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Monday, February 27, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua LEO Club will hold their monthly meeting 6 p.m. today in room 104 of the Morgan Campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua. New members (ages 18 and under) are encouraged to attend. FMI call (570) 668-1234.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities is holding a "Power of Purple" pre-event party fundraiser on Friday, March 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hometown Fire Company to help prepare for the Relay For Life coming up in June, as well as to share the importance of Relay For Life in saving lives from cancer.

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Freezing temperatures outside didn't stop over 100 local children and family members from having wet winter fun during the Tamaqua Class of 2014's first open swim fundraiser Friday night at the Tamaqua Area School District natatorium. Diane Pangonis Butkus, event organizer, stated her appreciation to all who came and the Tamaqua lifeguards that volunteered their time. Their next swim is set for Friday March 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information on how to help, contact Butkus via Facebook. The Class is also looking into helping defray the cost of the broken diving board, which has been broken since last year.Enjoying the water are Olivia Eckert, 10, Talia Lewis, 10, George Pudihas, 9, Jacob Wasserleben, 8, Carson Krell, 8, and Michael Steigerwalt, 8, and Megan Ruch, 11.

Freezing temperatures outside didn't stop over 100 local children and family members from having wet winter fun during the Tamaqua Class of 2014's first open swim fundraiser Friday night at the Tamaqua Area School District natatorium. Diane Pangonis Butkus, event organizer, stated her appreciation to all who came and the Tamaqua lifeguards that volunteered their time. Their next swim is set for Friday March 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information on how to help, contact Butkus via Facebook.

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Palmerton woman has expressed concerns with the number of homes being bought and torn down along the borough's downtown business district.

Resident Deborah Smith told borough council on Thursday that she was unhappy to see that happen at 508-510 Delaware Ave., the home where she used to live with her husband and children for 20 years.

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Isiah Jimenez, 11, was struck by a sports utility vehicle (SUV) while crossing the Five Points, state routes 209 and 309, intersection in Tamaqua with friends around 2 p.m. on Saturday. A number of good samaritans and local firefighters could be seen helping the crying boy as he laid on the road. They also helped Tamaqua police control traffic prior to the response from emergency personnel. Responding were paramedics from Tamaqua, Lansford and Lehighton. Jimenez is the son of Naomi Ellison of Tamaqua.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nine of 15 persons who entered guilty pleas were sentenced to prison terms by Judge Charles M. Miller in Schuylkill County court this week.

Clarissa Nicole Ingram, 23, Pottsville, was sentenced to serve 11 1/2 to 23 months in the county prison on charges of delivery of a controlled substance and failing to furnish a drug free screen test.

She also must pay $100 to the Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab, and $50 to Pottsville Police Department Drug Task Force.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

No, you won't be forced to paint your house a certain color. Yes, you may be able to get tax breaks for restoring historic buildings. And yes, you can do whatever you please with your own property.

The Lansford Historical Society is hoping peoples' questions were answered at a meeting held Friday at the Panther Valley Public Library to further explain the organization's application to have most of the borough listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The current issue of the Reader's Digest, in a story condensed from the National Civic Review by James N. Miller, tells the story of the former Carbon County board of commissioners for having called upon the Pennsylvania Economy League for counsel in operating the county government. The story, "How to Watchdog a Town Budget," tells of how in a small town governemnt, administered by amateurs, spending is big, taxes are rising fast, and waste is often great. It also gave pointers on how the county could be run more efficiently.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pennsylvania 4-H is celebrating 100 years of helping boys and girls succeed.

The organization began in 1912 with a corn growing contest in Mercer County. Fourteen 14 boys and one girl competed against one another in that contest.

Since then Pennsylvania 4-H has been helping youth and adults learn, grow, and work together for 100 years with volunteers providing countless hours of time and 4-H members and their families making worthwhile contributions to the citizens of Pennsylvania and this nation.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Billy Cyr, president and CEO of Sunny Delight Beverages Co.

Sunny Delight Beverages Co. and its President and CEO, Billy Cyr, recently received the 2012 Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council.

Presented annually, this award recognizes the charitable efforts of a local business or individual for providing resources that change lives across the community.