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Monday, April 18, 2011

The most populated race in years for Carbon County Commissioner is occurring for the May 17 Primary Election.

There are a total of nine candidates.

Tonight at Penn's Peak, all nine candidates will be together in a public forum to both introduce themselves and present their platforms.

"Tax Day/Candidates Night" is being hosted by the Lehighton 9/12 Project. The event starts at 7 p.m., but doors to Penn's Peak open at 5:30 p.m. Before the 7 o'clock program, the candidates will be seated at tables to introduce themselves to individuals attending.

Monday, April 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dominic Palumbo, Matthew Eckhart, Tyler Dietz, Kaitlin Higgins, Lyssa Pantella, and Ryan Moerder.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Sixth Sense competition, started 22 years ago, was held last week at the Panther Valley Middle School. Eight schools competed, pitting seven person teams of sixth graders against each other in the question and answer competition.

Pleasant Valley captured this year's title with Jim Thorpe placing second and host Panther Valley finishing third. Pictured are the eight teams that competed.

Monday, April 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Maggie Halloway, Kayley Kovac, Derek Scott, Ben Saxon, Takumi Hawes, and Carolyn Faria

Monday, April 18, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Officials gathered recently to present Bowmanstown Borough an $8,374 ARC grant to purchase a new dissolved oxygen system to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the borough's sewage treatment plant. The system only uses half the demand charge that is currently being billed, which provides an energy savings by adding the appropriate dissolved oxygen into the system, which means less energy to pump or waste. The system can be further upgraded to a laptop computer, which can track and do trend analysis of usage in the borough.

Monday, April 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Asa Blynn, Nathan Goodhile, Lauren Fegley, Garrett Perschy, Joey Suto, and Jake Tayler.

Monday, April 18, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Maryann Serafini, left, and Julie V. Foley, Penn State Extension - Carbon County Master Gardener volunteers, are getting ready to answer questions during a new helpline called "Greenline." Anyone with a question about plants, gardening and more can call the Greenline every Tuesday, beginning tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to noon. To reach the Greenline, call (570) 325-2788.

Beginning Tuesday, Carbon County gardeners, farmers or anyone who has a question about anything plants can call a helpline, operated by the Penn State Extension - Carbon County Master Gardener Program.

Members of the group will be on-hand from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, on the "Greenline," a telephone helpline that provides answer to questions about gardening, pests and pesticides, plant disease and more.

Maryann Serafini, Master Gardener volunteer, explained the group decided to create the Greenline because there was a need for it in Carbon County.

Saturday, April 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pausing for a crowning 12 a.m. photo, are a number of committee volunteers, telethon performers and hosts of the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society's 32-Annual Telethon held last weekend. Pictured from left are George Taylor, Angela Nardini, Kim Bell, Danny Farole, Lori Kane, Joe Krushinsky, Lisa Hiles, Ann Marie Calabrese, Kathy Dombrosky, Bud Wychulis and Maureen Donovan.

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news A Tamaqua firefighter hoses down the garbage fire at the rear of an apartment Friday.

Firefighters in Tamaqua were called to an apartment fire at the rear of 12 West Broad Street, Cottage Avenue, in Tamaqua Friday.

When they arrived, a pile of garbage and wood was burning on the emergency escape ladder outside the apartment window. After investigating, the cause was determined to be started after a 13-year old girl threw a cigarette out an apartment window onto a pile of trash.

Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Sr and Tamaqua Code Enforcement Officer Jim Barron cited multiple safety and fire code violations.

Saturday, April 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWSGino Ciccioni of Hometown (center) is taken into custody by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig and Wysanchansky following a Friday morning incident at Boyer's Food Market on cedar Street.

"Everybody Down! Hit the floor!"

Those were not the words customers at Tamaqua's Boyer's Food Market expected to hear Friday morning, but that was was what Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson shouted in his pursuit of an armed suspect.

Customers and staff immediately complied. Mattson said the suspect "was seconds away from being shot by police" before he finally tossed his weapon to the floor. What began as an argument in the store parking lot almost turned into a deadly force situation, all because of a BB gun.