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Saturday, March 17, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

The winners of the Molly Maguires Division 1, Carbon County Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Irish essay contest at St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe were announced on Friday. Peggy Sue O'Donnell, Irish historian, front left; and Sharon Choley, LAOH president, front right, presented the awards to, front, from left, Danielle Spillman, second place; and Sean Choley, honorable mention. Second row, Maureen Kloap, third place; Noah Goldberg, honorable mention; and Kobie Arndt, first place.

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Cindy Schroeder, Barnesville - "I'm not Irish. But I operate the Old Station Candy Shop inside the Tamaqua train depot and for St. Patrick's Day I sell Irish potatoes - coconut creme with cinnamon on the outside."

What special meaning does St. Patrick's Day have for you?

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Special to The TIMES NEWS A.D.D. members spent time with Rikki Rockett at the National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim, Calif. From left are, DaKota McGeehan, Nick McGeehan, Rockett, Matt McGeehan, Paul Ermlich and Tyler Ritter.

A week in California gave five young local musicians the opportunity to make some great contacts in the music industry.

Tyler Ritter, 14: Nick McGeehan, 14; and his brother, Matt McGeehan, 16; Dakota McGeehan, 16; and Paul Ermlich, 16, members of the band A.D.D., were invited to attend the National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim, Calif. The NAMM is a trade association that unifies, leads and strengthens the international musical instruments and products industry.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

@$:In March 1912, a writer for the Tamaqua Courier wrote a column on how the woman's rights movement of the day had influenced the clothing styles for women.

One of the top advocates of women's rights at the time was Mary Edwards Walker, who crusaded for a woman's right to wear clothing which was more rational and comfortable.

Saturday, March 17, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bags of "Head Trip" synthetic marijuana were confiscated in Thursday's search.

Nesquehoning police on Thursday executed a search warrant on a gas station/convenience mart on the east end of the borough whose employees are suspected of selling illegal 'designer' synthetic drugs.

According to a search warrant request filed Wednesday by Police Chief Sean Smith with District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, officers wanted to search the Solo gas station at 701 E. Catawissa St., for controlled substances, drugs and related devices.

Friday, March 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Justin Startzel looks over the littered riverbanks of the Little Schuylkill River next to the Boyer's Market. Tamaqua Willing and Skate Park volunteers will be cleaning the riverbank and park Saturday.

Members of the Tamaqua Willing and Skate Park volunteer group are organizing a riverbank and park cleanup Saturday.

The cleanup will extend from the Cedar Street bridge south along the Willing Skate Park to the community center, Mohn Building. The cleanup starts at noon and could last a couple hours.

"Stop by during the cleanup to get involved with or learn more about future community projects of the group," said Justin Startzel, group president.

All supplies will be provided.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pocono Mountain Seniors Sports and Recreation Society has announced its registration dates for the Viagra Falls Senior Softball 2012 season. The season will start in early May with games held every other Saturday through August. Players must be at least 50 years old this year.

Games will be played on Saturdays at the Keiper Ball Field, off Short Street and Locust Ridge Road, in Pocono Lake. There will be practice from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by the game. Games are May 5, 12 and 19; June 2, 16 and 30; July 14 and 28; and Aug. 11 and Team Awards Party will be Aug. 25.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Bangor man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Thursday to one count of possession of marijuana, admitting he was growing two marijuana plants in the bathroom of his apartment.

Jason Allen Hein, 28, entered he plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika. Hein was arrested on Jan. 16, 2011, when Palmerton police served a search warrant on his then residence at 435 State Rd.

Friday, March 16, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Lining the porch rail at the Post 7215 Veterans of Foreign Wars post home in Walnutport are Patriot's Pen winners Selena Abdouche, Gabrielle Gallo, VFW Auxiliary President Karen Bandzi, Madison Vetter, Logan Buskaritz and Alexis Meixsell.

The Ladies Auxiliary to Post 7215 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Walnutport, presented awards to the first five place winners in the Patriot's Pen essay contest.

A March 10 banquet preceded the presentations.

Auxiliary and District 20 President Karen Bandzi said there were 133 entries. All but one came from Northampton Middle School seventh graders who will be eligible again next year.

The invocation by Sue Bortz included the words, "We are grateful for those who inspire us. … Grant us health, peace and progress."

Friday, March 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters were quick to respond to a kitchen fire at 30 Hunter Street.

A family of four was temporarily evacuated as firefighters from all four Tamaqua fire companies responded to a reported kitchen fire late Thursday afternoon at 30 Hunter Street.

A nearby family member and the firefighters helped contain the fire damage to a small section of the kitchen of the first floor apartment. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras and other testers in and outside the home.

Multiple exhaust fans were also placed at exits and entrances to the home.