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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A free Easter egg hunt will be held at the Lehighton Community Park on Saturday, March 31, at noon.

Children ages 0-11 are invited. There will be candy surprises in each egg and a few "lucky" eggs in each age group will contain a ticket to claim a larger prize.

The event is sponsored by the Carbon County GOP, Alfies Pizza, Diggity Dog and Castle Grill Restaurant.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Winners in the Chili Challenge held Saturday at Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, were, from right, Matthew Binder who also placed first last year, Kim Williams and Steph Anderson. A small chili bowl was the first place award. Second and third places received medals.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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Thomas Greco, fourth grade student at Panther Valley Elementary School, was awarded a plaque for bringing in the most phone books to the school. Thomas brought 250 books for recycling through the county's program. On his left is Duane Dellecker, Carbon County's coodinator and to his right is school faculty member, Bob Thomas who was in charge of the program at the school.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Andy Leibenguth/Times News A fire destroyed five row homes in Shenandoah early Tuesday, killing a woman and three children. Firefighters attempted a rescue, but they made it only a short distance inside the front door of the victims' home before having to retreat.

SHENANDOAH, Pa. (AP) – A fire destroyed five row homes and damaged three others in Shenandoah early Tuesday, killing a woman and three children in one house while a fourth child was pushed out a second-floor window by his mother as the flames closed in, fire officials said.

The blaze spread quickly, and the buildings were fully engulfed when crews arrived within minutes of the 6:30 a.m. call. Firefighters attempted a rescue, but they made it only a short distance inside the front door of the victims' home before having to retreat.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The eight annual Boyer Bowl, Bowling for a Cause, will be held at the Slatington Bowling Center on Saturday, April 7. Session one is from 6-8:30 p.m. Session two is from 9-11:30 p.m.

Anyone interested may sign up at the Northern Lehigh High School or Northern Lehigh Middle School main offices, at Boyer's Hardware Store, or contact Chris Craig at (610) 730-0688, or Macgoofy13@gmail.com, or Justin Maurer at (610) 554-8597, or goldboy15@aol.com.

All proceeds go to the Asher F. Boyer Endowment Fund for future education.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The public is invited to a flag-raising ceremony to be performed by the Panther Valley Junior ROTC at the Coaldale Complex, Sixth and Phillips streets, Coaldale. The ceremony will begin precisely at noon on April 10. The large 12-feet by 16-feet American flag will be folded in the prescribed manner by the JROTC at the Panther Valley High School.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among those traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the "Hands Off My Healthcare" rally hosted by Americans for Prosperity, was a bus traveling from Carbon County. From left are Marlene Greenwood, Palmerton; Louise and Pat Centofanti of Jim Thorpe; Pat and Frank Letterio of Lehighton; and Beverly and Harry Schulz of Zionville.

Americans from throughout the country gathered yesterday in the Upper Senate Park in Washington D.C. as Americans for Prosperity hosted a "Hands Off My Health Care" rally to protest the national health care bill.

Among the 4,000 who attended was a busload of 35 people from Carbon County, many of whom are members of the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

In all, there were 16 busloads of people from Pennsylvania at the rally. The buses were sponsored by AFP.

Sandy Dellicker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, organized the local group's participation at the event.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Alliance Medical Group's (AMG) Family Practice office, located at 231 Claremont Avenue (Rt. 309) in Hometown, announces the expansion of services to meet the growing health care needs of the community. The newly expanded services include adult and pediatric care and an outpatient laboratory, in addition to diabetic care and education.

Dr. Cynthia Lubinsky, a Family Practice physician who also specializes in chronic wound care, has expanded her practice to the Alliance Medical Group's Hometown location in addition to her Hazleton office.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Three bids for the Lower Middle Creek bridge work had been received by Polk Township. When the township engineer reported the numbers in those bids, those listening to them were amazed at the differences between the three. The lowest bid was for $92,140. The second bid was for $149,200. The third bid was for $297,100.

With all portions of all three bids in order, though there were some differences in how the work would be done, the supervisors awarded the lowest bid, as submitted by Mar-Allen Co. of Ephrata, by a 3-0 vote.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Carbon County will again participate in a statewide weather emergency exercise at the 911 Communications Center in Nesquehoning on Thursday, March 29.

This exercise is part of Weather Emergency Preparedness Week, which was adopted by the Carbon County Commissioners during last week's meeting. Weather Emergency Preparedness Week is March 26 through March 30 and held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and U.S. National Weather Service's programs that help prepare citizens and elected officials for severe weather related dangers.