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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Lansford residents are urged to lock their car doors and keep their eyes open to thwart a rash of car break-ins.

Officer Chris Ondrus said at least 15 people have reported break-ins, mostly in the east end of town. He asked that people keep alert, try to get a description of the perpetrators and call 911 if they see suspicious activity.

Ondrus also asked that any residents who may have video cameras to please check them to see if they captured any images of suspicious activity, and to contact police at (570) 645-5844.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon and Chief County Detective Dennis Clark look over crime statistics for the county.

Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon and Chief County Detective Dennis Clark are asking all Schuylkill County residents to utilize the county's crime/drug tip hot line.

"Our hot line provides Schuylkill residents an anonymous method of contacting authorities regarding matters of possible drug or illegal activity," said Clark, who recalled many success stories as a result of tips left via the hot line. "All information received is either given to our county's drug task force or forwarded to local police departments."

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved a number of personnel actions:

Ÿ They accepted the resignation of Brett M. Hannon, Lansford, from his job as Seasonal Park Ranger 1, effective April 30;

Ÿ Commissioners changed the employment status of Toby M. Butz, Lehighton, from County Caseworker II, Children & Youth Services, to Adult Probation Officer I, Adult Probation, effective May 20; and Gerard P. Healy, Albrightsville, from Seasonal Park Ranger I to Lead Seasonal Park Ranger I, effective May 24.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Franklin Elementary School will present its Spring Concert at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Everyone is invited.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley JROTC cadets, from left front, James Ortiz, Jason Matika, and Andrew Benek; from right front, Teaghen Goida, James Biddle, and Colin Johnson, form a saber arch through which veterans walked to receive the high school diplomas they had forfeited for military service.

It was 1953, and Sal Digiglio was ready for his senior year at Nesquehoning High School when he decided to serve his country by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. Digiglio served in Korea.

Lawrence Cinicola of Summit Hill left school in his junior year to enlist in the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. he would have graduated in 1943.

Joseph Ciavaglia, also of Summit Hill, also cut short his high school years, entering the U.S. Army in 1951, and serving until 1954, during the Korean conflict. He would have graduated in 1952.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Summit Hill Borough Council will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday concerning the proposed Middle Carbon Comprehensive Plan.

It will be held in the borough hall.

The hearing will precede the regular monthly meeting of the council.

A copy of the plan is available for public review at the borough hall during regular business hours.

It also can be viewed on-line at www.communityplanning.biz.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Andy Sterner, Post adjutant, left, and John Howard, Post vice commander, right, congratulate Post Commander Gerald Harbin, center, on his "Certificate of Recognition."

VFW Post 294 meets on the first Tuesday of the month at the clubhouse at Holiday Pocono in Albrightsville. According to Post Commander Gerald Harbin they are a fairly small post, with seven to 10 active members who attend regularly.

But don't let the numbers fool you. The Penn Kidder Post carries a lot of weight. Every two months members of the Post visit local businesses, collecting items to make care packages for the troops currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Galen Troxell (left) and his wife Sarah (center) were guest speakers at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. They discussed their local family business, Galen Glen Winery, located in Andreas. Pictured with the Troxells is Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President John Hanosek (right). Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call (610) 377-9706, or e-mail LehightonRotary@yahoo.com, or visit www.Rotary.org.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton sixth graders who won this year's Sixth Sense Competition held earlier this month include (l-r) Lucas Christman, Chris Fredericks, Matthew Binder, Zeke Himmelwright, and Reshan Selva. Pictured behind them is co-advisor Pamela Storm. Missing from the photo is student Ben Netznik.

They've just gone back-to-back, and show no signs of any slack.

On the heels of their second victory in as many years, Palmerton sixth graders who won the 2013 Sixth Sense Competition were recognized at a workshop session of the school board on Tuesday.

The team won the competition held last week at Panther Valley High School. The competition included teams from Palmerton, Panther Valley, Northern Lehigh, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, Pleasant Valley, and Northwestern Lehigh school districts.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

For the fifth consecutive year, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) has been awarded the American Heart Association's (AHA) top honor for employers, the Start! Fit Friendly Company Platinum Award.

Out of 2,245 applications received by the AHA from companies across the nation seeking Gold or Platinum status, BCNEPA was one of only 12 Platinum honorees selected in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.