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Thursday, February 9, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The hosts for the upcoming American Cancer Society fundraiser known as "Zumbathon", Sally Smith (left) and Naomi Betancourt, announced the event during a meeting at Bear Appetit Cafe on Broadway in downtown Jim Thorpe.

Would you like an opportunity to improve your health by exercising and losing weight while not only having a fun time but you will also be aiding a good cause in the process ?

If so, then what you're looking for would be the upcoming "Zumbathon" which will be held on March 4th at the Memorial Park Skating Rink in Jim Thorpe.

For those unfamiliar with a Zumbathon, the event will consist of two hours of Zumba.

Zumba is a fitness program done to international rhythms in easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Lower Towamensing Township man must sit tight as he awaits word on whether he can operate an automobile service station as a home occupation.

The township's zoning hearing board heard a request on Tuesday from David Christman, of 3224 Fireline Road, who sought to obtain a variance and special exception.

Instead, the matter has been continued until 5 p.m. Feb. 28 on-location, so that the zoners can do a site assessment, according to township zoning officer Duane Dellecker.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Yesterday's snow made for slick road conditions throughout the area. Pictured is an SUV whose driver lost control and it flipped on Moss Glen Road about 8 p.m. near Brockton in Schuylkill Township. The driver was Scott Kein of MaryD. Both Kein and his wife, Melissa, escaped serious injuries. Responding were fire companies from MaryD and Tuscarora. Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Tamaqua ambulance and state police.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The market value of the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Fund surpassed the one hundred million mark it was reported by Controller Christy Joy at the monthly meeting of the retirement board held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Joy reported the market value as of Wednesday was $101,372,701.02. The record is $103 million.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lansford Borough Council is taking steps to pursue officials of a disgraced Lackawanna County firm that duped it and other communities into taking out big loans to save money on street lighting.

The matter rose at a public meeting Wednesday, when council learned that the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office is investigating the firm, Municipal Energy Managers.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society telethon committee Chinese auction will begin at noon Sunday, March 25 at Lakeside Ballroom, Route 54 in Barnesville. There will be chances to win prizes, 50/50 drawings and purchase food, baked goods and candy. Polka Joe will perform from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be entertainment by Cody Scott.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the benefactors recognized at Marian Catholic High School recently include, from left, James Kennedy, Berger Car Dealerships, Hazleton; Barbara Novotny Waller, a Vice-President at FCSLA; Carolyn M. Bazik, financial secretary/treasurer of the Junior Branch #46 and national editor of the "Fraternally Yours" monthly magazine; Veronica Bazik, president of the Senior Branch #140 & #46; Louise Dunstan, financial secretary/treasurer of the Senior Branch #140 & #46; Mary E. Ciganek, vice-president of the local branch #140 & #46; Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal of Marian High School; and Jerome Palko, representative of Berger Construction, Freeland.

Marian High School recently recognized some of their recent benefactors of the school community during Catholic Schools Week.

On a day the school recognized the theme of "Faith. Academics. Service In Our Community" Marian's Community Mass was celebrated by Rev. George Winne, former director of Spiritual Activities of Marian High School.

Guest benefactors were recognized at the Liturgy for their generosity to Marian.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board accepted the 21st Century Community Learning Cohort Six grant for 2011-2014 in the total amount of $1,247,645,28 in action taken at its monthly meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Campus in Norwegian Township.

According to Dr. Diane M. Niederriter, executive director of the IU, the Cohort 6 grant will provide an after-school program in grades five through eighth in Minersville Area, Pottsville Area, North Schuylkill and Williams Valley school districts.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Here are highlights of Gov. Tom Corbett's $27.1 billion state spending plan for the year that starts July 1:

THE BIG PICTURE

Ÿ No change in spending from the current fiscal year's approved budget.

Ÿ About $27.1 billion derived from in taxes, fees and other state revenue sources.

Ÿ No increase in the state income or sales tax.

REVENUE

Ÿ Projected general revenue growth of $1.2 billion, or 4.7 percent, in 2012-13.

Ÿ A projected $93 million surplus at the June 30 end of the fiscal year.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The American Cancer Society Daffodil Days are upon us.

The daffodil is the first flower of spring, and is the perennial American Cancer Society symbol of hope for cancer patients throughout the community. The dollars raised through Daffodil Days enable the American Cancer Society to save more lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.