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Friday, March 25, 2011

Eight first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail complete the program, 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.

Friday, March 25, 2011
Nesquehoning standoff

A tense standoff with police by a man armed with a rifle along the main thoroughfare in Nesquehoning over the lunch hour yesterday came to a peaceful end after nearly two hours when the man surrendered.

According to police, the man began hallucinating after using bath salts, a synthetic stimulant drug that reportedly compares to cocaine.

The standoff had Route 209, the busy two-lane highway that goes through the center of town, closed for about two hours, forcing traffic to be detoured over side streets.

Friday, March 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Lions and Western Pocono Lioness members worked together to complete a service task by judging a newspaper competition. Serving as judges were, from left, Bob Argot, Charles Rush, Tena Dabour, Camille DeSando, Nancy Beck and Virginia Lamendola.

Lions and Lioness members from the Western Pocono clubs met at the Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville to judge advertising awards for the Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association (MACPA). All publications were of the free variety that may be picked up at local grocery, variety and drug stores, or are delivered to local residents.

Bob Argot, Dave Rowan and Charles Rush, Lions, along with Lioness Nancy Beck, Tena Dabour, Camille DeSando and Virginia Lamendola, spent numerous hours poring over the publications in various categories.

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

Tamaqua Girl Scouts are collecting toilet paper to help the Hometown Air Products plant Career and Development Program (CDP) provide needed supplies to Lehigh Valley and area shelters. Donations can be given to any Air Products employee or Tamaqua Girl Scout. Pictured from left are Tamaqua Girl Scouts Tiffany Porambo, 13, Emma Osenbach, 12, Air Products chemical engineer and CDP representative Kate Lordan, Tamaqua Girl Scouts Victoria Carrell, 13, and Rachael Paisley, 14.

Friday, March 25, 2011

One week from today is April Fool's Day, and the board at the Summit Hill Heritage Center have decided to celebrate by hosting a family game night. Bring your favorite board game or play one of the many at the center and get ready for an evening of good old-fashioned entertainment.

"We decided to try something that would involve families and those who enjoy playing games," said Heritage Center President Deb Ranck. "We hope people will come out, bring their favorite game and enjoy each other's company as spring hopefully begins to arrive."

Friday, March 25, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bob Schaeffer gave a report from the visit of the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society's visit to the Little White Church.

Bob Schaeffer of Blue Mountain Paranormal Society was the speaker for the March 14 meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society. He brought a report about the society's visit to the Little White Church in October.

His report was quickly out of the way when he said there were too many people and too much noise. However, people did have fun using the society's equipment and speculating on what might be there, he said.

So members of the society returned to the church on March 13 and it is that visit he reported about.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wildlands has recently been awarded a grant from the American Rivers & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Community-based Restoration Program to complete the Little Lehigh Creek Dam Removal Design project. The Little Lehigh project is one of only 12 nation-wide, and one of three in the mid-Atlantic region, to receive funding this year.

Friday, March 25, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Springtime at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe! The first days of Spring were followed by numerous snow storms that left the area covered in snow and ice.

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.