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Friday, May 4, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Police Department will be hosting a children's fishing contest for all children, 15 years and under, who are residents of the borough.

The contest will be held on Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rodgers Grove located in the Germantown section of the borough.

Anyone with questions about the contest can contact the police department at (570) 325-4995.

Friday, May 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS In top photo Tamaqua Police officer Mike Hobbs, front, and Fire Chief Tom Hartz exit the smoke-filled home prior to the arrival of the fire trucks.

"I give credit to the anonymous neighbor for putting a quick stop to the fire," said Tom Hartz, Tamaqua Fire Chief. Emergency responders were called to 402 Spruce St. just after 2 p.m. yesterday for a report of a stove fire involving cooking oil. When police and firefighters arrived they noticed a neighbor using a fire extinguisher inside the kitchen of the smoke-filled home to put out the fire. The home is owned by Roland Bankes and lived in by Sandra Cavello and two pets. Responding in addition to police, were American Hose, Citizen's and East End fire companies and Tamaqua ambulance.

Friday, May 4, 2012

A New Ringgold businessman filed a civil action against a beer distribution firm in Schuylkill County court over an alleged breach of agreement.

The action was started on behalf of Thomas Scully, 100 Hillside Lane, versus Eagle Beverage Inc., 450 W. Market St., Pottsville, seeking damages of $20,364 together with interest and costs.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Carbon County's first arthritis Walk-a-Thon held in Lehighton and Mahoning Valley was a huge success, according to Ervin L. Hawk of Lehighton, chairman of the event. The Walk-A-Thon, which was for the Arthritis, with all proceeds to be used to conduct and continue clinics at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital and to further research, had a total of 746 walkers with only 11 not completing the 20-mile walk through picturesque Mahoning Valley.

Friday, May 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS David Soyster, Supervising Engineer, T & S Maintenance Programs, PPL Electric Utilities discusses the workings of an electric car as he talks with Tamaqua senior Nick Toth, 17, and junior Rebecca Akins, 16, about the future of electric transportation. The Chevy Volt is 100 percent electric and uses both a single 360 volt and 12 volt battery.

More than 800 high school students, consisting of about 45 students from Tamaqua's Y.E.S. (Your Employability Skills) program and other Schuylkill County school districts spent a recent school day touring a broad spectrum of over 30 employment and college vendors during the 4th annual Schuylkill County Career Fair held at the Martz Hall in Pottsville. The fair, coordinated by the Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Council Inc. (MAEC), consisted of both inside and outside vendor displays.

Friday, May 4, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Carbon County ConservationDistrict recognized one of its own last week during the 37th annual poster contest awards ceremony. Presenting the plaque to Jerry Dotter, public director, right, is Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein. Dotter wasrecognized for his dedication to the conservationdistrict over the years.

Friday, May 4, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the Weatherly Area School District students who participated in a mini-relay for life to benefit the American Cancer Society are, front, left to right : Jordan Mitchell, Juliette Bartel, Jackie Guth, and Sierra McLaughlin. Rear, left to right : Rebekah McFadden, Corra Chincola, Abigail Hernandez, Kaileigh Barnes, MacKenzie Sherman, Alianna Hernandez, and Caylan Neil.

During the week of March 12, 2012, 175 students in kindergarten through eighth grade in the Weatherly Area School District participated in a mini-relay for life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

An activity was also held each day after school to promote physical activity.

In addition, each child could donate a dollar or more for the ACS to purchase a die-cut in honor of her memory of a loved one touched by cancer.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Within moments, 260 students were evacuated at West Penn Elementary School early Tuesday as part of a safety drill in coordination with local police and emergency responders. The action will lead to improved safety protocol.

West Penn Township police and school officials say they took a solid step forward in ensuring the safety of young schoolchildren Tuesday morning with a successful emergency preparedness drill that called for safe on-site evacuation of the school building.

The action, they said, will lead to a more formal standard operating plan to deal with emergencies.

The event was staged by West Penn Township police and school officials and included coordination with West Penn Fire Co. #1 and Penn Mahoning Ambulance Association.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dezirae Feller receives her certificate from Viki DeMarko, family services manager, during the Pathstone Carbon County Head Start Volunteer Luncheon held Monday at the Lehighton Borough Annex.

Volunteers who have brightened the classrooms of the children of Pathstone Carbon County Head Start with their presence were recognized at the Volunteer Luncheon held Monday at the Lehighton Borough Annex.

Viki DeMarko, family services manager, said that the volunteers help out in many ways. She noted that every month she tallies up the hours of all the volunteers and that only those who have outstanding hours are invited to the luncheon.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary presented certificates and pins to its dedicated volunteers. Some of those that received them are: front row, left to right-Gayle Eckhart, Belva Greene, Alice Frable, Nan Campton, Bernice Kleintop, Carol Papay, Janet Morgan; back row, left to right-Donna Mackes, Lillian Strohl, Elaine Waitkus, Delbert Eckhart, Lovey Irvin, Jenny Serfass, Joann Kercsmar.

The Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary (PHA) recognized their valued volunteers and welcomed new members at a tea held in their honor at the Palmerton Hospital's conference room.