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Thursday, March 24, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Chocolate-a rich, creamy flavor that can send you over the moon. Just smelling it can add pounds to our figures. But these happy ladies gladly risked it when they attended the Chocolate Festival at the Cornerstone Community Baptist Church where they had the opportunity to taste a variety of chocolate delights, all homemade by the Women's Ministry of the church. They are, left to right: Diana Seidof, Theresa WagenBrenner, Paula Kocher, Nancy Miller, Gina Miller, June Clark and Evelyn Seidof.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Bob Eriksen of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation is presenting a "Wild Turkeys 101" program today from 10 a.m. to noon at the Trexler Environmental Center in the Trexler Nature Preserve.

Ben Franklin so admired the wild turkey that he wrote about making it the national bird of the fledgling United States.

No, the wild turkey is not the familiar Thanksgiving turkey. It is, as Franklin called it, "a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farmyard with a red coat on."

Thursday, March 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce secretary Maureen Donovan, left, and Schuylkill County Register of Wills and Bicentennial Committee chairman Mike McCord speak during the Tamaqua Chamber's breakfast mixer held Wednesday morning at the ABC Hi-Rise in Tamaqua.

A presentation about the Schuylkill County Bicentennial celebration and courthouse was provided to members, guests and friends of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce during the Chamber's breakfast mixer held Wednesday morning in the community room of the ABC Hi-Rise in Tamaqua.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

This beautiful display (made by the Cornerstone Community Baptist Church's Women's Ministry) of delicious and beautifully decorated Chocolate Supreme Cupcakes with butter creme icing (made by Sweetest Cakes by Gina) was the focal point of the Chocolate Festival held at the church.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mother Nature is such a tease.

Folks in our area awoke last Friday to sunny skies and balmy temperatures. People doffed winter coats and heavy socks for T-shirts and sandals as they left the house opening windows as they went to see the tender green shoots of daffodils and crocuses and take a look-see at the lawn mower.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Seven bids for general construction work for a prerelease prison center, proposed to be constructed adjoining the current state prison in Ryan Township, were opened at the work session of the Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville. All but one were under the target cost set for the project.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) is holding a clothing drive, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday March 26 at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton (across the entrance to Mahoning Valley Drive In). They are seeking donations of wearable used clothing (mens, womens, children all sizes), shoes, belts and handbags, backpacks, baby accessories; Lines such as bedding, towels, curtains, rugs, quilts, comforters. Also can take stuffed animals and hard toys that can fit into a 24 inch by 24 inch box. All items should be brought in standard size garbage bags.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Volunteers are being sought to become members of a proposed Marcellus Shale Task Force the Schuylkill County commissioners are planning to form.

Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier asked business people, educators, trades people or any one concerned about the future of the county, to send in their name to become a member of the task force.

The duties of the task force will be to form guidelines in case in the near future an exploration will reveal that pockets of gas exist and can be extricated for commercial use.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Louis "Chip" Alexander

For the first time in several years there is a new face on the Summit Hill Water Authority as Summit Hill resident Louis "Chip" Alexander took his seat on the board after having been appointed earlier in the week by the borough council.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Brian Oram, director of the Center for Environmental Quality, demonstrates how plugs are removed from plastic rain barrels at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center on Lentz Trail in Summit Hill. The center held a rain barrel workshop on Wednesday.

Folks in our area woke one recent morning to the sound of rain pattering on the roof. Unlike the days-long deluge that drenched the region earlier this month, the rainfall was gentle and not expected to last long.

At most homes, the water runs off the roof and through rainspouts that empty out onto lawns.

Enough rain, and that running water will carve out deep ruts in those lawns.

There is a solution, and it's an easy one that was a common feature at most homes a few generations back: Rain barrels.