Friday, May 27, 2016

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Steak fry planned

The Slatington Lions Club will be hosting their annual Community Steak Fry on June 25 at the Slatington Skeet Club Grove.

Refreshments start at 6 p.m., with a steak meal at 7:15 p.m. and music at 8 p.m.

For tickets or information, call Lion Craig Weist at 484-764-8899

Proceeds will benefit the Veterans Memorial Monument, which will be built in Slatington.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Panther Valley High School held its academic awards assembly on May 18.

The following students received awards:

Academic awards

English: Cassie Binder, Joseph Brili, Isaiah Cruz-Ortiz, Kyle Emmert, Brian Fisher, Megan Heckman, Matthew Hudicka, Huntre Keip, Keri McMullen, Jamey Mikovich, Nathan Miller, Jordan Reis, Michal Szlagiewicz, Kelsey Van Horn.

Math: Joseph Brili, Brian Fisher, Megan Heckman, Matthew Hudicka, Jamey Mikovich, Nathan Miller, Brianna Picht, Kelsey Van Horn

Thursday, May 26, 2016

LEETSDALE (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is apologizing after quotes from Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and an Islamic State terrorist leader were printed in the graduating class section of this year’s high school yearbook.

Quaker Valley School District officials tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that, “Though the content of the quotes was reviewed thoroughly, the attributions clearly were not.”

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Parade

Tamaqua’s Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. The parade will form at the east end of town and march to the Odd Fellows Cemetery, where the 148th Annual Memorial Day service will be held.

The Tamaqua Raider Marching Band will be participating in the parade. Earl Bridygham Jr. of Reynolds will be the parade grand marshal, while retired Army Col. Hank Steinhilber, chaplain, will be the featured speaker.

Tamaqua American Legion C.H. Berry Post 173 will provide the honor guard.

St. John Lutheran

Thursday, May 26, 2016

“On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!”

It’s the theme of Palmerton Area Library’s summer program this year. Once again, the library will be offering activities that are free and open to the public. All students from any school district in kindergarten through sixth grade may participate.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mary A. Brumback, principal, S.S. Palmer Elementary School, Palmerton, has released the principal’s list and honor roll for the third marking period.

Honor roll

Thursday, May 26, 2016

MILFORD (AP) — Authorities have identified the body of a man found in a creek in Pennsylvania’s Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

National Park Service officials said he was 30-year-old Jason Bell, formerly of Milford in Pike County.

Park rangers removed the body after it was found by a group of people fishing in Sawhill Creek in Pike County at about 2:15 p.m. Monday.

An autopsy was performed but the Pike County coroner’s office said more tests and investigation are needed to determine the cause and manner of death.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Details of PPL’s diversion of crews from restoring power in a high-priority area after an Oct. 29, 2011, snowstorm may emerge now after the state Supreme Court overturned a lower-court ruling that allowed PPL and the state Public Utilities Commission to keep them secret.

The Supreme Court panel of judges on Wednesday handed down the ruling, overturning a Commonwealth Court ruling that reversed a 2013 Office of Open Records decision saying the utility and PUC should turn over the documents.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Matthew Santore is the youngest Scout in pack 744 history to reach the rank of Eagle. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

The youngest Boy Scout in the history of Nesquehoning’s Scout Pack 744 was elevated to the rank of Eagle on Saturday.

Matthew Santore, 14, was surrounded by pack mates, parents and local government officials at the Scout’s sponsoring church, Meeds Methodist on Catawissa Street for the 11 a.m. ascension ceremony. Following in his older brother Chris Jr.’s footsteps, Matthew has continued the Santore family pack tradition of scaling the ranks at an early age. Matthew reached the rank of Eagle just one year before his brother Chris, who accomplished the task at the age of 15.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
This view inside St. George’s Russian Orthodox Church is what the congregation saw for several decades. The church has been sold, but is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

Change is inevitable, but it doesn’t make it easier when your childhood church is closed.

Caroline Hallman is the last member of St. George Russian Orthodox Church on Church Street in Palmerton. The church was recently sold. Hallman and a priest from Philadelphia will be present for a tour of the church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There is no cost for the tour.

“You can’t run a church with one person,” Hallman said. With one word, she summed up the closing of her childhood church: “Heartbreaking.”