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Thursday, March 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at Peters Elementary are pupils, from front, Phoenix Hird, Noah Catts, Natalie Moffitt and Wesley Ruhe; and back, Richard Sosoka, Karen Bandzi, Sandy Hopkins, Rep. Julie Harhart, and Assistant Principal Paul Leonzi. The pupils were treated to an assembly about the Pledge of Allegiance, courtesy of the ladies auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 in Walnutport, which worked along with the American Legion Post 16 of Slatington.

Kindergarten students at Peters Elementary School recently learned a very valuable lesson: How to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The exercise was part of an assembly held in the school gymnasium conducted by Karen Bandzi, president of the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 in Walnutport, which worked along with the American Legion Post 16 of Slatington.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Limited tickets for Northwestern Lehigh High School Spring Musical, "Footloose" are still available for Thursday night and Sunday afternoon.

Friday night and Saturday night are sold out.

Those interested in seeing the show on Thursday or Sunday should consider purchasing their tickets as soon as possible.

For more information on show times and tickets, visit http://www.nwlehighsd.org/student_life.cfm?subpage=1825871.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lehigh Valley Dairy is voluntarily recalling orange juice involving Lehigh Valley brand half pints, half gallons and gallons; Swiss Premium brand half gallons and gallons; and Price Chopper brand gallons because these products may contain milk, an undeclared allergen.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the second marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Third Grade: Reilly Burke, Logan Connelly, Reiley Dorward, Montanna Costenbader , Reiley Dorward, Julia Finley, Kira Hauser, Jason Jacoby, Elizabeth Levering, Hugo Marin, Elizabeth Melber, , Elizabeth Morgan, Connor Reinhard, Taylor Richard, Alysa Roe, Gina Vartholomeous.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Peggy Zimmerman will be honored with the national American Cancer Society's Chairman Award for 50 years of volunteer service to the cancer society during the annual kick-off dinner for the Carbon-Tamaqua Telethon on March 30.

Tamaqua area resident Peggy Zimmerman will be honored with the national American Cancer Society's Chairman Award for 50 years of volunteer service to the cancer society during the annual kick-off dinner for the Carbon-Tamaqua Telethon March 30.

Zimmerman has worked with four local ACS unit directors: B.B. Hobin, Milladine McFadden, Arlene Dombrosky and Pat Haughton. She began her ACS volunteer career back in the 1960s with door-to-door fundraising.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Longtime Tamaqua borough employees, from left, Karen Davidson, David "Chip" Christ and Donna White have submitted letters of retirement to the Borough of Tamaqua. Not pictured is John "Jack" Steele, who also submitted a letter of retirement. The retirements are expected to happen before the end of 2014.

The Borough of Tamaqua will be losing some very familiar faces and a lot of experience before the year is over.

Four longtime employees submitted letters of retirement at Tuesday night's borough council meeting, several of them pending the approval of an early retirement benefit ordinance, which passed unanimously.

John "Jack" Steele, Karen Davidson, Donna White and David "Chip" Christ all submitted letters of intent to retire before the end of 2014.

Some of the retirements could take place within the next few weeks.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS

A Hazleton man was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoonfor treatment of a diabetic condition after the truck he was driving struck a snow bank and got stuck in the area near the Boathouse Saloon on Canal Street in Franklin Township. The man, who was not identified at the scene, was driving a PPL Utilities truck in the area between 221 and 285 Canal Road when his truck was stuck on a two-foot high mound of icy snow pack. The side passenger windows were both broken by a 25-mile speed sign and the rear drivers side tire was blown. The incident happened shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kristin Bruss of Neola receives the blessing and the administering of ashes upon her forehead from the Rev. E. Ann Melot, pastor of Zion United Lutheran Church in its first Ashes to Go.

Some Christians are taking advantage of the busy and drive-thru world we live in today.

Zion United Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville offered Ashes to Go for people in their cars today from 8 to 9 a.m. on this first day of Lent.

Each driver and passengers received the mark of the cross in ashes and a blessing: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Zion will offer Ashes to Go again from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This evening a regular service will be held at 7:30. It is open to anyone.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Some Wilkes-Barre taxpayers say they are tired of waiting for local prosecutors to determine whether a crime occurred when thousands of gallons of gasoline was pumped from the city's public works yard without proper documentation some of it used by the mayor.

One local activist wants Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to look into the fuel issue, worried that Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has intentionally extended her investigation or has been compromised by a potential conflict of interest within her office.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Amanda Salovay, principal of St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe, recently announced the second quarter honor roll.

Distinguished

honors

Grade 4: Ashlyn Klitsch, Lauren Reaman, David Richards and Elizabeth Snerr

Grade 5: John Malarkey, Julian Rickert, Sophia Samoleski and Isabella Stianche

Grade 6: Emily Reaman

Grade 7: Natalia Richards and Sydney Vincent

Grade 8: Regan Carroll

First honors

Grade 5: Owen Brady, Jessica Craft, Mason Fristick and Madison Moore

Grade 7: Hunter Fristick

Second honors