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Friday, January 20, 2012

The Pocono Mountains Art Group (PMA), the oldest art organized art group in NEPA, has just announced its January 2012 free art gallery schedule for the West End of Monroe County.

The PMA Group Rotational Gallery is open to all members of PMA Group, as well as non- PMA Group members who reside in the West End of Monroe County. All artwork is in excellent museum quality condition and is presented for viewing in a highly professional manner. No artwork contains any nudity or offensive content.

Friday, January 20, 2012

State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-122nd) announced today that he will seek re-election to Pennsylvania House of Representatives for a second term.

"During my first year in office, I have answered the public's call to restore fiscal discipline to state government and have focused on making our state more competitive for job growth. Said Heffley. "I am proud of our accomplishments thus far, but know there is still much to be done. Restoring our economy by reversing the failed policies of the past will take time."

Friday, January 20, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Thomas Parambo, owner of the Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home in Summit Hill, was the recipient of the annual "Friend of the Fireman Award" by the Diligence Hose Company of Summit Hill. Parambo, with tie, accepts award from Fire Chief Shawn Hoben. Looking on are firefighters, kneeling l-r, Lenny Ogozalek and Jeff Ockenhouse, and standing l-r, Brandon Miller, Dave Sommers, Kevin Steber, Ed Nunemacher, Pete Matyascik, and Len Ogozalek.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Pottsville man who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, possessing a controlled substance and being involved in an accident was sentenced to serve one to five years in a state corrrectional facility by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin in the Schuylkill County Court.

Friday, January 20, 2012

AARP Tax Aid volunteers will provide free assistance with filing federal, state and local tax forms for seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers in our local communities. Persons interested in this free service should bring their current tax documents, plus a copy of last year's tax returns to one of the following locations on the days indicated. Locations will be open from 8 a.m. to noon beginning Feb. 1 until April 17.

* Tuesday, Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S. Eighth St., Lehighton.

* Wednesday, Penn Forest Township Municipal building, Route 903 Jim Thorpe

Friday, January 20, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area High School students Aleksander Everett and Laurel Seemiller fared extremely well in the recent SkillsUSA competition. Everett, a senior, placed first in Job Skill Demonstration, while Seemiller, a junior, finished second in Job Interview.

A pair of Palmerton Area High School students recently turned in a rather impressive achievement at the SkillsUSA competition.

The Carbon Career & Technical Institute took 33 students to Hazleton for the District 1 Skills Competition recently. Of those, 23 came home with medals.

All the first place winners, along with those competitors with BYEs to states, will participate in the State Competition April 18-20 in Hershey, said Jane Farkas, CCTI SkillsUSA advisor.

Friday, January 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters from American Hose Company, Rescue Squad and South Ward fire companies don masks for their live training exercise.

Thanks to homeowner and firefighter Mark Bower, over 30 Tamaqua firefighters were given the opportunity to train in a live smoke-filled home this week.

The property at 215 West Broad Street, which was purchased by Bower to extend his property, was scheduled to be razed. Bower, who is also the fire chief of the South Ward Fire Company, realized his fellow firefighters could train at the dilapidated property before its demolition.

Friday, January 20, 2012
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club honored their Student of the Month for January, Jordan Behrens, at their January dinner meeting at the Broadway Grille and Pub in Jim Thorpe. Pictured with Jordan are her father Josiah Behrens (left) and Jim Trainer, president of the Jim Thorpe Lions Club.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Carbon County residents should expect to see their county taxes remain the same in 2012.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-1 to accept the new proposed 2012 county spending plans. Commissioner William O'Gurek cast the sole "no" vote for the $40.6 million operating funds budget but in favor of the nearly $1.2 million capital projects and $2.2 million special funds budgets.

Friday, January 20, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS  The 23 area students who medaled at the SkillsUSA competition held recently. The Carbon Career & Technical Institute took 33 students to Hazleton for the District I Skills Competition.

No fewer than 23 area students medaled at the SkillsUSA competition.

The Carbon Career & Technical Institute took 33 students to Hazleton for the District 1 Skills Competition recently.

The area students who medaled, along with the home school district they attend, and categories they medaled in, are as follows.

First Place

Trese Merkel, Lehighton, Advertising Design

Kali Weller, Palmerton, Cosmetology

Rain Hellums, Jim Thorpe, First Aid/CPR

Aleksander Everett, Palmerton, Job Skill Demonstration, Owen Henninger, Jim Thorpe, assistant