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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Spring has arrived, but you can't tell it by the weather. Trees along Route 902 in Mahoning Township are covered with snow Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sheila Haupt's children are enjoying the book swap. From left are, Saige, 5; Kaitlyn, 6; Phoenyx, 9; and Cayden, 3.

Paperbacks, hard covers and soft cover books were spread out across the gymnasium floor at the Lehighton Area Middle School on Friday and everyone - young and old were excited at the prospect of finding some great reading material at the 7th Annual Book Swap.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club member Duane Hawk, left, receives the President's Excellence Award for 2009-2010 from 14U PDG Robert Neumoyer.

Members of the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club welcomed two Lions dignitaries to their Feb. 21 meeting.

During the meeting, District 14U Past District Governor Robert Neumoyer presented Lion Duane Hawk with the Lions Club International President's Excellence Award for an outstanding 2009-2010 as club president. It was Hawk's second term as club president. He currently serves as the club's tail twister.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Mountain Karate Academy, Lehighton, took 16 trophies and five medals at the Coal Kickin Karate tournament that took place in Tamaqua on March 6. Winners were, from left, front row, Ivy Stauffer, Alexis Frey, Cody Meckes and Matt Stauffer Jr.; middle row, Devin Scott, Cheyenne Meckes, Alexis Scott, Gabrielle Stauffer and Samantha Gruber; and back row, Destiny Stauffer, Matt Stauffer, Sr., Master Paul Maglionico, Dave Scott and Angellica Stauffer. Also receiving medals were, Alexis Yenser-Good, Paige Noble and Levi Monk.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Tamaqua LEO Club and Lions Club members distributed complimentary daffodils and self-made foam crosses to residents at the St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale. Picture from back left are Tamaqua Lion and LEO Club advisor Fran Stahl, LEO Club Tim Lehman, president Erin Zeigler and vice president Jill Hoppes. Residents pictured from front left are Ed Shubeck, Anna Brunda, Anna Edmonds and Bill Schuetrumpf. The Tamaqua LEO Club does this every spring for the residents of the hospital.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

State Senator John Yudichak announced today that a $2,878 state grant was awarded to Lehighton Borough. The grant was awarded to boost recycling efforts and help the local economy.

"This is an economic and environmental plus for the community," Yudichak said. "Because of local recycling efforts, totaling 263.1 tons in 2008, this community will receive funds to help boost its recycling efforts."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mother nature surprised us again with snow last night into this morning. Pictured is mother nature covered with snow in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Chris Czapla has announced the middle school Students of the Month for February. The students honored include, from left, Claire Frank (8th), Lynn Kistler (7th), Tyler Skripko (8th), Cailyn Joseph (6th), Michael Houser (6th), and Teague Schmidt (7th).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS LASD Superintendent James Kraky presents the results from the anonymous informal survey that was conducted at the March 8meeting of the LASD Building Task Force Committee.

Following a lengthy meeting concerning the proposed future of the middle school and elementary school buildings last evening, the Lehighton Area School District Building Task Force Committee decided that it needs more time and information before making a formal recommendation to the school board. This was the fourth in a series of discussions by this committee.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

People woke up to find a fresh coat of snow Wednesday morning. Pictured is East Elm and Market Street in Tamaqua.