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Monday, February 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Frank Tongue, Tamaqua Salvation Army volunteer, left, and Micah Gursky, Executive Director, Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, load a truck with chairs and tables from the Tamaqua Salvation Army Community Center to be used temporarily at the new Tamaqua Arts and Community Center on Pine Street during yesterday's community input meeting. Gursky and Major Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army, state the importance for all area organizations, clubs and groups to come together to help each other.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Community center volunteers Kathy Rimm and Jack Kulp perform for visitors prior to the community meeting.

More than 50 local residents showed up Sunday afternoon at the new Tamaqua Arts and Community Center to express their ideas and opnions concerning the use and future of the center. Located at the former Salem Evangelical Church, 125 Pine St., the center was purchased from the church by the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, TACP, in November for $32,000. Other buildings are also on the property and are currently vacant.

Volunteers pointed out that they hope those properties will offer opportunity for rental income to offset operating costs of the center.

Monday, February 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Gabe Bumberger, 16, dances with two girls, Sam White, 15, center, and Samantha Fidler, 14.

The Tamaqua Area Student Government Association (TASGA), with support of Tamaqua Leadership Council, National Honor Society, World Language Club and other clubs held their first annual 10-hour dance marathon on Saturday called Tamaqua Dance Marathon 2012 in the gymnasium of the Tamaqua Area High School.

Proceeds from the event went to "Camp Can Do," a camp for pediatric cancer patients.

The theme of the event was "Kids Helping Kids." In addition to dancing, body painting, and a moonbound, visitors got to enjoy a large variety of homemade foods, snacks and refreshments.

Monday, February 13, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lion Shirley Gross, left, received a plaque recognizing her as a Melvin Jones Fellow from District Governor Dudley at the 14U cabinet meeting. Gross was so honored by her own club, the Lehighton Franklin Township Lions.

Eighty Lions, Lioness and guests met at Lake Naomi, Pocono Pines, Monroe County, to conduct the quarterly business meeting for the District 14U Lions, encompassing clubs in Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill counties. In addition to the many regular reports, three special recognitions were given out and two special motions were presented and approved.

The motions allowed the combining of the Stroud Township Lions with the Stroudsburg Lions Club, continuing under the Stroudsburg Lions Club name.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The number of civil proceedings that were started in Carbon County in 2011 decreased by slightly more than 13 percent from the 2010 totals, according to an annual statistical report released by Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens of Penn Forest Township.

The office serves as the headquarters for the filing of civil legal documents in the Court of Common Pleas, 56th Judicial District.

Behrens' report shows there were 3,854 new cases started last year, which is a decrease of 578 cases over the total of 4,432 that were initiated in the preceding 12 months.

Monday, February 13, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

On June 1, 2008, the Rev. Monsignor Lawrence J. Bukaty sadly broke the news to parishioners of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Lansford, that the church, founded more than a century before to serve the largely Polish congregation, would be closed, and its flock folded into the new St. Katharine Drexel, a stone's throw away.

Monday, February 13, 2012

BETHLEHEM –Governor Tom Corbett discussed his 2012-13 budget proposal during a visit to Lehigh Valley Plastics Friday, where he cited the Northampton County employer as an example of the kind of innovation and resiliency state government must support in order to bring real job growth to the region.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 18. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. There will be songs, Bible lessons, games and snacks. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Carbon County Chamber will hold a February Chamber Mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, 323 Country Club Road, Lehighton.

The event is being hosted by Lisa Marie Halecky of Heritage Hill Senior Community. Members are encouraged to bring a guest. Register by contacting Heather McClure at mail@carboncountychamber.org or call 610-379-5000. Members are encouraged to bring a friend.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Safe Haven Pet Rescue will have a volunteer meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21,at Cherry's Restaurant, Route 209 near Route 534, Kresgeville. Animal lovers are welcome to come and meet the volunteers and have a bite to eat.