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Friday, June 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

John Mateyak, left, presented two Tamaqua Area High Schoolstudents with scholarships on behalf of his late wife, Karen, who was a math teacher at Tamaqua Area High School. Rebecca Minehan received the Karen Mateyak Mathematics Tutoring Award, and Jared Sharpe earned the Karen Mateyak Mathematics Award, presentedto the student with the highest cumulative average in honormathematics. Also present was Dr Kathryn Kropp of the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, the organization administering the awards.

Friday, June 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club recently installed officers for the 2014-2015 year. Officers were installed by District 14-U District Gov. Liz McElwee at the Mansion House Restaurant in Summit Hill. A new member was also installed. First row, from left, McElwee; Sue Anthony, president; Gerry Andrews, treasurer; Barbara Christopher, co-treasurer.

Second row, Steven Anthony, secretary; Alicia Silliman, second vice president; Barbara Walck, first vice president and tail twister; Robert Silliman, lion tamer; Betty Wagner,

Friday, June 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three Marian Catholic High School students received awards during the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition held at Penn State University. Ryan Darrough of Sugarloaf received an $8,000 scholarship to the Penn State University Park Eberly College of Science with two first place awards in behavioral psychology and the Pennsylvania Science Talent Search Award; Patrick Darroughof Sugarloaf received a second place in biology; and Henry Hinchey of Slatington was awarded a second place in chemistry.

Friday, June 13, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jake McGeehan, right, honors Scoutmaster Ray Attewell as his mentor during his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony.

During a recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor, 17-year-old Jake McGeehan of Penn Forest Township was recognized for his achievements and years of dedication to Boy Scouts as he earned his wings.

The ceremony was held in the hall at Penn Forest Township Fire Company No. 1, which is home to Troop 555.

"Jake has always exhibited the 'Scouting spirit,'" Scoutmaster Ray Attewell said of McGeehan.

"He always had a positive attitude and he really needed it to overcome the massive Eagle Scout project he undertook."

Friday, June 13, 2014
special to the Times News Panther Valley seniors Len Ogozalek, second from left, and Jake Szczecina, second from right, accept service awards from Summit Hill Lions Club members Tom Ponting, left, and Judy Midas, right.

Two Panther Valley High School seniors have been recognized by the Summit Hill Lions Club.

Jake Szczecina, son of Jeff and Maria Szczecina, and Len Ogozalek, son of Len and Lisa Ogozalek, received service awards in the amount of $250 each during a meeting of the club held May 26 at the Parkview Inn, Summit Hill.

Club co-presidents Judy Midas and Tom Ponting made the presentations.

Friday, June 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A total of $1,088 was raised for the Nurse Family Partnership of Schuylkill County. From left, Nanette Haldeman Green, director SLM Homecare; Barb Still, nurse supervisor; Cheryl O'Connor, RN home visitor; and Kimberly Sargent, vice president of patient care services.

During a recent tea for retired nurses of the St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus, the Nurse Family Partnership of Schuylkill County was honored as a community nursing program that helps to strengthen society.

Nurse Family Partnership is a nonprofit organization that has registered nurses pay home visits to low-income, first-time mothers from the beginning of their pregnancy until the baby turns 2 years old.

Friday, June 13, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Representatives from the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce and Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce who met Tuesday at Neff's Hotel & Other Side Restaurant included (front, from left), Joseph Bundra, mayor, Coplay Borough; Alice Rehrig, township manager, Lehigh Township; Walter Neidermeyer, mayor, Slatington Borough; Janice Meyers, secretary, Heidelberg Township, (middle row, from left) William Turk, councilman, Walnutport Borough; Rodger Danielson, borough manager, Palmerton Borough, Jeff Bartlett, township manager, N. Whitehall Township, (back row, from left) Ed Hozza, mayor, Whitehall Township; and Kevin Schmidt, president, Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Missing from photo are Tammy M. White, secretary/treasurer, Lynn Township; and Peter Kern, president, Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

They share a common devotion to the municipalities in which they help oversee.

Representatives from eight municipalities gathered this week at Neff's Hotel & Other Side Restaurant, Neff's, for a joint luncheon of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

A panel of officials from Palmerton, Slatington, Walnutport, and Coplay boroughs, along with Lehigh, Heidelberg, Lynn, Whitehall and North Whitehall townships, gave updates on various municipal projects within their respective communities.

Friday, June 13, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Proud father, Joe Horn Sr. introduced his son, Rear Admiral Joseph A. Horn Jr. to the  seniors at the Young At Heart club where he talked about today's Navy.

Rear Admiral Joseph A. Horn Jr. assured seniors at the Young At Heart meeting in Kresgeville that no other Navy can compare to the United States Navy.

"We have many competitors, but none that can compare to us," he said.

Horn, originally from Philadelphia, was invited to speak to the Young At Heart club by his father and mother, Joe and Dolores Horn of Kresgeville, members of the club.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Panther Valley School Board agreed Thursday night to hire an outside firm to perform the district's janitorial services, putting in limbo the jobs of 16 union employees.

Without comment, the action was taken on a 5-3 vote, with board member Anthony DeMarco abstaining because he said he has a conflict of interest.

Eastern Janitorial Services of Kenilworth, New Jersey, was hired at a base cost of $470,820 for the 2014-15 school year.

The move is expected to save the district approximately $212,000.

Friday, June 13, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say officers shot a cow that had escaped from a city slaughterhouse on a downtown street.

Sgt. Sarah Connolly, a police spokeswoman, says the animal was shot shortly after 10:15 a.m. in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, home to numerous bars, restaurants and shops.

Connolly says she believes the animal was killed, but that hasn't been confirmed. She says it no longer poses a threat. Police believe it escaped from a slaughterhouse in west Baltimore.