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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will be holding their last meeting before the summer break on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, located at 24 Broadway. The Democratic candidates selected in the primary will be invited to speak.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Barrett Ravenhurst of the Emporium of Curious Goods, and Susan Sterling, director of the Dimmick Memorial Library discuss the bas relief chimera of a lion peering through dense foliage above the entrance door.

Just over a century ago, chimeras, grotesques and gargoyles were fashionable decorative treatments on public buildings. These features, drawn from fantasy and mythology, added a gothic character to the architecture of Mauch Chunk, current Jim Thorpe, during the late Victorian period.

In architecture, a chimera is a fantastic, mythical or grotesque decorative feature. A grotesque is an eerie character carved in stone. A gargoyle is a pipe-like device (think of the word gargle) used as a spout to drain water from a roof.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Party organizer Phillis Carter and pianist John Melley, both of Tamaqua, pause for a photo.

Parishioners and community members laughed and smiled as they participated in the First United Methodist Church's annual 'Name That Tune' party held Sunday in which people guessed tunes played on the organ by pianist John Melley.

Participants also won household prizes if they answered correctly.

Phillis Carter, chair, Methodist Outreach Ministries, and other members organized the community event.

For more information on the church's monthly community events, visit its Facebook page.

"The event was a success and everyone had a great time," said Carter.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
M. CRAIG MCDONALD/Special to the TIMES NEWS Kidder Township Awarded Four Outstanding Individuals Trophies of Service And Sacrifice, At The Kidder Board of Supervisors Meeting On Thursday Night. Each Individual was chosen based on merit derived from continuous service to the community without being identified by name. Left to Right is presenter, Kidder Township Supervisor Chairman, Larry Polansky, Kidder Fire Chief Joseph Lennon accepting on behalf of his son Lake Harmony Firefighter, Emergency Service Person of the Year, Joseph Lennon, Center is Winner, Lake Harmony Rescue Squad Service Person of The Year, Terry Smith Albrightsville, Kerril Lanum, Kidder Firefighter Emergency Service Person of the Year, and Gene Getz, Albrightsville Firefighter Emergency Service Person of the Year.

The Kidder Township Board of Supervisors recognized four outstanding individuals who contributed to the community in lifesaving ways in 2010.

Chosen on the basis of the service they provided were Lake Harmony Firefighter, Joseph Lennon, Emergency Service Person of the Year; Gene Getz, Albrightsville Emergency Service Person of the Year; Kerril Lanum, Emergency Service Person of the Year, Kidder Township Fire Department and Lake Harmony Rescue Squad; Firefighter, winner of Service Person of the Year, Terry Smith,.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
GLENN MUMMEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lisa Price, Rush Planning Board secretary, reviews a proposal for the TIDEWood Industrial Park, as board members Cathy Riotto and Robert Ritsick listen to a Benesch Engineering representative.

Genetic engineering could be coming to the TIDEwood Industrial Park in Hometown – genetic engineering for chickens.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The McCall bridge, while slated for refurbishing, should be replaced, according to Central Carbon Regional Transportation Plan. The bridge carries 23,000 cars a day, only 1,000 less vehicles than the Pa. Turnpike does in the Carbon County area and well above what the bridge should handle, which creates a bottleneck in the routes 209,248 and 443 corridor.

Members of the Central Carbon County Comprehensive Planning Committee were told by a transportation consultant at Thursday's meeting that traffic volumes will increase by 17.3 percent in the area over the next 20 years.

It was noted that while the area has some strengths, it also has issues with traffic congestion, lack of turning lanes and of coordinated traffic signals.

A large portion of the discussion centered on the McCall Bridge, which was built in 1938 and was last rehabilitated in 1981.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
ABBY MASENHEIMER/TIMES NEWS Jacob Gaegler displays one of the baked goods for sale at the Harvest Cafe.

The kitchen at Carbon County Technical Institute was filled with future chefs busily preparing the last dinner of the year at the Harvest Cafe on Wednesday.

The Harvest Cafe is student run under the supervision of Nadine Harbove, the culinary adviser.

Usually, the cafe is open on Wednesday afternoons for lunch, but the students host a dinner once a month as well. On May 18, "American Classic Dinner" was the second dinner put together by the CCTI culinary students. The other was held in honor of Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sometimes thoughtful acts become so ingrained in our everyday routine that we stop noticing.

I think about that as I sit at the breakfast table with my husband, sipping a cup of perfectly brewed coffee. Just as he often does, he got up and made the coffee the way I like it, so it will be ready for me when I come into the kitchen. This morning I remember to say thank you.

We have a morning ritual we both love. We call it conversation, coffee and the morning papers.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I'm craving chocolate. More specifically, two yummy chocolate cakelike cookies with delicious creamy vanilla filling. In other words, I want Whoopie Pies!

Years ago, my aunt introduced Whoopie Pies into our lives. We've never been the same since. Mom didn't make them often because they were reserved for special occasions. Mostly Christmas time. And unfortunately, everyone loves them and they're gone faster than you can say, "Are there any Whoopie Pies left?"

Saturday, May 21, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area High School's 2011 JETS team members who have been named "Best in State" Division One winners included, left to right: Andy Vack, Lucas Rinker, Michael Embick, Dan Douglas, and Chris Hunt.

Students from Weatherly Area High School have been named "Best in State" Division One winners in the 2011 JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) teams competition which was held at Bucknell University.

The award winning 11th and 12th graders work to solve the global energy supply and demand problems highlighted by the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill and current events in the Middle East.