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Friday, May 20, 2011

Minsi Trails Council will be hold a spring Cub Scout recruiting event on Monday, May 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cypress Lanes, 140 North 4th Street, Lehighton.

Boys who have completed kindergarten, and who have not yet completed fifth grade or who have not yet turned 11, can join Cub Scouting.

There will also be another recruiting event on Friday, June 3 beginning at 7 p.m. at Becky's Drive-In, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport.

For more information, contact Andy Wislock at (610) 465-8557.

Friday, May 20, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Advocates for Pennsylvania newspapers and local governments clashed Thursday over a bill that would allow school districts, municipalities and counties to publish legal notices on the Web instead of newsprint.

Editors and publishers who testified for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association told the House Local Government Committee that the legislation would undermine an important source of revenue for their industry and make it harder for many seniors and others who don't use the Internet to locate important public information.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Carbon County will pay $98,000 less this year on insurance to keep the county and its employees covered.

The commissioners Thursday voted to renew the 2011-2012 insurance policy with the Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool (PCoRP) at a total cost of $259,521. This is a $98,077 decrease from last year.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained that the decrease is due to the county no longer covering Weatherwood, which was sold to a private business last July.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Penn Forest Board of supervisors candidate Harry J. Connolly received 122 votes in Tuesday's Primary election. Incorrect information was included in an election report published Wednesday.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (Branch 140, St. Ann Society and Branch 46, St. Mary Magdalene Society) are awarding monetary gifts to members who will graduate from 8th grade ($10) and high school ($25).

Please send the name and address of member, school name and graduation date to the appropriate financial secretary: 8th grade, Carolyn Bazik, 121 West Bertsch Street, Lansford and high school, Louise Dunstan, 210 East Patterson Street, Lansford.

Friday, May 20, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua's 2011 Poppy Queen, McKayla McLaughlin, 9, hands the first poppy to Tamaqua Mayor and American Legion member Christian Morrison in front of the monument at C.H. Berry Post 173. McKayla, who is a junior member of the Tamaqua American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, is the daughter of Thomas and Andrea Bennage-McLaughlin and granddaughter of Norman and Ruth McLaughlin. Poppies are available for a donation through Memorial Day at the Legion home, as well as from various businesses and during monthly breakfasts.

Friday, May 20, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Left to right: Our Lady of the Angels Academy student Lauren Nietz, Nick Barron, Andre Velez, First Catholic Slovak Ladies' Society local president Veronica Bazik, vice-president Mary E. Ciganek and financial secretary/treasurer Louise Dunstan with the boxes of snacks and grooming items ready to be sent to Afghanistan.

Our Lady of the Angels Academy students in Lansford have collected 11 boxes of snacks, comics, toothpaste, dental floss, soaps and other items to send to troops in Afghanistan. Each grade made a card to tuck into the boxes, and posters.

The project was prompted by Patti Gerber, whose son, eighth-grade student Nick Barron, makes sure kindergarten student Andre Velez stays safe at the bus stop when Velez' maternal grandmother, Louise McLaughlin, cannot be there due to her work schedule.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Members of the Lansford AMVETS Post will meet on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at the post home. Commander Michael Frey will be in charge of the session.

Friday, May 20, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The March Students of the Month have been awarded a certificate and gift card for their outstanding performance at Panther valley Middle School. They are, left to right, Samantha Valderrama, sixth grade; Anthony Vavra, seventh grade; and Kimberly Pimble, eighth grade.

Friday, May 20, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

As his wife, Mary, looks on, Andrew Swider Jr. hands Lansford borough council president Adam Webber photos of the area behind the couple's East Ridge Street home. The photos show the damage done by a neighbor who the Swider's say deliberately drives across the area, which they mow and maintain. The parcel, called a "paper road," is owned by the borough. a paper road is one that the borough does not maintain; it exists as a road only on maps. The area is not needed for access, as East Snyder Avenue runs parallel to it on the opposite side of the tree line.