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Friday, July 13, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Wayne Nothstein, second from left; and William O'Gurek, right; present Denise Corcoran, executive director at Anthracite Region Center for Independent Living Ltd., of Hazleton, center; and Oscar Santizo, employment specialist for Human Resources Center Inc. of Jim Thorpe, second from right; with the resolution naming July 12 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day in Carbon County.

Carbon County officials are recognizing Americans with disabilities.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board adopted a resolution naming July 12 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day in Carbon County. They then presented it to two individuals who advocate for people with disabilities Oscar Santizo, employment specialist for Human Resources Center Inc. of Jim Thorpe; and Denise Corcoran, executive director at Anthracite Region Center for Independent Living Ltd., of Hazleton.

Friday, July 13, 2012
Zeb "Flip" Kleintop, rear, Jonathan Knecht front paddle one of the canoes during the Boy Scout Troop 555, Penn Forest Township adventure, while in the canoe at right, is Travis Huschka, also known as "Skyscraper."

Members of Boy Scout Troop 555, Penn Forest Township, recently took an exciting three day 25-mile canoe trip on the Delaware River from Milford to the Delaware Water Gap.

They covered eight miles the first day, approximately 17 campsites at Toms Creek and then onto Tocks Island the second day, there they spent the night. There was six miles to finish up on the last day to reach the Delaware Water Gap.

Friday, July 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Anthony James "A.J." Soberick, 8, waits patiently for his turn to practice at the 2012 Mifflintown Airport Kart-A-Rama series race, as he continues his family's love of all things automotive. His interest in the sport was sparked by his late grandfather, "Pops" Jack Soberick of Soberick's Garage in Coaldale. The son of Kevin and Erin Tait Soberick of Fogelsville, A.J. began his racing career in April of this year at the Oreville Kart Club track in Mertztown. He competed in a Kart-A-Rama event in Mifflintown on July 7 and 8, placing first in his class and third overall.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Major Sharon Whispell is looking for 3 to 5 community members (ages 18 and up) who are able to volunteer two or more hours a week at the Tamaqua Salvation Army providing supervision to youth playing in the gymnasium.

Whispell stated, "The open gym provides a safe and fun place for kids to hang out when school is over." Dina Depos, programs director, added, "Open gym times can be made to fit the hours of the volunteers, although fixed times are always best."

Friday, July 13, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rotary Club president Susan Sterling and vice president Bob Stevenson display the four award certificates that the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe recently received at the District 7410 Awards Banquet.

The Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe recently received four award certificates at the Rotary International District 7410 Awards Banquet.

The club received four awards out of a possible five which were for club accomplishments in Literacy, Leadership, New Generations, and Community Service.

Rotary Club president Susan Sterling noted that "these awards represent a club effort because everyone contributes to raising the money that we use to fund these projects and everybody in the community benefits in the process."

Friday, July 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Performing during the free event were Sean, and his son Dakota McGeehan, 17.

About a dozen talented performers showed off their vocal or instrumental talent Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Some of the performers consisted of Sean McGeehan, Cody McGeehan, Jack Kulp, Kathy Rimm, Faith Roberts, Nathan Harpster, Stew Brodian, Vincent Smith, Amy Walburn, Ray The Snowman, Adam Bachert, Amy Walburn and Dakota McGeehan.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The third reunion of the one room elementary schools in Franklin Township will be held on Sept. 29 at the Franklin Township Fire Co., Fairyland Road, Franklin Township.

Anyone who attended any of these schools: Long Run, Walcksville, Big Creek, Indian Hill and Wagner elementary schools is invited to attend the reunion.

Let us know if your address has changed since our last reunion.

We are looking for any photographs of the schools, especially Indian Hill schools.

Friday, July 13, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Outgoing 14-U District Governor Scott Dudley, right; presents the 14-U District Governor Banner, to incoming District Governor Angela Mimms.

Nearly 100 Lions attended the District 14-U Banner Exchange when outgoing District Governor Scott Dudley turned over the District 14-U Banner to incoming District Governor Angela Mimms during an outdoor picnic held Wednesday evening at the West Penn Community Grove.

Lions from West Penn Township prepared a great steak dinner as part of the evening's festivities.