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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is committed to supporting nonprofit agencies that respond to the needs of its neighbors throughout the region.

The Foundation's board of directors recently approved nearly $122,000 in contributions that will be shared by 14 United Ways across BCNEPA's 13-county service area.

As part of that contribution, the Greater Weatherly Area Community Chest and United Way of Carbon County each received $1,000 targeted specifically to support health-related programs for Carbon County residents.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

In the last week, our national deficit skyrocketed to over the $16 trillion. To put this in perspective, the debt is now over $140,000 for each taxpayer. When President Obama took office, the debt was only $10 trillion in total and $94,000 per taxpayer. In less that one term, this spendthrift President increased our debt by six trillion dollars. Clearly spending is out of control! Furthermore, there has not been a budget in four years. As a result the Congress and the President have absolutely no constraints on their frivolous spending.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Kara Menconi, a Marian Catholic High School senior, was named the 1991 Carbon-Tamaqua Young Woman of the Year in the annual contest sponsored by the Tamaqua Area Jaycees in pageant held at Panther Valley High School. Suzanne Lukac, a senior at Panther Valley High School, was first runner-up. Elizabeth Pinkey was the recipient of the Spirit of Young Woman of the Year Award.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Tommy Steinebrunner, 12, from Sykesville, Maryland, placed third overall and first in the under 19 class.

Bicycle riders from near and far took to to the streets and hills of Tamaqua as they challenged themselves during the Reading Anthracite Coal Cracker Classic held last weekend.

"We had an idea to start a bike race and we did it," said co-organizer Aaron Berger. "We were avid bike riders before, and when they canceled the races we wanted to bring it back."

The annul event is organized through the efforts of Tamaqua Area High School graduates Richard Chwastiak and Berger, two long-time mountain bikers and racers.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Camryn Zelinka, a fun-loving Palmerton girl, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last month.

Before she even had a chance to fight, the six-year-old lost her battle for life, dying a few weeks later on Sept. 1.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Ron Prator Sr., Lehighton "Yes, because I'm older and wiser. My life is better. If I knew now what I knew when I was younger, I'd be a zillionaire. The government has its hands in my pockets, but now that I'm older and wiser, I KNOW they have their hands in my pockets. before I didn't know that. I'm getting smarter with age."

Do you think your life is better today than it was four years ago when President Obama first took office? Why?

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Caregivers America is acquiring Quality Personal Care. From left are, Cliff Panneton of BMI Mergers and Acquisitions, Reading, Mia Bartoletti, Barbara Graver and Paul Bartoletti. Graver is the previous owner of Quality Personal Care, while the Bartolettis are owners of Caregivers America.

Caregivers America is taking over the reins of Quality Personal Care, 23 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township) on Oct. 1 and no one could be happier about the impending acquisition than Barbara Graver, owner of Quality Personal Care.

The purchase affects 64 local employees, most of whom reside in Carbon County. According to new owner Paul Bartoletti, all of the former employees are being offered jobs by Caregivers America.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
History Club adviser Christopher Holub told about his visit to the Ground Zero site.

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Jim Thorpe students remembered the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a community program held in the high school auditorium.

The program was hosted by the high school history club. Jim Thorpe History teacher and history club advisor Christopher Holub was one of the speakers.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mason Buskirk visited China as a student ambassador of People to People program. One of the many sights he visited was the Great Wall of China.

If Mason Buskirk of Kunkletown has to write an essay for school about what he did over his summer vacation, the title could be "China-The Great Wall and Beyond."

Mason spent 17 days traveling throughout The People's Republic of China, from Shanghai to Hangzhou, Wuzhen, Suzhou, Guilin, Honygan Village, Xi'an to Beijing from June 27 to July 13 as a student ambassador of the People to People program. He, and the other 37 student ambassadors and four delegate leaders, traveled by bus, plane and, much to this avid railroad hobbyist's delight, by train.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Jacob's United Church of Christ, Weissport, is offering Children's Rally Day Sunday School program from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. There will be songs, crafts, activities and games, concluding with snacks. Children age 4 and above are invited to attend. Sunday School will continue each Sunday for children from 9:15 to 10:15. All children are welcome.