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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lenny McGavin of High Street, Jim Thorpe, holds program from 1922 Memorial Day Services in what was then called Mauch Chunk. He found the program behind some attic boards at his parents' house.

Back in 1922, Memorial Day services in Mauch Chunk – now Jim Thorpe – were as impressive as they are today.

Residents were advised:

"The church bells will be rung from 12 o'clock noon, until 12:05, and the Comrades and the general public will stand with uncovered heads during the ringing of the bells."

The services were held at various locations throughout the day. Graves of veterans were decorated by school children with flowers.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Carbon County Bar Association recently presented a $1,000 check to Shepherd House, Inc. to fund local food pantries.

Shepherd House lost over $42,000 in state and federal funding for 2011-2012 due to cutbacks and is relying heavily on contributions made by individuals, churches, businesses and other organizations to help meet the ever-increasing need in the county.

For more information or to make a donation to Shepherd House call Stanley Haupt at (610) 377-6048.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Blakeslee man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Thursday to six criminal counts, including five burglaries, and is facing a big restitution bill at the time of sentencing. He was one of 11 to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Penn Forest Township

John Angelo Larocco, 24, pleaded to break-ins that occurred in the Penn Forest Township area of the county.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Michael Ballard has been chosen to fill a vacant seat on Palmerton Borough Council.

A former school director has been chosen to fill a vacant seat on Palmerton Borough Council.

On a 5-0 vote Thursday, council agreed to appoint Michael Ballard to the post. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

Council Vice President Chris Olivia nominated Ballard for the seat, though he said each of the five candidates who applied would have been worthy selections.

"Everybody was qualified," Olivia said. "I think they would all do a great job."

Olivia touted Ballard's prior experience as a Palmerton Area School Board director.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The increasing numbers of students needing specialized educational plans prompted the Panther Valley school board on Thursday to agree to create a new Emotional support classroom at the high school, and seek a special-education teacher to staff it.

The moves were advised by Superintendent Rosemary Porembo and Supervisor of Special Education Dan Borden.

The action was among several taken by the board. Others included:

Ÿ Approving a new one-year contract with Behavioral Health Associates;

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Several defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Those who pleaded included:

Kerri A. Blasko, 44, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft by failure to make required distribution of funds and receiving stolen property.

She was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident in which she was the executor of an estate and received a payment but failed to properly deposit it. There is a question concerning total restitution due so Matika deferred sentencing to a later date.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton funeral director Todd Kriner is concerned about the impact of a recent court ruling that threw out key provisions of the law that govern the funeral home industry in Pennsylvania.

A recent federal court ruling that struck down several key provisions of Pennsylvania's 60-year-old set of laws governing the funeral industry including ownership, locations and trade names, whether food and beverages can be served in funeral homes, and whether the state can come perform unannounced inspections has triggered strong reactions among local funeral directors.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The free computer learning lab scheduled for Monday May 28 at the Tamaqua Salvation Army will be postponed to the following Monday, June 4. The labs are free and will be held every Monday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. or later. Interested persons must RSVP. No computer experience or ownership is required. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact volunteer instructor Andrew Leibenguth at or (570) 668-1234.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tom Evans, Lehighton Recreation Director, stands in front of Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool, which opens for the season at noon today.

The Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool opens at noon today with something new - soft ice cream.

Tom Evans, Lehighton Recreation Director, said another new addition is coming. Thanks to a government grant, another pavillion will be built. It will be located outside the fencing of the pool to allow purchases of the soft ice cream and other refreshments without having to enter the pool area.

Evans said the pool will be open from noon to 8 p.m., seven days a week. However, on Mondays and Wednesdays, the pool closes to the public at 7 p.m. because of zoomba classes from 7-8 p.m.