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Monday, April 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Julianna Perez, 15 months, playing a baby lion, is raised in the air by Harmony Scholar performers David Aungst and Amanda Stocker during their finalee performance of Lion King.

The Panther Valley High School auditorium was packed both days during the Harmony Scholar's 20th anniversary performances held over the weekend.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday approved the following personnel actions:

*Employment separation: Jillyan A. Sterling, Palmerton, part-time corrections officer, effective April 9;

*Resignations: Brent R. Getz, Lehighton, part-time corrections officer, effective March 26; Anthony C. Petaccio, Jim Thorpe, part-time corrections officer, effective April 5; and Nicholas W. Knepper, Tamaqua, part-time corrections officer, effective April 10;

Monday, April 23, 2012
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon County GOP recently hosted its inaugural Easter Egg Hunt at Downtown Lehighton Lower Park. It was originally planned for Saturday, March 31, but was rescheduled due to rainy weather. Open to children up to the age of 11, the event featured candy-filled eggs, as well as "lucky eggs" that contained a ticket to claim a larger prize. "We did this for the children. We also wanted to let the people of Carbon County know that we're not here just to be a political party," said organizer Jeremy Glaush.

Monday, April 23, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Band presented its annual Spring Concert on Sunday at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Lehighton Band opened its 148th season by presenting its annual Spring Concert on Sunday at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

The concert was conducted by Paul R. Smith and featured a wide variety of selections. Bradley R. Cressley was the announcer.

The concert began with John Phillips Sousa's "The Gladiator March," followed by a new overture, "Overture Enerigico" by James Barnes.

Alfred Reed provided the arrangement for the next number, a medley of familiar hymn tunes "A Sacred Suite."

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tamaqua's retail stores considered as a whole comprise a comparatively large industry, employing 540 people.

According to the 1954 Census of Retail Trade, Tamaqua's total retail sales amounted to $13,397,000 in that year. This compares very favorably with other communities in the five-county Anthracite region, including Mahanoy City, $9,858,000; Lehighton, $11,664,000; and Lansford, $7,437,000.

Monday, April 23, 2012
From left are Lehigh Anthracite Coal employees Louis Mitchalk, first shift mine foreman; Jim Lechleitner, maintenance superintendent; John Hadesty, director of safety; Bill Strauch, purchasing agent; Shane Wetzel, second shift mine foreman; and Dave DiCarlo, second shift maintenance foreman.

For the second year in a row, Lehigh Anthracite Coal (L.A.C.) LLC, received the top safety award for surface coal mines from the Pennsylvania State Council.

The award, called the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Safety Award, was presented by Joseph Sbaffoni, director, Bureau of Mine Safety, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Education, during a business and safety awards presentation held this month in Somerset.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Monroe County firm that wants to construct solar energy panels to meet electrical power needs at Lehigh and Moore elementary schools is appealing a Northampton County Court decision that rejected the project.

MetroTek Electrical Services, Kunkletown, will appeal to Commonwealth Court a March 5 decision by Northampton County Judge Michael Koury.

Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik made the announcement of the MetroTek appeal at the April 9 NASD Board of Education meeting.

Monday, April 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Elizabeth Stahl, 10, bites into a cupcake made by Ida Piccia during a recent community event held at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua. Piccia has been an active volunteer at the church for over 30 years.

Monday, April 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Police are looking for the person who crashed a grey Toyota Tacoma extended cap pickup trick into the side of a warehouse located at the intersection of Pine Street and North Valley Street (SR209) in New Philadelphia just before 9 p.m. on Sunday. Responding were firefighters from New Philadelphia and other communities. New Philadelphia police and state police are investigating and ask anyone with information concerning this incident to call them. Fire police detoured traffic around that part the scene during the response and vehicle removal.

Monday, April 23, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dagan Messinger, 13, and Sierra Walck, 11, both of Lehighton, were among the 10 children who were awarded bicycles during the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club fishing derby held Sunday at Durigan's Pond in Mahoning Valley.

Nearly 100 children enjoyed a great day of fishing at the fishing derby sponsored by the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club held Saturday at Durigan's Pond in Mahoning Valley.

Children and grandchildren of members ages up 16 years old were invited to fish and every child received a prize. There were also special prizes given away, including 10 bicycles, two in each age grouping and prizes for the first fish, biggest fish, second biggest fish, first to catch limit, second to catch limit and smallest fish. The biggest fish also gets mounted by Hill's Taxidermy for free.