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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Audubon Society/Special to the TIMES NEWS Scouts plant native wildflowers at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Over 30 volunteer scouts and parents came out to the Lehigh Gap Nature Center on an overcast and misty Sunday to plant 200 native wildflowers in an attempt to encourage one rare species of butterfly to make the grasslands surrounding the nature center a permanent home.

The volunteers consisted of scouts and their families from Cub Scout Pack 41 of Bangor, Boy Scout Troop 58 of Allentown and Boy Scout Troop 261 of Breiningsville.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Panther Valley School District has announced its end-of-year schedule:

High school seniors will be released at 10:35 a.m. on May 24, 25, 29, and 30; grades 9-11 will be released at 10:35 a.m. on May 30 and 31, and June 1 and 4. They will be released at 11 a.m. on June 5.

Middle school students will be released at noon on May 30 and 31, and on June 1 and 4 at 11:30 a.m. They will be released at 11:30 a.m. on June 5.

Elementary students will be released at 12:30 a.m. on May 30 and 31, and on June 1 and 4. They will be released at noon on June 5.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Lansford woman, who allegedly helped a youth who ran away from a detention center hide from police officers, waived charges on the matter to Carbon County Court.

Brandie E. White, 25, of East Bertsch Street, has been charged by Lansford police with hindering apprehension or prosecution, interference with custody of children, and corruption of minors.

The hearing had been scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

The arresting officer in the case was Joshua Tom of the Lansford Police Department.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A hike to explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visit Silver Creek Fire Tower will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. This hike is five miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. Those planning to hike should meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park located before the contact station. Bring your dog for a nice relaxing hike in the woods. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

West End Rotary will hold its fifth annual 5k Bear Run and Fun Walk on Sunday, June 10 at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finisher as well as to the top three finishers in eight age groups. There will also be awards for the top three walkers.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 411 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville. Call (610) 760-9891.

Tuesday, May 15, noon to 3:30 p.m., State Farm Insurance, 106 S. Broadway, Wind Gap. Call (610) 863-5190.

For more information, call 800-223-6667 or the MKBC website at GIVEaPINT.org.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Cinderella's evil stepmother (Regan Welkey, 9th grade), Cinderella's father (Zakaria Osman, 8th grade), Cinderella's stepsister Lucinda (Hayley Blanding, 9th grade), Cinderella's stepsister Florinda (Angelica Ramirez, 9th grade), gather around Cinderella (Lisa Bretzger, 9th grade) in a scene from Pleasant Valley Middle School's production of "Into the Woods Jr."

The Pleasant Valley Middle School Drama Club Spring Production presents "Into the Woods Jr.", a funny and engaging look at some of our beloved fairy tales. It is The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale where all of our favorite charactersCinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witchmeet and interact on their journeys.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Fran Haas and Henry Long of the Lehighton team compete in the slow dance competition of the Carbon County Senior Games. The pair went on to capture a bronze medal in the event.

With all the games complete and the totals tallied, the Southern Carbon County seniors from Palmerton and Lehighton are this year's top dogs.

On Wednesday, seniors from Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley, Palmerton and Weatherly competed in the final day of competition of the 2012 Carbon County Senior Games.

The overall standings at the end of the games were Southern Carbon County with a score of 827, and Northern Carbon County –Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley and Weatherly seniors –with a final score of 693.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Megan Miller walks with her daughter, Anna, 6, and their 3-month old dog "Teddy."

Members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue (T.A.A.R.) held their fifth annual Dog Walk recently to raise monies for a permanent "no kill" shelter in Tamaqua to house lost and stray animals found in the borough and surrounding communities.

The walk was held along the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail located SR209 west of the borough in Walker Township. Currently, the organization has to rely on foster families or the Hillside Animal Shelter in Pottsville to take in the animals until their owners are located or an adoption takes place.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League Detachment 996 was awarded first place for Service to Fellow Veterans and the Community in the United States Marine Corps League Americanism Contest. They competed against 23 Detachments in Category 1 for this honor. From left are, Nick Hawkey, George Unangst, Mike Shitz, George Rondeau and Joseph M. Pokojni, commander and Division 3 Commandant.