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Thursday, March 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Bill Ormiston of Normal Square walks "Pumba", his 1-year old pot-bellied pig, and "Peppy", his Chihuahua. Normally smaller than the standard American or European farm pig, the majority of adult pot-bellied pigs are about the size of medium to large sized dog. This breed of pig, originating from Vietnam, can be easily discerned from a variety of other pig breeds by their size, upright ears and straight tail.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Malyn Maloney, a FBLA 10th grader from PVHS, helps Polk Elementary Mrs. Burnett's first graders Dominic Deluzio, Dylan Kolb and Hailee Snyder make a Cat in the Hat cut out to help celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Polk Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday during Read Across America week in a way that would have made the beloved children's book author proud.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Washington Township supervisors agreed to provide the budgeted donations to the Emerald Playground and Star Hose and Friedens fire companies. The monies had been requested for the March 6 supervisors' meeting.

The playground receives $600. The fire companies each receive $5,000.

Financial records were received for 2011 from each organization.

Three people were given refunds on their real estate tax, all small amounts, because fires had lowered the assessments.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nature advocates with an interest in current area conservation issues should mark this Saturday on their calendars.

That's when the Lehigh Gap Nature Center will hold the ninth annual Northeastern Regional Conservation meeting from 10 a.m. to noon.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities is holding a "Power of Purple" pre-event community party Friday from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Hometown Fire Company to help prepare for the Relay For Life coming up in June, as well as to share the importance of Relay For Life in saving lives from cancer. The party is open to the public and will include light refreshment, beverages and music by DJ Brandon Fritz. There will also be games, door prizes and other giveaways. FMI, call (570) 645-2162 or (888) 227-5445 x3112.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

- All cardboard crafts must be built solely of cardboard, duct tape, string, glue, and paper. Any other material in any part of the craft is grounds for disqualification.

- Tape is permissible on the surface of the craft where it meets the snow.

- Crew members may use any safe means to slow the craft; however the method must be able to stop the craft and not contain any unauthorized material.

- Teams may consist of one to four Cub Scouts.

- Crew members must wear nonhazardous clothing.

- All participants must be registered Cub Scouts.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a federal grand jury has returned a nine-count indictment charging two suspects with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy that allegedly operated in the Schuylkill County area and elsewhere since January 2010.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Madelyn Jones, 8, of Erika Barron's 3rd grade class, receives a book titled "Stuart Little" from Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus.

36 volunteers, members and staff of the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus and St. Luke's Health Network spent time reading to 2nd to 5th grade students at the Tamaqua Elementary School. They read "How to Help the Earth by the Lorax", this year's Dr. Seuss theme. St. Luke's also donated books that were distributed to each student to take home.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Residents of the Mahoning Valley were treated to a welcome and beautiful sight this weel when hundreds of flocks of geese passed over on their annual migration north. Many old timers agree this is the true sign of the beginning of spring and not the word of some groundhog in Punxsutawney who is wrong most of the time anyway.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Feed the People provides a free, hot meal for any community member who attends. No registration is necessary. The group will hold its next "community cafe" at Trinity Lutheran Church,104 East Abbott Street, Lansford, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 14.

Feed the People provides a balanced, freshly cooked meal in a friendly atmosphere where people can make new friends or speak with old friends, share current events and information or just come in and enjoy a good meal. Volunteers are welcomed.