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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

With no major remodeling done since 1948, the Hometown Fire Company is in the process of updating its fire house. The majority of the work consists of refacing the front exterior, repaving the front parking lot, and epoxying the truck bays. When complete, the outside colors of the fire house will be beige with green trim. Hometown Fire Chief Barry Messerschmidt said that the work, costing about $50,000, will provide a better appearance and also improve on safety.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 will hold their regular member meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the post, 206 W. Broad Street, Tamaqua. Their Home Association meeting will be held afterwards. New members are always welcome. FMI: (570) 668-1234.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS 2013 Palmerton Area High School graduate Katie Pielmeier sits on a new bench that's been installed in the junior high/senior high courtyard area.

A new bench and shrubbery are among the recent amenities to spruce up Palmerton Area School District's courtyard.

Much of that credit can be given to Katie Pielmeier, a member of the Palmerton Area High School graduation Class of 2013.

Pielmeier said she received permission from high school instructor David Kellerman to work on the junior high/senior high courtyard.

As part of the project, Pielmeier said she received help with the cleanup of the area from high school instructors Mike Gombert, Tom Smelas, and Marsha Beers.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tamaqua's East End Park Association will be hosting a free movie in the park starting after 8 p.m. today. The showing was postponed yesterday due to heavy rain. They will be featuring "Wreck It Ralph".

Park is located on Mountain Avenue. Volunteers encourage everyone to come.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Local residents were captured for posterity as they strolled through Tamaqua's Five Points during a snowstorm in the 1980s. The image, by Scott Herring, is one of many that will be showcased beginning Thursday at the Tamaqua Chamber Gallery.

A photo exhibit with strong local interest, "Tamaqua - A Portrait in White," will debut with a reception Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Chamber Gallery, 114 W. Broad St.

Tamaqua native Scott Herring is celebrating his 40th Anniversary as the coal region's "Last Anthracite Photographer" and his hometown is featured in a uniquely personal photo exhibit from The Hardcoal Chronicles.

The Tamaqua Historical Society will host the opening reception in conjunction with the Tamaqua Chamber Gallery from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and everyone is invited.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
CHUCK BRIDGEN/special to the times news Graduates of Panther Valley High School turn the tassels at the end of commencement exercises.

Seventy-one Panther Valley High School seniors graduated on Monday night in the school's auditorium but before they did so, valedictorian Jacob Tokosh asked his classmates to raise their hands and answer one last question as Panther Valley students.

"How many of you here, on this stage, have ambition?

"Critics have condemned us, Generation Y, as lazy, sloppy, snobby, and overly entitled. In their eyes, we have indeed become the letter 'Y' and the question 'why?' 'Why do we even exist?,'" said Tokosh.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel were called to Penn Drive (SR443), near the intersection of Villas Crossing, around 4:30 p.m. yesterday following a motor vehicle accident involving a two older teenagers.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Exploring 4-H Day Camps will be held July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill and also on July 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pocono Lake United Methodist Church, Route 940, Pocono Lake.

This program is open to children in Carbon and Monroe counties between the ages of 10-13 (as of Jan. 1, 2013).

Workshop topics are as follows:

Kitchen science: Learn about cooking techniques, kitchen safety, measuring and more. Participants will be making their afternoon snack during this workshop.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District residents will in fact see a 2.3-percent increase in their property tax rates next year.

On a 7-0 vote, the school board agreed on Monday to approve the 2013-14 general fund budget in the amount of $28,509,357. Directors Natalie Green and Robin Distler were absent.

The spending plan represents a $402,575 increase over the 2012-13 spending plan, and calls for a 20.17 millage rate in Lehigh County, and a 57.31 millage rate in Northampton County.