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Friday, April 13, 2012

The Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association will meet this Sunday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Community Fire Company in New Ringgold.

All delegates are welcome to attend.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved a Weatherly man's request to allow a 40-ton logging truck to traverse a county-owned bridge with a weight limit of five tons.

But first, Thomas McBrien, of 207 Saw Mill Road, had to have engineers inspect the bridge and give him directions on how to reinforce it, and post a $100,000 cash bond.

McBrien owns property around the Lehigh Township bridge, on Leslie Run Road.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kid's Party Club, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21 at St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township). Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to participate in crafts, games and songs. Refreshments are also served. Everyone is welcome.

For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Palmerton Jr. High School Principal, Mr. Thaddeus Kosciolek, is pleased to announce the students who achieved Principal's List and Honor Roll for the Third Marking Period.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: 90-100, no grade lower than an A-

Eighth Grade: Seth Andress, Brynn Boehler, Rhianna Delich, Lila Goodhile, Shelby Gower, Scott Heffelfinger, Tyler King, Caitlyn Kresge, Brock Moyer, Vithusha Selvavelautham, Jenna Wallace

Friday, April 13, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley JROTC cadets raise the American flag at a ceremony this week in Coaldale.

Panther Valley Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps raised the American flag at the Coaldale Complex this week as an audience of veterans, their families and fellow cadets looked on.

The ceremony included a poem written by JROTC cadet Natasha Scerbo, a reading of the history of the American flag by Cadet Brooke Turner, and the placement of red roses before a photo of Mary Nesterak, the mother of Norman Nesterak of Coaldale, who died in the Vietnam War. Mary is Coaldale's last surviving Gold Star Mother.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association will sponsor a free, educational nature walk in celebration of Earth Day on the grounds of Mary Immaculate Center in Lehigh Township, Northampton County on Sunday, April 22 - Earth Day 2012.

Program participants will meet at 12:45 p.m. in the parking lot at Indian Trail Park, at the junction of Route 248 and Indian Trail Road, Lehigh Township, adjacent to the grounds of Mary Immaculate Center. Participants will leave the parking lot on foot at 1 p.m. for a modest walk at a comfortable pace on the Center grounds.

Friday, April 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several Tamaqua Area Middle School students were deemed members of the American Heart Association's "Heart Hero Club" during a recent Hoops For Hearts event. Eighth grade boys who raised $40 or more in donations included: (first row) Russell Blaker, David Morgan, Ty Miller; (second row) Dillon George and Dakota George.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tamaqua's D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education, program will hold its graduation program today at 6:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua High School Auditorium in support of 5th grade students' completion of the 10-week program.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS R.W. Fritzinger Post 7215 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Walnutport, sponsored an egg hunt for members' children. Brianna Heller, 4, is dressed for the occasion in a color-coordinated purple outfit and carries a Princess basket also in purple.

Children draw the winning tickets in the Easter raffle that benefits the Ways and Means fund of the Auxiliary. Liam needs some help from his father, Colin Chavanic, to choose a ticket. Auxiliary President Karen Bandzi is on the left waiting to announce the winner.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Pat Freeh-Stefanek, volunteer chairman of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership for the past 12 years, has decided to step down to spend more time with family.

The volunteer chairman serving at the helm of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership for the past 12 years has decided to step down.

Pat Freeh-Stefanek will retire from the position later this month after serving four, three-year terms.

Freeh-Stefanek said she'd like to spend more time with family and make room for others to step foward.