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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Safe Haven Pet Rescue will have a volunteer meeting on Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Cherry's Restaurant, Route 209 near Route 534, Kresgeville.

If you are an animal lover, please come and meet the volunteers and have a bite to eat. Safe Haven is a small group of dedicated animal advocates who rescue dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and find them loving homes.All dogs are in foster care until their permanent homes are found. Safe Haven has rescued over 500 dogs so far.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As part of the Palm Sunday worship service at Effort UMC this past Sunday, families created banners to show what is meaningful for them in their faith life. These two are but representative of all the banners that were carried into the sanctuary.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Seven persons were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Monday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Palmerton Area Historical Society will visit Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 on Monday, April 9, to hold its general meeting. The group will car pool and leave the parking lot across from Hager's Furniture Store at 6:30 p.m. Those who wish may meet the group at the station.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Palmerton Area School District will spend $366,200 to renovate its junior high school gymnasium.

The school board, by an 8-1 margin on Tuesday, agreed to award the project to CMG of Easton, per the recommendation of Tim Sisock and Rob Sarnowski of Barry Isett & Associates. Director Charles Gildner was opposed.

The work is for a multi-prime contract for soil stabilization and renovations to the gymnasium, including demolition, concrete milling and overlay, new athletic flooring, telescoping bleachers, and finishes.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Numerous fire trucks and emergency vehicles saturated the area around Valley Road and West End Drive in Walker Township around 8 a.m. today while responding to a possible house fire at 17 West End Drive. A resident of the home called 911 after smelling smoke. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras (TICs) and other detectors to check for any dangers. None of the tests were positive and no smoke or fire was visible.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Girl Scouts in Tamaqua are having a drive to help a fellow girl scout who lost everything during a recent row home fire in Shenandoah. They are in need of household items, womens sz 14/16, xl, jrs sz . sm/med, and womens shoes 7 1/2, 8 and 8 1/2. Donations can be dropped off at 520 East Elm Street in Tamaqua. Or contact Amanda Woodring at (570) 778-4581. Amanda will be taking items up until the April 13.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Kyle Yannuzzi, general sales manager of Brodheadsville Chevy in Brodheadsville, presents a check totaling $1,585 to Jim Rienhardt, executive director of the American Red Cross of the Poconos at dealership's first Community Event. Brodheadsville Chevy partnered with the Red Cross for the entire month of March. For every vehicle Brodheadsville Chevy sold during the month, a portion of it was designated for the donation. At the last Friday of the month, the dealership held a finale, inviting the public in for free pizza and refreshments.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Matthew Kokinda, 9, of Summit Hill, plays with his 4-month-old St. Bernard, "Bandit," during a recent community event held at the Ashton Park in Lansford.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was seriously injured late Tuesday night in a grinding two car crash along Long Run road in Franklin Township. The crash occurred at 10 p.m. near the intersection with Red Hill Road. The female driver of one car had to be extricated from the wreckage by members of the Franklin Township Fire Company. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics before being flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown. Long Run road was closed for several hours. Franklin Township police are investigating the incident.