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Friday, April 26, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

"Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?" Why, he's at Pleasant Valley High School's old auditorium tonight and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the production of William Shakespeare's tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet" by PVHS's Shaky's Players under the direction of Robert Young.

Friday, April 26, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School will conclude its Artist in Residency program, led by Tamaqua artist Stephen Bennett, by portraying cultures both near and far on May 7 during the district's spring band concert. In addition to unveiling a portrait of the native Dorsey brothers, members of Kim Burkett's art class at the high school will demonstrate their mud men masks and dances, inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea. From left: Joselyn Zedalis, 12th grade; Troy Margerum, 11th grade; Devin Hoffman; 10th grade; Mark Christ, high school music teacher; Shy Ortiz, 12th grade; Kim Burkett, high school art teacher; Brendan Beshock, 10th grade; and Stephen Bennett, artist in residency.

Panther Valley students have combined art, music, and history through this year's Artist in Residency program at the school, taking place in April and May.

The most vivid example of this academic collaboration will be unveiled on May 7 during the school's spring band concert and art show. During the concert, students will unveil a mural of local musical legends Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, American jazz musicians who were born in Schuylkill County. Students will also perform dances and display masks inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A former Carbon County man who had been living in Lehigh Township, just south of Walnutport, died in a structure fire late Wednesday night, according to Northampton County officials.

Harley A. Henning, 65, died of smoke inhalation during the blaze that destroyed his two-story house located at 443 Washington Drive, according to Coroner Zachary Lysek.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday opened bids for street paving in Mahoning Township and water tower improvements in Weatherly.

However, the board will wait for the bids to be reviewed by Jim Martino of the Office of Planning and Development before awarding the contracts. Commissioners expect to award the jobs on May 2 for the Weatherly work, and on May 9 for the Mahoning Township work.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Slatington man has been jailed after assaulting a police officer Wednesday night.

William Brown II, 45, faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Brown is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Lehigh County Courthouse in Allentown. He remains in Lehigh County Prison under $40,000 bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Slatington Patrolman Deron Dorward:

Friday, April 26, 2013
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Soloist Jake Tokosh of Peaceful Harmony accompanied by director Jonathan Rodgers on piano performs the patriotic Lee Greenwood standard "God Bless the USA" as part of the musical entertainment during the Americana Tea at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

It may be early spring outside but in the Summit Hill Heritage Center the annual benefit tea party was more like the fourth of July as patrons enjoyed tea, sandwiches and a program of patriotic music performed by Peaceful Harmony on Sunday afternoon.

"We were pleased with the turnout and I think everyone had fun," said Center Secretary Andrea Mantz who organized the annual event this year. "The entertainment was wonderful and those who were not able to make it this year missed a great time."

Friday, April 26, 2013

Palmerton's new police cruiser has been nicked up.

Borough Mayor Chris Olivia informed Borough Council on Thursday that the police department's 2013 Ford Taurus cruiser "got a little bump in it."

"It's at the shop," Olivia said. "It should be back any day now."

It was stated that the incident occurred while a police officer was driving down the street when an individual opened their car door into the driving area of the cruiser.

The borough took ownership of the cruiser this past February.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Throngs of people were present at Bright's stores in Lansford and Lehighton to hear announcement of the winners of the two automobiles awarded by the firm. Miss Isabel Jones of Lansford won the auto in Lansford. Dick Edwards, president of the store, presided at the award ceremonies. Raymond "Dick" Haines of Slatington was the winner in Lehighton, the award being announced by George Bright, vice president, assisted by Joseph Mantz, store manager. Four automobiles will be awarded on July 31, the firm's executives announced.

Friday, April 26, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These flowering Dogwood trees lining North Street in Jim Thorpe are just one more sign that Spring is here, and Summer is just around the corner.