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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Nancy Herzog, 73, of Towamensing Township, sits by the computer in her home where she does work for various organizations, including planning a reunion of former employees of W.T. Grants in Palmerton. On Sunday, she will be honored with a "Courage Award" on the annual telethon of the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

When you undergo a colonoscopy, it's generally for early detection of cancer in the colon area.

Nancy Herzog's colonoscopy revealed a cancer elsewhere in her body.

The 73-year-old Towamensing Township woman was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lymphoma, which is non-Hodgkins, a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It typically progresses more slowly than other types of leukemia and most commonly affects older adults, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Pearl Downs-Sheckler

Pearl Downs-Sheckler is declaring her candidacy for Jim Thorpe School director. She and her husband, Jason, are life long residents of Jim Thorpe.

Sheckler is a 1984 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area School District. They have two children, Travis and Jill Andrews, both students at East Stroudsburg University.

Sheckler is the daughter of James and Barbara Downs of Jim Thorpe. She has been actively involved in her community for several years in many capacities.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A decision by Palmerton Area School Board to start a committee workshop a half-hour later than previously advertised has drawn criticism from several residents.

The committee workshop started at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, in contrast to the 5 p.m. start time the district had advertised both in the TIMES NEWS and on the district's web site several months ago.

Resident Josann Harry questioned why the change in Tuesday's start time wasn't advertised on the district's web site, www.palmerton.org.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Dutch Hill resident Tom Hartz Jr. looks over dumped construction debris that someone recently piled at the future site of the Dutch Hill Playground in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua police and borough officials are looking for the person or persons who recently dumped a large amount of construction debris and old tires at the future location of the Dutch Hill Playground.

In the past week the materials were dumped just below the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, and next to the Tamaqua Little League Field.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The USS Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club is looking for members. Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard veterans, reserves and active duty are welcome to join.

The Navy Club Auxiliary is also open to members age 12 and older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Family members of Navy, Marines or Coast Guard veterans can also join as an associate member.

For more information, call (570) 645-3643.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The monthly meeting of the Lehighton Area Democratic Club will be held at 7 p.m. on tonight at Johnnie's Restaurant at 111 N.First St., Lehighton.

Pennsylvania State Senator John Yudichak will be the guest speaker. Any one interested may attend.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured pausing for a quick photo with Pennsylvania National Guard Sgt. Shannon Walkup and her children, Nicholas Dietrich, 4, and Kadence Dietrich, 6, outside the passenger terminal of the Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown from back left are Sgt. Walkup's mother Faith O'Brien, aunt Cheryl Leone, friend Colby McHugh, and sisters Amy and Chelsea O'Brien. Not pictured was father Jack O'Brien, of Tamaqua, who was getting the truck.

Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sergeant Shannon Walkup, 28, a 2000 Tamaqua graduate and Tamaqua native, was greeted first by tears and tight hugs from her son Nicholas Dietrich, 4, and daughter Kadence Dietrich, 6, in addition to friends and family as she arrived down the pedestrian tunnel of the Lehigh Valley International Airport Tuesday after serving six months in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Walkup and other members of her unit were given two weeks of leave from their tour in Afghanistan to visit their loved ones back home.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This home in Mahanoy City is where a fire began this morning, destroying two homes and damaging six others.

This morning's rain came too late as firefighters, and more than two dozen fire trucks from two counties, battled a fast-moving blaze in Mahanoy City that completely destroyed two row homes and damaged six others located on East Pine Street.

Smoke layered the Mahanoy City horizon around 3 a.m. as firefighters responded to the 900 block of East Pine Street after the fire erupted at 915 East Pine St. and quickly spread to adjacent homes.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
gail maholick/times news Snerr/Decker Real Estate recently merged with ERA One Source Realty, 59 Harrity Road, Lehighton. ERA One Source Realty staff are, from left, Lisa Sawyer, Susie Decker, associate broker; Debbie Shuryn, secretary; Maryellen Salerno, Pam Hawk, Susie Bonser and Darryl Arner. Also an agent is Tim Schwartz.

While the recent merger of Snerr/Decker Real Estate with ERA One Source Realty means a new name plate at the door at 59 Harrity Road, Lehighton (next to Marzen's Hardware), you'll find the same friendly staff as before.

The office is located near the Pohopoco bridge under construction near the Pa. Turnpike exchange. The office is open.

It's that friendliness and 84 years of combined experience which sets this office apart from other real estate office in the area.