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Thursday, April 5, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Constance Andrews brought the olden days back to life at the last Eldred Township Historical Society meeting. A born story teller and retired elementary school teacher, she talked about how children use to walk to one-room school houses and the importance of family reunion picnics. She asked if anyone remembered lavalieres, a pendant worn by ladies that had a drop, usually of a stone or a chandelier type of drop. Bloomers and wringer washing machines were other topics of discussion which brought lots of chuckles from the members.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The new Tamaqua Community Arts Center, is offering open stage opportunities every first and third Thursday of the month.

Open stages, which are open to all ages and levels of talent, start at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m. Donations will be collected after each performer.

Organizers are encouraging the community and visitors to stop by the center, 125 Pine St., and vote for their favorite performer.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Graduates from the Carbon County Technical Institute's Adult Education's State Approved Nurses Aid Program gather for a graduation ceremony at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Friday afternoon. Present were, front, from left, Gerilynn Survis, Anita Singh, Sherry Stepp and Tyra Simmons. Back, CCTI Administrative Assistant Linda Benner, Kellee Gilliard, Melissa Stein, Emily Schlegel, and Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN. For more information on CCTI Adult Education programs call the school at (570) 325-4140.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Twenty-two people were appointed by the Schuylkill County commissioners to the Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee in action taken at Wednesday's work session held at the courthouse in Pottsville. They were:

Thursday, April 5, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Norman Burger of Gilbert, asks for suggestions on what to do to help celebrate Chestnuthill Township's upcoming 250th anniversary.

Plans are under way for Chestnuthill Township to celebrate its 250th anniversary. Established in September of 1763, Chestnuthill Township has enjoyed a long and prosperous history.

Recently members of supervisors' boards and historical societies of the four townships in the Pleasant Valley School District, Chestnuthill, Ross, Polk and Eldred, held a meeting to begin plans for a yearlong celebration. At one time, these townships were all a part of Chestnuthill Township.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The congregation of the Christ Lutheran Church is Elizabethtown raised $641.24 for the Feed The People program based out of Carbon County. Feed The People, which was started in early January, currently provides free meals every first Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, every second Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansford, and every fourth Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Christ Redeemer Church in Coaldale.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by firefighters from throughout Carbon County saved a home while a motor home and large wooden structure were destroyed by a raging fire Wednesday afternoon in Mahoning Township. The fire was first reported around 3 p.m. as a shed fire along Boyko Drive just north of Beaver Run Road. But as volunteer firemen raced to the scene they could see a large plume of black smoke for miles. When five communities arrived on scene they found a motor home and large wood frame structure fully involved in flames, just a matter of feet from a home.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lehighton Area Chamber of the Carbon County Chamber of Council will host the annual Administrative Assistant Professional luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Blue Ridge Country Club.

Treat your employees to this "thank you" luncheon. A fashion show will be held, courtesy of Coldwater Creek. There will be door prizes.

For reservations or more information, call (610) 377-2191. Reservations are due by April 13, to 110 N. Third St., Lehighton.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Access Services provided an informal appreciation dinner to its volunteers and sponsors recently at the McKeansburg Hotel in McKeansburg. Access Services, a non-profit organization, provides support services for individuals with special needs in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including the counties of Berks, Bucks, Carbon-Monroe-Pike, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Area Library director Diane Danielson treated some young readers to delightful Easter stories. She suggests everyone should hop on over to the library to enhance your springtime reading with all the wonderful selections the library has to offer.