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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.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Brenda and Neal Kester of Bowmanstown meet with State Rep. Doyle Heffley during an open house celebration Thursday at his Lehighton district office.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley held open house meet-and-greet gatherings Thursday at his Lehighton district office and Friday at the Albrightsville district office.

Heffley was following through on an election pledge to the people of the 122nd District in which he vowed to be accessible and provide access to state government.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Freeland woman is facing charges following an incident in Rush Township on Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to SR309 (Claremont Avenue) at 12:45 p.m., in the area of Tirpak Insurance, where they found damage to a retaining wall and flower bed. It was determined that a vehicle operated by Sylvia Bridge, 56, had cut through the lot to avoid traffic, damaging the property in the process

Saturday, April 30, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Rotary Club recentlyrecognized the top participantsinan essay contest for high school juniors with the theme "Service Above Self - What It Means to Me." Pictured left to right areDr. Barbara Belón, President of Lehighton Rotary Club; Nick Mantz, second place winner;Cierra House, first place winner;Carter McCandless, third place winner; and James Kraky,LASD Superintendent.

Lehighton Rotary Club recentlysponsored an essay contest for high school juniors with the theme "Service Above Self - What It Means to Me." Through the cooperation of Lehighton Area School District administration and faculty, approximately 30 students participated in the contest.

According to Dr. Barbara Belón, President of Lehighton Rotary Club,"One of the main focuses of Rotary isliteracy." On behalf of Lehighton Rotary Club, she recognizedCierra House fortakingfirst place honors, Nick Mantz second, and Carter McCandless third. House now moves on to the district competition.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On a recent visit to Wichita Falls, Texas, Lehighton Rotary Club President-Elect Erica Heery attended the Wichita Falls Thursday Morning Rotary Club meeting. Organized in 1915,Wichita Falls Rotary Club annually displays over 1,000 American flags. Established in 1921, Lehighton Rotary Club annually distributes dictionaries to every third grade student in Lehighton and Palmerton Area School Districts. Pictured during the traditional banner exchange ritual are Heery and Wichita Falls Thursday Morning Rotary Club President Dan Garcia.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

In recognition of local military veterans, Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club is hosting a "Youth Fishing" day on May 15 in the newly-dredged dam at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, Main Road, in Franklin Township.

The ponds are adjacent to the Franklin Township Little League fields.

All children – ages 1 to 12 – who are children, grandchildren or great-grand children of military veterans in the lower Carbon County area are invited to fish during the event for free.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kristian Koehler, left, crew leader Jody Johnson, and Alfredo Russo of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps apply a vapor barrier to the exterior of the new kitchen at the Agnes McCartney Pavilion in Much Chunk Lake Park.

Mauch Chunk Lake Park's oldest pavilion is undergoing a major renovation, thanks to the help of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.

The PCC is in the process of refurbishing the Agnes McCartney Pavilion, the oldest of the park's pavilions dating back to the 1970s. Over the years, it had deteriorated from the weather, and unlike the pavilions built afterwards, did not have a kitchen.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A visiting family from Mountaintop, Luzerne County, may have felt a bit like the royales did Friday during the marriage of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge as they embarked on a carriage ride through downtown Jim Thorpe last weekend. The family included 18-month old Liam Pawlowski and (from left) his grandmother, Annette Pawlowski; Dad, Alex Pawlowski; and his mom, Sarah Pawlowski. Since it was Easter, the big bunny also added to the festivities during their trip.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
donald R. serfass/Times News

Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce President Todd Miller presents a certificate to TAHS student Sarah DeBenedict in appreciation for her winning entry in the chamber's logo design competition. DeBenedict created a graphic using a maple leaf, with its veins depicting a five points intersection. Both Tamaqua and Hometown feature such an intersection. DeBenedict received recognition during Wednesday's Tamaqua Area Community Dinner.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton native Matt Guedes recently has his first article published as the Western Editor for the digital magazine IS Outdoors.

He gets to dabble in the adventures of the great outdoors and then write an account of his experiences.

For Matt Guedes, it really is the best of both worlds in his current capacity as the Western Editor for the digital magazine IS Outdoors.

A native of Palmerton, Guedes recently had his first article, entitled "Rediscover Colorado Mule Deer", published in the digital magazine.

The article can be viewed online at www.isoutdoors.com/media/0411.

Guedes said the article has enabled him to fulfill his ambition.