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Thursday, May 2, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Above, George Boyce, who with his wife Carol took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving American Iris Society Rosettes and the coveted American Iris Societies' Silver and Bronze medals for the most Blue Ribbons at the show. They grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises at their seven-acre Glenara Gardens in Palmerton.

Award-winning lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises will be on display beginning this weekend and for selected weekends for visitors at Glenara Gardens, a seven-acre private Palmerton garden.

Glenara Gardens invites visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

Ÿ May 4-5: Lilac Weekend,

Ÿ May 18-19: Siberian and Bearded Iris Weekend

Ÿ June 22-23: Japanese Iris Weekend

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Bach and Handel Chorale concert plays at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street, Tamaqua, on Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. with doors opening at 2:30 p.m.

The concert is a free-will offering with all proceeds going to the TCAC.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A 9-year-old girl is taken to the hospital Monday evening after a family pet, a 1-year-old pit bull, bit her in the face while they were playing together at their home on Penn Street in Tamaqua. This was the second of two separate incidents in Tamaqua recently in which a child was bitten by a pit bull.

Tamaqua police reported two separate incidents recently involving two girls being bitten by pit bulls.

The first occurred Saturday after police spotted a pit bull running loose on Hazle Street. After a brief search, police found the dog on Laurel Street and eventually captured him at the old CVS building along US209.

They added that Brian Neifert assisted in the search for the dog. Shortly after the chase and capture, police were notified that a 17-year-old girl was recently admitted to St. Luke's Hospital, Coaldale, after being bitten by the same dog.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
AMY MILLER/FILE PHOTO Molly Newton of Summit Hill gets fitted for a new helmet by a Carbon County Safe Kids members during last year's Fun-N-Safety Fair.This year's fair, now called Carbon County Community Safety Day, will take place this Saturday at Mauch Chunk Lake.

This year's Carbon County Community Safety Day (formerly the Fun-N-Safety Day) will take place on Saturday at Mauch Chunk Lake Park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eighth-grader Benjamin Saxon, displays a plaque presented by the Penn-Kidder Lions Club President, Manuel DaCosta, left and Cindy Kern, right, for being named the April Student of the Month from the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District. Also present at the meeting were Saxon's Parents Kathy and Mark, and his brother Jake.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Schuylkill County announced that it expects to add 30 CAREGivers to its existing staff in 2013.

The local company's anticipated growth is a key indicator of the increasing demand for home care professionals and the strength of the industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of personal care aides is expected to grow by 70 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Abe Sibbach, West Sixth Street, Jim Thorpe, had a miraculous escape from possible serious injury in Jim Thorpe at 7:30 p.m. while returning to his home from Coalport. A part broke on the steering mechanism, rendering his 1951 Pontiac hardtop out of control. It veered to the left at a point on the hill above Robinson's Creek, rolled back, and crossed the highway before plummeting over another embankment, after which it continued an estimated 185 to 200 feet down the woodland slope. Witnesses Fritz Juracka and George Mizak said the car rolled over five times.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lower Towamensing Township has entered into a one-year agreement to provide single stream recycling for its residents.

At a special meeting of the board of supervisors on Tuesday, it was unanimously approved to enter into the agreement with Solomon Container Service, of Wilkes-Barre.

Supervisors said the contract would be in effect as of today, and run through April 30, 2014, at a cost of $100 a month.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Some Head Start volunteers pictured, from front left are, Shannon Kalfas, 4-years; Tara King, 4-years; and Laura DeMaio, 5-years. Back left are Scott Mouery, 3-years; Ebony Sykes, 3-years; and Nancy Doerr, 3-years.

A Volunteer Luncheon was held Tuesday afternoon at the PathStone Carbon County Head Start Center in Coaldale. Organizers said the event was held to honor those who routinely commit their time to help enrich the lives of children by volunteering in classrooms, holding special events and donating items.

"The Luncheon gives us the opportunity to thank everyone for all they have done and continue to do," said Jeanette Triano-Sinn, Center Administrator, PathStone. "Volunteers are a big part of PathStone."

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

An Easton man, convicted earlier this year of various criminal counts, including attempted rape of an elderly woman, was sentenced on Tuesday afternoon to a long state prison term.

John Anthony Vega, 29, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve a total of 16 to 37 years in a state prison on counts of attempted rape, indecent assault, and burglary. The sentence is a virtual life in jail term as Nanovic ruled it runs consecutive to sentences Vega is now service and which were imposed in Lehigh and Northampton counties.