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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Sen. David Argall's Good Citizenship Awards were presented to Jacob Szczecina and Richelle Van Horn, both eighth graders at Panther Valley Middle School during gradation. Ten students are chosen as nominees from the class. These two students received numerous other awards as well.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Ryan Township Dive Team and Rescue Squad Derek Davidson helps diver Michael Harris with an air tank as part of their demonstration.

Emergency responders with the Ryan Township Dive Team and Rescue Squad provided a demonstration of their apparatus, water safety, and dive team rescue methods to a crowd of onlookers at the Locust Lake State Park Saturday evening.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

John Mateluvich, Tamaqua Area High School teacher, makes a presentation during a meeting of the school's Middle States Accreditation Committee in the school cafeteria. Looking on are committee members Melissa Day, Wanda Zuber and Joe Holland. The 24-member group met with the school's faculty to discuss the implementation phase and action steps of the accreditation process from the Commission on Secondary Schools. A long range plan must be created to address the areas of need and must be in place before a visit from Middle States in October.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Panther Valley Pre-Kindergarten Summer School will be held at the Panther

Valley Elementary School. This program is designed to help the kindergarten students gain a positive attitude toward school and to become familiar with their new school.

Classes will be held 9:00 - 11:30 A.M., Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 23, 2010.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Do members of Lehighton Borough Council listen to their constituents?

One councilman wants to prove they do. Dale Traupman, suggested that he and his peers stage informal "neighborhood meetings" to talk with residents and hear their concerns.

The rest of the council agreed and as a result, initially three such neighborhood meetings will be scheduled. Traupman said the dates and locations haven't been determined but will be announced.

He said the meetings might be at the Community Grove, borough park, and maybe even some place on the Heights section.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Beatrice Waibel and Elmer Frantz strolled around at St. Matthew's UCC's car show on Sunday, June 20, held in the church's picnic grove in Kunkletown. They stopped to admire this 1951 Ford Victoria owned by Jack Sherwood of Cresco. It was one of 147 cars entered.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Beatrice Waibel and Elmer Frantz strolled around at St. Matthew's UCC's car show on Sunday, June 20, held in the church's picnic grove in Kunkletown. They stopped to admire this 1951 Ford Victoria owned by Jack Sherwood of Cresco. It was one of 147 cars entered.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The North Central Regional DUI Program have announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted during the weeks of June 28 through July 12, throughout Carbon County.

Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911. To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Frey property at 1325 Orioles Drive, Mahoning Township

A contaminated well, feral cats, loose predatory dogs and piles of garbage are just a few of the complaints a group of neighbors heaped on supervisors at Monday night's Mahoning Township meeting.

For a decade and a half neighbors have tried to make the best of dealing with problems at a property at 1325 Orioles Drive, but things have finally gotten so out of hand on so many levels, according to neighbors, that even people close to a mile away are affected by the conditions and behavior of the property owner.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A former Slatington borough manager who was fired last year has sued borough officials over the incident.

Herb Pfeiffer filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month against borough officials one year after he was terminated from the position.

Pfeiffer was terminated on a 6-0 vote by borough council at a workshop session in May of 2009. Hired Sept. 15, 2008, Pfeiffer replaced former borough manager John Kasten, who resigned from the position in March of 2008.

Contacted Monday, Pfeiffer declined to comment on the lawsuit, as did borough solicitor Edmund J. Healy.