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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The roof of the barn of the Joseph and CharleneWhitbeck in Mantzville was torn off and sent hurtling through the air during last night's wind and thunderstorm.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announces that two local municipalities Beaver Meadows and Lehigh Township have been named recipients of a portion of the red light camera enforcement funding collected in Philadelphia. The funds were recently released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

United States Army Specialist Marc Habel, 27, of Mary D, who joined the active Army in 2009, is currently home on a two-week leave from Afghanistan. Habel has been away from his family for months and plans on enjoying every second he has with them before having to go back to Afghanistan. Marc is the father of two young children and husband to Nicole Habel of Mary D. Pictured with Marc, center, are, from left, father and fellow Army veteran Poncho Habel, son Evan, 4, wife Nicole holding Damanich, 10-months, and niece McKenzie Habel, 12.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Celebrating five years in business, Jerry's Small Engine Sales & Service, Inc.is family-owned and -operated. Pictured left to right are Jerry Villa;his daughter, Jenn;and his wife, Sharon. Villa emphasized, "We provide the knowledgeable, one-on-one service that you just can't get in thebig box store."

"Shop local!" It is with this call to action thatJerry Villa and his family are celebrating thefifth anniversaryoftheir family-owned and -operated business - Jerry's Small Engine Sales & Service, Inc.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Governor Tom Corbett announced today that he has signed an executive order creating a Transportation Funding Advisory Commission to develop innovative solutions to Pennsylvania's mounting transportation funding challenges.

"We need a comprehensive, strategic blueprint for how we pay for years of underinvestment in our roads, bridges, and mass transit systems, and I have directed PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch to lead the commission to explore our financial options," Corbett said.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA Wrecker Power Walk T-shirt orders are due on Monday, May 2.

If you have any questions about the orders, please call Shay Wagner, fundraising chairwoman, at (570) 233-2900.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

More than a dozen community veterans were treated to a free breakfast during the Andreas General George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069's free spring veteran breakfast held Saturday morning at Blondie's Restaurant in New Ringgold. The VFW sponsors and holds the free breakfast for area veterans twice a year. For more information about their free breakfasts, annual picnics, membership, or other veteran events call (570) 668-1234.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe team, left to right : Haley Cope, Michelle O'Toole, Adam Dachowicz, Thomas Smyth, Representative Doyle Heffley, Joshua Williams, Tai Xi Tentile, and James Hauze, Advisor.

Weatherly Area High School was the host for the Carbon County Academic Meet last week with all five of the Carbon County public high schools, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Weatherly, and also Marian Catholic High School participating.

For the seventh consecutive year, the winner of the Carbon County Academic Meet was the team from Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Each of the high schools brought four team members and two alternates.

The judges for the meet were from the Carbon Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Palmerton Area School District has been selected to receive an Environmental Education Grant.

The Department of Environmental Protection recently announced that it has awarded more than $538,000 in Environmental Education Grants to 102 non-profits, schools, universities and conservation districts across the state.

Grant recipients will use the funding to develop projects such as hosting sustainability workshops, holding nature programs for children, and implementing environmental education programs in their communities.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

High school wrestling is among several athletic programs that could get the ax next year as Palmerton Area School District continues in vain to grapple with the 2011-12 budget.

A five-hour budget workshop on Tuesday resulted in just $145,221 worth of cuts, which still leaves the district with over $1.2 million left to cut if it's to approve next year's spending plan with a 6.8 percent, or 3-mill, increase as previously indicated.