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Thursday, April 26, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the St. Joseph's Regional Academy fifth grade class, and graduates of the D.A.R.E. program are, first row, from left, Edward Baus, Macayla Almeida, Grace Crouthamel, Kevin Kabitzke, Hunter Fristick, and Justin Patire. Second row, Katie Spillman, Kelsey Carroll, Seth Paluck, Carter Wolfe, and Rhiannon Malarkey. Third row, Madeline Ruff, Natalia Richards, Caroline Snerr, Sydney Vincent, and Joseph Stager.

This week was a week to celebrate as 16 students from St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe pledged to remain drug and violence free.

During the annual D.A.R.E. graduation on Wednesday, the fifth grade students listened as their D.A.R.E. instructor, Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's department, as well as the Honorable Steven R. Serfass, judge for the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas; and Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, congratulated them on a job well done.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Women's Club members, left, Carolyn Andrews and right, Chris Reeder, welcome Pastor Amy Banko, a board member of Family Promise, second from left, and Karin Falcone, case manager for Family Promise of Monroe County, second from right.

A family is considered to be made up of people who live in the same house; a unit of parents and children.

A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something.

The nonprofit 501(c)(3) national organization, Family Promise, does what its name suggests ... it makes a promise to a family.

It says it will help homeless families in transition find shelter, meals and support services through a network of local congregations and it keeps that promise.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Students from Carbon County high schools will deliver speeches at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Penn's Peak for the annual Carbon County Oratory Competition.

Each high school will be represented by one male orator and one female orator. Competitors write their own 5-8 minute speech and deliver it to a live audience. Trophies will be awarded to the top male and the top female orators. All of the speeches will be between five to eight minutes long but could be about any subject and be in any style.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sealcoating some roads and paving others are on the upcoming Polk Township calendar as the supervisors agreed 3-0 to advertise for bids.The bids are to be received by 3 p.m., May 21, and then opened at the regular meeting at 7 p.m. They will then be reviewed and awarded at a special meeting.

It was announced that new rules are in place for bidding by townships for expenses. The bidding threshold has been raised from $10,000 to $18,500 and telephone quotes from $4,000 to $10,000.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Wednesday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton, Call 610-377-7350.

Wednesday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center Street, Nesquehoning, call 570-669-9201.

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.. to 4 p.m., Advance Auto Parts, 71 Blakeslee Blvd, Lehighton. Call 610-377-6017.

Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon, Zion United Church of Christ, 226 Iron Street, Lehighton. Call 570-455-2018

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fifteen defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if the fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lawrence B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe has announced the honors list for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Honor roll

Third grade

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Lisa Dart, second from left, director of the Carbon County Board of Elections, looks over election tallies as they are compiled last night with, l-r, Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Thomas Gerhard, and Carbon County Sheriff Dwight Nothstein.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will present "Fantastic Fishes" at 10 a.m. Monday, April 30. Game, songs and other activities will all center around fish will be used during the program.

The program is open to all 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Each session focuses on some aspect of the natural world. Children participate in age-appropriate games, crafts, stories and other activities.

The center is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail.

Call (570) 645-8597 to register or for more information.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Willoughby Haberman, son of Benjamin Haberman of East Penn, was fatally injured while at work for G. W. Hoppes on Monday.

He was cutting down a tree, the tree fell on him and injured him so badly that he died shortly after. Deceased was 21 years and was much liked by a large circle of friends.