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Thursday, May 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Volunteers spent a couple hours Saturday morning repairing, raking and cleaning the East End Park in Tamaqua. Volunteers pictured from left are, Tony Fannock, Stephen Ulicny with son Jonathan, 6, Maddie Mace, 11, Penny Gursky with son Jacob, 14, and Dave Mace.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Linda Swartz of the Palmerton team shuffles the deck of Pinochle cards prior to the start of competition on Wednesday.

With all the games complete and the totals tallied, the Lehighton seniors, defending champions, remain the top dogs.

On Wednesday, seniors from Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley, Palmerton and Weatherly competed in the final day of competition of the 2011 Carbon County Senior Games.

The overall standings at the end of the games were Lehighton in first with a score of 746, Jim Thorpe in second with 426, Panther Valley in third with a score of 175, Palmerton in fourth with 120 points and Weatherly with 42 points.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Those interested in the current health care issue are invited to hear Dr. William Roth speak at the Dimmick Library Friends House, 58 Broadway in downtown Jim Thorpe, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

In 2008 over 80 health care professionals from twelve different countries, though mainly the U.S., began working to put together a health care model for this country that would deliver comprehensive, cost-effective services.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The noise level at a recently opened alternative energy firm in Lower Towamensing Township continues to ruffle the feathers of several residents.

Resident Jeff Mizgerd asked the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday if it received his letter with regard to his concern over Great American Pellets, located at 2115 Little Gap Road.

Mizgerd, who resides at 1660 Little Gap Road, said he disputed the results of a study that was recently conducted to measure decibel levels that emanate from the company.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A lab report on mold in the Lansford borough office revealed high levels of Aspergillus, a fungus commonly associated with water damage.

The report, by Dr. Vernon L. Alvarez of Criterion Laboratories Inc., Bensalem, Bucks County, was received by the borough on April 12 and distributed at Wednesday's regular council meeting.

The mold was found on a sample of plaster from the offices, above the American Fire Co. No. 1 at 23 E. Patterson Street.

"Aspergillus is a common source of allergens in homes and offices, and may lead to health issues," Alvarez noted.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Lehighton woman is performing a flute recital in loving memory of her son.

The recital will be given at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron street, Lehighton.

Works from J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, W.A. Mozart, as well as more contemporary and sacred flavor, and even the Jazz style of Claude Bolling will be performed by Lora Krum, flutist.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton Hospital Adult Day Services Center will hold a Family Caregiver Support Group on Wed., May 25, from 6-8 p.m. in the Palmerton Community Services Center, 217 Franklin Ave., Palmerton.

Learn how to move your loved one when they cannot move themselves. Demonstrations of proper body mechanics will be part of the program.

The guest speaker will be Gary Higgins, director of Blue Mountain Health System's Rehabilitation Services.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2010-2011 school year.

To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Preschool Story Hour is held at 10:30 a.m. on each Friday through the school year. The programs are free and there is no preregistration. Last regular story hour will be June 10 and will resume on Sept. 2.

The Knitting Club has been organized for all area residents interested in knitting, crocheting and other crafts. Ideas will be discussed about knitting for various charities. The Knitting Club meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the library from 6-8 p.m. The club is free. New members are always welcome.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Right, Helen Snyder, an avid crocheter and seamstress, has been crocheting American flags for local Palmerton businesses to display in their windows. Now she has given crocheted American flags to the S.S. Palmer Elementary School and Parkside Elementary School. Left, Ms. Mary Brunbach, principal of the two schools, and a few S.S. Palmer students, Alexis Merkel, Nicholas Papay, Maddison Beahm and Seth Young, graciously accepted them on the schools' behalf. Ms. Brunbach said the flags were beautiful. "I think they're incredible and a great legacy to Palmerton.