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Saturday, April 9, 2011
 Nathaniel Betz, Walnutport - "Looking forward to just being outside more, like riding bike and playing sports."
Saturday, April 9, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Assistant Fire Chief Bob Stempa of Nesquehoning, left; Carbon County Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Nalesnik, center, and Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck discuss volatile situation yesterday at the Ametek Plant in Nesquehoning when a chemical leak occurred.

A chemical that leaked from a truck at the Ametek Plant in Nesquehoning caused some anxious moments on Friday, with officials worried that a major explosion might occur.

The situation was resolved without any fire or explosion, but two individuals were hospitalized with reactions from the chemical.

The leak prompted a response from several fire departments, as well as officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection.

Saturday, April 9, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Air Your Opinion host Mark Marek makes a point during his last Air Your Opinion show on April 2.

Air Your Opinion – "The No Bullpucky Zone" – drew WLSH listeners in for decades with lively debates about everything from school board politics to bleenie recipes. But when Mark Marek, its host of seven years, decided to move on, the show's future was, well, up in the air.

Marek has become Director of Marketing with the Weissport-based Educare. His last Air Your Opinion show was April 2; he started his new job on Monday.

Saturday, April 9, 2011
BRANDON TAYLOR/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A traffic circle area near Brandon Taylor's apartment on a clear day …

I knew I was back in Beijing, after a few weeks of much needed vacationing at home, not by the number of Chinese people around me or the Chinese characters on every sign but by the thick cloud of smog hovering in the air.

"Welcome back Brandon," I thought to myself. The depressing haze made me want to jump on the first plane bound State-side for another few weeks of vacation and blue skies.

Saturday, April 9, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

St. Joseph's Regional Academy students and the D.A.R.E. instructors of the Jim Thorpe School District recognized two of the D.A.R.E. program's sponsors following the annual D.A.R.E. graduation on Wednesday. Jeff Leslie, owner of Leztek Computers, second from left; and Shawn Kresge, president of Kresge Electric, center; and Becky Zerfuss, office manager of Kresge Electric, second from right, accepted the certificates proudly.

Saturday, April 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  State Rep. Doyle Heffley reads to children Friday during story hour at the Palmerton Area Library.

For a change, State Rep. Doyle Heffley was able to wear a different hat, albeit not a "Cat in the Hat".

Instead, the local legislator read another favorite book authored by iconic children's book writer Dr. Seuss as part of story hour Friday at the Palmerton Area Library.

Before he read, Heffley told the pupils who came from Watch Me Grow Day Care, West End Day Care, as well as those accompanied by family, why it's important to read.

"It's a lot of fun to read," Heffley said. "That's something I do every day."

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A free community dinner will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., on April 16, at Grace St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 40 Church Road, Jim Thorpe (next to the butterfly sanctuary). The dinner is open to the public, no reservations are needed.

For more information, call (570) 325-9151.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Applications are now available for season passes to the H.D. Buehler Memorial (Bungalow) Pool in Tamaqua. Opening day will be June 4, at 11:30 a.m. No season or daily passes will be available that day.

Steeply discounted rates for Tamaqua Area School District residents are made available through the generosity of the John E. Morgan Foundation. Rates will remain the same as last year.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District ratified a four-year contract with the Tamaqua Education Association on Thursday, helping to gap a $2.3 million budget shortfall while holding the line on taxes.

But additional measures will need to be taken, according to a school district spokesman, who praised the TEA for their spirit of cooperation.

Negotiations between both parties helped to avert what could have been a lay-off of 15 employees, or 10-percent of the workforce.

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Julian

Air Force Airman Joseph J. Julian Jr. graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Julian Jr. earned distinction as an honor graduate and finished in the top 10 percent of his class.