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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Judge Steve Serfass was the guest speaker of the 38th Anniversary Celebration of the end of the Vietnam War by members of the Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County. To Serfass' right is Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies.

Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County celebrated the 38th anniversary of the ending of the war in Vietnam with an impressive ceremony on Sunday afternoon in the courtyard of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314.

Taking part in the program were representatives of all veterans organizations within the county.

Returning veterans of the Vietnam War, didn't have welcoming parades and Americans seemed to shun, if not denigrate Americans who went to Vietnam. Very little was done to aid returning veterans and their loved ones who needed assistance in adjusting.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Carl Bittner

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in memory of local area teen Carl Bittner from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at Weatherly Area High School, 601 6th Street, Weatherly.

Carl Bittner, 17, had a way about him that could make even the grumpiest person smile. His big heart and aptitude for learning could only be eclipsed by his desire to help people.

During his high school career, Carl assisted with the students in the special education classes, which fostered many diversified friendships extending throughout the town of Weatherly.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tim and Fran Stahl, who won the large $1,000 cash donation during Sunday's ACS Chinese Auction, surprised organizers when they donated $500 of it back to the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Pictured from left are Fran Stahl, Tim Stahl and event co-chair MaryAnn Delaney.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn-Kidder Lions recently presented a check for $411 to the Jim Thorpe Little League for the upkeep of their fields and program. Presenting the check, from left, are Kenneth Cathcart, Cynthia Kern, JTLL President Brian Schwartz, Nancy DaCosta and Manny DaCosta.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Robert Benjamin, an employee of Joe Mitzen Building and Remodeling, wields a hammer to install new sofitting in preparation for installing a new roof on Lansford's original council house/jailhouse at Patterson and Walnut streets. The two-story structure was built in 1877. Members of Lansford Alive successfully applied for a $20,000 state Department of Community and Economic Development Legislative Initiative grant, secured by former state Rep./House Speaker Keith McCall, to buy and restore the old stone building.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Every now and again a special educator comes along who is able to make a lasting impact on a student.

With that very thought in mind, Reading Escapades is conducting a writing contest open to everyone for "The World's Greatest Teacher".

The contest is a chance to thank that special teacher, and have them noticed to let them know how special they are, according to Christine Allen, proprietor.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Over $20,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to lucky supporters of the Men of Marian's 22nd Annual Chinese Auction, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 at Marian High School.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
TN ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS In this file photo taken in 2000, Joseph M. Plasko of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce displays the annual Tamaqua Citizenship Award. Plasko passed away last March. The award is now named in his honor.

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 49th annual tribute to volunteerism and community spirit. The person selected will be only the second to earn what is now called the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award.

The award will be presented at the 62nd Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held Wednesday, April 25, at the Tamaqua Community Center.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center (CCEEC) will host a program on the environmental impact of cosmetics, cleaners, laundry aids and similar products on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

"Read the Label! The environmental and the products we buy" will be presented by Becky Wollett-Schmick, who will also display alternative products and ideas that have little or no environmental impact.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Franklin Township residents whose garbage collection day is Friday, will see a change in collection date due to the Good Friday holiday. Pick up has been changed to Thursday, April 5.