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Monday, June 17, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a Safe Sitter course for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. The class will be held on Friday, June 28. The class will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the BMHS Gnaden Huetten Campus 2nd Floor Education Center at 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township Lions Club held installation of officers for the 2013-2014 year. Installing officer was Liz McElwee, incoming District 14-U Governor.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day is tomorrow. Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, initiated Father's Day in 1910 believing fathers deserved recognition, just like mothers did on Mother's Day. She felt very strongly about that because her father was a single parent who raised six children. It didn't become a permanent national day until President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I don't know where to begin this week. At the end of last week, it took a Federal judge to compel Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sebelius to do the moral thing and put 10 year old Sarah Murnaghan on the adult transplant list hopefully improving her chances for getting a lung transplant in the next three to five weeks which is the time doctors say she has left.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
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Privy digger Bob Perrin, Coaldale, left, describes how treasures found at old outhouse sites tell us about lifestyles of long ago, including the types of medicines used. Perrin showed examples of tonics, toys, dolls, bottles and even glass Christmas decorations of yesteryear, all of which were found buried at local outhouse sites. Perrin addressed a group of 25 on Wednesday evening at the Lansford Historical Society.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A community bike rodeo was sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 145 of Lehighton in conjunction with the Lehighton Police Department. Approximately 160 area youth between the grades of kindergarten and sixth converged on the parking lot at Shull-David Elementary for the three-hour event. A brief inspection of all bikes took place. Sign-in and course sheets were filled out by each entrant before they began working the course. The course had six stations at which the child was tested for control and knowledge of good safety habits.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Our Governments Are NOT Supposed To Be Democracies!

Today we are constantly told that the United States is a democracy. Barack Obama, a former attorney and an alleged professor of constitutional law, always says that America is a democracy.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent Tamaqua High School graduates Shane Mulligan and Molly Betz were honored with citations during a recent Tamaqua Borough Council meeting. Throughout their high school years, both Mulligan and Betz were actively involved in numerous extracurricular activities including band, drama club and choir. They both also represented Tamaqua in a number of band festivals and received numerous awards. Pictured from left are Betz, borough councilman Dave Mace and Mulligan.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

When I was a little girl, there were many things I wanted to be when I was all grown up.

At the top of my list were a writer and actress.

I was determined that I was going to write a screenplay and star in the leading role.

I used to dress up and put on little performances for anyone I could convince to sit down and watch.

For a while I took vocal lessons so that I could try out for the part of Annie at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope. Sadly, no one remembered to take me to the audition, cheating me out of my shot at stardom.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Participating in the commencement exercises at Pleasant Valley High School are, l-r, Chelsea Pimentel, class vice president, Nicole Sewar, Student Government president; Victoria Romano, class president, Brandon Burger, salutatorian; Evan Shipley, valedictorian; Michael Wasco, class treasurer; and Meadjean Placide, class secretary.

A sea of blue and white entered the Pleasant Valley High School stadium last night to the stirring strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" played by the high school band, directed by John DiVivo. The 511 graduating seniors gathered together one last time.

John Gress, PVHS principal, welcomed everyone to "this special night" and introduced the salutatorian, Brandon Burger.