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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Contracts were entered by the Schuylkill County commissioners to save cost on electricity and provide rehabilitation assistance to lower income households in the county, in actions taken at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

A two-year contract agreement was approved with PPL Energy Plus of Allentown to cover the electricity for the Emergency Management 9-1-1 building in Pottsville and the tower sites located along the Burma Road, Keffers Mountain, Blue Mountain, Pine Grove and Park Place.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.. to 4 p.m., Advance Auto Parts, 71 Blakeslee Blvd, Lehighton. Call (610) 377-6017.

Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon, Zion United Church of Christ, 226 Iron Street, Lehighton. Call (570) 455-2018

Wednesday, May 9, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company, Route 209, Kresgeville. Call 800-223-6667, ext. 1245.

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 411 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville. Call (610) 760-9891.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Ryan Alicandri, 12, and his father Andy volunteer their time cleaning and weeding the Tamaqua train station parking lot during a recent Tamaqua LEO Club community function. For more information about the Tamaqua LEO Club, feel free to come to their next meeting. For more information call (570) 668-1234.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area Library Board of Directors include (l-r) Jack Woginrich, golf committee chairman, Susan Choy, board member, Susan Debski, board member, and Diane Danielson, library director.

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So that it may continue to provide services to the public, the Palmerton Area Library will hold its second annual golf tournament.

The Palmerton Area Library Open will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

Proceeds from the event benefit children and adult programs at the library, said Susan Choy, a member of the library's board of directors. After the golf tournament, a dinner and auction will follow, she said.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Delia A. Apollo, owner of Apollo Farms Ltd. in Palmerton, sits inside her office. Directly behind Apollo are the various awards she's won as a professional USEF rider.

It won't be long before children can experience the magical world of horses at a local farm on the outskirts of Palmerton.

That would be in the form of Apollo Farms Ltd, located at 3070 Summer Mountain Road, which just opened for the season.

As summer approaches, the farm is in search of sponsors for The Ride for Youth Summer 2012 Sponsorship Program.

The program had previously been located at the New Jersey Gloucester County Dream Park, said owner Delia A. Apollo,.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions meeting will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe. Lions are encouraged to invite a guest or family member to attend the dinner. Reservations can be made by contacting Linda Benner at (610) 377-3685. Club members will be assisting with registration during the Rabies Clinic being held on May 6.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS As volunteer Pat Bach sits behind them, Trent Young (left) and Blaine Dart read the story "the Bat Boy and His Violin" to therapy dog Kenai during her visit to St. Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe.

The students of Mrs. Martino's third grade class at St. Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe had a visit from a canine friend recently.

The visitor was a 6-year-old Alaskan Malamute named Kenai who was accompanied by her handler Pat Bach.

Kenai is a therapy dog that helps students be more at ease practicing their oral reading skills by reading to the dog.

The therapy dogs come to the school once a month and this is the fourth year that they are doing so.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mahoning Township was one of five Central Carbon County communities to spend the last few years creating a comprehensive plan for the area and their work was awarded a Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence recently, Supervisor Frank Ruch shared with fellow supervisors.

"Rod Mann of Franklin Township and I traveled to Harrisburg last Tuesday to accept the award. Franklin Township kept the plaque since they were the main organizers but each of the other communities received one of these certificates," Ruch said displaying it for the supervisors to examine.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

In yesterday's Times News, Saturday was listed as the date for an upcoming vendor and craft show benefit for baby Emma Hope Cipko,daughter of Jill Cipko. The actual date is this Sunday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Please contact Margaret Schock at (570) 778-4774 or via Facebook for more information.