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Friday, May 13, 2011

They'll have an extra kick in their step as they lap around the track in their quest to slay the dragon known as cancer.

This year's Relay For Life of Palmerton and Surrounding Areas will be held from May 21-22 at the Palmerton Area High School stadium at 325 Fireline Road.

The 24-hour event starts at 10 a.m. May 21 and ends at 10 a.m. May 22. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Palmerton-based event.

Chris Borger, publicity chair, said the theme of this year's Relay is "Cancer Loses When Everyone Plays to Win." She said the goal this year is to raise $90,000.

Friday, May 13, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Danielle Ann Woods, 22, of 30 W. Holland St., Summit Hill, was arraigned before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, Thursday afternoon for allegedly stealing and forging a check from a client. Woods was employed as a caregiver for the victim at the time of the March 3 incident. Woods allegedly attempted to cash the other woman's Social Security check. Charged with forgery, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception, she was escorted to her arraignment by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Pennsylvania has moved a step closer to banning the sale of a trio of synthetic drugs, including the stimulant known as bath salts.

On Tuesday, the proposed legislation cleared the Senate by unanimous vote, and is now headed for the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Once signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, the legislation would ban the sale of bath salts, synthetic marijuana, salvia divanorum and a synthetic cocaine called "blizzard." It would also include the chemicals on the list of controlled substances.

Friday, May 13, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Jade Leitzel, daughter of Catherine and Nicholas Katynski, and a senior at Lehighton Area High School, was named the winner of the Lehighton Woman's Club art scholarship award. Leitzel enjoys art and she is shown with several abstract paintings on wood that she recently created. Her art teacher at Lehighton Area High School is Mike Reenock. Leitzel plans to attend Duquesne University in Pittsburgh to major in English.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Following an executive session to deal with litigation and personnel matters, the Panther Valley school board conducted several other items of business during its regular meeting.

Anthony DeMarco was unanimously reappointed to a term as board treasurer, effective July 1, 2011.

The board approved a list of teachers and substitutes to cover the summer programs, including pre-kindergarten and extended school year. The board also approved several faculty members for summer achievement school.

Friday, May 13, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Donna Les, financial consultant for Palmerton Area School District, gives a budget presentation on the 2011-12 spending plan at a school board budget workshop Thursday.

Palmerton Area School District remains on track to pass next year's budget with a 12.6-percent increase.

That means a 5.506-mill increase is likely in the cards for the 2011-12 budget, as explained to residents who attended a school board budget workshop Thursday.

Even with the anticipated rise, the board must still come up with another $26,086 worth of cuts to arrive at that destination, according to Donna Les, financial consultant.

Friday, May 13, 2011
Rob Marrero was seriously injured playing football last week. Bake sales are being held this weekend at the Panther Valley Breaker Boys game at 1 p.m. Sunday and at Boyer's Market, Lansford from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A Panther Valley man is hoping to help a childhood friend who was injured last Saturday in a football accident.

Anthony Sanders said that his friend, Rob Marrero, was a wide receiver and the all time leader in touchdown receptions, receptions and yards when he played for Panther Valley High School. Marrero suffered a paralyzing neck injury last week while playing for the semi-pro team Mountain Top Reapers. Marrero is a 2000 graduate of Panther Valley High School and still resides in Coaldale.

Friday, May 13, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Spontaneous Combustion from Lehighton Middle School took first place during the 2011 sixth, seventh and eighth grade Envirothon (Investigator division), held at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill on Wednesday. The team scored 444. Members of Spontaneous Combustion are, Yvette Sharrow, teacher and team adviser, second from left; Cammi Nalesnik; Alyssa Jordan; and Andrew Ebbert, all sitting on rock; Kirk Breiner and Kyle Collins, team captain, second row, kneeling on rock; and Todd Serfass, teacher and team adviser, second from right.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Democratic races for positions on the Summit Hill and Nesquehoning borough councils highlight Primary Election balloting choices on Tuesday, May 21.

Seven persons are running for the Summit Hill Borough Council and six candidates appear for the Nesquehoning Borough Council. Four four-year terms are open in each borough.

Meanwhile, there are no contests for either the Lansford Borough Council or the Panther Valley School District Board of Education.

Summit Hill race

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.