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Friday, March 27, 2015

Carbon County should have no issues this summer when it comes to lifeguards at Mauch Chunk Lake.

The commissioners spoke about the summer position during their weekly meeting on Thursday after they voted to approve the hiring of Gianna L. Bucci of Jim Thorpe and Katie Mongi of Summit Hill as lifeguards.

Commissioners' Chairman Wayne Nothstein said the lake is fully staffed with 12 lifeguards. They are now in the process of fulfilling other requirements for the position.

"It's a big difference from last year when we only had six," Nothstein said.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Reps. Gary Day, R-Lehigh/Berks; Julie Harhart, R-Lehigh/Northampton; Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh; and Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Montgomery/ Northampton, announced grants totaling more than $100,000 from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to organizations in the Lehigh Valley.

Friday, March 27, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Summit Hill, center; student parishioners Corey Rehnert, left; and Anthony Soberick, prepare to package the food items that were donated during the church's food drive this month.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Summit Hill is following Christ's teachings and feeding the hungry.

Over the past two weeks, the church hosted a food drive collection in honor of the parish's saint's feast day, which was March 19.

The Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph's, said most Italian-American families celebrate St. Joseph's Day by hosting a table of bounty to show their gratitude to God. To keep with tradition, the church decided to share its bounty and help the town's families who have fallen on hard times.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A total of eight defendants in pending drug-related cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic accepted the pleas from the following:

Prison incident

Ricky Elton Stevens Jr., 23, of Palmerton, entered pleas in two pending cases to one count each of possession of a controlled substance-suboxone, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Palm Sundaybreakfast

The Sunday School of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold its annual Palm Sunday breakfast on Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The children, parents and parish members are invited to this fellowship event.

Dinner reservations

Friday, March 27, 2015

The April 6 meeting of the Palmerton Lions Club will be held at 7 p.m. at the Palmerton Library.

Members are encouraged to bring a guest and/or family member.

The club is a co-sponsor of the community Easter Egg Hunt in Palmerton at 1 p.m. on March 28.

The club will also be serving as a sponsor for the annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society Telethon being held on April 11-12 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The telethon will be broadcast live on BRCTV-13 and Service Electric Cable Television.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Lansford Businessmen's Association is investigating the possibility of creating a road over the mountain from Lansford to Hauto, linking the Panther Valley to the Hauto Valley.

The businessmen consider the linking of the two valleys as of vital importance and are looking at ways to develop a good, short road between the two areas.

The distance between Lansford and Hauto, as the crow flies, is less than one mile. The driving distance is 12 miles.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Get Fit in Carbon County event will take place from 6-8 p.m. April 16 in the Lehighton Area High School gymnasium. The event is free through the district to promote health and fitness throughout Carbon County.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lehighton Area Pool Pals plans to host several fundraising events.

The first is the Cabin Fever Dance, an annual event sponsored by the Pool Pals will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Orioles.

On April 25, the annual yard sale/basket raffle is at 9:30 a.m. at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Opening day for the Baer Memorial Swimming Pool is May 23 with free admission.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Diocese of Allentown has announced that 15 programs and agencies have been awarded Poverty Relief Fund grants totaling $95,000. The money is allocated from the proceeds of the Poverty Relief Fund collection taken up in the 94 parishes of the diocese in the third weekend of November.

Applications for grants came from 18 agencies or programs and totaled more than $173,000, much more money than was collected.

Recipients in our area include: