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Thursday, February 16, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Devon Bizarre, second from right, stands with her grandmother, Brenda Zellers, left; mother, Cindy Bizarre, second from left; and great-grandmother, Alverta Bizarre. Devon is helping the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging raise money for the 23rd annual Carbon County Senior Games.

Devon Bizarre is not your average high school junior.

In addition to being a four-sport athlete; member of the Weatherly High School band, chorus, and Student Government Association; and a participant in the Junior Leadership program for the Greater Hazleton area, the 17-year-old Weatherly girl has a soft spot for the seniors of Carbon County.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Bill O'Gurek/times news Youth basketball coach Gene Binder proudly shows some of his teams' accomplishments at St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe.

Gene Binder never needs a reason to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

But this year will indeed be a special one for the Nesquehoning man and Jim Thorpe native, who has been selected by the Panther Valley Irish-American Association to receive the coveted Shamrock Award at the 65th Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Saturday, March 17.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Tamaqua Volunteers group is trying to restock its emergency storage unit with emergency and household supplies to be given to local fire victims at no charge in the event of a house fire.

After noticing how difficult it was to raise furniture and appliance donations immediately following a house fire, the group decided to collect and store furniture and appliance donations to give to local families immediately after a fire.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Norman Burger brought his list of Polk High School alumni to the Feb. 6 meeting of the Polk Township Historical Society.

He read the names of those for whom he had not found information. The list covers the time from 1912 to the '60s.

Most of the names were recognized though the person may have not have been able to provide further information.

In some cases a name that could lead to information was provided.

Elmer Hessiam and Burger are working on a list of houses 100 years old or older.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A resolution was adopted by the Schuylkill County commissioners approving the issuance of a bond to finance the cost of a project to construct an office building in Pottsville to house the staff of Service Access and Management Agency (SAM), a non-profit organization which cares for the mentally ill in the county, in action taken at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. Other counties served by SAM included Berks, Lehigh and Northampton.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lehighton Area High School listed the students who attained honors in the second marking period.

Attaining high honors, with an overall average of 95 in the marking period in all subject with no grades lower than an 87. They are:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The ACS Telethon Committee will meet on Monday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansford ACS office to discuss details for their Annual Telethon to be held on April 14 & 15. Plans for the Annual Chinese Auction scheduled for Sun., March 25 at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville will also be discussed.

Additional details and locations for the 2012 Ford Fiesta Raffle viewing and ticket sales will be announced.

Individuals are needed for the Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Slatington and surrounding areas.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Officer Peter Wysochansky looks in the areas between homes looking for the roof jumping individual.

Late Wednesday night, Tamaqua Police were called to reports of a person knocking on windows and jumping between roofs of homes located on the 400 block of Willing Street in Dutch Hill, Tamaqua. One of the witnesses said the person was wearing a black hooded jacket. If anyone has any information, call Tamaqua Police at (570) 668-5000.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Carbon County's prison is still working on protecting itself against more lightning strikes.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board on Wednesday, the board again discussed the need for a lightning suppression system at the prison.

Over the last few years, the Carbon County Correctional Facility, located on the top of the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning, has fallen victim to numerous lightning strikes, causing electrical problems in various areas of the prison.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Palmerton Area School District will field offers for a project to renovate its junior high school gymnasium.

The district will accept bids for the project until 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at which time the bids will be opened.

At that time, proposals will be accepted 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.