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Monday, May 9, 2011

With the current school year winding down the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board approved plans for the 2011 Environmental Education Summer Camp to be held at the North Campus in Butler Township from June 13 through 16 and at the South Campus in Norwegian Township from June 20 through 23, in action taken at its monthly meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Monday, May 9, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS James Kendrew of the Palmerton team looks toward the green during the miniature golf competition on Friday. This year, the golf event was held at Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy in Tamaqua.

The Carbon County Senior Games has helped keep area seniors young at heart for the last 23 years.

Each year, nearly 200 men and women from five county senior centers come out to throw, shoot, swim, dance, and putt their way into the winner's circle.

One week of competition has been completed and the nine-time defending champs, the Lehighton senior team, have a comfortable lead. But, it's still anyone's tournament with 10 events left.

Monday, May 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Fifty students at Lehighton Area High School recently performed in the annual Concert Band Spring Concert under the direction of Bryan Buffington, director.

Fifty students at Lehighton Area High School recently performed in the annual Concert Band Spring Concert under the direction of Bryan Buffington, director.

Buffington had high praise for his students, especially for their behavior and talent while performing in Nashville.

"The highlight of their trip was performing at the Grand Ole Opry," said Buffington.

Several students had the opportunity to shine in solo arrangements and one student chose a selection and served as a guest conductor.

Monday, May 9, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Laura Goss, executive director of the Pocono Arts Council, explains at the Chestnuthill Township supervisors' meeting why the arts are so culturally important for everyone.

Don Zipp, Chestnuthill Township's Emergency Services coordinator, told Chestnuthill Township supervisors at a meeting earlier this week that EMS is currently working with the National Weather Service (NWS) to become StormReady.

StormReady is a community preparedness program that encourages government entities and commercial gathering sites to prepare for severe storms. It provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership with the local NWS, state and local emergency managers, and the media.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Firefighters were called to a report of a garage fire at 267 First St. in Coaldale just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday. After arriving firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which was in the engine compartment of a red 1969 Ford Mustang. Responding were Coaldale and Lansford fire companies, Coaldale police, Tamaqua fire chief and Coaldale fire police. The fire started at the carburetor. The garage also suffered fire damage.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Residents in the area who basked in balmy temperatures and admired their gardens of Mother's Day were startled this morning when they woke to March-like temperatures and a record snowfall. On Friday, the temperature had risen to 82 degrees. During the night, a bristling arctic air mass pushed down from Canada and sent temperatures plummeting to 32 degrees. Nearly two inches of snow was reported in Coaldale and Summit Hill.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet on Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. at Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. The featured topic will be a discussion about how the Palmerton Area School District and the Palmerton Area Library Association are being impacted by state cuts to education.

"This will be our final official meeting before our summer break but there will be lots of activities to discuss," said Club President, Sarina Berlow. "Attendees are also reminded to bring canned goods to donate to the Palmerton Area Food Bank."

Monday, May 9, 2011

The May 5 meeting of the Towamensing supervisors opened with a moment of silence for the passing of Curt Beers. Supervisor Penny Kleintop said he was helpful in many ways including being on the zoning hearing board and historical commission.

"He will be sorely missed. We give condolences to the family," said Kleintop.

At the April meeting Supervisor Tom Newman made a motion to put off taking out a $3 million loan for the new municipal complex. It died for lack of a second.

Monday, May 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Michael Martinez, a fourth-grade student at St. John Neumann Regional School, proudly displays his snowman painting and pin.

St. John Neumann Regional School students have a real flair for the arts.

Students anxiously displayed their artistic talents at the school's annual art show Tuesday at the Palmerton campus.

Artwork was on display from students from both the Palmerton and Slatington campuses as representatives from Chrysler and Rentschler Chevrolet joined with parents and teachers for a Drive for the Kids fundraiser in support of the school.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Food pantry

The Shepherd House food pantry at Ebenezer E.C. Church will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14. Recipients must reside within the Jim Thorpe Area School District. The pantry is located at 441 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. For more information call (570) 325-2855.

Nonperishable donations are needed and accepted at the bin in the foyer of the Jim Thorpe Market. Many working families are struggling to provide for their families.

Appreciation dinner