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Saturday, April 26, 2014

For three months, Laura Noon lived in a space not much bigger than a kitchen table, which had concrete walls and mosquito netting for a roof and door.

Her address? The Republic of Rwanda, Africa, where she'd gone to provide trauma counseling services to survivors of the country's mass genocide.

"There was a generation who had seen terrible things, and generations who had heard about it," Noon said. "Everyone there had been traumatized in some way."

Noon herself was traumatized, and challenged by her living conditions and her feeling of isolation.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Will a new elementary center receive a stamp of approval from Lehighton Area School District?

That decision is expected to be made when the school board meets at7 p.m. Monday, according to a motion listed on the meeting agenda.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nesquehoning is looking for a few good volunteers.

During the borough council meeting this week, council said a number of committees need volunteers.

Junior recreation committee

Nesquehoning Mayor Sam Kitchko said that the junior recreation committee is looking for students interested in helping the borough.

Any middle or high school student interested in joining the committee should call the borough office at 570-669-9588 and leave their name and number.

The next meeting of the group will be at the regular recreation committee meeting on June 2.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Mindy Graver, chairwoman of Carbon County Safe Kids, center, accepts the proclamation from Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, second from left. With them are, from left, Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard; Bill Richards and Mark Davis of state Sen. John Yudichak's office; and Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Carbon County Safe Kids has helped many families learn about being safe over the years.

To recognize this, the Carbon County commissioners on Thursday presented Mindy Graver, chairwoman of Carbon County Safe Kids, as well as Bill Richards and Mark Davis of state Sen. John Yudichak's office, with a proclamation naming May 3 as Safe Kids Day in the county.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS Sha Na Na will be playing in concert this evening at Penn's Peak, with show time at 8 o'clock.

There's probably no cover band which got the notoriety that Sha Na Na has achieved.

The band played in the movie "Grease," which was a box office hit and starred Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.

Sha Na Na also played at Woodstock.

They had a weekly network TV show.

Tonight, the group makes a return visit to Penn's Peak for a concert beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 at the door.

The performance is a stop in Sha Na Na's 45th anniversary tour.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Hazleton man had four preliminary hearings, all related to retail theft, scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua.

James David Jr., 22, of 736 E. Third St., was charged by Rush Township Police in connection with incidents on Feb. 13, Jan. 23, Jan. 16 and Nov. 1, 2013. All four cases were dismissed.

Other cases scheduled to be heard by Judge Bayer last week included:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Brinda Penyak, deputy director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, addresses the audience during the fifth annual Legislative Breakfast, held in Carbon County on Friday.

Drug abuse, prison overcrowding and funding cuts are three major problems in Carbon County.

During the fifth annual Legislative Breakfast, held at Whispering Pines, Penn Forest Township Fire Company No. 1, Jim Thorpe, dozens of area agencies and organizations, as well as school, hospital, state and county officials gathered to talk about hot topic issues in today's society and how they affect the county.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Trying to build a minimart in Lehighton is turning into a macro-project for the builder.

Joseph Moffit, representing Atlantic Oil and Heating Company, blames the delays on borough officials. He claims approval is needed from too many agencies which do not work together.

Lehighton officials claim Moffit has addressed all the concerns which have arisen regarding the project. The officials said Moffit has to comply with borough regulations.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Standing in front of Vietnam Memorial at Lehighton American Legion Post, where a fifth name will soon be added, are, from left: Dale Nansteel Jr., president of the Vietnam War Last Man's Club; Irene Fritzinger, the widow of Merlin Hollenbach, who died in Vietnam; Manny Muniz, secretary-treasurer of the Last Man's Club; and Floyd Brown, commander of the Lehighton Legion. The name of Hollenbach, who was from Andreas, will be added to the memorial.

Floyd Brown didn't know Merlin Hollenbach before Vietnam.

Brown grew up in Lehighton. Hollenbach lived in Andreas but worked in Lehighton as a mechanic at Scotty's Fashions.

Brown was in Vietnam for some time before Hollenbach arrived. They eventually ended up in the same Army infantry division and became friends.

Brown came home safely. Hollenbach didn't.

On a Friday morning, Dec. 22, 1967, only three days before Christmas, their unit began moving out for patrols in Binh Duong, South Vietnam.

Brown remembers it well, even the exact time. It was 7:03 a.m.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Linda Wechsler of New Ringgold shared this photo of her 11-year-old Papillon named Hanna. She is enjoying a beautiful spring day out back in the yard, playing among the first spring flowers. This space is dedicated to reader photos. Share your photos by uploading them on the tnonline.com home page. Scroll down to the photo gallery section and click on "submit a photo."