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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Seven-month old twins Anna and Carolina sit with their mother Jordi Breiner of Tamaqua during the annual West Penn Memorial Day Service. Their father is Ernie Breiner.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Richard D. Pogwist, past commander of the Lansford American Legion Post, conducts Memorial Day service in front of veterans' monument at Kennedy Park in Lansford.

Jack Anderson, commander of Lansford American Legion Post 123, gave the remarks during the annual Memorial Day service Monday in Lansford's Kennedy Park.

It was held in front of the impressive veterans' monument in the park.

The service was preceded by a parade consisting of American Legion members, the Panther Valley JROTC, Panther Valley High School Marching Band, and Legion Riders Motorcycle Club members.

Anderson told the story of Frank Buckles, the last surviving veteran of World War 1 on died on Feb. 27 at the age of 110.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A male driver of a green Subaru Outback was flown via helicopter to a hospital after he lost control and flipped his vehicle while traveling northeast on Tuscarora Mountain Road in Ryan Township just before 11 a.m. on Friday. Responding were Rush, Ryan and Schuylkill Township police. Hometown, Tuscarora, Ryan and Delano fire companies also responded, in addition to Luzerne II Medic and Ryan Ambulance. Hometown fire police closed the road during the cleanup and removal. The name of the driver wasn't available from police.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Retired U.S. Airman William Gaddes wrote a poem for the dedication Sunday of the Soldier's Cross in the Veteran Memorial Garden in Coaldale. Gaddes designed the garden, on Third Street.

The Cross, sculpted by Andrew Chernak of Springfield, Delaware County, completes the project.

Here is Gaddes' poem:

The Battlefield or Soldier's Cross

I am made of bronze, the "Soldier's Cross,"

I signify a tragic loss.

As I look down, I see a star,

the name of one who died on shores afar.

I also see some stars of gold,

fifty three in all, I am told.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Keynote speaker, John Crampsie, addresses the audience during the memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon turned out to be the perfect day for remembrance as members of the Davis-Lawton-Yurko-Breslin-Bevich American Legion Post 316, family members and friends gathered to honor their fallen brethren during a memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS William Gaddes, left, and sculptor Andrew Chernak with the Soldier's Cross Chernak created for the Coaldale Veterans Memorial Garden. The Cross was dedicated at Memorial Day services Sunday.

The dedication Sunday of a Soldier's Cross in the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street in Coaldale marked the completion of the memorial project.

The cross was unveiled by a Panther Valley JROTC cadet following the second of the borough's Memorial Day services.

The cross, sculpted by Andrew Chernak of Springfield, Delaware County, is oriented toward the Garden's "Walk of Honor," which includes the names of 53 Coaldale men who died in World War II and Vietnam.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Palmerton Area School District will hold yet another budget workshop to review next year's spending plan.

This time, the school board will hold a special meeting for financial and personnel considerations, immediately followed by a budget workshop, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.

Last month, the board, on a 7-2 vote, agreed to grant proposed final adoption to the 2011-12 proposed budget, which calls for a 12.6 percent, or 5.506-mill, increase.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This month's local TV report by state Sen. David G. Argall features a public hearing regarding the pros and cons of Keystone Opportunity Zones throughout Schuylkill County.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The main keynote speaker at the Lehighton Cemetery was Lt. Col. John O'Boyle, Deputy Commander, 213 ASG, Pa. Army National Guard, standing at the podium. Seated at left is Donald Rehrig, mayor of Lehighton; and seated right is, James Wentz, UVO chaplain; and right standing is Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies.

Lehighton United Veterans Organization honored veterans, active military and those who gave their lives for freedom throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

Services were held in nine rural cemeteries on Sunday and throughout Lehighton on Monday. On Sunday the West Group was directed by Harry J. Wynn III, Past Post Commander; and the East Group was directed by Kevin Long, American Legion Past Post Commander.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
William K. O'Donnell, at podium, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post, serves as emcee during Memorial Day service in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park. Looking on are, l-r, Perry Shelton, a Vietnam War veteran who was parade grand marshall and who tolled the bell signalling the start of the borough's huge parade; State Representative Doyle Heffley, and guest speaker John McFadden of Washington D.C., a retired army lieutenant colonel who is a native of Summit Hill.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John McFadden yesterday told of several perspectives about Memorial Day changed with him over the years, and one consistent theme remained the same.

McFadden, a native of Summit Hill who now resides in Washington D.C., was the keynote speaker during the Memorial Day service held yesterday morning in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park.

Several hundred people attended the service, during which William K. O'Donnell, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post 316, served as master of ceremonies.

Those perspectives, said the speaker, are: