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Friday, April 13, 2012

The Nesquehoning Food Pantry, located in the Meed's Methodist Church, will hold its monthly distribution of nonperishable food items to those in need from 1-3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19. This will be the regular food distribution.

Recipients must reside in the borough of Nesquehoning and fall within TEFAP income guidelines. Persons who have been receiving the food "boxes" are asked to note that no telephone reminders will be made.

Please consider donating your time to help keep the food pantry operating for those in need.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the third marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Third Grade: Kassidy Altemose, Madison Balliet, Emily Baumgardt, Brock Bollinger, Emily Butz, Molly Campbell, Carissa Fallon, Dylan Frank, Ariana Jones, Brayden Kline, Gina Laviolette, Madix Marlatt, Aidan McCarty, Yesmine Olewine, Derek Rea, Ethan Recker, Megan Serfass, Jarret Silvius, Angelyne Steigerwalt, Tyler Stuck, Chelsea Wagner, Alexander Whitney and Corlan Wood.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Basic Boating Course instructed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on May 14 and May 16. The course will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each night.

There is no charge for the course. All participants must pre-register and must attend both sessions. Call Beltzville State Park at (610) 377-0045 to register.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Schuylkill County man's car left a Lehigh County road, ripped through fencing, and landed on its roof on an off-ramp to the Northeast Extension of the turnpike.

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in South Whitehall Township.

Police said Theodore Black, 44, of New Ringgold, was driving westbound along W. Tilghman Street when the vehicle left the road and went through a fence, then flipped over and landed near the northbound off-ramp to the turnpike.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A wealth of health care tips and services will soon be at the disposal of community members.

Blue Mountain Health System and Palmerton Lions Club will co-sponsor a community health fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21 at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton Hospital cafeteria.

The health fair is open to all ages and there is no charge to participate, said Mary Lou McGeehan, Community Education Coordinator.

Friday, April 13, 2012

On Sunday, between 10 and 10:15 p.m., a complete "Black-out" will prevail in the Mauch Chunks in cooperation with that to be held in other communities of Carbon County, except Palmerton, Lansford and Hauto, which are in other areas of the state-wide defense setup.

Air raid and fire alarm sirens will announce the start of the test. All traffic will be halted, save vehicles working for purposes of emergency.

Friday, April 13, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley Superintendent Rosemary Porembo bids farewell to retiring teacher and coach Charlie Depuy at a school board meeting Thursday.

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday bid farewell to longtime teacher Charles Depuy.

DePuy is retiring, closing the book on 39 years of teaching.

A 1969 graduate of Panther Valley, DePuy joined the school district as an elementary substitute in 1973. He then taught remedial math and reading to elementary and middle school students and seventh grade math.

Friday, April 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS New members of the Tamaqua Area Middle School National Honor Society include: (first row) Katelynn Wisler, Stone Valentine, Edward Titus, Chance Szabo, Zoe Snyder, Matthew Smarr, Adam Shumgart, Monika Shimko; (second row) Kelsey Ziegler, Christopher Miller, Allison Miller, Mackenzie McVicker, Tanner McHugh, Riley McHugh, David Lucas, Isabella Ligenza; (third row) Katelyn Groner, Joshua Gordon, Allie Gerber, Shawnee Geiger, Zachary Filloy, Noah Evans, Emma Dillman, William Derr.

At a ceremony held in the school district's auditorium, fifty-three students were inducted as new members of Tamaqua Middle School's Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Members were selected by the chapter's Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association will meet this Sunday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Community Fire Company in New Ringgold.

All delegates are welcome to attend.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved a Weatherly man's request to allow a 40-ton logging truck to traverse a county-owned bridge with a weight limit of five tons.

But first, Thomas McBrien, of 207 Saw Mill Road, had to have engineers inspect the bridge and give him directions on how to reinforce it, and post a $100,000 cash bond.

McBrien owns property around the Lehigh Township bridge, on Leslie Run Road.