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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lisa McLaughlin of Brodheadsville was one of the donors at the Western Pocono Lions Club sponsored blood drive held at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville for Miller-Keystone Blood Center. Her gift of one unit of blood can impact three different people, explained Patti Serfass, Team Leader, at this drive. The blood can be separated in to red cells, plasma and platelets. The separation is done as to the needs of hospitals which utilize Miller Keystone, said Serfass, who serves as team leader at both blood drives and fixed sites.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Democratic Club makes a donation to the Palmerton Area Library in honor of Dorothy Strohl upon her retirement. Roy Christman (left), representing the PADC, presents a check to Diane Danielson, (right) Director of the PAL, while Dorothy (center) looks on in the Mezzanine space that will be named "The Strohl In" in her honor.

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club made a donation to the Palmerton Area Library to pay tribute to Dorothy Strohl, who is retiring from the library after 30 years of service.

Dorothy is also a longtime Democratic Committeewoman representing Lower Towamensing Township.

The funds will help furnish the new reading and Internet lounge being created on the library's mezzanine which will be called "The Strohl In" in her honor.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

An elderly driver was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred on Tuesday in Northampton County.

Lehigh Township police said the crash occurred about 12:02 p.m. in the 3900 block of SR248 (Lehigh Drive).

According to police Robert Hodes, 74, of Northampton, was driving a GMC Sonoma eastbound when he entered the westbound lane and collided into a Chevrolet Malibu operated by Candy Behler, 47, of Slatington.

Hodes was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner's office. Behler was flown by PennStar helicopter to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Old jewelry and coins are examined by one of the Treasure Hunters.

The Treasure Hunters have stopped in Lehighton this week, and are inviting residents and the surrounding communities to their special event!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A bid opening in the Palmerton Area School District that had been scheduled for today has been postponed.

The bid opening was to have been held this morning for renovations to the district's junior high school gymnasium.

Instead, Superintendent Carol Boyce informed the TIMES NEWS that the bid opening will now be held at 11 a.m. Friday due to "many questions from the prospective bidders."

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Pastor Bill Ellsworth and his wife, Shirley, of Schnecksville came to Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, in mid-October. He was a chaplain at Phoebe Home in Allentown. Ellsworth said it is different from pastoring a church because he had to be available 24 hours a day. Phoebe has 450 residents and 450 on staff. After retirement there he spent time pastoring at Faith United in Allentown, Christ Church in Jim Thorpe and St. Paul's Church in Summit Hill.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Oak/ Hemlock Trail at Locust Lake on Thursday, April 12. The trail is four miles long and difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a really great view of the forest below. Park of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" make by an Eagle Scout. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Meet at the parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call Robin at (570) 467-2506. Shine only.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Jonathan Paul Williams, a contractor from North Wales, hides his face as he runs a gauntlet of incensed homeowners who claim he defrauded them over repairs to their Tamaqua and Rush Township homes.

A Montgomery County man will face trial in Schuylkill County court after allegedly defrauding several local homeowners following last May's destructive hail storm.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) today applauded his Senate colleagues for sending a much needed juvenile justice reform bill to Governor Corbett's desk.

"The juvenile justice scandal in Luzerne County brought to light government corruption at its worst; and Senate Bill 818 is the first step toward righting those wrongs," Yudichak said. "I commend the bill's prime sponsor, Sen. Lisa Baker, for her diligence and hard-work to restore faith in, and order to, our damaged juvenile justice system."

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. for all committee and team members.

The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.