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Friday, April 29, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The newly released Tamaqua Area 2011Community Progress Report features the new graphics created by Tamaqua Area High School student Sarah DeBenedict and motto of 'Growth - Progress - Tradition,' developed by Ann Gangwer. The logo was unveiled Wednesday at the 61st Annual Tamaqua Area Community Dinner.

Friday, April 29, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn-Kidder Lions Club recently honored Tyler DeAlbertis, center, who was chosen as the eighth grade Student of The Month. Tyler is a student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. With Tyler are his father, John DeAlbertis, left; and Manny DaCosta, president of the Penn-Kidder Lions. The meeting was held at Piggy's in Lake Harmony.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Students from seven area high schools had the opportunity to see how Carbon County operates during the county's 11th annual Government Day.

On Thursday, students from Panther Valley, Marian, Palmerton, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Weatherly, and Carbon Career & Technical Institute high schools found themselves spending a day observing Carbon County officials doing what they do best, run the county.

Students had stops at the Carbon County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe and 9-1-1 Communication Center in Nesquehoning.

Friday, April 29, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley School District was represented in the District 10 Intermediate Band Festival on April 1. Selected to participate from the Middle School were Steven Reehl (clarinet) and Morgan Kadel (Alto Clarinet). The band festival took place at Catasauqua Area High School.

Friday, April 29, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS In late November, Panther Valley JROTC Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins lowered the 10-foot-by-16-foot American flag from its pole at the Coaldale Complex as his platoon stood at attention. The flag was in need of repair and was mended over the winter months by Coaldale World War II Committee member William Gaddes. This week Bevins hoisted the flag, given to the committee by now-state Senator David G. Argall, to its position of glory. JROTC cadets attending were Major Ashlee Miller, Sgt. First Class Ashton Walck, Sgt. First Class Heidi Warman, Pvt. First Class Jerdil Castillo, Cmd. Sgt. Mjr. Angela Piscitelli, Lt. Col. Courtney Lazar, Sgt. Tyler Suzadail and First Sgt. Codey Drum. Major Kenneth Markovich leads the unit.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

In the wake of a number suicides in the United States by teenagers who have been bullied by classmates, Behavioral Health Associates is offering a free seminar to Carbon County residents.

The seminar, "In & Beyond the Schoolyard Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue," will be presented Wednesday, June 1, from 6-9 p.m. at BHA's Packer Ridge Academy, just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. The academy is the site of the former Packerton High School.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Attorney James Nanovic, left, solicitor for Lehighton Borough, reviews plans for a fire company expansion program during a meeting of the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board. Zoning board members include, seated l-r, Randy Semmel, Mary Jo Vrablic, and Mary Lou Brophy. The zoners unanimously approved the fire department's request.

The Lehighton Fire Department crossed a major hurdle in its goal to extend the size of its fire station, Thursday night.

It received unanimous approval from the borough's zoning hearing board.

The $3.5 million project calls for demolishing three houses situated between Station 1 (Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 building) and Station 2 (Engine Company No. 2 building) in the 100 block of South Third Street, and then erecting bays and other facilities between them.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Jesse Walck

Jesse Walck, 295 East Mountaintop Road, Summit Hill, has announced his candidacy for Summit Hill Borough Council. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.

Walck, 32, is currently serving on the Carbon County Planning Commission.

He is a 1997 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 2008 graduate of Temple University, where he attained a degree in economics. Immediately after graduating high school, he served six years in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent over two years involved in combat operations in Iraq.

Friday, April 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This 1991 Mercury Cougar operated by an Allentown couple was stuck along Route 248 West for more than an hour Thursday morning due to the severe thunderstorm.

Friday morning's severe thunderstorm caused Route 248 West to be shut down for three hours.

Emergency crews worked to drain the flooded roadway as traffic was diverted through Parryville.

An Allentown couple got stuck on the road for more than an hour. The vehicle was eventually towed.

In addition, the southbound lane of Route 209 in Franklin Township was also closed yesterday morning as a result of the flooding.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mrs. Kristin Wolf, a third-grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, arranged a big surprise for her student Anthony Hemmitt, a huge fan of the comic strip cranky feline, Garfield.

Anthony Hemmitt was sitting in his third grade classroom at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, paying attention to his teacher, Mrs. Wolf, when the door opened and his mom, Chereen Hemmitt, sister Jennifer, 22, and two brothers, 7th grader Andre and Aaron, 21 months old, walked in along with his principal, Penny Derr, and assistant principal, Joshua Krebs.

The look on his face registered surprise and maybe a little bit of "Oh, oh. What did I do wrong?"

Mrs. Wolf asked her students why it was important to read. The students responded with answers like, "It makes you smart."