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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A former Summit Hill man, Thomas John T. J. Leonzi, was killed early today in a plane crash at the Greater Cincinnati International Airport. According to Judy Ingram, a spokeswoman at the airport, Leonzi was the pilot of a Beach B-18 twin-engine aircraft that crashed at 6:20 a.m. about 1,000 feet off the south end of the airport's runway. Ingram said the crash was a result of the left engine stalling in midair. He was the only person on board the aircraft.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Edward Kleha of Shenandoah stepped down Sunday as chairman of the Schuylkill County Democratic Party, weeks before the Primary Election to be held May 17. The announcement was made at the party's convention held in Ashland.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Evelyn Ahner performs a gymnastic routine.

Singing, dancing, tumbling and comedy - the 2011 Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School Talent Show had it all.

The event showcased the school student's amateur talents on Friday at the Lehighton Annex building.

Showing their dance and lip sync talent were Abby Rakos and Nola Barilla who portrayed the Blues Brothers.

Cecelia Sarnowski did a solo dance routine, as did Amara Smith. Performing a dance duet were Jasmine Mooney and Annie Nelson and also Toni Galasso and Kennedy Malsch performed a dance duo. A dance trio was performed by Tatiana, Antigone and Guadalupe Gonzalez.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nesquehoning police have released the name of a man critically injured in a one-vehicle accident that occurred in the borough on Sunday. Photos of the accident were published on page 3 of Monday's TIMES NEWS.

According to Officer Timothy Wuttke, the driver of the 1999 Infinity QRX was Jarred Klager of Lehighton.

He noted that Klager took the vehicle, which was not his, from a friend's house. He then was traveling north along SR209 between Lansford and Nesquehoning at 8 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thanks to assistive vision equipment from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind, Rose Shurmanek is again able to play her beloved bingo games and win prizes.

The 71-year-old West Pittston resident, who has low vision, is just one of nearly 300 local residents assisted in the past year by the Association thanks to a $10,000 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will host its first Carbon Chamber Mixer for 2011 at Riverwalck Saloon, 8 Centre St., Parryville from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Those attending are reminded to bring business cards. Riverwalck will be offering complimentary hors d'oeuvres in addition to providing space for a meeting and some fun.

The chamber welcomes members of the Carbon Builders Association and the Carbon Realtors Association to the event.

RSVP to Heather McClure at mail@carboncountychamber.org or call (610) 379-5000.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
William Taylor Reil

A Pa. Constitution Workshop, sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

Sandy Dellicker, coordinator, said the event is free but donations are welcome to cover the cost of the speaker.

The speaker and instructor for the workshop will be conducted by William Taylor Reil.

Reil, a graduate of VPI&SU in Blacksburg, Virginia after serving for eight years in the United States Air Force, is a 68 year old retired Electrical Engineer and Data Communications Systems Sales and Marketing Manager.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PennDOT is encouraging Pennsylvanians to help beautify the state through the Great American Cleanup of PA, which runs through May 31, acting PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, P.E., said today.

"Pennsylvania is very fortunate to have thousands of volunteers who turn out every year to clean up our communities and roadsides," Schoch said. "These dedicated individuals help keep Pennsylvania beautiful and save taxpayers' money with their efforts to clean up after careless people who litter."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will hold the first of two "Meet the Candidates Nights" for the May 17 Municipal Primary Election at their monthly meeting tonight at 7 p.m., at Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. At this meeting the featured guest speakers will be primary candidates who are registered Democrats for the offices of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Judge and Palmerton Borough Council.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Abby Fiorilla, 10, uses a pig's snout and sponge to paint a cardboard DARE wall during one of the DARE challenges.

Hundreds of fifth-grade students from Tamaqua area schools took part in the 19th annual DARE Challenge recently in the Tamaqua Elementary School gymnasium.

Students were grouped according to classroom teacher and competed against each other during various physical and mental challenges developed to show them that they don't need drugs to have fun. Coaching and cheering the students on were West Penn Township Police Officer Jason Lorah and Officers Dwayne Hacker and Michael Hobbs of the Tamaqua police.