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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Jerry Knowles

Jerry Knowles' career in public service will be acknowledged publicly and with appreciation when the Panther Valley Irish-American Association holds its 64th Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Thursday, March 17.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

The recent snowfall resulted in the creation of these snowmen that reside in the 400 block of Columbia Avenue in Palmerton.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rachel DeMicco was looking for a family fun activity for her active three year old son Julius. She discovered Music Together, and when no classes were available locally, she decided to become certified and start a program.

Music Together, the music and movement program for young families, is coming to Carbon County. It will be taught by Rachel DeMicco of Palmerton, and held at Dance with Kim in Lehighton.

Music Together, a program to teach music and movement to youngsters from birth through five years old, has been introducing families to music since 1987, and is musically bonding families in 2,000 communities in 25 countries.

"All children are musical," DeMicco explained. "Music is an inherent skill, such as learning to walk or talk."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Meghan Blose of Lansford, who has been donating blood for the past six years, donates during a bloodmobile held at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, in memory of Carbon County detective and state policeman Joseph Pampanin. Looking on in background are, from left, John Karnish, bloodmobile coordinator for the parish, and Pampanin's daughters, Ann Paton and Helen McCarroll.

It was an event the late Joe Pampanin would have loved, because he had participated in so many similar ones.

On Presidents Day, the late Carbon County detective and retired state policeman was remembered at a Miller Keystone Blood Center bloodmobile held in Lansford, where the number of donors exceeded expectations "definitely because of him (Pampanin)," said coordinator John Karnish of Lansford.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/TIMES NEWS

Eigth-grader Steven Sparrow was honored as the January Student of the Month from the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District by the Penn-Kidder Lions Club. Shown with Steven are his family, parents Kim and Steve Sparrow and his sister Stephanie. Lion Linda Barndt, front, right, presented Sparrow with a certificate from the club as well as a $20 bill recognizing his honor.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The staff of St. Luke's Urgent Care Center – Jim Thorpe will offer health screenings on Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. until noon.

Local residents are invited to stop in and have their cholesterol and blood pressure checked free of charge. Jennifer Gross, MA, RD, LDN, will present on dietary topics and offer a topic-related question and answer session.

St. Luke's Urgent Care Center – Jim Thorpe is located at 1104 North Street (Route 903), Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The driver of a tractor trailer rig that crashed along Interstate 80 in Monroe County Sunday, which left the rig hanging off the median and causing a major traffic jam, has been charged, state police at Swiftwater said.

Troopers said Anthony McBean, 28, of Troy, N.Y., was charged but troopers did not state what he was charged with.

McBean was operating the rig in the right lane eastbound when he started to slow down due to slowing traffic ahead of him.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Treasure Hunters Roadshow, based in Springfield, IL is bringing its five-day roadshow to the Hampton Inn, Interchange Road, Route 209, Lehighton. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, to Saturday, Feb. 26; and Sunday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"What we've really seen a ton of is gold and silver," said Matthew Enright, the Roadshow's vice president of media relations. "As the dollar gets weaker, gold and silver go up in value. The gold market is through the roof." he continued.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Anyone from St. Francis of Assisi Church who likes to sing is invited to choir practice on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. in the church in Nesquehoning.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Four area residents were among 42 who were qualified by District Attorney James P. Goodman to be admitted into Accelerated Rehabiliative Disposition (ARD) probation program.

The program is for first offenders who were charged with non violent criminal acts. They were admitted by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine at a hearing held in Schuylkill County court recently.

If they successfully complete all conditions of their program their record will be wiped clean. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.