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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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Panther Valley Elementary School hosted a flag program for the fourth grade class in honor of Veterans Day. Representatives from the Carbon County Navy Club showed the students how to fold a flag and observing all of the other patriotic acts toward the American Flag. Seen are John Mauro, Scott Reinhart, Bob Siesputowski, and Stanley Jarosczewski.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pacey Steigerwalt, 11, uses binoculars to spot birds in the trees as he listens to Rob Bergstresser, CCEEC, talk about bird migration.

The Schuylkill County Conservancy hosted two Outdoor Learning Days at the lower dam of the Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua for approximately 180 fifth graders from the Tamaqua Area School District and two classes from the Gillingham Charter School in Port Carbon.

Each student got a chance participating in hands-on learning stations about mammals, water quality, macroinvertebrates, trees birds and many other wildlife topics. At the end of the day, there was also a presentation on raptors for all of the students.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held in Tamaqua on Nov. 16, at the Salvation Army Community Center. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in good general health is eligible to donate blood.

Appointments for donors may be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Presenting donors will be eligible to win a free Thanksgiving turkey.

This visit is being sponsored by Momma's Little Secret shop in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HARRISBURG – The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the flood relief package, consisting of Senate Bills 1264, 1266, 1267, 1268, 1269, 1271, 1297, and 1323, Senator David G. Argall (R-29) announced following the meeting.

Argall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voiced his support and satisfaction with the committee's action on much-needed relief for constituents, especially those in western Schuylkill County.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A presentation was made at Monday evening's Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting. The presentation detailed how JTASD had been chosen to be a part of the Behavioral Health Pilot Program. A committee formed from the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative has been working on the program.

Jeanne Miller, co-chairperson of the Child and Family Collaborative, and JTASD Superintendent Barbara Conway discussed the pilot program and the collaborative.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 256 presented prizes students who entered the VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest at Ss. Peter and Paul School. From left are, Harry Wynn III, senior vice commander; Bruce Smith, second place winner; Sherry Sernak, principal; Amy McConnell, first place winner; Frederick Schaffer, quartermaster; and Richard Fink, past post quartermaster.

Lehighton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 256 presented prizes to the top three winners and honorable mention students who entered the VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest at Ss. Peter and Paul School. The theme of the essay contest was "Are You Proud of Your Country."

Serving as master of ceremonies was Harry Wynn III, senior vice commander.

Wynn said that the contest concludes each year near Veterans Day and he thanked the students and principal, Sherry Sernak for her cooperation and support of the contest.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

There will be a free car seat check up at Kovatch Chevrolet-Cadillac, 420 N. First St., Lehighton, on Monday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by Carbon County Safe Kids and Kovatch Chevrolet-Cadillac.

Parents are asked to bring the child who uses the car seat to the check up.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured outside the art gallery is an example of what is on display throughout the multi-location gallery.

Overseas-deployed service members' artwork ais being highlighted during a national exhibition tour that kicked off on Veterans Day in Pottsville.

The "Graffiti of War" project, presented by "Block of Art", represents an anthology of more than 400 pieces of art left by deployed service members in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. The collection includes images of graffiti murals painted on the tall concrete barriers at many operating bases in Iraq now being turned over to Iraqi security forces.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Lions Club Peace Posters drawn by students from both the St. Jerome's and Tamaqua elementary schools are on display at the Tamaqua Public Library from today to Friday. Each year, Lions clubs around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. During the last 20 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A call has gone forth for a meeting of the Dimmick Library Committee in Mauch Chunk to meeet at the office of Mr. Bertolette this evening. The gentlemen of the committee owe it to themselves and to their townsmen, to take some action at once that will prevent this large bequest from passing out of the town. A borough official said, "We need a good library here as elsewhere, and the sooner the building is procured, the better. So a full attendance, if you please, gentlemen of the committee."