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Thursday, May 10, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Cinderella's evil stepmother (Regan Welkey, 9th grade), Cinderella's father (Zakaria Osman, 8th grade), Cinderella's stepsister Lucinda (Hayley Blanding, 9th grade), Cinderella's stepsister Florinda (Angelica Ramirez, 9th grade), gather around Cinderella (Lisa Bretzger, 9th grade) in a scene from Pleasant Valley Middle School's production of "Into the Woods Jr."

The Pleasant Valley Middle School Drama Club Spring Production presents "Into the Woods Jr.", a funny and engaging look at some of our beloved fairy tales. It is The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale where all of our favorite charactersCinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witchmeet and interact on their journeys.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Fran Haas and Henry Long of the Lehighton team compete in the slow dance competition of the Carbon County Senior Games. The pair went on to capture a bronze medal in the event.

With all the games complete and the totals tallied, the Southern Carbon County seniors from Palmerton and Lehighton are this year's top dogs.

On Wednesday, seniors from Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley, Palmerton and Weatherly competed in the final day of competition of the 2012 Carbon County Senior Games.

The overall standings at the end of the games were Southern Carbon County with a score of 827, and Northern Carbon County –Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley and Weatherly seniors –with a final score of 693.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Megan Miller walks with her daughter, Anna, 6, and their 3-month old dog "Teddy."

Members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue (T.A.A.R.) held their fifth annual Dog Walk recently to raise monies for a permanent "no kill" shelter in Tamaqua to house lost and stray animals found in the borough and surrounding communities.

The walk was held along the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail located SR209 west of the borough in Walker Township. Currently, the organization has to rely on foster families or the Hillside Animal Shelter in Pottsville to take in the animals until their owners are located or an adoption takes place.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League Detachment 996 was awarded first place for Service to Fellow Veterans and the Community in the United States Marine Corps League Americanism Contest. They competed against 23 Detachments in Category 1 for this honor. From left are, Nick Hawkey, George Unangst, Mike Shitz, George Rondeau and Joseph M. Pokojni, commander and Division 3 Commandant.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold the third annual Wrecker Power Walk on Friday, May 25, rain or shine. The walk will start at the middle school lobby with grades K-2 walking at 9 a.m.; grades 3-5 walking at 9:45 a.m.; and grades 6-8 walking at 10:30 a.m.

This event is being held not only to encourage exercise, but also to raise funds for the 2012-2013 school year. Funds raised through this event will be used to sponsor assemblies, class parties, awards, school supplies, and programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will celebrate National Nursing Home Week with a program on Monday presented by storyteller, Kathy Long, for residents, families and guests called "Remembering Hess's Department Store."

The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the first floor dining room at The Summit. For more information, call Mary Dennis at (610) 377-7153.

The Summit is located at 211 N. Twelfth St., Lehighton, behind the Gnaden Heutten campus of Blue Mountain Health System.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Stephen Valent, a member of theMarian Catholic High School Mock Trial Team, provides the closingarguments during the May 2 Law Day assembly at the high school. Special guests included Atty. Michael Stine, Schuylkill County Public Defender, and Stephen Lukach, Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts. Atty. Stine explained the significance of Law Day, while Lukach presided over jury selection during the Marian Mock Trial Team's portrayal of the 2012 Mock Trial Case.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Western Pocono Women's Club is devoted to helping the West End community.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

It could cost at least $30,715 to replace the storm-damaged roof of the buildings at the Lansford borough swimming pool on the west end of town, and at least another $19,500 to replace the storm damaged roof of the community center at 1 W. Ridge St., which now houses the borough offices.

Council opened the bids at a public meeting Wednesday, but tabled them for review before awarding the work, which would be paid for by insurance.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Spontaneous Combustion from Lehighton Middle School took first place during the 2012 sixth, seventh and eighth grade Envirothon (Investigator division), held at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill on Wednesday. Members of Spontaneous Combustion are, Todd Serfass and Yvette Sharrow, teachers and team advisors, second and third from left; Alyssa Jordan; Ty Sharrow; Cammi Nalesnik, captain; Andrew Ebbert; and Breanna Hoffner, all on rock.