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Friday, May 31, 2013

They'll race beds around the park, toss water balloons, and unroll toilet paper by swinging their arms.

All that and more awaits those who attend the Fun on Wheels Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Palmerton Borough Park. The rain date is Sunday.

Sponsored by Family Promise of Carbon County, the event will feature a church food tent and food vendors, kiddie rides, free activities for kids, and caricatures.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Franklin Township Old-timers and the Jim Thorpe Old-timers will play their 28th annual benefit baseball game at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Christman field to help two people in the community who have serious health problems.

This year they plan to split the proceeds between Dwain Gable of Mahoning Township and Sabrina Steigerwalt of Jim Thorpe.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved several personnel moves:

*Christine M. Lesher, Palmerton, separation from her job as Collection Clerk II, Bureau of Collections/Clerk of Courts, effective May 13;

*Anthony E. Powell, Lansford, hired as a summer laborer under the Liquid Fuels program, effective June 3;

*Barbara J. Houser and Margaret A. Houser, both of Tamaqua, changed job status from part-time correctional officers to full time correctional officers, effective June 10;

Friday, May 31, 2013

McAdoo police conducted a roundup of suspected drug dealers yesterday.

The arrests were the result of a yearlong investigation by the borough police department. The roundup was conducted by borough police without any assistance of other police.

Arrested were the following:

Michael Miller, 54, of 222 E. Blaine St., McAdoo, charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to the county prison after failing to post $10,000 percentage bail.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Naturalists from Tuscarora State Park will host a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed, north of Mount Carmel, at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. This hike is 8 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The hike is on a hardened trail and passes by two large reservoirs. All dogs must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Hikers will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot located on Route 42 below Aristes. Call Robin at (570) 467-2506 or register at www.dcnr.state.pa.us under calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.

Friday, May 31, 2013

A consortium presently consisting of the Y.M.C.A. and the Schuylkill Branch 5120 of Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) is planning on building a community center on land presently owned by the Y.M.C.A. between Burger King and the Acme Market, fronting on Cedar Street in Tamaqua. Co-chairmen of the consortium are Fred B. Curvey, representing AAL, and Howard F. Miller, representing the Y. The Rev. F. Peter Muhr, pastor of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, is also active in the project.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row: Rebecca-Lynn Graham, Shylah Fenstermaker, Elsie Heckman and Kalyssa Fenstermaker; second row, Stephen Puza, Brian Bauer and Sierra Bauer; and third row, Adam Gilbert, Joshua Jurick and Brittney Ziegler.

Ten students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for February for the 2012-2013 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of tolerance. The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Kalyssa Fenstermaker: I was chosen as Student of the Month because I respect and help my friends.

Grade 1, Elsie Heckman: I was chosen as Student of the Month because I tried very hard to be polite to everyone and to keep peace in the classroom.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
DANIELLE FOX/TIMES NEWS Abby Rakos, Alesandra Lentini, Mason Smith, Robert Middleton, Miguel Gonzalez, Julia Barthold, Victoria Eads-Rodriguez and Clarissa Colondo excitedly accept sunglasses from Sherry Sernak, principal of SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic School.

Wheelbarrow races, water balloon fights, Rita's Italian Ice and gifts of cool, new sunglasses for everyone made Field Day a good day to be a student at SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic School in Lehighton.

The event is an end of the year celebration that took place on May 22 at the Lehighton soccer field where preschool through eighth grade enjoyed the sunny day outside.

Sherry Sernak, the school's principal, said the day allows students to get out their excess energy before they begin to prepare for upcoming exams.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Justin Sebelin, 7, of Palmerton, shows off his form as he jumps off one of the new diving boards at the Palmerton Memorial Pool, which opened for its 67th season this past Saturday.

The water was crystal blue, the grass was immaculately manicured, and the entire pool area was in tiptop shape.

All that was missing when the Palmerton Memorial Pool opened for its 67th season this past Saturday were the visitors themselves.

Dealt a huge blow by Mother Nature, less than a handful of people were at the pool within the first hour, clearly kept away by the unseasonably cool temperatures.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced today that mandatory 10-digit dialing is set to begin in September 2013 for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code.

Presently, customers in this area are taking part in a permissive dialing period. However, beginning Sept. 21, 2013, mandatory 10-digit dialing will be required.