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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Boats on the Ganges, the longest river in India, running 1,557 miles from a glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. In the background is one of the many ghats, or steps leading down to the holy river.

The Ganges is one of the holiest rivers in the world, a sacred waterway where millions of Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and other religious minorities come to worship and liberate their souls. It's also one of the world's most polluted, vile and disgusting waterways. From industrial and human waste, to the cremated and uncremated remains of religious followers, dead animals and the Indian god Shiva knows what else, all make their way down the reaches of this mighty Indian river.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

An employee of a medical service in Barnesville pleaded guilty in Schuylkill County court to theft of shipments of drugs and received a long probation sentence. He was one of 21 who entered guilty pleas and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
A year after being proclaimed The World's Greatest Athlete by King Gustav of Sweden for his record-setting performance in the 1912 Olympic Games, Jim Thorpe married Iva Miller, and for a honeymoon they barnstormed a 27-city U.S. and 13-country baseball promotional world tour.

A year after being proclaimed The World's Greatest Athlete by King Gustav of Sweden for his record-setting performance in the 1912 Olympic Games, Jim Thorpe married Iva Miller, and for a honeymoon they barnstormed the U.S., visiting 27 cities, and also embarking on a 13-country baseball promotional world tour.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Eagle Scout Timothy D. Miller and Father Francis Baransky stand near Tim's Eagle Scout Service Project, which involved removing overgrown bushes and shrubs along St. Joseph Church, installing a stone border, leveling the area, and planting about 550 tulips.

Timothy D. Miller of Jim Thorpe was honored recently for earning his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Scouting.

Miller joined Boy Scout Troop 555 in May of 2005 and on November of 2011, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

The occasion was recognized on May 8 with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Penn Forest Fire Company in Jim Thorpe.

The rank of Eagle Scout is reached by only two out of every 100 boys in Scouting, and at least one of them will tell you that he values his Eagle Scout badge above a college degree.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS CCTI 2012 class officers from left to right: Treasurer, Brandon Poole; President, Sara Tompkins; Secretary, Shelby Snell; and Vice-President, Jesse Schneck. Missing from photo is Historian, John Breiner.

The Carbon Career and Technical Institute held its senior recognition night last week for the class of 2012.

Alexis Young opened the awards with "The Star Spangled Banner."

CCTI announced Brandon Poole as Valedictorian and Gregory Oboril as Salutatorian.

The senior class officers were presented with gifts. The officers are: President - Sara Tompkins, Vice-President - Jesse Schneck, Secretary - Shelby Snell, Treasurer - Brandon Poole, and Historian - John Breiner.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS When Michelle Muthard of Lehighton dropped her daughter, Bethany, 7, at Shull David Elementary School on Friday, she met Rick Leymeister, of the North Central Highway Safety Network, who presented her and other parents with information about Child Passenger Safety Laws.

Each of the approximately 80 parents who dropped off their children at Shull David Elementary School recently received a special handout, courtesy of local law enforcement.

Lehighton police officer Derek Solt and Rick Leymeister of the North Central Highway Safety Network handed out information about the Child Passenger Safety Laws now in effect that require vehicle occupants under 18 to wear a seat belt. Drivers are responsible for securing children in the appropriate restraint system.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Miss Brianna Handwerk, a Junior at Northern Lehigh High School, has been selected by Oplinger-Hower American Legion , Unit 899 of the American Legion Auxiliary, to attend Keystone Girls State.

This "Experience in Government" will be held at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA, June 24-30 and is the 67th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

About 200 girls are brought together through sponsorship of local Auxiliary Units and other organizations to study government on city, county and state levels.

Friday, June 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Guest speakers, dignitaries and local veterans give respect during the playing of taps.

New Philadelphia held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony following its parade on Monday.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Western Pocono Women's Club installed its new officers for the 2012-2013 year. They are, left to right, Judy Smith, treasurer; Bobbi Fisher, secretary; Vicki Connor, outgoing president; Isabel Pietri, president; Paulette Sebring, vice president. Paulette Sebring told Vicki Connors that she was an inspiration, kind, funny and helpful and presented Vicki with a scrapbook filled with memories of her four years as president. Judy Smith said Vicki was a very level-headed person, a go-getter.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The ACS Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be having their 4th annual "Light the Town Purple" event in Tamaqua on Sunday starting at 8 p.m. in front of the train station, 18 North Railroad Street. The event, which is being held on Cancer Survivor's Day, consists of a free ice cream social in front of the station.