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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
special to the times news Summit Hill Lions Club members who are involved in 15th anniversary activities include, front l-r, Pastor Jim Burdess, Bob Crampsie, Tom Midas, Jim McHugh, Mark Sverchek, Joe O'Gurek and Tom Ponting second row l-r, Jonathan Vermillion, Janel Tirpak, Shawn Clark and Kathy Crampsie, and back l-r, TJ Porambo, Anne Sverchek and Judy Midas.

The Summit Hill Lions Club will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on March 30.

Some members of the club met recently at the Mansion House Restaurant in Summit Hill where they paid tribute to the efforts of the club's founder and first president Jerome Rhodunda, who died in 2006.

The main speaker at the event was photographer Andy Leibenguth of Tamaqua.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host a special panel presentation with representatives from five prominent land trusts and conservancies preserving properties in the Poconos to explain what they do and how they do it.

The panel will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center at 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO This photo shows the underside of the Thomas McCall bridge before workers set up the staging area. The $10-million to $11-million project involves rehabilitation of the structure. The bridge carries Route 209 traffic across the Lehigh River, Lehigh Canal, Norfolk Southern Railroad and other local roads.

An update by Bob Schaeffer of J.D. Eckman, superintendent of the McCall bridge construction project, brought some unwelcome news to Weissport residents who may want to sleep during working hours.

Schaeffer attended the Weissport Council meeting on Monday night to provide an update on the project, and to tell council that during the height of the construction there will be a need to park at least 40 to 50 construction workers cars while they work on the bridge.

Schaeffer said that he was looking at lots to rent to park the vehicles to lessen the impact on borough workers.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

During public comment at Monday's Penn Forest Township meeting, township auditor, Matthew Schutter, continued to make claims against the board of supervisors and office staff.

Schutter said he was called and asked to bring his ID and other information to the township building last Wednesday.

"At 8 a.m. the following morning I received a phone call from a Pennsylvania State Trooper, Rabinal (sic) or something like that, telling me that if I come back to the township building I am going to be arrested," said Schutter.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lenten services begin with Ash Wednesday this week in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Pine Street, Tamaqua.

Ashes will be distributed at the 8 a.m. Mass and the 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club donated pet food to the Carbon County Animal Shelter. From left are, Jane Longazel, Dale Reeder, Richard Anthony, Tina Dittmar, part time K-9 officer; and Sue Anthony, club secretary.

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club recently made a donation of several large bags of pet food to Carbon County Animal Shelter.

While at the shelter, club members were given a tour and were introduced to dogs that were available for adoption by K-9 officer Tom Connors.

Connors said that it take a lot to keep the shelter going and donations such as the clubs is greatly appreciated.

After leaving the dog shelter, the club members stoped by the Carbon County Friends of Animals cat shelter to donated some cat food and treats.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A dynamite blast at the Arms Coal Co. strippings on the South Mountain shortly after 10 a.m. today rocked the entire South Ward and sent a shower of rocks over a wide area, causing damage to at least seven properties.

Rocks went through the roofs of at least two homes and through other porch roofs and did other damage.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It's been a brutally harsh winter with a lot of snow and unyielding bitter temperatures.

As a result, it has been an expensive winter.

Surely your heating bills have been a huge burden on your family budget more this year than probably any other in memory. For schools, businesses, and municipalities, those heating bills also impacted budgets.

In addition, for municipalities, there was the high cost for anti-skid materials, snow plowing, snow removal, and equipment maintenance.

There isn't a budget anywhere that hasn't been impacted negatively.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Carbon County driver was killed in a one-vehicle crash about 7:30 p.m., Monday.

State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred along Riverview Road, near Joseph Lane, in East Penn Township.

Troopers said Steven K. Brooker, 57, of Lehighton, was driving a 1999 Ford pickup truck southbound, about 700 yards north of the intersection with Joseph Lane, when the truck went onto the berm as it curved to the right.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

On Wednesday, millions of Christians will mark the beginning of Lent.

According to the Diocese of Allentown, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the six-and-a-half week penitential season of Lent, ending on Easter, which is Sunday, April 20, this year.

"On Ash Wednesday, Catholics receive ashes on their foreheads in the sign of the cross, the sign of baptism; to remind them that Lent is a time of baptismal renewal," the diocese explained. "These ashes are often made from burnt palms left over from the palms distributed on Palm Sunday the year before."