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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Girl Scout Junior Troop 50363 members of West End Service Unit of Girl Scouts are working to achieve their Bronze Award with an event named "Scouts Sharing Stories" The event will be held on Saturday, April 21, in the Pleasant Valley Middle School cafeteria from 12-3 p.m.

The girls plan to host 100 fellow girl scouts, along with Cub Scouts in grades K through 3.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, announces the honor roll for third marking period of the 2011-12 school year.

Principal's list

(95 or higher composite average with no grade lower than a 90)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

James Kishbaugh, Nesquehoning Fire Chief and president of the Carbon County Firemen's Association, has been named the recipient of Nesquehoning VFW Post's Outstanding Citizen Award.

Presentation will be made tonight in the Nesquehoning Fire Co. headquarters.

Elmer Davis, Lansford, will be master of ceremonies while the presentation will be made by Milan Skodacek, incoming commander.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak joined Governor Tom Corbett and state Sen. Lisa Baker Monday at the Luzerne County Courthouse as Senate Bill 815, which requires legal counsel be present at juvenile delinquency hearings, was signed into law.

"Minors will no longer be able to waive their right to an attorney when appearing in Pennsylvania juvenile courts," said Yudichak. "To see the look in their eyes when they had to turn to their parents after hearing that they would be shackled, and immediately taken out of the court and imprisoned at a juvenile justice facility is unimaginable.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Brodheadsville Tractor Supply Company's store manager, Bob Hodgson and Tammy Graeber, director/founder of The Garden of Giving, are asking people to help "Fill the Truck" with supplies needed for The Garden's flock of chickens to be held Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

The fight against hunger within the West End community will be addressed next month thanks to the new partnership between Tractor Supply Company and The Garden of Giving in a "Fill the Truck" event on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. It will be held at the Brodheadsville Tractor Supply Company store, located at 1580 Route 209.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sixth grade students at the Tamaqua Area Middle School, who were named members of the "Heart Hero Club," include: (first row) Autumn Eberts, Danika Beers, Alyssa Campomizzi, Emma Hoch; (second row) Lexi Kerstetter, Brooke Zellner, Megan Ruch, Amy Hadesty; (third row) Kirstin Jones, Gabrielle Markiewicz and Madison Wickersham.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nesquehoning borough engineer Ron Tirpak was on hand at last night's Water Authority meeting to discuss proposed changes to the water tank project that is presently under way.

Last month, James J. Rhodes Jr., of Alfred Benesch & Co. reported to the authority that by altering the previously proposed location of the tank, they would save money due to a reduction in the amount of pipe that would be needed to deliver water. Authority members voted to approve his recommendation as to the new location of the tank.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Members of the Carbon County Planning Commission will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Emergency Operations Center, Emergency Services building, 1264 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning. Al Feuerstein, chairman, will preside.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From right, Pleasant Valley High School students Myranda Fredericks, Alexis Telepo and Amber Butterfield receive certificates and checks from West End Rotary President Karin-Susan Breitlauch, far left, for winning the service club's annual scholarship competition.

Three Pleasant Valley High School students have won the annual West End Rotary Club scholarship competition.

Myranda Fredericks, Amber Butterfield and Alexis Telepo received checks for $100, $50 and $50 respectively at the club's meeting on April 5.

This year the club asked students to describe their personal role model and discuss how that person influenced them to make a different in their community.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
SPECIAL to the TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School students recently held a Hoops For Hearts contest, in which students raised funds while enjoying in basketball related activities. A total of 91 sixth, seventh and eighth students participated, raising a total of $4085 for the American Heart Association. The top three "players" were all seventh grade students: Zeke Wassell, who raised $502; Josh Derrick, who raised $155; and Adam Melnick, who raised $140.