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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Stephen Foster, the "father of American music," was known for his popular songs, Oh! Susanna, Swanee River, My Old Kentucky Home, and Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, attended private academies near Camptown in Bradford County.

As a bookend to February's Black History month, Stephen Foster's Camptown Races song offers an insight into the composer's times, which spanned a brief 39 years and reflected the uneasiness of the northern whites with southern black issues in the years leading to the Civil War.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Boy Scout Andrew Kmetz places an epaulet on the shoulder of Mason George.

With good weather outside, the Cub Scouts of Pack 209 moved winter indoors at the Palmerton Rod and Gun Club for its Blue and Gold dinner. The annual event was held Feb. 25 with snowmen wearing blue and gold hats and scarves on the tables and two large snowmen guarding their fort in the front of the room. White balloon snowballs floated over the tables instead of the usual blue and gold ones.

Robert Mauro, in his Friends of Scouting program, said there are 12,000 scouts and 5,500 leaders in Minsi Trail Council.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Monday's warmer weather was definitely a treat for most, as people and pets spent a little more time outside enjoying the nicer weather. Robert Coccio of Summer Valley Road in New Ringgold gives warm weather treats to his four dogs, from left, Howie, Lilly, Henry and Junebug.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Congratulating newly-hired Suzanne Howland, center, as elementary principal of East Penn and Franklin Elementary Schools are Lehighton Area School District Superintendent James Kraky, left, and Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner, right.

A familiar face will return to Lehighton Area School District after Superintendent James Kraky retires March 30.

At the Lehighton Area School Board meeting on Monday evening, longtime LASD teacher and administrator Dr. Terence Maher was hired as a consultant to manage the school district in the transition following Kraky's retirement – beginning April 1.

He will become acting superintendent on July 1. Kraky's last date as an employee of LASD will be June 30.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Contestants and Legion officials gather on stage after the completion of the Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Pa. American Legion which was held in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium. Pictured from left to right are : Jesse Ritz, 14th District Oratorical Chairman; Mark Queen, Eastern Vice Commander; Cleo Massas, 3rd place; Christopher Anderson, 1st place; Lidya Johnson; 2nd place; Aaron Campbell, Inter-district Coordinator; and Harry J. Wynn III, Vice Chairman Eastern Section.

The Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Pa. American Legion was held in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium with the theme being the same as it is every year, "The Constitution".

The regions represented in the Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest are the counties of Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Lehigh, and Northampton and the city of Philadelphia and its suburbs.

This year's competition marked the 75th anniversary of the contest with three contestants hoping to advance to the State Oratorical Contest which will be held in Harrisburg on March 10th.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge serving Carbon County will hold their annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.

This fun filled day provides an opportunity for anyone to join in the Bowl for Kids Sake. Teams are invited to participate. Businesses are invited to become a sponsor.

Volunteers are needed as board members and as mentors.

For additional information, call 1 (800) 955-4376.

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from the Walker/New England Fire Company responded to a dumpster fire behind Koch's Turkey Farm on Valley Road in Lewistown Valley just after 9 p.m. Friday. High winds made extinguishing the fire more difficult. The dumpster was destroyed by the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Monday, February 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

First street (SR209) in Lehighton was closed due to an early morning accident which brought down a utility pole and wires across the busy roadway. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. Saturday when a 46 year old woman was driving south and for some unknown reason lost control of her car swerving to the right impacting with and snapping of a utility pole owned by Verizon. The woman was self extricated from the wreckage. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to the Lehighton hospital. Lehighton fire police maintained traffic control at the scene.

Monday, February 27, 2012

More than 200 people attended the 54th annual GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Pottsville Club in Pottsville Saturday night, which is the kick-off for the start of the political campaign in the county.

The key note speaker was Steve Welsh, of Malvern, Chester County, the endorsed candidate of the state Republilcan Committee, who is one of four candidates seeking the party's nomination in the April 24 Primary Election for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Bob Casey Jr.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Ministerial Association will Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 109 N. Greenwood St, in Tamaqua. Anyone is invited to attend. FMI: (570) 668-2180.