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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

An Electronic Recycling Event hosted by Advanced Green Solutions of Walnutport is being held on Saturday April 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine.

The event will take place in the parking lot of Jordan UCC church located at the intersection of Walbert Ave. and Rt. 309 in Allentown.

Appliances, computer equipment, electronics, toys and just about anything with an on/off switch are acceptable.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School student from Lehighton has been inducted into the National Honor Society.

Samson Blose was one of 44 juniors and seniors inducted in the NHS chapter in an online assembly through the Virtual Charter School, based in Norristown. The inductees make up about 10 percent of the school's 416 eleventh and twelfth grade students, said Joe Lyons, Executive Director of School Communications.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jason Galloway, president of the Lehighton Area Republican Club, presents a certificate of recognition and a $100 bond to Megan Dubble, a second-grade student from Mahoning Elementary School, for her winning entry in the Presidents Day Drawing and Essay Contest.

In a show of support for athletic director Shawn Hindy, a number of parents and students attended the Lehighton Area School Board meeting last evening – many wearing "Forever a Hindian" T-shirts.

At the Feb. 28 meeting, the school board decided to not renew Hindy's contract and to open the AD position to new applicants.

Cindy Berger spoke in support of Hindy, saying, "The real losers are the students in our school district ... It's the kids who will suffer."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Palmerton Memorial VFW Post 7134 will hold its monthly meeting at the Palmerton VFW, 2020 Forest Inn Rd., Palmerton on Monday, April 11th at 7 p.m.. Post Commander Shawn Schmick will lead the meeting. Current active VFW members, veterans, and active duty personnel from all service branches are invited to attend. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. New members are especially welcome.

Monday, March 28, 2011
MARI Craig MCDONALD/special to the times news Rep. Doyle Heffley, second from right, and Janine Partenio, far right, district constituent outreach specialist for Rep. Heffley; greet Veteran Service Officer Chuck Weber, left, a retired naval officer who stopped in to Heffley's new Albrightsville area office, located in the Frosty Mountain Plaza, on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township Friday afternoon. Weber offered his services, and gave Heffley the recent booklets of Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors for distribution at the office.

Rep. Doyle Heffley opened his new administrative office in Penn Forest Township in the Frosty Mountain Plaza, on Route 903 Friday. The office provides many useful resources for all state and federal programs, assistance and opportunities.

Janine Partenio, district constituent outreach specialist for Heffley, will be on hand at the Albrightsville area location to help provide information and services Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Weissport Recreation Committee will host the Weissport Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in the borough park. Children and grandchildren of Weissport residents ages 0 to 12 are welcome. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Monday, March 28, 2011
Submitted Photo: Kelly Boerner

Members of the Blue Mountain Christian Retreat in New Ringgold held a tribute and appreciation dinner for firefighters on Saturday in their retreat's gym for all the volunteer emergency responders who responded to the fire that occurred at the retreat last November. During the dinner, members talked about future plans of the retreat, which was originally founded in 1974, and the upcoming breaking ground ceremony for their new building. They also had many words of inspiration and appreciation for all the firefighters and emergency responders that helped during the fire.

Monday, March 28, 2011

There will be a meeting of the County Line 4-H Community Club on Sunday, April 3. The meeting will be held at the home of Tony Boyle, 101 Berry Road, Andreas, starting at 5 p.m. The emphasis of the 4-H club will be mechanical projects and small engines. New members are welcome.

For more information about the club and directions, please contact Tony Boyle at (570) 751-6320.

Monday, March 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters from Schuylkill, Carbon and Lehigh counties responded to a fire in New Ringgold Sunday night. The fast moving fire destroyed the home, despite efforts of the firefighters.

A two-and-a-half-story single home was destroyed and a man injured following a fire that started at 306 Hughes St., SR895, in New Ringgold, just before 10 p.m. Sunday.

Local firefighters, who fought the smoke and fire for a couple of hours in below-freezing temperatures, were quick to respond to the fully-engulfed home, as the residence was located less than a block away from the fire company.

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Coaldale man drew a state prison sentence on a driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charge. He was among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in the Schuylkill County court.