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Thursday, April 28, 2016

PVEN needs

The Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network is hoping to receive donations of peanut butter and jelly. However, all nonperishable food donations are welcome.

Donations may be taken to aPVEN participating church or given directly to the PVEN in McIlhaney from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Other times by appointment.

Call the PVEN at 570-992-3136.

Polk Historical

Monday at 7 p.m. the Polk Township Historical Society will meet at the Polk Township Municipal Building in Kresgeville.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System’s 15th annual 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run is coming up, with a 10K course this year.

“We always have a 5K Run/Walk but in celebration of our 15th anniversary, we added a new 10K course to our event,” said Lisa E. Johnson, vice president of Public Relations & Marketing at BMHS.

The race will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 in the Palmerton Borough Park. The 5000 meter course is officially certified by the USA Track & Field Association.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 38-year-old Shenandoah resident connected to a large-scale heroin trafficking ring that operated in Schuylkill County during 2012 through September 2015, pleaded guilty

Thursday, April 28, 2016

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating an incident in which someone shined a “laser” at a passing medical helicopter.

Troopers said the incident was reported about 8:50 p.m. on April 17 in the Seltzer area of Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County.

A Geisinger medical helicopter was passing the area when the laser was shined at it by someone on the ground.

The helicopter crew reported the incident.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at 570-739-1330.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
The brown hues of a desolate, closed New Jersey Zinc Co. contrast against the blue skies.

n Sunday, Lynn Shupp will unveil her photography exhibit titled “NJZ-Skeletal Remains” in the gallery at the Palmerton Public Library.

The opening will run from 2 to 5 p.m., but the exhibit will run for a week.

“If the wall could talk, they would have something to say,” Shupp said about empty buildings left behind when the New Jersey Zinc Co. closed in 1983.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

March Students of Month in the Lehighton Area School District are as follows:

East Penn Elementary

Kindergarten: Mrs. Betz, Celine Barclay; Mrs. Zehner, Kase Kleintop; and Claudia Pagotto, artist of the month

First grade: Mrs. Zerbe, Danna Castillo Hernandez; and Aiden Hartley-Cox, artist of the month

Second grade: Mrs. Bruch, Elijah Pagotto; Miss Grasso, Brook Tanasijczuk; and Robert Nelson, artist of the month

Third grade: Mrs. Barilla, Kris Steele; Mrs. Breiner, Trey Kemmerer; and Savannah Reiss, artist of the month

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Several volunteers were honored Wednesday by the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary for their many hours serving the auxiliary’s programs. From left, the volunteers with the most hours are Alice Frable, 8,000 hours; Ann “Nan” Campton, 4,000 hours; and Honey Cyr, 4,000 hours. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary honored several volunteers at its annual Volunteer Recognition and New Member Tea onApril 20 at the hospital.

Alice Frable was recognized for volunteering 8,000 hours, followed by Ann “Nan” Campton and Honey Cyr with 4,000 hours each. The volunteers receive a pin for each of their milestones.

Priscilla Offen, the president of the hospital auxiliary, said they have about 100 volunteers. Some of them have been volunteering for the auxiliary for more than 40 years.

“We do have some very loyal, long-standing members,” she said.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a felony indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Scranton on Tuesday.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, federal prison inmate Davon Perry was charged with allegedly possessing a homemade sharpened weapon in June 2015.

If convicted, Perry, 36, could be imprisoned for a maximum sentence of up to five years, and a fine in the amount of $250,000.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Elias Bombico, 8, of Jim Thorpe, works a fire extinguisher to put out a mock fire as Mark Ebbert, fire chief of Mahoning Valley Fire Company looks on during the annual Community Safety Day, held Saturday at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Copyright - Zubek-Miller Photography

May 7 is going to be a fun-filled day of educational safety activities in Carbon County.

County and state officials are finalizing plans for the annual Community Safety Day. It is hosted by state Sen. John T. Yudichak, the Carbon County commissioners, Kid Zone Blue Mountain Health System, Carbon Masonic Lodge 242 and the Nolan Ritchie Stay Afloat Foundation.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, on the grounds of Mauch Chunk Lake Park and is free and open to all Carbon County families.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rules of the Lehighton 150th Celebration Brothers of the Brush and Sisters of the Swish are:

• Men will bury their razor and women will bury their makeup for the weeklong celebration from June 25 through July 2.

• Teams of five to six men and/or women will register as a chapter. Each chapter can make up a unique name for themselves. A chapter can consist of friends, co-workers, organizations and businesses. Organizations and businesses may have multiple chapters.