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Monday, April 2, 2012

The Lansford Parks and Recreation Board is looking for a few good people to help spiff up the pool.

The group is relying on volunteers to do their part to clean up and spruce up the pool and its buildings and grounds. Work sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on April 14, April 21 and April 24.

Anyone wanting to help is asked to call Marie Ondrus at (570) 645 -7766. Volunteers will need to bring rakes, brooms and buckets.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The trail is four miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This trail goes through many diverse habitats and meanders along the pristine Locust Creek. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the newly emerging spring wildflowers. Dogs are welcome, but must be leased and get along with other pets and people. Meet at the upper beach parking lot. Contact Robin at 570-467-2506 for more information. Shine only.

Monday, April 2, 2012
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS

Nearly 100 children took part in the Franklin Township Lions Club egg hung held Sunday at the Phifer Ice Dam Park in Franklin Township. Among those taking part in the hunt was Shayla Cotterman, 7, of Franklin Township. The club prepared 1,000 eggs for the event and every child received a prize in the five age categories and a bag of candy.

Monday, April 2, 2012

With the deadline for filing income tax returns rapidly approaching, the Postal Service is getting ready for last minute filers.

The Lehigh Valley Post Office, 17 S. Commerce Way, Lehigh Valley will offer extended retail window hours until 8 p.m. on Tax Night, April 17. Customers who need retail window service are advised to get to this Post Office before 8 p.m. Additionally, last minute tax filers can deposit their tax return in the collection boxes in front of this location before 11:59 on April 17, this year's tax deadline, and still receive a postmark.

Monday, April 2, 2012
DAVE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

More than 70 children braved the drizzling, harsh afternoon for the annual Easter Egg hunt in Ludlow Park Sunday in Summit Hill for a chance to win prizes in selected colored Easter eggs while the rest enjoyed candy treats. Children scramble for prizes and treats during the annual Easter on the Hill Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission in Ludlow Park and Bill Black Park. The hunt was open to children from ages 0-12 and besides hunting for eggs they also had a chance to meet the Easter bunny.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee will hold the "Great Lehighton Clean Up," at noon on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. Everyone participating should meet at the Downtown Fountain. Gloves and trash bags will be donated. Anyone who can, should bring a garden rake. For more information, contact toddzimmerman@yahoo.com or visit experiencelehighton.com.

Monday, April 2, 2012

A high number of students yet to receive their vaccination in the Palmerton Area School District remains of concern.

Superintendent Carol Boyce told the TIMES NEWS between 150-175 students in the district have yet to get their health immunizations as required by the state Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Boyce said the district has sent a minimum of five letters to every family, and added the information is available through the district's AlertNow school wide notification system.

Monday, April 2, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ryan Muller, 8, a student at East Penn Elementary School, enjoyed the time of his life in Florida when he was granted a dream by Dream Come True - Blue Ridge Chapter.

For 8-year-old Ryan Muller of East Penn Township, life hasn't been simple or easy. Doctors diagnosed craniosynostosis, a birth defect in which the joints between the bones of his skull had closed prematurely, before his brain was fully formed. Ryan was born without the soft spot that most infants have that allow the brain room to grow as the child's body matures.

Ryan has suffered from headaches and faces the possibility of future surgeries to prevent blindness when his brain grows and pushes on the optic nerves.

Monday, April 2, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating an indecent assault incident that occurred at a restroom in the Schuylkill Mall, located in New Castle Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said a 16-year-old female from Pottsville reported the incident about 6:43 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.

According to troopers the female entered the restroom about 6:30 p.m. and while in a stall in the restroom, a black male entered the stall and assaulted her. He then fled the rest room.