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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weissport Recreation Committee will hold its annual egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the borough park. All children and grandchildren of Weissport residents are invited to participate.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The 8th Annual Lehighton Community Book Swap will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Admission is free.

The Lehighton Area Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association are teaming up for the event. There will also be an opportunity to get a Lehighton Area Memorial Library card.

Any books remaining at 5:30 p.m. will be given away free without exchange. This event is not for collectors.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Palmerton Memorial Park Pool Pals will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt, open to the public, on Saturday, March 31 at 11 a.m. in the Palmerton Memorial Park picnic area.

If there is inclement weather, it will be held on Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m. in the same area.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Twelve defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Theft of checks

Justin Lee Costello, 27, of Slatington, and formerly of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and forgery.

He admitted taking 12 blank checks of Herbert Helmer and forging his name on three of them. He was able to cash two of the checks but failed on the third attempt after the bank had frozen the account.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS NTHS Members of the Class of 2012 attending CCTI's 22nd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society are, left to right : Fallon Hill, Aaron Fehnel, Sarah Tompkins, Joshua Getz, Trese Merkel, Brandon Polle, Jesse Schneck, Jennifer Bortz, Gregory Oboril, and Gabrielle Kline.

The Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) held its 22nd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at the school in Jim Thorpe on Tuesday evening.

NTHS is a honor society for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational education institutions in the United States.

The NTHS began in 1984 as the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society. In 2003, the board of directors unanimously agreed to change the name of the organization to the National Technical Honor Society.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Veteran Edward Bush, third from right, receives his overdue medals from Congressman Lou Barletta, third from left, recently in the Memorabilia Area of the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. Bush received six medals in all. Also pictured are Palmerton American Legion Post 269 members Louis Moyer, left; Joseph Uhnak, second from left; Ed Moyer, second from right, commander; and George Duell, Jr., right.

At long last, a Palmerton veteran has received his just due for his service to our country.

Veteran Edward Bush was among four veterans whom Congressman Lou Barletta recently presented long-overdue medals. The presentation took place in the Memorabilia Area of the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Other veterans receiving medals were James Kellum of Huntington Mills, Luzerne County; Michael Gatcha of Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County; and Jerry Lee Smith of Berwick, Columbia County.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Here comes Peter Cottontail hoppin' down to the Lehighton Community Park on Saturday, March 31, at noon.

Bring your children ages 0-11 to enjoy a beautiful spring morning and an exciting Easter Egg hunt! There will be candy surprises in each egg and a few "lucky" eggs in each age group will contain a ticket to claim a larger prize.

This free event is sponsored by the Carbon County GOP, Alfies Pizza, Diggity Dog and Castle Grill Restaurant.

Hippity hoppity Easter's on its way!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Scholarships are available for 2011 for nursing and higher education students.

The William C. and Loretta K. Shirar Memorial Scholarship for Nursing and the Robert A. and Jean D. Benner Nursing Scholarship were established for the purpose of awarding scholarships to high school seniors or older individuals who are pursuing a career as a registered nurse.

The applicant must be a voting member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library has free activities scheduled all month long to celebrate National Library Month during April.

The library is sponsoring a book mark contest for kids from preschool through grade 6. If your child did not receive an entry form in school, stop by the library to pick one up. Winning entries in three age categories will be printed as bookmarks and distributed at the library for the next year. Winners will also receive prizes from the library. Book mark designs are due in the library by April 11. Winners will be announced April 13.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Pee Wee football coach Joe Gervalis raises two helmets in the air during last night's vigil. Gervalis said that both Christian and Damian were going to play on his football team this year. He added that Christian won the award for most valuable player last year. "He was a hard-working kid and all about effort. Both kids were good little guys who were very respectful," Gervalis said. "Damian was going to play on our Little League team this year."

"We'll remember her as a hero."

That is what Eric Becker of Shenandoah said during last night's community candlelight vigil to describe the selfless actions of friend Tiffany Matejick-Sanchez, 29, during the last few seconds of a row home fire that claimed her life and that of her son, Cristian Sanchez, 10; and nephews, Damien Lopez, 10, and 7-month-old Aziah Hernandez early Tuesday morning.