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Monday, May 2, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Student Achievement Committee has finalized plans for the 53rd annual Tamaqua Student Achievement Dinner.

The event will be held May 16 in the Tamaqua Area Elementary School.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Arrangements will be made for those who wish to attend the awards ceremony only.

Tickets will be available May 2, 3 and 4, at the Tamaqua Area Senior High School, during school hours.

Monday, May 2, 2011

On Sunday night nine years, seven months and 20 days after terrorists directed by Osama bin Laden killed about 3,000 people by crashing hijacked jet liners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and crashing in Shanksville, Pennsylvania en route to Washington, D.C. bin Laden was finally killed by United States Navy SEALs.

Americans greeted the news of the al-Qaida leader's death with jubilation.

Monday, May 2, 2011
President Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) – Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hide-out not far from a Pakistani military academy.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A jury in the murder trial of Julius C. Enoe, 32, of Reading, resumed deliberation this morning in the Schuylkill County courthouse to seek a verdict after failing to reach one Friday after more than nine hours of deliberation. It was past midnight Saturday morning when Judge Jacqueline Russell decided to allow the jury to go home for the weekend and return Monday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Monday, May 2, 2011
Osama bin Laden

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Four helicopters swooped in early Monday and killed Osama bin Laden in a fiery American raid on his fortresslike compound in a Pakistani town that is home to three army regiments. His location raised pointed questions over whether Pakistani authorities knew the whereabouts of the world's most wanted man.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School students participated in the March 15 Regional High School Computer Fair at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit. More than 40 various computer projects were judged, according to industry standards, with awards presented to four TAHS students. Winners included: Nicolai Kabana, second place in the digital movie category; Dallas Mease and Austin Chartier, first place in graphic design; Megan Witkus, first place, and Eriz Hertzog, second place, in computer fair logo.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Sheila Theodorou, administrator/CEO of Carbon-Monroe-Pike County MH/MR, addresses the agencies and legislators during the second annual Legislative Brunch on Friday at the Lehighton Recreation Center. Other presenters are, from left, Pat Sasserath, executive director for the Carbon County Assistance Office; Commissioner Wayne Nothstein and Jeanne Miller, director of Carbon and Schuylkill County Educational Services at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

In Carbon County, millions of dollars are spent annually on preventive programs that help children, families and the elderly.

Because of the state deficit, area agencies may be forced to cut these programs.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS 2nd Assistant Chief Joe Greco of Lansford's American Fire Co. No 1.

If each Lansford resident would set aside $25 about the cost of a couple of large pizzas with sodas the all-volunteer American Fire Co. No 1 could make ends meet.

But 2nd Assistant Chief Joe Greco is grateful for any financial help at all.

He told of a woman who sends one dollar every year in response to the fire company's donation drive, with a note that she is sorry she can't afford more.

"To me, that means more than the person who doesn't give at all," he said.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Inspired Art Project enlists local artists to create and donate original works, inspired by original poetry written by child poet-athletes of America SCORES New York's after school program.

"We wish we were… as old as brave men."

An enigmatic line from a poem composed by a soccer team of 8 to 11-year-olds inner city New York touched Jim Thorpe-based photographic artist Tom Storm.

"I don't know if it was intentionally written like that," Storm said. "Some people would say as brave as old men. 'As old as brave men,' that to me had weight to it. Somewhat was identifiable, some was unidentifiable, but it carried it anyway."

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I ask myself the same questions many older people ponder: What did I not do with my life that I would like to do? In other words, what's on my bucket list?

It's a short list with only one or two things on it: Return to Italy for another authentic Italian vacation; and, spend every day having fun. If I can't have fun all day, then I at least want to do one thing that I love.

That's it. My entire "bucket list" is only two lines. Seems to me I should be able to come up with more than that. Either I lack imagination or, I'm simply so content I don't long to do more.