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Friday, March 30, 2012

Feed the People will hold its next community cafe, which provides a free, hot meal for anyone regardless of residence, on Tuesday, April 3 at The Heritage Center, 1 West Hazard Street, Summit Hill.

The meal will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon. No registration is required.

Feed the People invites people to join them in a welcoming atmosphere to meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, share information about what is happening in the community, and play some checkers, chess or dominoes. Volunteers are welcome.

Friday, March 30, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The TIMES NEWS was chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Reporter Terry Ahner, who covers the lower region of the TIMES NEWS circulation area, reports each month on the Business of the Month as selected by the GNLCC.

To many, it's the personification of what a local newspaper should strive to be.

In the process, it's carved out quite the niche for itself as the standard-bearer for local news coverage in our area.

Much to its delight, the TIMES NEWS has been handpicked as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Located at 594 Blakeslee Drive West, Lehighton, the business also has bureau offices at 463 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton, and Broad and Pine Streets in Tamaqua.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Author MW Penn recently brought her unique blend of reading and math to Lehighton Area School District. Pictured left to right are Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools Principal Aaron Sebelin; Mahoning Elementary School teacher Kaye Miller dressed as The Cat in the Hat as a tribute to Dr. Seuss; MW Penn; and LASD Superintendent James Kraky.

Blending reading and mathematics has proven to be a successful formula for author MW Penn. The result of her chemistry experiment is one of education's most basic fundamentals – "When you catch the students' interest, then you are able to teach them."

Penn recently brought her love of reading and math to Lehighton Area School District for presentations at all four elementary schools – East Penn, Franklin, Mahoning, and Shull-David.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Special advisor to the Governor "Boots" Hetherington on Wednesday welcomed recently elected officers of the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club for 2012. From left are treasurer David Magyar, 18, of Lehighton; vice-president Alyssa Wentz, 16, of Franklin Township; Hetherington; secretary Carissa Sevrin, 16, of Lehighton; president A.J. Sevrin, 18, also of Lehighton. Missing from the photo is news reporter Courtney Getz.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Feed The People volunteer Savana Penn, 12,serves italian bread to residents Donna Nalesnik and Nancy Napoli.

About two dozen volunteers with the new "Mobile Community Cafe", organized by the newly created Feed The People non-profit group, made a stop recently at the Mid Rise in Lansford. The cafe, which provides free hot meals every month at different locations and on different days, served hundreds of residents during the visit. Rita Trucios, director, Feed The People, talked about the program and its ideas for the future. Some ideas mentioned involved incorporating events and activities during the visits, such as chess, checkers, Dominos, guest speakers and even playing a mobile organ.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Thursday, March 15, the Melley Memorial Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents over 500 current and former state police officers, voted to endorse Brian Rich for State Senate in the 29th District.

Thomas Maley, president of the organization, stated that the members appreciate the consideration Brian Rich has shown their group in general and are looking forward to his anticipated support of our members in particular.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Valley firefighters stopped a brush fire in its tracks Wednesday afternoon along SR902 on the township side of Bugzie's Mountain. The fire was discovered just after 4 p.m. as flames were climbing an embankment and entering a field along the east berm halfway up the mountain. Firemen used streams of water to extinguish the flames and cool hot spots. Firefighters and township police examined articles along the berm which may be evidence into the origin of the fire. Mahoning Valley fire police maintained traffic control at the scene.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

All of the color and pageantry of Lehighton's 1966 Centennial is captured in a half-hour television program to be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon over WFIL-TV, Channel 6, Philadelphia.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Palmerton Exchange Club's Annual Easter Egg Hunt, run by Bob and Nancy Thompson, will be held this Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. in the Palmerton Borough Park. Rain date is Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

There will be prizes in each age group and a raffle that will be held after the hunt.

So kids, don't forget to bring your baskets and parents and grandparents, don't forget your cameras.

If you have any questions, please call (610) 377-6927.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Ringtown motorist pleaded guilty to five counts of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court to serve six to 18 months in a state correctional institution.