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Monday, March 21, 2011
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Rep. Jerry Knowles, second from left, accepts the Shamrock Award from Panther Valley Irish-American Association President Daniel McAndrew, second from right, during the 64th Annual Banquet held Thursday night in Lansford. Looking on are the honoree's wife, Lorraine, and Billy O'Gurek Jr., master of ceremonies.

State Rep. Jerry Knowles was the toast of the town on Thursday night in Lansford, where the Panther Valley Irish-American Association officially dubbed him as "Irishman of the Year."

He was presented with the annual Shamrock Award during the 64th Annual Banquet held at The Grand Ballroom of Kelly's Irish Pub, Lansford.

Monday, March 21, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters were kept busy Sunday as numerous brush fires were reported throughout the area, many of them started by careless burning which were fanned by brisk winds. Sunday afternoon the East Penn Fire Company battled a stubborn blaze which was climbing the north face of the Blue Mountain along the Bake Over Road. Firemen were assisted at the scene by members of the state Department of Forestry. Firefighters were on scene for an hour before bringing the fire under control.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Northampton/Lehigh) issued the following statement in response to the first budget proposal put forward by Gov. Tom Corbett:

"Families all across Pennsylvania have had to tighten their belts and find ways to live within their means. Government must do the same. Yet, over the past eight years, state spending continued to increase every year to unsustainable levels.

Monday, March 21, 2011
John Partenio

John Partenio is declaring his candidacy for Jim Thorpe School director.

He and his wife Josephine, of 47 years, are residents of Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, for the past 20 years. They have three children, Christina, John and Janine; four grandchildren, Joseph, Jason, Tyler and Larissa.

A concern for youth, Partenio has been a youth leader and Sunday School teacher and presently Senior Commander of the Royal Rangers at his church.

Monday, March 21, 2011
Ed Dudley, Secretary/Treasurer of the West Penn Township Lions Club, mails a $2,000 check from the club to Lions Clubs International Foundation for the Japan Disaster Relief Fund. SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The West Penn Lions Club has joined the Lions of the world in providing support for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan by donating $2,000 to the Lions Clubs International Foundation designated fund for Japanese disaster relief.

"The devastation that has hit that country is unimaginable," commented Past International Director Robert W. Miller at a recent Lions meeting. "Our motto is We Serve and Japan and its people are definitely in need of service and support."

Monday, March 21, 2011

Open to the public for input, the fourth in a series of discussions by theLehighton Area School District Building Task Force Committee will be heldon Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the middle school library. The purpose of the meeting is to explore options for the future of the middle school and elementary school buildings. The results from an informal survey that was conductedat the last committee meetingwill be discussed.

Monday, March 21, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS All of the employees of the Ametek Corporation were evacuated to safety Thursday afternoon when fire broke out in the dust handling system.

Nesquehoning firefighters were kept busy Thursday afternoon fighting a stubborn fire at Carbon County's second largest industry, the Ametek Corporation.

Shortly after 3 p.m. it was reported a dust collecting bin to the rear of the sprawling structure was fully involved in flames.

When fire personnel arrived they found heavy smoke and flames shooting from the unit. Firemen quickly extinguished the blaze but were confronted with checking the vast amount of duct work in the plant.

Monday, March 21, 2011

An AARP driver safety course will be presented at the St. Katharine Drexel Church, 124 East Abbott St., Lansford, April 2nd and 9th from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.. each day. The class includes a lunch break and those attending are asked to bring a box lunch. This class is the eight hour class and is designed for those attending for the first time or those desiring a more in-depth presentation. The class is designed for drivers 50 years old and older and is classroom instruction only.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Great weekend weather is a perfect excuse to get outdoors for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's annual Spring Equinox Celebration this Saturday, March 19, from 11 am to 3 pm in and around the Visitor Center. The event is held on the Saturday closest to the spring equinox and designed to build excitement for the arrival of the spring season.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Black Diamond Writers Network is sponsoring a series of lectures and discussions designed to help aspiring writers get started and get published. Interested parties may choose from either March 23, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe or March 31, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Tamaqua Public Library. Additional dates and places will be announced at a later date.

The group is also sponsoring a writers' conference on April 16, at Genetti's Best Western in Hazleton.