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Monday, April 16, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua native Cindy Miller is in charge of coordinating UPS logistics necessary to stage the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

A Tamaqua native and local sports legend is front and center in making sure logistics for the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London go off without a hitch.

Cindy Miller, former basketball star at Tamaqua Area High School, is a vice president for UPS and managing director of corporate divisions in the UK, Ireland and Nordics. UPS, a global leader in package delivery, is taking a primary role as logistics provider for the Games and Miller is taking on responsibility for the project.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Local horror story author Mark Thornton will be at the Dimmick Library Friends House on Saturday, April 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. He will talk about and sign copies of his new book Twisted Tales of an Otherwise Ordinary Mind. The book is a collection of short horror stories that have been compared to both Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Thornton's other books are The Boathouse of Bartholomew Biggs and With Only Seconds to Scare.

Monday, April 16, 2012
Mitchell Kurek, 12, sings in front of a live camera during the annual ACS telethon. Kurek was one of many Tamaqua's St. Jerome School's performing arts students who showed off their talent. Paul Mulhern's was the instructor.

More than 430 individual performers and about 230 dedicated volunteers combined their talents over the weekend to help the Carbon-Tamaqua unit of the American Cancer Society succeed in beating last year's total during this year's two-day telethon held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Joe Krushinsky, host and telethon committee chairman, announced that this year's telethon resulted in $193,021 worth of pledges, which is $5,000 over last year's tally.

Monday, April 16, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Plant expert Cindy Kerschner, Northern Lehigh coordinator Dean Hower and D&L outreach coordinator Dennis Scholl take questions at the end of a program about the Trail Tenders.

Dennis Scholl, outreach coordinator for the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor presented a program at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, on Saturday. Among his jobs is to manage the Trail Tenders program.

He introduced Dean Hower, the Northern Lehigh Chapter coordinator, and Cindy Kerschner, a former master gardener and plant expert.

Scholl said the trail runs 165 miles from Wilkes Barre to Bristol. He came to recruit trail tenders to maintain the trail.

Monday, April 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A 20 year old man was rescued after collapsing along a logging road behind Middleport around 6 p.m. on Friday. Firefighters said the man, while dizzy, used his cell phone to call 911 after fainting and vomitting blood. A helicopter was called but later canceled as the man was taken to a Pottsville Hospital via ambulance. Rescuers said they found the young man lying on the ground in an area behind Lone Pine Pond, also known as "the beaches." Responding were fire companies from Middleport, New Philadelphia, Cumbola, Yorkville and Kaska.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Tamaqua Beautification Association, the South Ward Neighborhood Committee, concerned residents, local scouts and Tamaqua Area School District students will be combining forces with Schuylkill-Keep It Pretty in the Great Pennsylvania Spring 2012 Cleanup this Saturday, April 21. Two different areas of the borough will be targeted in the clean up campaign - the downtown area and the South Ward.

The Tamaqua Beautification Association will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the M and T Bank parking lot at East Broad and Center Streets. They will then fan out and

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Pierce

Nesquehoning police have charged the man who was involved in an armed robbery last January at Redner's Warehouse Market, 184 Market St., Nesquehoning.

Police identified the man as Keith Michael Pierce, who was living at 135 W. Ridge St., Nesquehoning.

Police noted that Pierce allegedly held up a cashier, Jessica Reis, at knife point at 6:06 p.m. on Jan. 31, went into her cash drawer, and stole $380. His image was captured on surveillance video.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area High School's Math Team recently brought home multiple top honors for the school. Team members include Christopher Hunt, Michael Embick, Lucas Rinker, Alicia Panzarella and Sarah Peiser.

Weatherly Area High School's Math Competition Team, which has excelled in competitions this year, added to their accolades when three members of the team competed in Muhlenberg College's 34th Annual High School Mathematics Contest on Feb. 25 and brought home the first place prize.

The team competed against eight other high school math teams. The competition had two sections: a lightning round, where scores were based on rapid, 30-second responses to short answer questions; and written responses to longer, more open ended problems.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
A yellow phase timber rattlesnake lies curled up in the sun. A hike along the Lehigh Gorge Trail offers an opportunity to see snakes, especially in late spring and summer.

By AL ZAGOFSKY

TN Correspondent

azagofsk@ptd.net

This summer, the Carbon County Environmental Education Center is planning a run along the D&L Trail in Lehigh Gorge State Park. They are calling it the Rattlesnake Run.

CCEEC chief naturalist Susan Gallagher lives near the Rockport access to the trail, and it is one of her favorite places to run. As an organizer of the race, she named it-here's why.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Ron Cohen, Penn Forest Township "No, because I think he should have taken it (the sex scandal) a step forward when his coach reported it."

There is a move under way to have Beaver Stadium at Penn State renamed in honor of the late football coach, Joe Paterno. What do you think?