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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The fourth annual Lehighton School, Community, Education, Safety Day will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 on Thursday, June 13. The event is sponsored by the Lehighton Area School District, Title One Department and Lehighton Memorial Pool.

The fourth annual Lehighton School, Community, Education, Safety Day will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 on Thursday, June 13. The event is sponsored by the Lehighton Area School District, Title One Department and Lehighton Memorial Pool.

The event is fun and free for local families. There will be free swimming, food and activities. The event is open to all Lehighton Area School District children and their families.

Adults are required to accompany children through eighth grade. Unaccompanied children will not be allowed to participate in the planned activities.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is offering watercolor classes this spring. Artist Kay Stauffer is the instructor for these five-session classes. Two separate classes, beginner on April 18 to May 16, Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.; and intermediate-advanced on May 15-June 12, Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.; will be offered.

Classes are limited to 12 people; please pre-register, as it is on a first come, first served basis. There is a fee. For class information: call 610-762-7979.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) received an invitation to join the Colonial League athletic conference for the 2014-2015 school year. PVSD is a member of the Mountain Valley Conference since 1993, when it was formed.

Thomas Murphy, PVSD board president, read a statement at the March 28 school board meeting, informing the public about the invitation and that the deadline for the district's decision is April 9.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Administrative Professionals Celebration Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Blue Ridge Country Club, 2230 Fireline Road, Palmerton. The event features a Coldwater Creek Fashion Show. Great door prizes. Registration deadline is April 15, 2013

To register please contact Heather McClure at (610) 379-5000 or email mail@carboncountychamber.org.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Jim Thorpe, Pa. received a mention last night on the popular TV game show "Jeopardy."

Tara Curcio, of Medford, N.J., a technical projects manager, was a contestant on the program.

During the conversation segment with host Alex Trebeck, Curcio stated that when she goes to different cities, she generally visits the library there.

"I've been in libraries in Flagstaff, Arizona. In Jim Thorpe, Pa.," she said.

She finished in second place on the show, losing to the returning champion.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Here are the causes of wildfires and acres burned in 2012, according to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:

Debris Burning: 217 fires; 544 acres

Incendiary: 198 fires; 875.5 acres

Miscellaneous: 106 fires; 375.8 acres

Equipment Use: 93 fires; 1,172 acres

Camp Fires: 36 fires; 84.2 acres

Railroad: 23 fires; 66.7 acres

Children: 21 fires; 28.3 acres

Smoking: 13 fires; 16.9 acres

Lightning: 10 fires; 23.1 acres

Thursday, April 4, 2013

On March 27, "Becker's Hospital Review" released their 2013 annual list of "100 Great Hospitals" and Pocono Medical Center (PMC) is among them.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sydney Martin

Slatington Woman's Club has named Sydney Martin as its Girl of the Month for April. She is the daughter of Tom and Lisa Martin of Slatedale.

A senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, she has participated in the fall play, spring musical, concert choir, woman's select choir and she ran a theater program at the elementary school for fifth and sixth graders.

She is interested in music, theater, psychology and helping people in any way she can.

Sydney's future plans are to go to college and become either a psychotherapist or addictions counselor to help those in need.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Basic Boating Course instructed by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission staff on April 9 and 11, 2013. The course will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each night.

There is no charge for the course.

All participants must preregister and must attend both sessions. Call Beltzville State Park at (610) 377-0045 to register.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Gavin Dorshimer of Kunkletown, concentrates as he carries his egg on a spoon in a relay race at St. Matthew's UCC's Easter Egg Hunt. Besides the egg and spoon relay race there was an egg rolling relay race, egg toss game besides the regular egg hunt. Besides prize eggs, each child received a gift.