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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured preparing vegetable beef soup during the Tamaqua Trinity UCC's first monthly soup kitchen is volunteer and cook Barbara Breiner.

Parishioners of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua held their first monthly community outreach soup kitchen this past Saturday in their social hall.

The free community dinner included vegetable beef soup, homemade bread, refreshments and a large variety of desserts.

Trinity UCC Reverend Dr. David Grant gives full credit to his parishioners for their desire to help the community and pointed out that the soup kitchen isn't only for low income, as anyone can come enjoy some great soup with great people.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Second-grade pupils Hannah Quinn (left) Zacary Reif (middle) and kindergartner Joshua Reif (right) display the homemade bird feeders they made in the "Nature Center" station.

Telescopes, tents and sleeping bags were all fair game recently at S.S. Palmer Elementary.

Complete with a camping theme, "A Night Under the Stars" was an annual Title I reading event held to promote family involvement and reading literacy.

Family Reading Night was open to students from S.S. Palmer Elementary, Parkside Education Center and Pre-K kids to attend with their families.

Those families that arrived visited "The Ranger Station" with Jennifer Ramaly, S.S. Palmer Reading Specialist. They received a map guide and a brief explanation of what to expect and visit.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Blake Campbell, Palmerton High School; Brandon Everett, Lehighton High School and Corey Husic, Moravian Academy point to the picture of Clare Kubik, the fourth recipient of an ecology award, who was unable to attend. Kubik was bird watching when the picture was taken.

Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, said on March 13 that this year's recipients of the Ecology awards went to a "homegrown" group. They have all put in a lot of time volunteering at the center.

Recipients are solicited from teachers and nature centers - including Lehigh Gap. Most years there are four to six nominees.

It is special because it is not an award that people work to get because most do not know it exists, but it is a pat on the back for someone who has done something good for the environment.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The nominating petition of William D. Boyer, 105 Ryan Avenue, Tamaqua, who is seeking nomination to a six year term as auditor in Rush Township, is being challenged by Walter Taylor, Rush Township, according to a petition filed in the prothonotary's office in the Schuylkill County Courthouse. President Judge William D. Baldwin has scheduled a hearing on the complaint for Friday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Christopher J. Sanders, 21, of Tamaqua, was taken into custody Saturday evening after calling in a false fire alarm to the Schuylkill County Communications Center. He was escorted to his arraignment by Tamaqua Patrolmen Matt Bynon (left) and Karl Harig (right). Sanders admitted calling the 9-1-1 center with three false alarms in the past three months. Details of the arrest were published in Monday's TIMES NEWS.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Two holders of offices in the Schuylkill County Courthouse are unopposed in the Primary Election to be held Tuesday, May 17, according to filings in the Schuylkill County Registration Bureau.

Monday, March 14, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news

A new addiction recovery support group has started at the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua. The addiction recovery program is held every Monday at 7 p.m. and located at 124 W. Broad St. The free "Jesus in the Steps, From Addiction to Recovery" course is a recovery and group support program designed at helping anyone struggling with any form of addiction, such as smoking, sex, drugs, alcohol, sugar, chocolate and anything else. The program will feature Biblical teaching that will help integrate Christian faith into recovery. More information is available by calling (570) 668-3653.

Monday, March 14, 2011

March and April are chock full of fun at the Panther Valley Public Library.

On Wednesday, March 16, a St. Patrick's Day themed crafts party will fill the 4-6 p.m. hours with fun, and children can enjoy St. Patty's Day treats with Miss Bridget on Thursday, March 17. The library will offer Earth Day craft-making from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.

Wednesday, March 30, features an Easter decorations-making session from 4-6 p.m.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, has announced the winners of the 2010-2011 Americanism contests.

In the third grade poster contest, winners were, Aleah Nothstein, Franklin Elementary School, first, $50; Colton Bachman, East Penn Elementary School, second, $30; and Katie Aaron, Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, third, $20.

In the seventh grade essay contest, Amy McConnell of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, first, $50; Cassie Binder, Lehighton Middle School, second, $30; and third, Ryan Andrews, Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, $20.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Walter Schulz, 650 Behrens Road, Jim Thorpe, is a candidate for a two-year term of office on the Jim Thorpe Area School Board.

His name will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots.

It was incorrectly listed earlier that he is a candidate for a four-year term of office.