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Friday, March 25, 2011
Photo Courtesy of David Kern, Center for Schools and Communities

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, center, was recently named one of 17 Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network's (PSAYDN) "Afterschool Champions." He was nominated for the award by Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE Afterschool program and co-chair of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative. With Nothstein are, from left, Thiery Malley of Pennsylvania Area Boys and Girls Club; state Sen. John Yudichak; Nothstein; state Sen. David Argall; and Lynne Cromley, executive director of Center for Schools and Communities. State Rep.

Friday, March 25, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Officers of the Jukebox Cruisers Car Club at a recent club meeting are, left to right : Barbara Smith, treasurer; Luciene Hauser, secretary; and Joe Boyle, president.

Say "car club" and the first thing that comes to many people's mind are shiny, colorful, chrome-laden motor vehicles of days gone by on display and cruising the highways.

While that is indeed true, it is not the only thing that some car clubs do together.

Clubs like the Jukebox Cruisers Car Club of Jim Thorpe also devote a lot of time and effort to helping out others in need of assistance.

True to their club motto of "turning our passion for cars into compassion for others", the Jukebox Cruisers help and financially donate to a variety of local and national charities.

Friday, March 25, 2011

On Saturday, April 9th, Sheriff Mack will be speaking at the Mauch Chunk Opera House to address the citizens of Carbon County on the importance of the county sheriff and the importance of holding those who take an oath to the constitution of the United Stated of America seriously.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The next American Red Cross Bloodmobile visit to Tamaqua will be on March 30. The Salvation Army gym will be turned into a blood collection center. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in general good health is eligible to donate blood. Donor cards or proper identification will be required.

Appointments for donors can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

This visit is being sponsored by the law firm of Bowe, Lisella and Bowe. Donors will eligible for a chance to win a vacation from Sundance Vacations.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Carbon County man admitted in the county court on Thursday to possession child pornography.

Adam James Barnes, 20, of Wild Creek Drive, Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to 10 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, all felony threes.

Barnes admitted having in his possession 141 photos of child pornography and 45 movies of child pornography. He was originally charged with 188 criminal counts.

Friday, March 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Tiger Scouts Pack 777 and parents were visited by guest speaker Andrew Leibenguth who talked about the various processes of writing newspaper and internet stories, taking photos, producing videos, website design, and other media reporting aspects recently at the St John's UCC Church social hall in Tamaqua. Pictured learning about media reporting are Rowan Kranch, 7, left, with mother Laurie Kranch, Derek DeAngelo, 7, with mother Julie DeAngelo, right, all from Tamaqua.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A free community luncheon will be held at the Parryville United Methodist Church, Main and Chestnut streets on Saturday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Pennsylvania is one of eight states in the country vying for a German-based automotive manufacturing company's business.

Of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, Carbon is the only county that is inviting the $40-million company, Quaprotek, to open its first American-based plant in the country in the Green Acres Industrial Park in Nesquehoning.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said they were pleased by the efforts of Dawn Ferrante, executive director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation.

Friday, March 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Guest speaker and Air Products chemical engineer Kate Lordan used Hershey chocolate bars to explain the various aspects of chemical engineering while pointing out each ingredient and the amount of work that goes into producing and manufacturing various types of products to Tamaqua Girl Scouts recently at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. She also discussed her many duties and responsibilities at the Hometown Air Products plant.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The 16th annual Skippy Dietz Rabies Clinic will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad building, 105 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. This clinic is dedicated in memory of Sandi Dietz who passed away Nov. 2, 2008. Shots for both dogs and cats will be available at a nominal cost. All animals must be in a cage or on a leash.