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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the planning committee for the third annual legislative brunch gather to finalize details recently. Seated, from left, are Jeanne Miller and Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, co-chairpersons of the Child and Family Collaborative Board; and Oscar Santizo, Interagency Council president. Back, Evalynn Kuehner, Vickie DeMarco, Larissa Kimmel, Jamie Drake, Jane Longazel, Pat Sasserath and Mindy Graver, Interagency Council, Partners for Progress and Child and Family Collaborative Board members.

Carbon County agencies want to know state legislators' thoughts on some hot topic issues, such as upcoming budgets and implementing support networks for county agencies.

That's why the Interagency Council of Carbon County, the Partners for Progress and Child and Family Collaborative Board has organized the third annual legislative brunch for area legislators and the public. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on April 27, at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth St., Lehighton. Brunch will be served at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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A large wood structure was destroyed by flames Tuesday morning in Washington Township, Lehigh County. The fire was first reported at 10 a.m. at 2331 Mountain Road. When firefighters arrived they found the building fully involved in flames and a second alarm was sounded. In minutes several cars, tires, and sheds near the building were also involved. The structure was a total loss and it is believed at least an acre of brush was also consumed.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Former NBA player Chris Herren will speak about the dangers of substance abuse on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School Auditorium. Herren's battles with substance abuse are the subject of ESPN's documentary "Unguarded." Tickets and partnerships for the event are currently available.

Former NBA player Chris Herren will speak about the dangers of substance abuse on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School Auditorium.

Herren's battles with substance abuse are the subject of ESPN's documentary "Unguarded." The film covers his rise, fall, and redemption both on and off the court.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jim Thorpe Mayor Mike Sofranko and Chief of Police Joseph Schatz will be holding a series of meet your officers night.

Meetings will be held at 7 p.m.

The first meeting will be Monday, April 23 at the Dilligent Fire Company.

The second meeting will be Monday, April 30, at the Fairview Hose Company.

The third meeting will be Monday, May 14 at Phoenix Hose Company.

Everyone is invited to attend and show their support for the mayor, chief and police officers.

Jim Thorpe Community Watch Group will be there to show its support.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Bruce Frassinelli

A 1957 graduate of Summit Hill High School has been chosen to be the East Stroudsburg University graduate division commencement speaker on May 11.

Bruce Frassinelli will speak on the topic "Is the Tassel Worth the Hassle?"

Frassinelli received the college's Distinguished Alumni Award last fall. He earned a bachelor of science degree in 1961 and a master of arts degree in 1969, both from ESU.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District students who teamed together to win this year's Sixth Sense Competition earlier this week appear before the school board on Tuesday with trophy in tow. Pictured are (l-r) Ian Farrell, Ryan Yacone, Brody Boehler, Colby Moyer, Sean Hall and Owen Mendes.

Just call them trendsetters.

Palmerton Area School District students who won this year's Sixth Sense Competition appeared before the school board on Tuesday with trophy in tow.

Co-advisor Pamela Storm introduced the six members of the team: Ian Farrell, Ryan Yacone, Brody Boehler, Colby Moyer, Sean Hall and Owen Mendes, each of whom offered their take on the event.

Ian said the event was "really fun, and I enjoyed it." Ryan said it was a "great experience." Brody said he "learned a lot of new things."

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Robert Hayman, right, a member of the Mahoning Township Club, was presented The PA Counsellors Award by District Governor Scott Dudley to recognize him for his service to District 14 U.

District 14 U International Association of Lions Clubs honored members and celebrated the successes of the past year at the 20th annual District Convention held this past weekend at the Best Western East Mountain Inn and Conference Center.

The event opened with a necrology service on Friday night that recognized the previous year's deceased Lions, Lioness and Leos and continued on Saturday with special speakers, luncheon and evening banquet and concluded on Sunday with the Melvin Jones Fellow breakfast.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the community joined together with the Tamaqua Girl and Boy Scouts recently to help spruce up the area around the riverwalk in Tamaqua. Alexandria Fucci, 7, uses gloves to place trash into a garbage bag held by John Bumberger while removing debris from the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua.

About a dozen community volunteers showed up to help the scouts clean the river and surrounding areas.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A free luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Parryville UMC, located at Main and Chestnut streets, in Parryville.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Another defendant in the case of inmates at the Carbon County prison smuggling illegal substances into the jail by using the mail sent to them, entered a guilty plea on Tuesday afternoon in the county court. Also, a Lansford couple pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to minors after being removed from a special probation program.

The cases were before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

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