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Thursday, August 18, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Middle School's National Junior Honor Society will continue to participate in the national Box Tops For Education campaign. Society members Morgan Veglia, Nicole Prantow and Brianna Bonetsky volunteered their time to prepare box tops collected during the 2010-2011 school year for submission. The school was able to acquire a color printer for student projects thanks to the program. Homeroom teachers will be accepting collected box tops throughout the 2011-2012 school year.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Georgeanne Tokar, right, was introduced to the Western Pocono Women's Club by Kay Charbonnier, a member of the club's Education committee and HOBY coordinator, as the club's 2011 HOBY recipient. She attended the August meeting to thank the club for selecting her to attend the HOBY seminar, stating she had the best time of her life.

Georgeanne Tokar, a junior at Pleasant Valley High School, was selected by the Western Pocono Women's Club for its HOBY recipient. She attended the program May 19-22 at Millersville University.

HOBY stands for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program for tenth graders. It was founded by the actor, Hugh O'Brian in 1958, to inspire and develop the global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

Georgeanne was very enthusiastic about her experience.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Amidst all the new photo fads, planking, or the lying down game, seems to be one of the most popular among both youth and even adults. Planking is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The participant's hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) would like to inform residents that the Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program is available to help families cover the costs of tuition.

The program, administered by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, is currently offering free online enrollment, a savings of $50, to help families get started.

Families who enroll in the 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan receive free enrollment when they visit the 529 website and use the coupon code SAVE Now.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Turkey Hill Minit Mart in Lansford, where three men allegedly robbed a borough man on Wednesday evening. Two of the men have been caught.

Police nabbed two of three men who on Wednesday night allegedly robbed a Lansford man who was recently arrested on drug charges.

Lansford Police Chief John Turcmanovich said this morning that his officers, along with police from neighboring Coaldale, caught two of the three men after they fled in a Ford Escape.

The men allegedly robbed Bodean Boggs, 21, of 616 E. Patterson St., at 9:04 p.m. at the Turkey Hill Minit Mart on Patterson Street. They then fled toward Coaldale, Turcmanovich said.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summit Hill Water Authority officials learned from engineer Mike Tirpak that work is proceeding slowly but steadily on the solar field project, and that PPL is planning for it to be ready to be turned on within two weeks.

But the project has not progressed smoothly.

Some of the bumps included pulling the wire to the inverter, repositioning of foundations and panels being offset, in some cases by several inches, although Tirpak said this shouldn't affect the array.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Weissport Redneck Festival is being co-sponsored by the Redneck Committee and Weissport Recreation Committee. The Beltzville Lions Club is not a sponsor. The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What do 50 middle school students, Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Lehigh Carbon Community College, the SHINE after-school program and hover crafts have in common?

The answer is the new Carbon County STEM Career Academy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Franklin Township Fire Co. is hosting a giant yard sale on Friday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the social hall to help raise funds to purchase a new tanker for the fire department. There will be household items, toys, tools, tires and furniture. Refreshments and a bake sale items will also be available.