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Monday, May 14, 2012
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Olivia Dacey, front, won the trophy for catching the biggest fish (20-1/2 inches) at the 4th Annual Connell McCall Memorial Fishing Derby held by the Nesquehoning Conservation Club. With her are, back, from left, club members Donny McGorry, Sam Kitchko and Greg Pecha, and, at right, Emmett and Mary Ellen McCall, parents of the late Connell McCall.

An initiative started in 2009 that is likely to be traditional in that it has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception, continued on Saturday, May 12, in Nesquehoning when the Nesquehoning Conservation Club held the 4th Annual Connell McCall Memorial Fishing Tournament. The event attracted over 100 youths, ranging from 3-15 years of age, while hundreds of adults participated in the event held under sunny skies, including many from the county and region, as well as others from as far away as the Lehigh Valley and Harrisburg.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Carbon County Animal Response Team recently began filling their new shed, housed at the Carbon County EMA building in Nesquehoning, with some donated pet supplies, such as cages.

The preparation work for placing the shed, which was purchased by the group, was completed by Pencor Services, which donated time and manpower; Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, who helped secure permits; and Mel Bach, who did the research and ordered the shed.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School students Judy Lin, left, Stephen Hajcak and Jake Tokosh are congratulated by high school Principal Joe Gunnels and the school board at a public meeting Thursday. The students were the top scorers in the TIMES NEWS Citizens Bee.

Panther Valley School District students are demonstrating academic excellence.

The school board on Thursday congratulated the district's three participants in the Pennsylvania Citizen Bee, held May 3 at the Carbon County courthouse, Jim Thorpe.

High school juniors Judy Lin, Stephen Hajcak and first-place winner Jake Tokosh demonstrated in-depth knowledge of local and state history, current events and geography in the contest, sponsored by the TIMES NEWS.

They were introduced by high school Principal Joe Gunnels.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Goldie, a 10-year old Cocker Spaniel, and Bubby, a 4-year old Boston Terrier and pug mix sit quietly next to each other during a recent Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue event held in Walker Township. Goldie is cared for by Gloria Bingaman of Tamaqua and Bubby is cared for by Maggie Alonge of South Tamaqua.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Braden, 5, stares at his sleeping sister, Madeline Tringone, 1, during a recent fundraising event held at the Hometown Fire Company for baby Emma Hope Cipko who was born with a heart defect. Their parents are Angela and James Tringone.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area High School Concert Band presented annual Spring Concert. Zachary Kobal, served as a conductor during one of the selections. Kobal is pursuing a degree at Kutztown University as a music educator.

Fifty-eight students at Lehighton Area High School, under the direction of Bryan Buffington, performed in the annual Concert Band Spring Concert Thursday.

Buffington had high praise for his students.

Several students had the opportunity to shine in solo arrangements and one student chose a selection and served as a guest conductor.

The concert opened with "Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual," with Laura Cressley performing a piccolo solo; Kaitin Smith, flute solo; Ellen Perkins, bass clarinet solo; Emily Shelly, alto saxophone solo; and Zachary Kobal, baritone solo

Saturday, May 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area Music Department presented their annual Spring Elementary/Middle School Band Concert Thursday night in the school district auditorium.

The concert, directed by Mrs. Marsha Rodgers, featured performances from the Beginner Band, the Intermediate Band and the 6th Grade Band, was attended by over 300 visitors.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Putting up wire around the southeast end of the Hometown Commons to prevent shooping bags or ther debris from entering the park are Dave Clewell, Dominic Cerimele and Wayne Deitzel.

Since 2009, volunteers with the TIDE (Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises) Beautification Committee, as well as employees with about a dozen local businesses, have collected over 6,000 pounds of garbage in and around the Tidewood Industrial Park in Hometown.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania, this week, reported the earliest detection of a West Nile virus-carrying mosquito since testing began in 2000. The infected mosquito was found May 3, in Exeter Township, Berks County, the departments of Environmental Protection and Health announced.

"The unseasonably warm weather in March caused the virus cycle to begin early this year," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "Our staff will continue to monitor mosquito populations and conduct spraying to reduce the threat to public health."

Saturday, May 12, 2012
BRANDON TAYLOR/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Red Fort is one of Old Delhi's main attractions, drawing foreign and India tourists alike to its red sandstone walls and intricately carved throne rooms and halls within. For more photos and tales of each leg of Brandon's journey, visit his blog at www.btay200.wordpress.com, or follow him on Facebook.

This is the first in a series of columns on Brandon Taylor's recent trip to India.

Growing up, one of my favorite Disney movies was "The Jungle Book." I mean, what's not to like about a boy raised deep in the jungles of India by a fun-loving group of animals that sing and dance? In recent years, I've taken to Bollywood films, movies produced in India's entertainment capital, Bombay. These films are known for their epic stories, deep character development and spontaneous dance sequences. In short, they're fantastic.