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Friday, February 20, 2015

During the early exploitation on Honduras by the Spanish, what metallic element was most important?

Oh, silver, of course.

In what country is the annual Adelaide Festival of Arts held?

You knew that one: Australia.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The meal will be a baked meatloaf and mashed potato dinner.

The church is located just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Trinity United Church of Christ, 2 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, will sponsor a buffet style meatloaf dinner on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Adult platters are $9, while children under 12 will be $4.50. Takeouts will be available.

For more information, call 570-668-4630.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Everyone who travels back and forth from Carbon to Monroe County via the Route 209 bridge in Kresgeville is going to be affected by an upcoming replacement project.

Even people who travel from one end of the township to the other to go to the post office or bank near Route 534 on the main thoroughfare will be affected.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is going to discuss the project in an open house from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Polk Township Municipal Building, 165 Polk Township Road in Kresgeville.

Project plans will be on display at the meeting.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Two defendants were sentenced to prison terms on Thursday in Carbon County court for retail thefts one to a state prison and the second to a county term.

The sentences were imposed by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Mahoning incidents

Manuel Antonio Rivera-Agosto, 41, of Allentown, was sentenced to a total of 12 to 36 months in a state correctional institution on two counts of retail theft and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He previously entered guilty pleas in the cases.

Friday, February 20, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area High School Future Business Leaders of America recently competed at the Region 21 Conference at Lehigh Carbon Community College. Pictured are, front row, from left: Macie Hourt, Lyndsey Nemeth, Morgan Balliet, Alyssa Miller, Hannah Pepper, and Keira Gasper. Second row: Brynn Boehler, Avery Neipert, Vishush Selvavelautham, Julie Garey-Perrine, Jaclyn Wood, Brittany Hunzer, and Evan Tayntor. Third row: Bruce Hettler, Isaac George, Nate Taylor, Erika Beers, Johanna Matsko, Mercy Melo, Lauren Fegeley, Devon Santos, and Richard Roselli. Back row: Jagr Andress, Ben Everett, Gavin Scott, Cowan Unger, Jake Taylor, Ryan Yacone, and Seth Andress. Missing from the photo are Maison Allen, Maddie Quinn, and Laura Martinez.

They're youthful and exuberant, yet very businesslike in their approach.

A talented collection of Palmerton Area High School Future Business Leaders of America students recently competed in the Region 21 FBLA Conference held at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

The region consists of Palmerton, Lehighton, Pleasant Valley, Panther Valley, Stroudsburg, and East Stroudsburg South high schools.

Friday, February 20, 2015
The proposed two-building multi-use training facility in the Carbon County emergency complex, located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning. In white on the right is the proposed firefighters' practice facilities as well as a building; and at bottom is the proposed two-story building that will house the EMA and EOC, classrooms, lecture and meeting halls, and vehicle bays. The red line from the left is the current access road, which will be widened. The buildings are the prison, left, and the current EMA/911 Communications Center.

Carbon County officials took the first step Thursday to secure funding for the proposed countywide fire training facility.

The board of commissioners voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with The Delta Group Inc. of Mechanicsburg, to develop and implement a comprehensive funding strategy to finance the construction of a two-building fire and emergency training facility.

The new facilities will be located on approximately 10 to 12 acres of land in the emergency complex on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Community dinner

St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church, Race Street, will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The menu for this month is meatloaf and macaroni and cheese.

Soup and scripture

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold "Soup and Scripture" every Wednesday evening during Lent. The first will be held on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. Joan Deacetis will be the leader for the weekly gatherings. A freewill offering will be taken. Chicken noodle soup, bread, desserts and beverages will be served.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A memorial dedication for veterans of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard will take place at 1 p.m. April 18 at Ludlow Park in Summit Hill.

Organizers are seeking vendors to sell food at the event.

For more information, contact Robert Siesputowski at 570-645-6586.

Friday, February 20, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Happy smiles and a wagging tail as Cory Zimmerman of Shenandoah and his dog, Lucky, are reunited.

Kristy Zimmerman and her son Cory trudged through the autumn leaves, and later through the winter snow, looking and calling for their lost dog. Sometimes dogs barked in response to their calls.

"When you have a dog, you know its voice, as well as you know your child's voice," Kristy Zimmerman said. "We'd have that instant of hope, but we'd both realize right away that it was not her."

Eight years before, Cory's dad had gotten him the dog, a female pointer and pit bull mix. In late October 2014, she slipped away from his dad's house. Cory and his mom launched a search.