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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Victor Pituch, the director of the Carbon County Senior Games, addresses the participants during the opening ceremony at Lehighton Recreation Center on Tuesday. Behind him are Cheri Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging, left; and Anne Horrigan, coordinator of the senior games.

It was off to the races Tuesday morning as nearly 200 area senior citizens gathered to celebrate the opening of the 2011 Carbon County Senior Games.

The kickoff celebration for the 23rd annual event was held at the Lehighton Recreation Center, Eighth and Iron streets. This year's teams include seniors from Panther Valley, Lehighton, Palmerton, Weatherly and Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder senior centers.

The opening ceremony began with a presentation of colors by members of the Panther Valley JROTC and the singing of the national anthem by Jim Thorpe team member Martha Moyer.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Selection has been made for the 2011 District 10 Elementary Band Festival to be presented on Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at Hamburg Area High School. Many school bands will be participating. The band director is Joseph Ogozalek. Participants are, left to right, Christopher Santore, Owen Mahoney, Delana Nalesnik, Michael Witzack, and Brendan Morgans.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The USS Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the VFW in Nesquehoning. New members are welcome.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Shortly after the jury was dismissed by Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline Russell after being unable to reach a verdict in the murder trial of Julius C. Enoe, 32, of Reading, for the death of Bruce L. Forker, of Shenandoah, District Attorney James P. Goodman called the victim's family into his office and told them he is not finished trying to convict Enoe. Under the law the Commonwealth has 180 days to bring Enoe to trial.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

SR209 in Mahoning Township was closed for several hours due to the breakdown of a supersized load traveling through the village of Packerton. The incident began around 3 p.m. Tuesday as the rig was traveling south with a state police escort. The rig apparently broke a rear axle on the trailer in what in known as the "Packerton Dip" between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. Mahoning Township, Lehighton and Jim Thorpe police as well as their fire police closed down theroadway and detoured traffic around the scene.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., May 23, in the Community Services Center of the Blue Mountain Health Systems Palmerton Campus, 217 Franklin Ave., Palmerton.

The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will be holding their bimonthly meeting on Tuesday, May 10 at Platz's Restaurant 101 Harrity Road, Lehighton.

The guest speaker will be Joe Paretta, a Jim Thorpe resident, who has written a book entitled "Master The Card: Say Good Bye to Credit Card Debt".

Paretta will be speaking about the simple ways to change your credit card debt, change your thinking about credit card debt and help you get out from under the debt of credit card companies. This looks to be a very informational and interesting topic.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, Franklin Township, will hold a Mother's Day program on Sunday, May 8, during the 10:30 a.m. services. Agnes Keiper will be the guest speaker and there will be special music by "Country on Purpose," and flowers for the mothers attending will be distributed.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Keith Kibler, fire chief at Star Hose Fire Company, Emerald, asked the Washington Township supervisors for assistance in preparing a bid package for a pump to fill air packs. He attended the May 3 meeting.

Kibler said he wants to meet with Engineer Roy Stewart.

The cost is expected to be between $32,000 and $36,000 as previously estimated. The fire company will have to pay the engineering fees.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School students participated in the March 15 Regional High School Computer Fair at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit. More than 40 various computer projects were judged, according to industry standards, with awards presented to four TAHS students. Winners included: Nicolai Kabana, second place in the digital movie category; Dallas Mease and Austin Chartier, first place in graphic design; Megan Witkus, first place, and Eriz Hertzog, second place, in computer fair logo.