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Monday, April 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Barnesville Drive, SR54, (Ryan Township), Pine Creek Drive (Rush Township) and Fairview Street, following a three vehicle accident that occurred just before 4 p.m. on Sunday in Barnesville. The accident involved a maroon Nissan Maxima, maroon Saturn station wagon and a blue Chevy Cruze. A woman was treated for minor injuries. Responding were firefighters from Hometown, Delano, Barnesville and Mahanoy City. Also responding were Tamaqua ambulance and Rush Township and Ryan Township police.

Monday, April 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A spring nor'easter packing soaking rain and high winds churned up the Northeast Monday morning, unleashing a burst of winter and up to a foot of snow in higher elevations inland, closing some schools and sparking concerns of power outages.

"It's unusual, but not unheard of," said Kevin Fitzgerald, a National Weather Service meteorologist in State College, Pa., where the eastern part of the state saw rain, and the west, northwest and higher elevations dealt with snow.

Monday, April 23, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Visitors await screenings and the like as part of a community health fair co-sponsored by Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club Saturday at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.

Individuals can never be too well-informed when it comes to their health.

To that end, Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club co-sponsored a community health fair Saturday at the Palmerton Hospital cafeteria.

Mary Lou McGeehan, Community Education Coordinator, said she was ecstatic with the amount of people in attendance.

"It has surpassed my expectations," McGeehan said. "The people seem to be staying a lot longer."

Beth Wright, of Palmerton, said makes it a point to attend the health fair on a regular basis.

Monday, April 23, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Lansford, welcome the Rev. Vasyl Chepelskyy and his family to their church. From left, are, assistant cantor Billy Gribble; cantor Dan Rabayda; the Rev. Vasyl Chepelskyy, his wife, Maria, and daughter Victoria; Guild president Pat Rabayda; Guild secretary Susan Seaver; Guild treasurer Eva Lawrence, and Guild vice-president Dorothy Hosler.

St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Lansford, and St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Nesquehoning, recently welcomed their new priest, the Rev. Vasyl Chepelskyy, his wife, Maria, and daughter, Victoria.

Chepelskyy was born in Lviv, in the Ukraine, and attended the Ukrainian Catholic University and the Holy Spirit Seminary for a total of seven years. He then attended the International Theological Institute in Austria. He graduated with a doctoral degree in Theology from John Paul II University in Krakow, Poland.

Monday, April 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Beautification Assocation (TBA), Tamaqua LEO Club, Tamaqua Girl/Boy Scouts and Coal Region Militia volunteer group spent many hours over the weekend cleaning various areas of downtown Tamaqua as part of the Schuylkill Keep It Pretty (S.K.I.P.) program. Kevin Steigerwalt, association president, and Tamaqua Borough Manager, stated his appreciation for all who came out to help make Tamaqua a cleaner place. Noah Russell, 13, volunteers his time to spruce up the area around the Tamaqua train station.

Kevin Steigerwalt, TBA President, on right, talks with all the volunteers prior to the cleanup. Steigerwalt stated this was the biggest turnout for volunteers he's had in years.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Live animals will be featured today starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Tamaqua Elementary School during a live show via performers with "The Rain Forest" group.

Touring under the name "Live on Stage, The Rain Forest", the show will offer sight and sounds of the Amazon region and offer people a chance to see exotic birds, monkeys, alligators, jungle cats and snakes.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ben Warren of Jim Thorpe is one of the nine candidates competing in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Man & Woman of Year fundraising campaign.

Agreeing to utilize his leadership abilities, Warren will be conducting his own fundraising campaign for LLS for the next 10 weeks. Every dollar he raises counts as one vote. The male and female candidates with the most votes are named the Chapter's Man & Woman of the Year. Their totals are then considered in naming national titles.

Monday, April 23, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Republican Club recently recognized the winners of its 2012 "Dollar Bill" Presidents' Day Essay Contest. Pictured front row left to right are Lehighton Area Middle School eighth grade student Megan Pomposello, runner-up; Lehighton Area High School senior Katie Eidem, runner-up; and LAHS sophomore Matthew McGeehan, first prize winner. Pictured back row left to right are Lehighton Area Republican Club President Jason Galloway and club members Mike Hopstock; Tom Merkel; and Wally Putkowski.

Lehighton Area Republican Club President Jason Galloway recognized the winners of the 2012 "Dollar Bill" Presidents' Day Essay Contest at the recent Lehighton Area School Board meeting.

First prize was awarded to Lehighton Area High School sophomore Matthew McGeehan for his essay entitled "Thomas Jefferson's Tombstone." He received a $150 U.S. savings bond.

Runners-up are Lehighton Area Middle School eighth grade student Megan Pomposello for her entry "Madison and His Concerns" and LAHS senior Katie Eidem for her essay "Man of Freedom." Each received a $50 bond.

Monday, April 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police closed a portion of SR209 near Sisters Cantina for a short time Saturday evening while good samaritans worked in the rain to clean up a large trail of garbage strewn on the road. Sisters Cantina donated garbage bags and cleaning supplies during the cleanup. Officers pointed out that, in addition to littering, this could have caused an accident. Police encourage anyone with information about the litterbug to call them at (570) 668-5000.

Monday, April 23, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left: Carbon County Commissioner Tom Gerhard; Carbon County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees president Marjorie K. Balliet; community service chair Janet Hall; member Charles Uhler; public relations chair Josephine Strausser; Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein and Commissioner William O'Gurek.

After putting in years in the classroom, doing their best to spark interest and a love of learning to sometimes recalcitrant children, a group of Carbon County teachers and other school employees could have spent their hard-earned retirement basking in sweet sloth.

Instead, they devote hours of work to local libraries, churches, environmental centers, civic organizations and hospitals for no pay save the good feeling of helping their communities.

Had the work been paid, it would have totaled $983,568 for the 46,047 hours of volunteer work performed in 2011 alone.