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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS North and Middle Ward Playground officers, from left, president Kim Snyder, Jody Kellner and Deedee Bonetsky pause for a quick photo with the Easter Bunny.

More than 290 youngsters took part in the North and Middle Ward Playground Association's annual community Easter egg hunt held on Saturday at the playground. The hunt, consisting over 1,200 plastic eggs and a large amount of candy and prizes, was still held despite a minor drizzling.

Children were also treated to a visit and free online photos with the Easter Bunny.

Association president Kim Snyder stated her appreciation of fellow volunteers and officers Jody Kellner, Deedee Bonetsky, and Bill Vacula for making this hunt a success.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Longtime egg hunt organizer George Waidell, holding megaphone, laughs as children rush past him to gather their hard-boiled Easter eggs.

Hundreds of anxious youth waited patiently outside the South Ward fire truck bays to gather more than 370 hard-boiled Easter eggs during the Tamaqua South Ward Fire Company's 35th annual community Easter egg hunt held on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Last winter's Christmas trees are on their way to becoming this spring's mulch, thanks to a chipping operation at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center staffed by members of the CCEEC, Mauch Chunk Lake Park staff, and members of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St., Nesquehoning, will host a Miller-Keystone blood drive on Wednesday, April 27, from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Donors must have proper photo identification, be in good health, be at least 18 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer

Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer has again been certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania's Courts, the educational program for Magisterial District Judges was held in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Hundreds of children searched for colorful Easter eggs during the West Penn Rod & Gun Club's annual Easter egg hunt held on Saturday. In addition to eggs and candy, over 260 prizes were awarded. Event organizer Steph Gerhard stated her and the club's appreciation to all the dedicated volunteers and contributors who help every year. Finding hidden Easter eggs around the club trap house are, from left, Alex Zehner, 5, ErikaGerhard, 6, and Hanna Benderawicz, 6.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Panther Valley High School and Panther Valley Middle School will present a combined annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. The opening and welcome will be done by Mr. Gunnels, principal of Panther Valley High School.

The JROTC will lead the pledge to the flag.

The concert will open with the "Star Spangled Banner," performed by the combined middle school and high school band.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a mixer at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Annex auditorium, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton.

This catered mixer will provide information on two important topics - the new heathcare law and how to save money on your energy bills.

The Carbon County Chamber has invited ChamberChoice to host a one-hour educational session on their core benefits package and the impact of Healthcare Reform on the way organizations conduct business.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Students at St. John Neumann Regional School will soon have a platform to showcase their artistic wares.

The school will hold its annual art show on May 3 at its Palmerton campus. Artwork will be on display from students from both the Palmerton and Slatington campus.

Also at that time, representatives from Chrysler and Rentschler Chevrolet will join with parents and teachers for a Drive for the Kids fundraiser in support of the school.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in May. The course is scheduled for May 9, 16, and 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon EMA in Nesquehoning.

To pre-register for this course, or if you have any questions regarding CERT, call the EMA at (570) 325-3097.