marian Catholic High School students received awards during the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition held at Penn State University. Ryan Darrough of Sugarloaf received an $8,000 scholarship to the Penn State University Park Eberly College of Science with two first place awards in behavioral psychology and the Pennsylvania Science Talent Search Award; Patrick Darroughof Sugarloaf received a second place in biology; and Henry Hinchey of Slatington was awarded a second place in chemistry.

Friday, June 13, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jake McGeehan, right, honors Scoutmaster Ray Attewell as his mentor during his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony.

During a recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor, 17-year-old Jake McGeehan of Penn Forest Township was recognized for his achievements and years of dedication to Boy Scouts as he earned his wings.

The ceremony was held in the hall at Penn Forest Township Fire Company No. 1, which is home to Troop 555.

"Jake has always exhibited the 'Scouting spirit,'" Scoutmaster Ray Attewell said of McGeehan.

"He always had a positive attitude and he really needed it to overcome the massive Eagle Scout project he undertook."

Friday, June 13, 2014
special to the Times News Panther Valley seniors Len Ogozalek, second from left, and Jake Szczecina, second from right, accept service awards from Summit Hill Lions Club members Tom Ponting, left, and Judy Midas, right.

Two Panther Valley High School seniors have been recognized by the Summit Hill Lions Club.

Jake Szczecina, son of Jeff and Maria Szczecina, and Len Ogozalek, son of Len and Lisa Ogozalek, received service awards in the amount of $250 each during a meeting of the club held May 26 at the Parkview Inn, Summit Hill.

Club co-presidents Judy Midas and Tom Ponting made the presentations.

Friday, June 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A total of $1,088 was raised for the Nurse Family Partnership of Schuylkill County. From left, Nanette Haldeman Green, director SLM Homecare; Barb Still, nurse supervisor; Cheryl O'Connor, RN home visitor; and Kimberly Sargent, vice president of patient care services.

During a recent tea for retired nurses of the St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus, the Nurse Family Partnership of Schuylkill County was honored as a community nursing program that helps to strengthen society.

Nurse Family Partnership is a nonprofit organization that has registered nurses pay home visits to low-income, first-time mothers from the beginning of their pregnancy until the baby turns 2 years old.