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Saturday, March 17, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bags of "Head Trip" synthetic marijuana were confiscated in Thursday's search.

Nesquehoning police on Thursday executed a search warrant on a gas station/convenience mart on the east end of the borough whose employees are suspected of selling illegal 'designer' synthetic drugs.

According to a search warrant request filed Wednesday by Police Chief Sean Smith with District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, officers wanted to search the Solo gas station at 701 E. Catawissa St., for controlled substances, drugs and related devices.

Friday, March 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Justin Startzel looks over the littered riverbanks of the Little Schuylkill River next to the Boyer's Market. Tamaqua Willing and Skate Park volunteers will be cleaning the riverbank and park Saturday.

Members of the Tamaqua Willing and Skate Park volunteer group are organizing a riverbank and park cleanup Saturday.

The cleanup will extend from the Cedar Street bridge south along the Willing Skate Park to the community center, Mohn Building. The cleanup starts at noon and could last a couple hours.

"Stop by during the cleanup to get involved with or learn more about future community projects of the group," said Justin Startzel, group president.

All supplies will be provided.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pocono Mountain Seniors Sports and Recreation Society has announced its registration dates for the Viagra Falls Senior Softball 2012 season. The season will start in early May with games held every other Saturday through August. Players must be at least 50 years old this year.

Games will be played on Saturdays at the Keiper Ball Field, off Short Street and Locust Ridge Road, in Pocono Lake. There will be practice from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by the game. Games are May 5, 12 and 19; June 2, 16 and 30; July 14 and 28; and Aug. 11 and Team Awards Party will be Aug. 25.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Bangor man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Thursday to one count of possession of marijuana, admitting he was growing two marijuana plants in the bathroom of his apartment.

Jason Allen Hein, 28, entered he plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika. Hein was arrested on Jan. 16, 2011, when Palmerton police served a search warrant on his then residence at 435 State Rd.

Friday, March 16, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Lining the porch rail at the Post 7215 Veterans of Foreign Wars post home in Walnutport are Patriot's Pen winners Selena Abdouche, Gabrielle Gallo, VFW Auxiliary President Karen Bandzi, Madison Vetter, Logan Buskaritz and Alexis Meixsell.

The Ladies Auxiliary to Post 7215 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Walnutport, presented awards to the first five place winners in the Patriot's Pen essay contest.

A March 10 banquet preceded the presentations.

Auxiliary and District 20 President Karen Bandzi said there were 133 entries. All but one came from Northampton Middle School seventh graders who will be eligible again next year.

The invocation by Sue Bortz included the words, "We are grateful for those who inspire us. … Grant us health, peace and progress."

Friday, March 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters were quick to respond to a kitchen fire at 30 Hunter Street.

A family of four was temporarily evacuated as firefighters from all four Tamaqua fire companies responded to a reported kitchen fire late Thursday afternoon at 30 Hunter Street.

A nearby family member and the firefighters helped contain the fire damage to a small section of the kitchen of the first floor apartment. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras and other testers in and outside the home.

Multiple exhaust fans were also placed at exits and entrances to the home.

Friday, March 16, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Coinciding with the recent name change of the KNBT offices in the company's Northeast region to National Penn, the Brodheadsville branch in Monroe County held a children's party on Saturday, March 10 to commemorate this occasion. Emily Young of Effort, left, paints the face of six-year-old Patrick Dattalo, of Kunkletown, at the National Penn Brodheadsville branch. Looking on in center is Susan Dudley, Brodheadsville branch assistant manager. The complimentary face painting was provided by The Western Pocono Community Library.

Friday, March 16, 2012
Katie Sabol of Lehighton is presently touring Scotland and England with the Jazz Ensemble from Mansfield University.

With its historic castles, rugged landscapes and magnificent coastline, there are few places more majestic than Scotland and England, as Mansfield music student Katie Sabol recently found.

As a member of the Jazz Ensemble at the college, Katie performed in Edinburgh, York and London during her spring break through a student exchange program with Napier University. The daughter of Dr. Joseph and Cindy Sabol of Mahoning Township, she is the granddaughter of the late John and Agnes Maholick and Latzie and Mary Sabol.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Kidder Township Police Department is utilizing a new high-tech communications service that allows them to send important, valuable community information directly to residents.

The Nixle Community Information Service allows police to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle's web site at www.nixle.com.

Messages may include: Police activity: avoid area, as well as other relevant safety and community event information.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Behavioral Health Associates will host a Scholastic Book Fair on March 19 through March 23 at Packer Ridge Academy, 50 Mauch Chunk Road, just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.

The school staff at Behavioral Health Associates uses this book fair to partner with parents and community-minded individuals to encourage young people to read. Hours are Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.