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Monday, March 12, 2012

A free community dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., on Sunday, March 25, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. The dinner will be a Easter ham meal.

For more information, call (570) 325-2241.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The first-ever shamrock drop is headed to Carbon County.

Little Gap Square at the Covered Bridge Inn will be the scene for the inaugural event, to be held Thursday through Sunday.

Ron Gilbert, owner, said the event will serve as a follow-up to the New Year's Eve ball drop held at Little Gap Square.

"If you're Irish, be there; if you want to party like the Irish, be there," Gilbert said. "The Irish tradition will be carried on with plenty of authentic Irish cuisine, drink specials, and outstanding Irish entertainment."

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its reorganizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Franklin Township Fire Company. Livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8-19 as of Jan 1, 2012. 4-H is a youth program of the Penn State University.

Monday, March 12, 2012

A large crowd is expected at Tuesday's Coaldale Borough Council meeting to oppose the Feb. 14 furlough of all three of the town's full-time police officers. But council has denied a petition to hold the meeting in a larger venue rather than the small borough hall meeting room.

"We feel it is very important that each person attending this meeting be able to hear what is being discussed and be able to have their voice heard. The present room at borough hall is much too small and only allows a handful of people to see and hear the proceedings," the petition states.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Downtown Jim Thorpe, and reportedly the full length of Broadway, were filled to capacity as spectators flooded into town under perfect skies to enjoy the 15th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade in the county seat borough.

Blessed with perfect weather Sunday and a turnout that was possibly the largest in the event's history Broadway in Jim Thorpe once again bustled with activity and music as thousands of spectators lined the route of the parade celebrating St. Patrick and Irish heritage.

One's national heritage did not need to be Irish in order to enjoy the 15th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade in the county seat.

Townspeople and visitors lined the historic street in Jim Thorpe to watch and enjoy the many marchers, bands, groups, and vehicles.

Monday, March 12, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Christopher deForest is the new pastor of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mahoning Township.

The Rev. Christopher deForest lived and worked across the country and around the world. Now he is calling Lehighton and the Mahoning Valley his home.

DeForest is the new pastor at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mahoning Township.

His Service of Installation was held on Sunday, Feb. 26, with the Rev. Samuel Zeiser, Bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), presiding. Clergy from across the area attended, as well as visitors from as far away as Cape Cod, Mass.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Palmerton Area School District has solicited offers for renovations to its high school auditorium.

The district will accept bids until 11 a.m. April 13. The project will install new theatrical lighting, a safer rigging system, curtains, a sound system, carpeting, painting, and general redecorating, said Superintendent Carol Boyce.

"The current systems are no longer efficient and parts are no longer available to repair them," Boyce said. "This work will be a real boost for our student efforts in drama and music."

Monday, March 12, 2012

An Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 3-years old-to-6th grade will be held at 3 p.m. on March 24 at Christ Evangelical Free Church, Lehighton.

The event is free.

The church is located three-quarters of a mile west of Normal Square on Route 443.

For more information, call (570) 386-4547.

Monday, March 12, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area High School Athletic Complex looks visibly different now that the bleachers have been ripped down as part of a $774,000 stadium improvement project. The project also calls for a weight room roof, demolition, installation of a permanent grandstand, and associated site improvements, and is included in the list of bond projects after the previous board agreed last fall to borrow $5 million and restructure the district's 2006 bond issue. The new stadium lighting has also recently been upgraded to the tune of $99,469.

Monday, March 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn assistant fire chief Clint Schock sprays water on a section of burning logs.

Dry weather and heat from a chainsaw combined to spark a large brush fire just before 2 p.m. Sunday in a grassy field of a West Penn property located at 1136 High Drive. Emergency responders has to use brush trucks and long hoses to reach the fire. Responding were West Penn police and firefighters from West Penn and Mahoning Valley. Kyle Dunkelberger, property owner, stated his appreciation to all the firefighters who responded to help control the fast moving fire, which claimed about 500 square feet of grass and brush.