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Friday, May 10, 2013
AP PHOTO This photo provided by the University of Connecticut, shows a cicada in Pipestem State Park in West Virginia on May 27, 2003. Any day now, cicadas with bulging red eyes will creep out of the ground after 17 years and overrun the East Coast with the awesome power of numbers. Big numbers. Billions. Maybe even a trillion. For a few buggy weeks, residents from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered by 600 to 1. Maybe more. And the invaders will be loud. A chorus of buzzing male cicadas can rival a jet engine.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new funds to help more uninsured Americans enroll in affordable health insurance coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.

In Pennsylvania an estimated $4,183,157 is available to support 40 health centers' enrollment efforts.

Nationwide, funding of approximately $150 million will expand the efforts at community health centers to provide in-person assistance to help enroll uninsured individuals into affordable health insurance coverage.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Tamaqua Area School District has filed a petition in Schuylkill County court to enter a judgment against BET Lehigh Real Estate, LLC, of Horsham, for allegedly failing to pay back school taxes amounting to $80,000 on coal land properties it owns located within the boundary of the school district.

Friday, May 10, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Meals on Wheels Palmerton peruse the contents the organization had submitted 25 years ago for the Time Capsule that was unearthed last August. They are, from left, Bill Gallagher; Richard Bowman, coordinator, Kathleen Arner, correspondent and former coordinator, Jonathan Siller, assistant treasurer and Irene Shinsec, past President.

Members of the Meals on Wheels board stepped back in time at their last meeting.

President Darlene Nothstein handed past President Irene Shinsec a white envelope that was sealed 25 years ago and placed in a time capsule designed by the late Warren E. Siegmond in the form of a rocket named the S.S. Palmer Enterprise and built by the New Jersey Zinc Co. It was buried in the southwest corner of the borough park on Oct. 8, 1988 and was unearthed in August 2012, a couple of months shy of Palmerton's Centennial in October.

Friday, May 10, 2013

A plan to alleviate the overcrowding in the Schuylkill County prison was approved by the Schuylkill County Prison Board at a special meeting held Thursday at the courthouse in Pottsville. The plan is being sent to the Pennsyvania Department of Correction (DOC) in Harrisburg, seeking their approval in order to be eligible for grants.

Friday, May 10, 2013

In preparation for the May 21 Primary election, local online information publication WestEndSupporter.com will be presenting "Meet the PV Board Candidates" on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. This public forum will take place at the Western Pocono Community Library on Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville. Of the seven candidates on the ballot, six are scheduled to be in attendance. They are: Thomas Murphy Sr., James Spinola, Linda Miklos, Len Peeters, Robert Serfass and Dan Wunder. MiChelle Palmer will not be able to attend due to a professional conflict.

Friday, May 10, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS John Keiter, representing Panther Valley, lines up a shot during the pool competition at Terpstra's in Jim Thorpe Wednesday morning during the third day of the Carbon County Senior Games.

The South Team stayed on top Thursday in the third day of the Carbon County Senior Games.

The teams are divided into North and South. The South Team is composed of Lehighton and Palmerton; the North Team is composed of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, and Weatherly.

After Thursday's pool tournaments, the top scorer was Lehighton, with 237 points, followed by Jim Thorpe with 134, then Panther Valley with 74, Palmerton with 69, and Weatherly with 6.

The individual results for the basketball shoot contests were:

Friday, May 10, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Rebecca Santee and her husband Jack stand in parking lot of Mahoning Valley Farmers Market along Route 443 in Mahoning Township as they plan for today's opening. The market, which was closed since 2010, reopened for business at 8 a.m. today and will be open each weekend.

For generations the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market along Route 443 in Mahoning Township was a popular attraction on weekends. Large crowds would visit the market, buying locally grown farm products, patronizing area vendors, and eating freshly made hamburgers, french fries, and doughnuts.

The market had closed in 2010 when the owner opted to retire.

Today the 35,000 square foot, landmark facility reopened under new ownership. Rebecca Santee and her father, Floyd Santee, acquired a five-year lease, made major improvements, and opened for business at 8 a.m.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Neeley Wehr, a sophomore at Lehighton Area High School, will experience daily life in Japan for a six-week summer period as a result of her winning the Future Homemakers of America/Kikkoman Corporation Scholarship. This scholarship will enable Neeley to participate in the Youth For Understanding International Exchange Summer Program.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Panther Valley School District will accept applications from those wishing to serve the time remaining on former School Director David Hiles' term until 5 p.m. Monday.

Hiles resigned as of April 2. Applicants must be school district residents.

For more information, call the district office at (570) 645-3176.