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Friday, April 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A Tuscarora woman sustained injuries just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday after crashing her grey Dodge Neon into the trees along SR209 in Schuylkill Township, about a half mile from Tamaqua. Schuylkill Township Police Chief Jesse Zimmerman stated that the driver, Jacqueline Oakes, 59, of Tuscarora, who was driving west on SR209, overcompensated after losing control of her car while reaching to recover a dropped cigarette. He added that Oakes was lucky that she didn't drive into two oncoming vehicles, whose drivers became alerted after seeing the vehicle swerve left and then right.

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

At a third marking period awards program at Towamensing Elementary School, Principal Ms. Christine Steigerwalt presented several awards to third and fourth graders in recognition of their accomplishments. Certificates were given to all those who were named to the honor roll, Principal's List and Perfect Attendance.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Carbon County's retirement fund is healthy, Controller Bob Crampsie told the county Retirement Board Thursday.

In March, the fund paid out a total of $486,821.96: benefits of $254,384.54; refunds of $100,709.19; Option IV benefits of $27,126.14; and death benefits of $104,602.09.

Crampsie said the county's portfolio value as of March 31, the end of the first quarter, was $64,482, 270.

Crampsie said the investments are doing well, up $5,669,142 a 9.64 percent rate of return, he said.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday gave a boost to the Live Scan/CPIN project at the county prison in Nesquehoning by approving the execution of a subgrant with the county Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

The grant is the second-year funding of the project, and is based on a 50 percent match ratio. The county will receive $11,983 in federal funds under the Byrne Justice Assistance Program that will allow it to sustain the project which provides for the fingerprinting and photographing of all arrestees at the jail.

Also on Thursday, commissioners:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Marian High School has announced the names of students on the school honor roll for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Distinguished Honors - (93 or above in all major subjects)

Seniors: Emily Burger, Miranda Milillo

Juniors: Mia Rose Casale, Samantha Faust, Ryan Karnish, Kara Sedlack

Sophomores: Michael Dino, Tyler John, Tara Koskulitz, Joseph Letcher, Alexis Makowiec, Austin Paisley, Arianna Srinivasan, Monica Wasik

Friday, April 20, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tyler Balliet, President of The Balliet Agency in Nesquehoning passes on a donation to Keith Ramsey, a trustee of the 5 Mile High Club. The 5 Mile High Club is a local organization formed to improve the Lehigh River fishery area from the Jim Thorpe Bridge to Bear Creek, a five-mile stretch. The club's main focus is in raising money to stock the rivers and creeks. They also host youth fishing tournaments to ensure the future of the areas commitment to the river.

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Emily Baumgardt, a third grader in Mrs. Deborah Hard's class at Towamensing Elementary School, won first place in the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 899 of Walnutport's essay contest in the third and fourth grade level. The title of the contest was "How Can I Show Patriotism in My Community." Ruth Porter from the Auxiliary, presented a certificate and $25 to Emily at a recent awards program at Towamensing. Aiden McCarty, also a Towamensing third grader, received a certificate of participation.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kidder Township Supervisor Mary Farnschlader is spearheading a preliminary survey for residents' enthusiasm for a library. Farnschlader and resident Barbara Franzosa both explained during the Supervisors meeting Thursday night that a Community Survey would be distributed through May to gauge support for a local Library possibly near the Albrightsville Post Office prior to any grant seeking.

Friday, April 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Rod and Gun Club in Clamtown held its 9th annual children's fishing derby recently at the Black Bear Hollow, aka Shellhamer Ice Dam, located off of SR309 in South Tamaqua. This year's derby drew more than 350 registered children up to age 16 to the hollow. West Penn Rod and Gun Club president John Brode said the pond at the hollow is stocked by the club during the winter and the week prior to the derby. More than 1,200 fish were stocked in the winter and 2,000 more were stocked prior to the derby. Children were able to catch a couple dozen tagged fish for prizes. The Shellhamer Ice Dam is visible from the old Lehigh and New England Railroad bed is one of a few historical ice dams and remnants of a famous entertainment and recreation complex, which was developed around it. Members of the West Penn Rod and Gun Club and other volunteer groups have spent numerous years revitalizing the hollow. Brode stated the club's appreciation for all the volunteers who spent so much time preparing and organizing the annual derby. He also pointed out his high appreciation for all derby sponsors. For more information about future fishing derbies or events, call the club at (570) 386-1123. Jim Szczecina gives fishing pointers to his granddaughter Taylor Szczecina, 10.

West Penn Rod and Gun Club in Clamtown held its 9th annual children's fishing derby recently at the Black Bear Hollow, aka Shellhamer Ice Dam, located off of SR309 in South Tamaqua. This year's derby drew more than 350 registered children up to age 16 to the hollow. West Penn Rod and Gun Club president John Brode said the pond at the hollow is stocked by the club during the winter and the week prior to the derby. More than 1,200 fish were stocked in the winter and 2,000 more were stocked prior to the derby. Children were able to catch a couple dozen tagged fish for prizes.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Palmerton Area students are encouraged to put their artistic talents to the test.

Students who reside in the school district may design a postmark to commemorate the borough's upcoming Centennial celebration.

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will sponsor the Centennial Postmark Design Contest. The deadline for registration is April 30.

The contest is open to students who are either high school graduates, or students from parochial, charter, cyber, home-schools, and the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit.