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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Thirty-six boys were inducted in the newly formed squadron of Sons of the American Legion in the home of C.H. Berry post last night in Tamaqua.

Fifty-six boys attended. The ceremonies were in charge of Russell Davies, chairman of the organization committee, which also includes Harold Williams, Berry post adjutant, and Sam Douglas.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

There will be a patient switch from two-legged to four-legged.

Dr. Lori Milot, a veterinarian, plans to set up her business in what's now known as The Medical Arts Building, which fronts Lafayette Avenue in Rush Township.

The township's zoning hearing board approved the venture during a meeting Tuesday.

The building is presently used as a medical office for a pediatrician and general medical practitioner.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to time served term on drug and theft charges.

She was one of four defendants in pending cases to appear before Carbon President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II on Tuesday during a daylong court session.

Jewelry taken

Stacey Stafiniak, 22, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, as a felony three, with a theft charge dropped.

She admitted taking jewelry from the home of Markel Reinheimer in Mahoning Township on Dec. 21, 2012. She then took the jewelry to a pawnshop in Lehighton and sold some of it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A member of Summit Hill Borough Council came under attack by one of his peers for missing monthly council meetings.

Michael Kokinda, who is the council's vice president, attended just one meeting so far this year, even though the meeting dates have been changed to accommodate his work schedule.

The meeting dates were changed from the second Monday of each month to the fourth Monday.

Former Vice President John O'Gurek was vocal in his criticism of Kokinda, who was not present at the meeting.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The public is invited to an evening of prayer, song and silence at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at All Saints Church, 21 N. Cleveland St. in McAdoo, in the spirit of a Taize Prayer Service.

The Taize community developed a unique style of singing prayer with short, simple melodies and short, classic phrases repeated over and over. The repetition of one verse, often taken from the Bible, allows one to absorb the message deeply. The song becomes kind of a singing meditation, helping one to become aware of the loving presence of God within.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Pocono Arts Council has announced an expansion of one additional hour to its new art workshop class entitled "Mixed Media Approach to Creative Painting."

It will be taught by Will Daskal and run from12:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays from April 3 to April 24, at the Pocono Arts Council's ARTSPACE Gallery classroom, 18 North 7th Street, Stroudsburg.

This month-long three-hour workshop will concentrate on increasing fundamental painting skills using a variety of aqua-painting media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, water-based oils, colored pencil, water soluble pencils, etc.).

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here's where to call or write your state senator:

Sen. David Argall, R-29:

Covers: Banks, Lausanne, Lehigh, Kidder, Mahoning and Packer townships; Beaver Meadows, East Side, Jim Thorpe, Lansford, Lehighton, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Weatherly and Weissport boroughs, Northampton and Lehigh counties.

Mail: Senate Box 203029, Harrisburg, PA 17120-3029Phone: 717-787-2637 Fax: 717-783-8657

Mahanoy City: Mail: One West Centre St., P.O. Box 150, Mahanoy City, PA 17948 Phone: 570-773-0891 Fax: 570-773-1675

Lehigh Valley:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Daytime single-lane traffic patterns will be in effect northbound on Route 209 (Interchange Road) in Franklin Township this week.

The intermittent lane closures are scheduled to occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, during the installation of underdeck shielding on the overhead structure of the turnpike bridge.

The turnpike underpass at Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township will be closed and traffic detoured by 7 a.m. on April 3, conditions permitting.

Message boards have been activated to alert motorists of the scheduled road closure.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here are the lawmakers for our region:

CARBON COUNTY:

Senator:

John T. Yudichak, Democrat: Banks, Lausanne, Lehigh, Kidder, Mahoning and Packer townships; Beaver Meadows, East Side, Jim Thorpe, Lansford, Lehighton, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Weatherly and Weissport boroughs

David G. Argall, Republican: East Penn, Franklin, Towamensing, Lower Towamensing and Penn Forest townships; Bowmanstown, Palmerton and Parryville boroughs

Representative:

Doyle Heffley, Republican: All

MONROE COUNTY:

Senators:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
TIMES NEWS/ELSA KERSCHNER Marc Grammes kicks off his campaignto run for the House 183rd district.

Marc Grammes of Washington Township, a Republican, kicked off his campaign to run as state representative for the 183rd legislative district on March 22 at the Slatington Trailhead.

He will be challenging current state Rep. Julie Harhart for her seat.

In Lehigh County, the district covers parts of Whitehall, Washington and South Whitehall townships and Slatington.

In Northampton County it includes North Catasauqua, Walnutport, Northampton, Lehigh and Allen townships and parts of Moore Township. He said the districts are geared to having 60,000 people in each district.