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Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Democrats will meet on Monday, at 7:30 p.m., at the East End Fire Company, Tamaqua. The public is welcome to attend.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton area youth practice basketball skills during a program sponsored by the Palmerton Youth Basketball Association Sunday in the high school gymnasium.

A basketball clinic, ice cream treats and a brand new Spalding to take home.

While it may sound too good to be true, it was as real as could be for Palmerton area youth who attended a program Sunday in the high school gymnasium.

Sponsored by the Palmerton Youth Basketball Association, the program was full of useful information to help boost the basketball IQ of the youth cagers.

Kyle Kratzer, president, of the PYBA, told the audience of approximately 500 on hand that the organization consists of 23 teams with 215 players.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

There is a correction to the Thursday, March 17 article on Dawn Bartholomew announcing her candidacy for Magisterial District Judge for Ross, Polk, Hamilton and Eldred Townships. Her correct website address is: www.dawn4dj.com.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ken and Carolyn Handwerk, formerly of Palmerton, are both juried tinsmiths. They and their work will be at the Reading-Berks Guild 9th Annual Juried Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in Keystone Hall, Kutztown University this weekend, March 26 and 27.

"Ken does most of the work and I assist in some prep and painting," says Carolyn.

Both are members of the Reading-Berks Guild and have been involved in decorating the Governor's residence for the last two years for Christmas.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Custom wood carving, box and pin artwork are currently on display at the Tamaqua Public Library until the first week in April. The display contains various forms of wood carvings, mainly consisting of wood boxes and pins painted in detail with ornate nature and covered bridge artworks. The display, some being for sale, was provided courtesy of June Krell of Tamaqua.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured covered with freshly fallen snow is a section of Dutch Hill in Tamaqua, slightly dominated by the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bishop John O. Barres of the Catholic Diocese of Allentown has authorized parishes in the diocese to take up a special collection for victims of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.

The bishop said, "As we have all been following the tragic aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we cannot help but be moved to reach out in Christian charity to those affected."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Despite a drizzle, more than 1,000 people turned out at the scene of the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension. The ceremony was held along Route 940 in Kidder Township. Governor John S. Fine used a silver spade to turn the first section of earth. Several Carbon County notables participated, including Judge James C. McCready. The Mauch Chunk High School Band, directed by Miss Margaret Kline, participated.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Cornerstone Community Baptist Church of Kresgeville held their second annual Chocolate Festival, sponsored by its Women's Ministry, last Saturday. Besides offering delectable chocolate desserts to try, they also featured an inspirational speaker, Saundra Woods. Using three examples of her favorite chocolates, she wove a message about the sweetness of God's gift to His children in sending Jesus to save us. Saundra is a member of Cornerstone, the mother of two teenage boys, designs her own line of jewelry and is an inspirational guest speaker throughout the Pocono area.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Care Net of Tamaqua, an organization providing services to pregnant women, plans to open an office in Tamaqua, at 223 E. Broad St.

The center will provide life-affirming guidance, counseling, prenatal classes, parenting classes and much more to area women and families.

The organization will sponsor a Walk For Life on April 2, beginning at 1 p.m. The route will begin at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, then head west on Broad Street to Odd Fellows Cemetery. Participants will then head east on Broad Street to to the Stone Gardens area before returning to the church.