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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Monday night's HARC meeting in Tamaqua dealt with several proposals concerning properties within the borough's historic district. Two property owners made courtesy presentations, as neither project actually required any type of permit or HARC action.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board entered into an articulation agreement for business and hotel resort, management with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), in action taken at its monthly meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg received a $500,000 gift from Sanofi Pasteur to be used for the new Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center. It was presented to PMC by Philip Hosbach, vice president, Immunization Policy of Sanofi Pasteur, right. Accepting on PMC's behalf were, from left, Kathleen Kuck, president and CEO of Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center; and William B. Cramer, Esq., chairman of the new Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center Capital Campaign.

It's not everyday a check for $500,000 is handed to you.

But that's what happened to Pocono Health System recently.

Philip Hosbach, vice president of Immunization Policy of Sanofi Pasteur of Swiftwater, handed this sizable gift to William B. Cramer, Esq., chairman of the new Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center's capital campaign.

Hosbach addressed the packed Brodhead and Stroud conference room at the Pocono Medical Center (PMC) in East Stroudsburg, saying "We are very proud to work with you."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

R. Dale Hughes headed several Northeast printing companies, one of which was Hughes Printing Co. of East Stroudsburg, and he co-founded Pocono Community Bank (now First Keystone Bank) in East Stroudsburg.

He developed prostate cancer and he and his wife, Frances, an art teacher, made a philanthropic gift of $1.2 million to Pocono Medical Center in 2000 for the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, in gratitude for the care he received there.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Alex Steigerwalt, right, member of Boy Scout Troop 98, Brodheadsville, was named "Scout of the Year" at the 2012 Boy Scout Troop 98's Red and White banquet held recently at Our Lady of Peace Church, Brodheadsville. He was presented the award by his grandfather, Nick Hawkey, troop assistant. Alex is the son of Keith and Karen Steigerwalt of Palmerton.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Residents in the eastern portion of West Penn Township are becoming frustrated over the amount of time it is taking to repair a bridge which carries Berry Road over the Mahoning Creek. The bridge was believed to have been damaged by the heavy rains of the summer of 2011 which brought the stream out of its banks and over the bridge. The structure is of stone and very narrow. Area residents fear the time frame of the repair may be similar to that of Schuylkill County repairing the adjacent bridge which carries St. Peters Road over the Mahoning Creek, a time frame of three years.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ready to chop up those onions ? If so, this vintage gas mask on sale at the Redball Military Transport Swap Meet held Saturday at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe could be just what you need.

The Redball Military Transport Club held its annual Winter Swap Meet Saturday at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

According to show coordinator Jim Gilmore, "the swap meet had a really good turnout, one of the largest that they've ever had."

Along with the good turnout, he noted that, "they had a good turnout of vendors and a good selection equipment and militaria for sale."

For those who attended Saturday's swap meet and for those who couldn't make it, the club also hosts a Fall Rally and Swap Meet during September at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Parkside Education Center Title I Reading Specialist Holly Sell, dressed as "The Cat in the Hat", and her husband, firefighter Rob Sell (center) of the Palmerton Fire Department, participate in reading activities with pupils.

Reading can certainly prove to be quite the adventure.

Pupils in the Palmerton Area School District found that out firsthand when they recently observed Read Across America Week.

Parkside Education Center and S.S. Palmer Elementary pupils celebrated the occasion with various activities, according to Holly Sell, Title I Reading Specialist, Parkside Education Center.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to reform and modernize the nation's National Heritage Areas (NHA).

The National Heritage Area Act of 2012 (H.R. 4099) was drafted in cooperation with the Alliance for National Heritage Areas (ANHA) and with input from the National Park Service (NPS).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Across much of Pennsylvania, it has been a different winter. It has been a winter of little snow and scarce cold weather. Some will recall it as a great winter; others might wonder what it means, especially to our woodlands.