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Friday, June 11, 2010

West Penn Immanuel United Methodist Church is sponsoring Vacation Bible School for children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade, June 14-18, from 5:45 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The theme is "Son Quest Rain Forest" and will feature Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks and music.

There will be a picnic and closing program on Friday, June 18th at 5 p.m.

For registering and for directions, call (570) 386-3126.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Distlefinks, Fastnachts, and Schnitzel.

Sure sounds like a topic worthy of Pennsylvania German lingual.

So much so, that it was the title of a lecture sponsored by Northern Lehigh Future Focus earlier this month at the Walnutport Canal Association Pavilion.

About 100 visitors attended the lecture, one in a series of speakers on area history and culture, which was conducted by local PA German linguist Paul Kunkel.

Kunkel spoke about PA Dutch superstitions, jokes, hex signs, their way of life, and so forth, according to Robert Stettner, president of NLFF.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Lehighton Borough Council presented commendation medals to two borough residents for their part in apprehending a criminal in March. James Tkach and his neighbor David Marouchak, both of North Sixth Street, also were presented with Medals of Honor from Lehighton Mayor Clinton Williams and Chief of Police Lionel Cote. They were honored for their apprehension of a fugitive from justice, Ed Lusch of Lehighton, after Lusch had broken into a home. Lusch was heavily armed when apprehended.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Tamaqua man will face trial in Schuylkill County court on felony charges related to the alleged theft of his brother's property, following his preliminary hearing on June 2. The hearing was held before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

Friday, June 11, 2010
Arner

Jacob Arner, an area developer, was appointed by Jim Thorpe's Borough Council to a newly-created board that will oversee violations of a recently adopted code. Earlier this year, the council adopted the International Property Maintenance Code and decided to create a board to hold hearings for borough residents.

The code was deemed important because the real estate crash has left more properties in the borough uninhabited. As the properties fall into disrepair and the grass and weeds grow high, the properties become dangerous and can reduce the value of other properties nearby.

Friday, June 11, 2010

On Tuesday, June 22, beginning at noon, the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force, in concert with the Carbon County and Northampton County Emergency Management Agencies, will conduct an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise at the Carbon County EMA building. Lunch will be provided.

The tabletop exercise will involve a simulated terrorist attack on one of the area's reservoirs that will impact its surrounding area, the remaining reservoirs and the community downstream.

Friday, June 11, 2010

HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection cited 32 garbage trucks for operational and safety violations during recent trashnet inspections at the IESI Landfill in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County, and the CES Landfill in Foster and Porter townships, Schuylkill County.

DEP, in conjunction with the state police and its Motor Carrier Enforcement personnel, conducted the inspections June 2 at CES Landfill and June 3 at IESI Landfill. The violations were against the haulers, not the landfills.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Robert Ames, of Coaldale, who has been active in the Schuylkill County GOP Party for 38 years, and keeping it together during some lean years, has suddenly received opposition.

In 2007, Ames succeeded Daniel Daub, of Tower City, who resigned as chairman after a disastrous election in which the party lost the majority of offices in the courthouse.

The county GOP committee, which meets every two years to elect a chairman, will meet Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Schoeneman's Auditorium, SR61, Pottsville, to elect its officers.

Friday, June 11, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Brenda Dorshimer of Kunkletown loves to quilt. She is currently working on quilting a quilt top her grandmother appliqued many years ago. Brenda is the featured quilter at this Sunday's 9th Annual Stitch in Tyme Quilt Show at Polk Township Vol. Fire Co.

A quilt, whether it rests on the back of a sofa, hangs as a decoration on a wall, or covers a bed, it signifies warmth and comfort. That's probably because each block, each design and every stitch is lovingly made.

And that's what Brenda Dorshimer of Kunkletown does with every quilt she sews and hand-stitchesshe adds her love to it. It is her love of the art and the crafting of it that has been a favorite pastime of hers for many years.

Friday, June 11, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A recent brunch held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansford honored Panther Valley High School graduate, Thomas Kerr a member of the congregation. New members Donna and Ed Dorman, who moved to Lansford from Mayfair were also honored. The PVHS graduate was presented with a $100 scholarship from the church to further his education. He will be attending Penn State, Hazleton to pursue a degree in physical therapy. Seated are Doris Kelley and Kirsten Tout, recording secretary.