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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Carbon County Chamber is sponsoring an Administrative Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Blue Ridge Country Club.Cost $16. Fashion show courtesy of Cold Water Creek. There will be door prizes. Call (610) 377-2191 or email lacc@ptd.net for additional information. This event is open to the public. Advance reservations a must. Reservations due by April 13.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Summit Hill police have issued their most recent report:

Jonathan Moran, 20, of 263. E. Bertsch St., Lansford: At 12:03 a.m. Oct. 16, 2011, police stopped a vehicle on W. White Bear Drive. Inside were a number of people who had consumed alcohol, including Moran. because he was under 21, he was issued a citation for underage drinking.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has a number of activities this month.

Preschool Story Time is every Tuesday, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with Miss Dawn and Miss Nancy. Besides reading a story the children do craft projects and have snacks.

Saturday, April 14, is the Book, Bake and Soup Sale.

On April 16, 18, 23, and April 25, from 6-8 p.m., there will be Diabetes Educational Programs held at the library. These programs are sponsored by St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School students who participated in the LifeSkills USA competition held earlier this year in the Allentown Fairgrounds AgriPlex were (left) Alexander Sheridan, and (right) Alyssa Lancsak. Sheridan took second place in Automotive Service Specialty, and Lancsak first in Cake Decorating. Not pictured is Yajaira Alvarez, who won first place in Cosmetology.

From automotive service specialty, to cosmetology, to cake decorating.

Indeed, the well-roundedness of Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students was on full display at the District 11 SkillsUSA Championships.

A trio of Northern Lehigh High School students were among those to display their talents at the event, held earlier this year in the Allentown Fairgrounds AgriPlex.

Two of those students, Yajaira Alvarez and Alyssa Lancsak, came away with gold. Alvarez took first place in Cosmetology, while Lancsak took top honors in Cake Decorating.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shown with the $5,000 check awarded by PPL to the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce are, from left, Ralph R. Cortazzo, treasurer; Jack Sturm, vice chairman; Canevari; David Althouse, chairman; and Peter Kern, president of Palmerton Area Council.

PPL demonstrated its support of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce with a check of $5,000.

The chamber thanked Paul Canevari, PPL representative, for his vision and foresight to see the benefit of a unified County Chamber. The chamber noted his leadership and positive influence in the growth and restructuring of several county organizations.

The funds will be applied to support local businesses, thus benefiting the Carbon County community and surrounding areas.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Easter drama, "Who Is This Man?" will be presented today at 6 p.m. and Sunday at the 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services at Blue Mountain Community Church, 25 Oak St., Palmerton (Lower Towamensing Township.)

Children's ministry will be provided for infant to second grade.

For more information, call 610-826-8402.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "You are not individuals living in a landscape," noted Dr. Jim Finley. "The decisions you make affect all other people that live or are going to live in that area."

Say goodbye to cutting grass.

In today's ecologically challenging world, homeowners are choosing to shuck the expense and drudgery of maintaining a large grassy chemically-treated backyard, and instead are allowing their backyards to naturally reforest.

The benefits of reforesting go beyond the obvious savings of the time, supplies and equipment necessary to seed, fertilize and mow a lawn. It reduces the amount of chemicals that leach into our water supply, reduces erosion, and provides a habitat for wildlife.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Kindergarten and first grade students at the St. Jerome Catholic School in Tamaqua recently learned more about the importance of wearing seatbelts.

Carole Alonge, District 5 CTSP and BUPA State Educational Coordinator for the North Central Highway Safety Network, and Tamaqua police officer Mike Hobbs led the program.

Hobbs pointed out that a majority of accidents are attributed to distracted drivers. In addition to educating the students, Alonge stated the importance of parents to know how to properly secure children in a vehicle, as well as knowing current laws.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Dentist Sheila Smith checks the teeth of Desaray Frey, 8, in the Blue Mountain Health System Mobile Dental Van.

Desaray Frey relaxes back into the chair in the Blue Mountain Health System's Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids mobile dental van, chatting with dentist Sheila Smith as she examines the eight-year old's teeth.

"I like when they clean my teeth because it feels funny," Desaray says.

She's never had a cavity, says Desaray's Mom, Becky Tindula of Andreas. Tindula started her daughter on the path to good oral health early, being conscientious about cleaning her baby teeth, limiting candy and soda, and taking her for her first visit to the dentist when she was three years old.