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Friday, March 9, 2012

Eldred Township board of supervisors received an Alpine Rose update letter from Emil W. Kantra II of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, who represents Alpine Rose Resort, Inc., in which it stated that the Blue Mountain Preservation Association (BMPA) took an appeal from Environmental Hearing Board Judge Labuskes' Adjudication affirming the issuance of the NPDES Permit to his client by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Aug. 25, 2011. It stated that BMPA has filed its brief. Alpine Rose and DEP has until March 12 to file their briefs.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Controversy continues to plague the Mahoning Township police department. Action by the officer in charge lead to the rescinding of police policies in the township over the objections of two supervisors. The board continued to retain Officer Audie Mertz as the temporary top officer in charge in the township while Police Chief Kenneth Barnes is out for health reasons.

Friday, March 9, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Diane Giffels, Pat Black, Joanne Rush, Amanda Heller, Patty Pierce and Margaret Seligman are all members of Zion United Lutheran Church's Knit and Crochet Club and welcome new members.

Patty Pierce and Margaret Seligman noticed that knitting had become quite the rage again.

"We thought there might be interest in knitting at our church and we could perform some kind of ministry at the same time," says Patty.

So the two women got the word out at Zion United Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville, inviting those who knit and those who crochet, and for those who couldn't do either but had an interest in learning. They began meeting twice a month since November 2011.

Friday, March 9, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School senior Emily Zancofsky sings the National Anthem to open the preliminary round of the PIAA AAA Wrestling Tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey Thursday.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Show business isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Evidence of the hardships that exist in the entertainment industry will be acted out when the Northern Lehigh High School Little Theater Association presents its spring musical.

The three-day musical, "Gypsy", will show at 7 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium.

Based on the memoirs of the famous burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, "Gypsy" is "a classic that features complex characters to challenge the students artistic abilities," according to Charles Weigold III, director.

Friday, March 9, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An ambulance gets ready to transport beating victim Paul Walck to the hospital.

A young Lansford man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon during a tussle with his uncle over a cell phone.

Paul Walck, no age available, of 345 W. Bertsch St., was taken first to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, then flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, said borough Police Chief John Turcmanovich.

The fight between Walck and his uncle, Clair A. Borger Jr., 36, started at about 3 p.m. as an argument in the house, where both lived along with other family members.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A few citizens spoke out in favor of a post-Labor Day school opening at the Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors meeting.

West End Fair Assistant Treasurer Robert Coleman said he was speaking on behalf of the West End Fair. He introduced WEF President Donald Everett, Vice President Tom Hodgdon, Secretary Pat Schneider, and board directors Lester Marsh, Jeffrey Tresslar, Don Schneider and Barry Schaffer.

Friday, March 9, 2012
Submitted Photo

The Tamaqua Area High School Leadership Council collected more than 145 coats during an effort to provide students in need with appropriate outer wear. Participating students included the following members of the sophomore and junior classes: (first row) Nikki Klatka, Brianna Bittner, Nicki Mateyak, Alexandra Miller, Carly Fenstermacher; (second row) Molly Betz, Hannah Miller, Sam Postupack, Gabby Freed and Trevor Arnold. Members of the senior class, not picture, include Jordan Reabold, Jacqueline McMullen, Kelsey Patrick, Danielle Fox, Kayla Hope, Emily Zancofsky and Erin Fegley.

Friday, March 9, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Katelyn Evans asks the Panther Valley School Board to reconsider a plan to eliminate five elective English courses, including journalism, poetry and public speaking.

An aspiring Panther Valley High School journalist on Thursday asked the school board to reconsider its plan to drop five elective courses, including journalism, poetry, creative writing, public speaking and SAT prep.

The courses are important, she said, because they help students become effective public speakers, learn how to better express themselves and prepare them for careers in journalism.

Katelyn, a junior, said she has spoken with many students who want to become journalists, and gathered signatures from 104 students who oppose the elimination of the electives.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The 15th annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Alec Campbell Division 1 of Carbon County and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Mollie Maguire Division 1 of Carbon County, will take place along Broadway in Jim Thorpe starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11. The event will be held rain or shine.

In preparation for the parade, Broadway will be closed to all traffic at 11:45 a.m.