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Friday, May 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured in front of their "Celebrate Earth" project during the recent anniversary celebration are, from left, Emily Fremberg, 11; Kayla Zamudio, 10; and Liam Scrivanich, 7.

Girl Scouts with Tamaqua's Service Unit 310 combined their message of "going green" during a recent celebration held at the Tamaqua YMCA in recognition of the hundred years of girl scouting. The event, which consisted of Earth Day projects, activities, games and food, was sponsored and held following the launching of the Girl Scouts of the USA Girl Scouts Forever Green, its signature 100th year anniversary action project focused on waste reduction, energy conservation and rain gardens. Alcoa Foundation provided a two-year $1.5 million grant to expand the program globally to 20 countries.

Friday, May 11, 2012
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Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, right, presents Lion Ed Dudley, past district governor, with a certificate of appreciation for his support to the Envirothon over the years. Dudley said it has been a joy and pleasure to work with the children and organizers and hopes the Lions continue to support this program for years to come.

Friday, May 11, 2012
Driver hurt on Mansion House Hill

An unidentified driver was seriously injured about 7:30 a.m. today, when the car he was operating smashed into a tractor trailer on the Mansion House Hill in Mahoning Township. Both vehicles were traveling up the hill from Jim Thorpe when, for some unexplained reason, the driver of the car crashed into the rear of the moving truck. The driver of the car was entrapped for a brief period of time before being freed by emergency workers. He was taken to a nearby hospital. The car was extensively damaged. Minimal damage occurred to the truck.

Friday, May 11, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kirsten Leskowich

Kirsten Leskowich, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School has been named the Slatington Woman's Club's Girl of the Month for April.

She plays varsity soccer, is president of Interact, president of the class of 2012, a member of National Honor Society, a choir (soprano singer) and band member (plays the trumpet), a member of the women's choir ensemble called Treble Makers, coeditor for the Slate newspaper, a member of the scholastic scrimmage team, the NL Little Theater stage crew, Library club, and of the class video committee.

Friday, May 11, 2012

A club of Navy, Marines and Coast Guard veterans and reservists is being formed for Monroe County residents. To join, call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.

At least 23 members are needed for a charter to elect officers and set a place and date for meetings to become part of the Pennsylvania Navy Squadron.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Carbon County will abolish its jury commissioner positions on Jan. 1, 2014.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to abolish the office of jury commissioner after the completion of this term of office, pursuant to Act 108 of 2011. Joanne Poluka-Maurer and Joe Steber currently hold the positions of jury commissioners.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, explained the action the board took was a result of a long-awaited act, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in mid-December, 2011.

Friday, May 11, 2012
Brooke Wunder is a member of our 3's Preschool Program in Kresgeville. She is proudly pointing out her "Flower Power" project. The class learned about shapes and that the vase shape is a cylinder. Then they painted glue on their shape and added colorful tissue paper. They added flowers made with tissue paper and pipe cleaners.

The Growing Place Child Care Centers started the tradition of a Children's Art Show in 2006, when it celebrated its 30th Anniversary. It was such a huge success that it now does it every two years. All six sites come together at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School for a gallery-style art display showcasing group and individual projects. Most of the 350 enrolled children participate in some way in the art show.

This year's theme was "Art Across the Curriculum." Each of the six sites chose a subject area, such as math, and created projects related to that area.

Friday, May 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A total of $2,460.82 was raised for the Tamaqua Carbon unit of the American Cancer Society (ACS) by staff, teachers and students of both the West Penn and Rush Elementary Schools during numerous events held throughout the school year. At the end of the combined school's Fun Day, all the students came together to see which class raised the most donations.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Property owners on the Carbon County side of the Panther Valley School District won't see an increase in their real estate tax this year, but those on the Coaldale, Schuylkill County, side will likely have to pay 6.37 percent more.

The school board on Thursday approved a $23,800,000 preliminary budget that calls for a 3.13 mill tax increase in Coaldale, bringing that rate to 52.24 mills. The rate on the Carbon County side would remain at 55.69 mills.

Friday, May 11, 2012

A special surprise guest at Bright's Annual Mother's Day Party held today at the Lehighton American Legion Home was Mrs. Theresa Rigler Friedl, a native of Furstenfeld, Austria.

She is a daughter of Mrs. Louisa Grosser and a niece of Mrs. Katie Reich, both of Bowmanstown, two of the nearly 400 mothers present.

Since this is the first time she has seen her mother and other relatives in 25 years, it was a joyous reunion.