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Thursday, March 1, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS John Janson signs copies of his first book, "Titanic: A Second Chance" for Elizabeth Allen, left and Abby Huber, right, at the Palmerton Area Library.

John Janson, and his wife of 48 years, Bobbi, were blessed with four grandchildren. Wanting to spend time with them and give their two daughters and their husbands a chance for a date night, the grandparents began weekly sleepovers with all four grandchildren years ago.

Almost from that first sleepover came the request "Tell us a story" from "Pop."

"They didn't want me to read a story, they wanted me to make up a bedtime story. My first one was about frogs who became millionaires," said Janson.

The grandchildren are now 14, 14, 15 and 17.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Marian Catholic's FBLA chapter recently participated in the Region 23 Conference at Susquehanna University. The objective testing for the conference was completed online at the individual chapter schools, while the performance events were held at the university.

While at the conference on Jan. 10, members participated in an opening session, voted for candidates for the regional office, and attended an awards session. The Tolerance Troupe of Selinsgrove High School was there to present their dramatic skits on cyberbullying and hurtful teenage relationships.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS During Boy Scout Sunday, recently held at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Robert vonFrisch, pastor, presented a check to Scot Wingert, scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 82. From left are Barbara Balone, president of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Rev. vonFrisch, pastor, Wingert, and Duane Reichard, troop committee chairman.

Boy Scout Sunday service was held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Third Street, Lehighton, on Feb. 5. Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 82 and Cub Pack 82 participated in the church service.

The Rev. Robert vonFrisch started off the service by thanking Trinity for sponsoring the scouts and thanking Scoutmaster, Scot Wingert and Cubmaster Wil Hoffman for dedicating their time to scouting.

A monetary donation was presented to Troop 82 for their 75 years of dedication to Boy Scouts.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social this Saturday (March 3) from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall. The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

American Cancer Society long time volunteer Danny Farole, Nesquehoning, plays the guitar while American Cancer Society representative Maureen Donovan and ACS Telethon 25-year chairman Joe Krushinsky serve mixed drinks and cocktails to visitors Wednesday evening at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua. This was the last of the series of celebrity and guest bartenders held to raise donations for the Carbon Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Also donating their talents Wednesday were performers Cody Scott Sassaman, 20, from Tamaqua, and Jake MacLean, 21, from Oxford.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Seniors and disabled residents of Carbon County are encouraged to apply for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, as 2011 forms are now available in Rep. Doyle Heffley's (R-Carbon) district offices located in Lehighton, Albrightsville and Lansford.

Over the past four decades through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, the Commonwealth has distributed millions of dollars annually to qualified residents from money generated by the state's lottery and slots programs.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Maggie Sauerwine

Maggie Sauerwine, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, has been named the Woman's Club of Slatington's Girl of the Month for February.

She previously played soccer and was a member of the German Club and Art Crew. Currently, she is a member of the Library Club, Student Council, cross country team and serves on her church council.

She was the winner of the Women's Club painting competition and has earned JV soccer and cross country letters. She has been named to the high honor roll.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Attention 6th thru 11th grade boys and girls.

If you would like to learn how to make a difference in the life of a deployed soldier, please contact Project Hope today.

It is hosting its first annual Service Camp for our deployed troops, Friday, May 4 through Saturday, May 4 from 6 p.m.-6 p.m. on Stage Coach Road West, Palmerton.

You will be able to enjoy a crafting time with a local Stampin' Up rep, making homemade cards for our troops to send home to loved ones while they are deployed.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. FMI: (570) 668-1234.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Area High School mascot "Herc" makes his appearance at a morning assembly at Penn Kidder Elementary School for the celebration of BAMMM week.

The students at Penn Kidder Elementary School were all thrilled by visits this week from three area sports mascots as a part of their celebration of BAMMM week.

BAMMM stands for "Books are Magical, Magnificent, and Marvelous," a theme that was followed all week at the school.

The students were delighted by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' mascot "Tux," the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees baseball team's mascot "Champ," and Jim Thorpe Area High School's own mascot, "Herc."