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Monday, April 14, 2014

About 60 concerned Jim Thorpe people attended the community borough council meeting last night to voice objections to the occupation assessment tax imposed by the borough.

Two petitions objecting to the tax were presented to council. One signed by 45 employees of Kathy Ann Sportswear of Jim Thorpe, with 111 signatures was accepted.

The great majority of those attending the meeting were female.

Monday, April 14, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club recently held its annual Bunny Lunch at the Lehighton Recreation Center, with more than 50 children and their parents attending. The event was chaired by Steven Anthony, first vice president andincoming secretary, and Sue Anthony, secretary and incoming president. Proceeds from the event benefit the local community. Jane Longazel was the Easter bunny. Among those attending were, from left, Timothy Reichard, 10; Samuel Stewart, 17 months; Amya Mitchem, 22 months; and Rodney Stewart Jr., 5.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News  From left: Junior Vice Commander Bob Laub, past post commander and current Quartermaster Bruce Jones, Post Commander Carl Ellis, and past quartermaster and current member Ted Kistler display certificates from past and present U.S. military units the Walnutport VFW has adopted.

The Walnutport VFW will hold a Surf & Turf Raffle on Sunday, April 27, with proceeds going toward the purchase of wish list items for an Army unit it recently adopted that is stationed in Afghanistan.

"We do this every so often," said R.W. Fritzinger VFW 7215 Post Commander Carl Ellis, referring to the fact that this is the third time the post has chosen to adopt a military unit since it began doing so during the Gulf War in 1990.

Worldwide, the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Adopt-a-Unit program supports more than 121,000 U.S. military personnel and their family members.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners have approved the hiring of a Tamaqua woman as a case management specialist with the county Drug and Alcohol agency.

Tracy Fritz began her job Monday, and will earn $35,582 a year. Commissioners approved the hiring at a public meeting April 9.

In other personnel moves, commissioners hired 11 part-time licensed practical nurse's aide trainees at $7.70 an hour for the county nursing home at Rest Haven, in Schuylkill Haven.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two Carbon County municipalities have placed bans on open burning because of the dry conditions of outdoor vegetation. Carbon County Communication Center has confirmed that two communities within Carbon County, Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning, are under burn bans.

Monday, April 14, 2014

There is a vision for Carbon County.

Kathy Henderson, director of the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development, revealed several of those strategies with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Before her presentation, chamber president Peter Kern noted the recent consolidation of the Carbon County Chamber with the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Approximately 14 children could ride at one time in the Easter basket rig, driven by the Easter Bunny himself.

Nearly 50 children participated in the Dream Come True egg hunt, sponsored by Blue Mountain Kodas Motorcycle Club and Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996 on Saturday.

The day's activities included not only an egg hunt, but refreshments, games, prizes, a ride in the Easter Egg side car and trolley and a visit with Mr. Bunny, who drove the motorcycle rig.

The event was held at Towamensing Fire Company, Palmerton.

Kindergarten children attending Towamensing Elementary School were also invited to take part in the activities.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS MMI Preparatory School sophomore Nash Wenner of Palmerton competed in a national snowboard event in Colorado this week.

Nash Wenner, a sophomore at MMI Preparatory School, competed in a national snowboard event in Colorado this week.

Wenner, the son of Darren and Tracy Wenner of Palmerton, ranked 55th nationally in his category and qualified to compete in the boardercross event in the 25th annual United States of America Snowboard Association's National Championships, a World Snowboard Tour four-star event, at Copper Mountain, Colo.

Nearly 2,000 snowboarders took part in the competition, which includes boardercross, superpipe, slopestyle, slalom and giant slalom snowboarding events.

Monday, April 14, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Participants in a meeting about bullying held Sunday in Tommy's Restaurant, Coaldale, are, from left, Karmyn Clifford, 13, of Summit Hill, a victim of bullying; her friend, Cassie Deifer of Summit Hill; Kathleen Quinn-Farber of Tamaqua; Jenn Fox, who is Karmyn's mother; and Dawn Sharrer of Freeland, a certified guidance counselor.

Jenn Fox of Summit Hill warned people Sunday about the effects of bullying.

"What happened to my daughter can happen to any child," Fox said.

Fox spoke at a meeting she conducted on bullying at Tommy's Hoagies in Coaldale. About 30 people attended.

"We came to show support for Kamryn," she said, "but we came so close to holding this in memory of her."

Kamryn, 13, is Fox's daughter. She also spoke at the session, and said she was a victim of bullying and had attempted suicide.

"The thing I went through was horrible," the teenager said.

Monday, April 14, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Ancient Order of Hibernian members Matthew P. Stinson Jr., left, and Dr. Clement McGinley help fill baskets Saturday morning at Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse. The baskets, which contain all that is needed for an Easter dinner, get distributed to Catholic churches in Carbon County to be given to a needy family in the parish.

The Carbon County Ancient Order of Hibernians is in the Easter spirit, and it's spreading.

Six members of the club got together Saturday morning to put together Easter baskets for needy families in Carbon County. The baskets contain everything needed for an Easter feast, including a ham, vegetables, potatoes, dinner rolls and even dessert.

The AOH put together 10 baskets that were delivered to all of the Catholic churches in the county. The churches then distribute them to a needy family in their parish.