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Saturday, March 22, 2014
View from the Peak

Desha Utsick of Jim Thorpe submitted this photo of a sunrise from Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on the morning of March 18. She said, "I was in-route, and saw the beautiful red colors in the sky from Route 903 (and took a few photos from there), and decided to take a quick detour to the parking lot at Penn's Peak." She added, "Just as I arrived, the sun began to peak over the mountain." You can submit your photos at tnonline.com. Just scroll down the homepage and click on the submit a photo link.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Among those on hand for a $25,000 check presentation Tuesday were (l-r) Andrew Harris, President/CEO Blue Mountain Health System, Barbara Green, owner, Blue Mountain Ski Resort, and Joe Guardiani, Director of Fund Development, Blue Mountain Health System.

Blue Mountain Health System has received a lift thanks to its annual Ski Night and Auction event held last month at Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

Barbara Green, owner of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, presented a $25,000 check to Blue Mountain Health System representatives at its Bowmanstown Medical Plaza on Tuesday.

Blue Mountain Ski Resort donates the proceeds from all the lift tickets purchased. In all, Blue Mountain Health System was able to raise $47,000 from the event with the help of Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The meeting of the Panther Valley Golden Agers scheduled for Monday, March 24 has been cancelled.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 14.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

Jessica Kutza and Maryann Dulaney, Jessica's mom, both of Coaldale, are eventcoordinators for the American Cancer Society Chinese Auction, which will begin at noon Sunday at the Lakeside Ballroom, Barnesville. The event is one of the fundraisers for the annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. The auction will include more than 600 prizes. To donate, contact Dulaney at 570-645-4228 or email madula@ptd.net.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Lehighton taxpayers group offered an interpretation of the Lehighton School District's website, giving facts, figures and statistics focusing on why repairing the four elementary schools would be a better fit for the community than building an elementary center.

David Bradley, organizer of Lehighton Taxpayers, said in the past four years there have been 111 fewer students enrolled in Lehighton schools.

Bradley said that the only way to get answers is to keep asking questions.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 51st annual tribute to volunteerism and community spirit.

The person selected will be only the fourth to earn what is now called the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award. The award will be presented at the 64th Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held Wednesday, April 23.

The award is open to all residents of the Tamaqua Area School District, 18 years of age or older.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Under Pennsylvania law, every state and local agency is required to appoint a Right-to-Know officer. The officer should be a senior-level employee who understands the agency and has a working knowledge of the records the agency possesses.

The law requires that RTK officers perform specific functions under the law:

Ÿ Receive requests submitted to the agency.

Ÿ Direct requests to other appropriate people within the agency or to the appropriate people in another agency.

Ÿ Track the agency's progress in responding to requests.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Lisa Price/TIMES NEWS Green Dot trainer Lea Hegge, WA, talks to participants during a four-day Bystander Intervention course hosted by LCCC, Tamaqua. The training is a pilot program of Live the Green Dot, an organization that seeks to reduce violence in a community through a strategy which involves community members with a personal levelof connection and responsibility.

Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua hosted a four-day "Green Dot" training program called Bystander Intervention. The Live the Green Dot organization strives to reduce violence by preparing a strategy for a community. Bystander Intervention focuses on training community members how to respond to violent behavior, as it happens or when it's suspected.

Representatives hailed from service clubs, law enforcement, town councils, youth groups, the Schuylkill County District Attorney's office, domestic violence organizations, health organizations, college students and parents.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Many municipalities and school districts are connecting with the public via websites and email, enabling the residents and taxpayers to receive relevant new information, maintain contact and learn about upcoming events with little effort and expense.

For Sunshine Week we decided to see what information is available to the public in our coverage area.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area High School students recently participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science regional competition held at Easton Area High School. First-placewinners will go on to present their projects at the state competition held at Penn State in May.