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Friday, April 18, 2014

Schuylkill County Sheriff Joseph G. Groody and the Office of Drug Enforcement Administration, along with Schuylkill County Drug and Alcohol program, local law enforcement and community partners, have announced the eighth nationwide prescription drug "Take-Back" initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

County law enforcement agencies have agreed to take part in this initiative and will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Schuylkill County Treasurer Jacqueline V. McGovern reminds all Schuylkill County dog owners that 2014 dog licenses are now available for purchase. Canvassing in Schuylkill County began this week and will continue through the summer months. State law requires that all dogs three months or older be licensed by Jan. 1. Failure to license a dog is a summary offense and a maximum fine of $500 for each unlicensed dog may be issued.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's UMC free community dinner will take place from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

Dinner will be spaghetti and meatballs.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A state agency requires testing on the condemned fire training tower in Lehighton before it can be demolished.

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, a Lehighton firefighter and member of the Carbon County Fireman's Association, said Thursday that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection told the association that testing must be completed to see if there is any asbestos in the construction materials used to build the tower.

Nothstein said that he wasn't sure where asbestos would be found in the 35-foot steel frame and concrete structure.

Friday, April 18, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

On this day, the Friday before Easter Sunday, Christians pause to remember. Good Friday

is the most solemn day of the Christian calendar, a day when faithful commemorate the

Crucifixion of Christ. It's traditionally a day of fasting and penance, with tributes such as

this scene at a Tamaqua cemetery.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter eggs are fun to hunt. Eggs are also egg-ceptionaly delicious.

Here are some facts from the American Egg Board about the incredible, edible egg.

Egg Nutrition Facts

Ÿ One large egg is 70 calories and has 4.5 grams of fat.

Ÿ Eggs contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans.

Ÿ One egg contains 6 grams of protein. Protein from an egg is the standard by which other protein sources are measured.

Friday, April 18, 2014
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lions International President's certificates were presented by District Governor Lizanne McElwee, front, right, and International Director William McKinney, rear, to Joan Hufnagle, West Penn Lions; Sue Anthony, Lehighton Lioness Lions; Patricia Hawk, Franklin Township Lions; and Diane DeLoy, Pocono Lions.

The annual Lions 14U District Convention for Lions from Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill counties was held recently at The Inn at Pocono Manor.

"We're here to learn about Lionism, having fun, fellowship and seeing displays," said Lizanne McElwee, Lions District 14U governor, as she opened the annual convention.

Friday, April 18, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, Kate Koehler, a Prime Time Health and Apprise coordinator for the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging gave an "Egg-tastic" presentation at the Chestnuthill Seniors. Ashley Dubraviak, an intern from East Stroudsburg University, gave each of the guests a dyed hard-boiled egg. Picking out their favorite colors are Izera Collier, Elizabeth Kitzhofer, Ann Johnson and Helen Okwuego.

On Sunday morning, if you've been good, the Easter Bunny might bring you some beautifully colored Easter eggs.

During this season, Easter egg hunts are held everywhere and are egg-citing. If you find an Easter egg, it's like finding a spring treasure.

Kate Koehler, a Prime Time Health and Apprise coordinator for the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging, gave an "Egg-tastic" presentation at the Chestnuthill Seniors.

She talked about how egg-ceptional Easter eggs are.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Despite persistent collection efforts by Rush supervisors and office staff, many residents still haven't paid their sewer and trash bills. Delinquent sewer bills total $94,573 and delinquent trash bills total $52,074, supervisors said during a meeting Thursday.

"We have sent letters out," said Chairman Shawn Gilbert. "And we will shut off water for delinquents in two weeks."

Since December 2013, $31,425 has been collected from delinquent sewer customers on the Hometown system, and $11,320 in past-due garbage bills has been collected.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Egg hunt

The 67th annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Diligent Fire Company will be held on Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m., at the company parking lot. The event is open to children up to the age of 10. All children will receive a chocolate bunny, in addition to prizes being awarded to winners.

Easter vigil service

St.John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold an Easter vigil service on Saturday, April 19, at 5 p.m. The service will be followed by an Easter dinner in the fellowship hall. The Easter Sunday service will begin at 10:30 a.m.