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Saturday, May 19, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Dr. David Russo of Blue Mountain Health System believes early education is the best weapon against obesity and addictions to cigarettes and alcohol.

Losing weight, quitting smoking and tackling alcohol abuse are tough to do, says Dr. David Russo, who works at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton Hospital.

Those battles can be close to insurmountable, so it's crucial to educate children away from overeating and unhealthy eating, smoking and drinking. More education, he believes, just may help people avoid getting fat or becoming hooked on nicotine or alcohol.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
The main stretch leading up to the Taj Mahal is lined with an array of neatly trimmed shrubs and beautiful fountains that magnify the structure's splendor. As one of the first batch of tourists, my first few photos were void of other camera totting, silly hat wearing visitors. For more photos visit www.btay200.wordpress.com.

(This is the second in a series of columns on Brandon Taylor's recent trip to India.)

By BRANDON TAYLOR

tneditor@tnonline.com

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan must have really loved his third wife. If it's not obvious from the jewels dangling from the woman's body in almost every portrait of her, then maybe it's the fact that he built the world's finest and best known mausoleum for her: the Taj Mahal.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thirteen defendants facing criminal charges entered guilty pleas on Thursday morning in Carbon County court before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Children in car

Rose Miller, 30, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI) and endangering the welfare of a child.

She was arrested on Dec. 12, 2011, after being involved in an accident along Mahoning Mountain Road, in Mahoning Township.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton area students were recognized for winning first place in their age category in the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314, Lehighton, Americanism essay contest. Winners were presented a $25 cash prize by Sue Anthony, Shoemaker-Haydt Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 Americanism chairman. From left are, Anthony, Galilea Villagomez, fifth and sixth grade category winner; Geoff Ebbert, 11th and 12th grade category winner; Colbe Zerbe, seventh and eighth grade category winner; and Gladys Balliet, unit president.

Lehighton area students were recognized for winning first place in their age categories in the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314, Lehighton, Americanism essay contest.

The theme was "How Can I Show My Patriotism in My Community?"

Winners were asked to read their winning essays.

In the third and fourth grade category, the winner was Hannah Christman, a student at Mahoning Elementary School.

The fifth and sixth grade category winner was Galilea Villagomez, a student at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
In addition to their usual appearances at parking lots and along the banks of the Little Schuylkill River, Tamaqua's ducks have grown bold in recent days and are often seen waddling across busy roads. Caring citizens, aware of the danger, routinely divert the ducks away or guide them safely across the streets.  A male and female duck stand dangerously close to a crossing curb at the SR309 and Cedar Street intersection.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Dylan Nelson, 11, reels in a catch during the Kellner's Dam Fishing Derby.

Members and volunteers of the Kellner's Dam Association held their 17th annual two-day Kellner's Dam Children's Fishing Derby recently in Tamaqua.

Approximately 200 youngsters registered for the free fishing derby. Some of the over 60 prizes consisted of fishing poles, tackle boxes, bicycles, nets and many other sport items.

The dam was stocked with over 600 fish for children to catch during the two-day derby. Prizes and trophies were also given out to both boys and girls for the biggest and first four fish caught.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Robert H. Davis, Tamaqua - "Yes, most certainly; without a doubt. If I were wealthy, I'd expect to pay more."

Should wealthy Americans pay a higher percentage of taxes?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

An informational meeting will be held in St. Jerome Church, Tamaqua, Sunday, May 20, for parents of children who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring of 2013.

Students who will be in grades 7 and 8 during the 2012 - 2013 school year, and are members of either St. Jerome or Sts. Peter & Paul parishes will prepare by attending summer classes, completing community service work, and other course requirements.

The meeting will begin at noon and will last approximately one hour. One parent per candidate should attend.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fifteen Carbon County young men will leave Selective Service Headquarters on Tuesday enroute to Wilkes-Barre, where they will be inducted into the U.S. Army. They are: East Mauch Chunk, Harry W. Dick and Francis O'Donnell; Mauch Chunk Twp., James G. Long; Lansford, Alfred A. Skillan; Summit Hill, Francis C. Dickman, Peter Gust, Gerald G. Katzmire.

Lehighton, Stephen Zona, Glenn B. Snyder; Beaver Meadows, John E. Hornack, Melvin Larker; Weissport, Donald E. Fisher; Whie Haven, Francis X. Stockinger; Ashfield, Clair N. Rehrig.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Two Lehigh County residents, arrested in separate drug-related offenses, entered guilty pleas on Thursday afternoon in Carbon County court and were immediately sentenced to prison terms. The two were among five defendants in pending cases to enter pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Time served

Robert Lee Wells, 19, and Wakeelah Jasmine Muslim, 25, both of Allentown, entered pleas to drug counts and received jail terms. However, in each case the two had already spent more than their minimum time in jail on the charges and were paroled.