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Saturday, April 30, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Sheila Theodorou, administrator/CEO of Carbon-Monroe-Pike County MH/MR, addresses the agencies and legislators during the second annual Legislative Brunch on Friday at the Lehighton Recreation Center. Other presenters are, from left, Pat Sasserath, executive director for the Carbon County Assistance Office; Commissioner Wayne Nothstein and Jeanne Miller, director of Carbon and Schuylkill County Educational Services at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

In Carbon County, millions of dollars are spent annually on preventive programs that help children, families and the elderly.

Because of the state deficit, area agencies may be forced to cut these programs.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS 2nd Assistant Chief Joe Greco of Lansford's American Fire Co. No 1.

If each Lansford resident would set aside $25 about the cost of a couple of large pizzas with sodas the all-volunteer American Fire Co. No 1 could make ends meet.

But 2nd Assistant Chief Joe Greco is grateful for any financial help at all.

He told of a woman who sends one dollar every year in response to the fire company's donation drive, with a note that she is sorry she can't afford more.

"To me, that means more than the person who doesn't give at all," he said.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Inspired Art Project enlists local artists to create and donate original works, inspired by original poetry written by child poet-athletes of America SCORES New York's after school program.

"We wish we were… as old as brave men."

An enigmatic line from a poem composed by a soccer team of 8 to 11-year-olds inner city New York touched Jim Thorpe-based photographic artist Tom Storm.

"I don't know if it was intentionally written like that," Storm said. "Some people would say as brave as old men. 'As old as brave men,' that to me had weight to it. Somewhat was identifiable, some was unidentifiable, but it carried it anyway."

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I ask myself the same questions many older people ponder: What did I not do with my life that I would like to do? In other words, what's on my bucket list?

It's a short list with only one or two things on it: Return to Italy for another authentic Italian vacation; and, spend every day having fun. If I can't have fun all day, then I at least want to do one thing that I love.

That's it. My entire "bucket list" is only two lines. Seems to me I should be able to come up with more than that. Either I lack imagination or, I'm simply so content I don't long to do more.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Brenda and Neal Kester of Bowmanstown meet with State Rep. Doyle Heffley during an open house celebration Thursday at his Lehighton district office.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley held open house meet-and-greet gatherings Thursday at his Lehighton district office and Friday at the Albrightsville district office.

Heffley was following through on an election pledge to the people of the 122nd District in which he vowed to be accessible and provide access to state government.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Freeland woman is facing charges following an incident in Rush Township on Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to SR309 (Claremont Avenue) at 12:45 p.m., in the area of Tirpak Insurance, where they found damage to a retaining wall and flower bed. It was determined that a vehicle operated by Sylvia Bridge, 56, had cut through the lot to avoid traffic, damaging the property in the process

Saturday, April 30, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Rotary Club recentlyrecognized the top participantsinan essay contest for high school juniors with the theme "Service Above Self - What It Means to Me." Pictured left to right areDr. Barbara Belón, President of Lehighton Rotary Club; Nick Mantz, second place winner;Cierra House, first place winner;Carter McCandless, third place winner; and James Kraky,LASD Superintendent.

Lehighton Rotary Club recentlysponsored an essay contest for high school juniors with the theme "Service Above Self - What It Means to Me." Through the cooperation of Lehighton Area School District administration and faculty, approximately 30 students participated in the contest.

According to Dr. Barbara Belón, President of Lehighton Rotary Club,"One of the main focuses of Rotary isliteracy." On behalf of Lehighton Rotary Club, she recognizedCierra House fortakingfirst place honors, Nick Mantz second, and Carter McCandless third. House now moves on to the district competition.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On a recent visit to Wichita Falls, Texas, Lehighton Rotary Club President-Elect Erica Heery attended the Wichita Falls Thursday Morning Rotary Club meeting. Organized in 1915,Wichita Falls Rotary Club annually displays over 1,000 American flags. Established in 1921, Lehighton Rotary Club annually distributes dictionaries to every third grade student in Lehighton and Palmerton Area School Districts. Pictured during the traditional banner exchange ritual are Heery and Wichita Falls Thursday Morning Rotary Club President Dan Garcia.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

In recognition of local military veterans, Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club is hosting a "Youth Fishing" day on May 15 in the newly-dredged dam at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, Main Road, in Franklin Township.

The ponds are adjacent to the Franklin Township Little League fields.

All children – ages 1 to 12 – who are children, grandchildren or great-grand children of military veterans in the lower Carbon County area are invited to fish during the event for free.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kristian Koehler, left, crew leader Jody Johnson, and Alfredo Russo of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps apply a vapor barrier to the exterior of the new kitchen at the Agnes McCartney Pavilion in Much Chunk Lake Park.

Mauch Chunk Lake Park's oldest pavilion is undergoing a major renovation, thanks to the help of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.

The PCC is in the process of refurbishing the Agnes McCartney Pavilion, the oldest of the park's pavilions dating back to the 1970s. Over the years, it had deteriorated from the weather, and unlike the pavilions built afterwards, did not have a kitchen.