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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
SPECIAL to the TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School students recently held a Hoops For Hearts contest, in which students raised funds while enjoying in basketball related activities. A total of 91 sixth, seventh and eighth students participated, raising a total of $4085 for the American Heart Association. The top three "players" were all seventh grade students: Zeke Wassell, who raised $502; Josh Derrick, who raised $155; and Adam Melnick, who raised $140.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Lehigh County woman was injured Tuesday about 11:55 a.m. after she lost control of her car in the 3900 block of Lehigh Drive (SR248) in Lehigh Township. Township police said Natalie A. LaDue, 46, of Allentown, was driving a 2004 Jaguar eastbound in the area of the "S" curves when she lost control. The car came to rest on its side after leaving the road and climbing a embankment. Police said reportedly the vehicle was the last car in a funeral procession. LaDue was trapped in the wreckage for an hour before being freed by members of the Lehigh Township Fire Company.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Lower Towamensing Township man wants to operate a concrete contractor business from his home.

Jason Phillips will go before the township's Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. on April 24, in search of a variance/special exception to conduct the business at 1645 Little Gap Road as a home occupation in an Industrial zoning district.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Volunteers with the Schuylkill and Eastern Northumberland Chapter of the American Red Cross were on hand during yesterday's brush fire in West Penn providing food and refreshments to firefighters and state fire crews. Staged on top of the mountain with fire trucks is the chapter's Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rodman Morgan, Bright's Store executive who headed the highly-successful Carbon County Heart Association fund drive this year, reported receipts of $10,245 to date on the occasion of a dinner meeting last night at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Featured was the presentation of an achievement plaque to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fauzio, Nesquehoning, for their outstanding services in behalf of the chapter.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Champion of Love" a victorious celebration of Easter will be presented at Calvary evangelical United Methodist Church, Lewistown Valley, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15. There will also be other musical numbers. The church is located at Valley and Catawissa Roads, Tamaqua, near Heisler's Dairy. For directions or additional information, call (570) 617-2702.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Since the beginning of April, local fire departments from multiple counties, as well as state fire crews from DCNR, have amassed thousands of combined man-hours to do battle against two dozen wind-fueled brush fires.

Yesterday alone, firefighters in Schuylkill County had to deal with six outdoor fires, which were fueled by dry brush, high winds, cyclic weather patterns or arson. According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts peaked at 45 mph Monday.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
 State gymnastic tournament qualifiers Tumble With Denise gymnastic team members who participated in the Level 4 State Gymnastics Championships on March 4 in Exton, Pa. were, from left, Morgan Hadesty, Abigail Buffington and Emily Butz. There were 424 girls in the meet. Hadesty captured a 6th place in the vault.

Five members of the Intermediate Prep Optional gymnastic team at Tumble With Denise competed in the Pennsylvania State Gymnastics Championships on March 17 in Washington, PA. The girls had a tremendous showing, bringing home 13 medals. They are, kneeling from left, Christiana Rizzo and Rui Na Gentile. Standing, Riley Schaeffer, Nadine Clemmer and Olivia Hine. Gentile finished 1st on vault, 2nd on balance beam, 3rd on uneven bars and 2nd all-around. Schaeffer was 1st on vault, 2nd on uneven bars, 5th on floor exercise and 3rd all-around.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nominations for the 49th Annual Tamaqua Citizen of the Year Award are still being accepted by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The award was renamed last year and is now known as the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lehighton Borough notes that the posting of yard sale signs or any other type of signs, posters or banners, etc. on utility poles, light posts, sign or sign posts owned by the borough or any other public utility or entity is illegal and subject to a fine per sign regardless of the method of attachment.