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Thursday, March 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

American Cancer Society long time volunteer Danny Farole, Nesquehoning, plays the guitar while American Cancer Society representative Maureen Donovan and ACS Telethon 25-year chairman Joe Krushinsky serve mixed drinks and cocktails to visitors Wednesday evening at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua. This was the last of the series of celebrity and guest bartenders held to raise donations for the Carbon Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Also donating their talents Wednesday were performers Cody Scott Sassaman, 20, from Tamaqua, and Jake MacLean, 21, from Oxford.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Seniors and disabled residents of Carbon County are encouraged to apply for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, as 2011 forms are now available in Rep. Doyle Heffley's (R-Carbon) district offices located in Lehighton, Albrightsville and Lansford.

Over the past four decades through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, the Commonwealth has distributed millions of dollars annually to qualified residents from money generated by the state's lottery and slots programs.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Maggie Sauerwine

Maggie Sauerwine, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, has been named the Woman's Club of Slatington's Girl of the Month for February.

She previously played soccer and was a member of the German Club and Art Crew. Currently, she is a member of the Library Club, Student Council, cross country team and serves on her church council.

She was the winner of the Women's Club painting competition and has earned JV soccer and cross country letters. She has been named to the high honor roll.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Attention 6th thru 11th grade boys and girls.

If you would like to learn how to make a difference in the life of a deployed soldier, please contact Project Hope today.

It is hosting its first annual Service Camp for our deployed troops, Friday, May 4 through Saturday, May 4 from 6 p.m.-6 p.m. on Stage Coach Road West, Palmerton.

You will be able to enjoy a crafting time with a local Stampin' Up rep, making homemade cards for our troops to send home to loved ones while they are deployed.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. FMI: (570) 668-1234.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Area High School mascot "Herc" makes his appearance at a morning assembly at Penn Kidder Elementary School for the celebration of BAMMM week.

The students at Penn Kidder Elementary School were all thrilled by visits this week from three area sports mascots as a part of their celebration of BAMMM week.

BAMMM stands for "Books are Magical, Magnificent, and Marvelous," a theme that was followed all week at the school.

The students were delighted by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' mascot "Tux," the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees baseball team's mascot "Champ," and Jim Thorpe Area High School's own mascot, "Herc."

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Fifth Annual Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held Sunday, April 15, at the Lehighton Area High School soccer fields. The event starts at 9 a.m. U-9 to U-18 teams will be playing. D.J. Larry will be spinning tunes and there refreshments offered by Jim Thorpe girls and boys soccer teams. Proceeds from a basket event will be donated to purchase a bench in Hunter's name at the Lehighton pool. Also Mountain Karate will be doing demonstrations during the tournament.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Feed the People provides a free, hot meal for any community member who wants one, regardless of residency. On Tuesday, March 6, Feed the People will be serving at The Heritage Center at 1 West Hazard St.t, Summit Hill from 10:30 to noon. This is a community cafe, with a welcoming atmosphere. Meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in your community. Volunteers are welcomed. For further information about other days and locations of service call Rita Trucios (570) 657-1480.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Tamaqua Family and Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., will be holding their kickoff this evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Events consist of a grand opening show featuring Kathy Rimm, The Fat Cats, Sterling Koch and a collective encore jam. There will also be an art exhibit on the first floor, with live musical entertainment on the second floor. Organizers state that donations are always appreciated.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tractor-trailer traffic on Palmerton's Delaware Avenue will be cut significantly by early fall following a new $250,000 access route project to be constructed by the Zinc Corporation of America. ZCI announced that it will begin construction of a new truck entrance to the East Plant facility. An estimated 123 trucks per day enter the ZCA East Plant via Delaware Avenue and the new plant entrance will essentially remove nearly all heavy truck traffic from Palmerton's main street.