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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS These dart shooters qualified to compete in the 1st Annual Willie Clarke Invitational Dart Tournament, which was held at Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse on Hazard Square in downtown Jim Thorpe.

A large turnout for a dart tournament was present at Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse on Hazard Square in downtown Jim Thorpe recently, not only for the competition but also to honor the memory of one of their own.

They were all present for the 1st Annual Willie Clarke Invitational Dart Tournament with 16 shooters competing and with many more spectators present.

Clarke had earned the nickname "The Wicked Chicken," which had its origin in Ireland many years ago over a chicken that he won playing darts.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ten area residents were among 67 who were arraigned Tuesday morning before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon at the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Timothy John Postupack, 33, of 31 Vulcan Road, Barnesville, charged by Saint Clair Patrolman Frank J. DiMarco, with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment of Shannon Ashfield, last Dec. 8.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Five people reportedly were displaced from their Summit Hill residence during an electrical fire yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred at 337 Carbon Avenue.

The fire department was called because smoke was seen coming from a receptacle.

Janice Osborne, media director for the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley, said her organization assisted the family.

She said the Red Cross was called at 8:57 p.m. to assist a family of three adults and two children displaced from their home by the fire.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School senior Adam Parham, as the Regional winner of the Poetry Outloud competition, prepares for the statewide competition to be held March 26.

Adam Parham just won first place in the Poetry Outloud regional competition. The Pleasant Valley High School senior is excited to move on to the state competition to be held March 26 at the Governor's mansion in Harrisburg.

"It felt really good when I realized I had won," he says, but admits it kind of stinks that not everyone can win because he got to know the other contestants.

"There were really tough performances," he says.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Charles W. Stopp

Steckel and Stopp Senior Partner Charles W. Stopp, Esquire, recently was a guest lecturer at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Land Surveyors' Continuing Education Convention in Hershey.

Stopp discussed easements during the annual convention, which was held Jan. 22-25. The purpose of the educational component of the convention was to provide opportunities for professional land surveyors to meet continuing education standards and criteria.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO The home at 562 W. Franklin St., Slatington, was one of five damaged by fire last March 30.

A Slatington couple who lost their home to a fire last spring has sued an 84-year-old legally-blind woman they say was responsible for the incident.

David and Janice Altrichter filed the lawsuit against Anna Weninger and her daughter Joanne Bailey in Lehigh County Court this month. The lawsuit says Weninger improperly discarded the cigarette that caused the fire.

The three-alarm blaze occurred around noon on March 30 on the porch of a home at 562 W. Franklin St. The home is owned by Bailey, and Weninger lived there, reportedly.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Today is "Doughnut Day," also known as "Fat Tuesday," "Fauschnaut Day," or "Shrove Tuesday," when millions of people celebrate by enjoying fatty foods and sweets before the Lenten season of fasting begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. Even here at the TIMES NEWS, the employees are enjoying doughnuts. Lucinda Anthony, left, offers Nicole Albert a glazed doughnut in honor of this annual celebration.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Remember Saturday mornings when the television lineup included a young man named Dick Clark hosting a Philadelphia show named "American Bandstand"?

This Saturday evening the Summit Hill Heritage Center will return you to a performance reminiscent of those early days of television when it presents "DanceStand USA," featuring The Main Street Cruisers with a special appearance by Elvis, featuring tribute artist Johnny M and hosted by local celebrity Popular Oldies DJ Mike Mitman at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Residents living in and around the Palmerton community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.

The Palmerton Community Ambulance, located at 501 Delaware Avenue, will host Life Line Screening on March 9.

Packages start at 149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

- Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.

- 80% of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.

- Preventive ultrasound screenings can help individuals avoid a stroke.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Harry Wynn III, center, was recognized with a plaque and a citation by the American Legion Post 314, Lehighton, for his years of dedicated service. From left are, Richard Fink, adjutant and secretary; Wynn; and Floyd Brown, commander.

American Legion Post 314, Lehighton, honored one of its own Monday night during a regular Legion meeting.

Floyd Brown, commander, surprised Harry Wynn III with a plaque honoring Wynn for his many years of dedicated service to American Legion Post 314 and all other areas of the American Legion.

Brown also presented to Wynn a Legion Citation. The Citation gave sincere appreciation of outstanding service and assistance which contributed to the advancement of the American Legion programs and also recognized his active dedication to God and Country.