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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.

Monday, February 13, 2012

More than 200 people jammed the Nesquehoning Recreation Center to pay tribute to former police chief Harold Billig, who headed the small force of the Nesquehoning Police Department for nearly 21 years before retiring a few months ago. Speakers recognized Billig for his dedication to duty as a small-town police chief. Several proclamations were given to him, among them were from State Senator James Rhoades, Nesquehoning Borough Council, and the Carbon County Commissioners.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Carbon County Chapter, is in need of volunteers for its 6th annual Bowling Competition.

The SOPA Eastern Sectional Qualifier will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Haja Lanes, 614 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

Volunteer arrival is at 11:30 a.m., while athlete registration is at 12:40 p.m. Competition will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Pam Scott, Palmerton - "Yes, I do. It's my daughter's birthday, and when she comes home, we're going to celebrate."

Do you observe Valentine's Day? If so, how do you celebrate?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

First Niagara Bank, N.A. racked up six national awards and several regional honors in the 2011 Greenwich Excellence Awards for Small Business Banking.

Greenwich Associates, a Connecticut-based global consulting firm, surveyed representatives from nearly 13,500 national businesses with sales of $1 to $10 million.

Company representatives cast their votes for high performers in 14 categories ranging from website performance to accuracy of treasury operations and overall customer satisfaction.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Today, Feb. 11, is World Happy Day.

I got this email informing me about World Happy Day, with the premiere screenings of "Happy," the latest film from Academy Award® nominated director Roko Belic ("Genghis Blues"), being held around the globe today.

"Our goal is for people all around the world to come together, on the same day, start the conversation about happiness and begin to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives," says Belic.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Jose Nunez, 19, of Hazleton, is led from the office of District Judge Casimir Kosciolek after arraignment on charges that he allegedly rammed his car into a Nesquehoning police cruiser during a chase.

One of two men arrested in Tamaqua following a high-speed chase Sunday night from Tamaqua, through Coaldale and Lansford, and into Nesquehoning, was arraigned yesterday in Carbon County on related charges.

Jose William Nunez, who turned 19 on Thursday, and who lists a Hazleton address, was charged with ramming a 2000 Ford Mustang into the Nesquehoning police cruiser while a patrolman was in the police car.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  S.S. Palmer sixth-grade students reach for the stars on Friday as they jump on their pogo sticks as part of the annual Jump Rope For Heart event held all week long in the Palmerton Area School District.

Exercise really can be fun, especially when it's for all the right reasons.

Just ask elementary students in the Palmerton Area School District, who wrapped up a weeklong fundraiser on Friday.

That's because the students at S.S. Palmer Elementary and Parkside Education Center participated in their annual Jump Rope for Heart program.

Jump Rope For Heart is a national fundraising program that promotes physical activity, heart healthy living and community service to children.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Courtesy Lansford Historical Society Crowds throng Ridge Street for a victory celebration, perhaps marking the end of World War II.

Lansford borough was built on coal, and local organizations are hoping for official recognition of the town's rich black diamond history through a nomination to have Lansford included in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Lansford Historical Society, with the help of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, is the driving force behind the $15,000 project. The Historical Society obtained a matching grant from the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant fund through the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.