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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
WHAT: 18th annual Pa. Citizen Bee WHERE: Carbon County Courthouse WHEN: May 3 Registration: begins at 6 p.m. Written exam : begins at 6:30 p.m. Oral round of questions: generally begins around 7:15 p.m.

Nine area schools are sending participants to the 18th annual Pa. Citizen Bee May 3 at the Carbon County Courthouse.

The Bee is an educational outreach program sponsored by The Times News.

Citizen Bee contestants participate individually, first completing a 30-minute written exam followed by five rounds of oral questions. Cash prizes of $300, $200, $100 and $100 will be presented.

The competition tests participants' knowledge of U.S. history, economics, geography, Pa. studies, local history and current events. This year's participants range from freshmen to seniors.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library is more than just a place to take out books. There is something going on all the time for everyone of all ages.

Preschool Story Hour is every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. Watch for special guest readers during National Library Month.

Tail Waggin' Tutuors Kids read to dogs the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. It is free but parents must preregister for a time slot by calling the library at 610-826-3424.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were called to a single family home, located at 2056 West Penn Pike in the village of Snyders, West Penn Township, around 1 a.m. today for a report of a structure fire. After arriving they noticed smoke emanating from the home. Upon further investigation, they determined the smoke to be from a congested area on the first floor. Firefighters said the cause of the small fire was from a dropped cigarette that fell on flammable items. The home is lived in by Butch Galloway and Cindy Kleckner.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Jr. High Chorus practice "Frim Fram Sauce" for the junior/senior band and chorus concert Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The Palmerton Area School District invites you to come and let "Music Makes Your Mind Grow." That's the title of this year's junior and senior high schools' band and chorus concert. It will be held Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The Junior High Band will present J.S. Bach "Chorales," "Canon" by Thomas Tallis, featuring on the flute Mercy Melo, Mikayla Smale and Ashley Bird; "Simple Gifts," an Appalachian Folk Hymn; and the "1812 Overture" by Peter Tchaikovsky.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club will meet at the VFW in Nesquehoning, on April 30. Please note the meeting will be held at 7 p.m., which is a new time.

The club welcomes any one who might be interested to come and check it out, including civilians.

Scott Reinhart, commander, will be in charge of the meeting.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lehighton Borough Council members voted to repair the roof of the Judge's Stand, formerly used at the Carbon County Fair when the fair was held in Lehighton. Repairs will be paid for by a grant which must be spent by June 30, 2012. They approved the quote of $16,500 to repair the roof by Hinkle Roofing. This quote includes a 20-year warranty.

"There's been a lot of discussion over the past 6-8 months. With the deadline of the grant rapidly approaching, we need to make a decision on what we want to do," said borough manager Nicole Beckett.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS State Representative Doyle Heffley presented seven Pennsylvania State flags to Lehighton Area School District. Coordinating the project was Sue Anthony, Sgt. at Arms and LaRue Fritz, second vice president and Poppy and Girls State chairman, both are members of the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314. From left are, Anthony, Heffley, Fritz and Dan Repsher, assistant principal at Lehighton Area High School.

Seven three-foot by five-foot Pennsylvania State flags were presented to Dan Repsher, assistant principal of Lehighton Area High School by State Representative Doyle Heffley.

"I'm a graduate of Lehighton schools and I am happy to see one fly at each one of the buildings," said Heffley.

The request for Pa. State flags was coordinated by members of the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314, Lehighton.

"I knew that Doyle would come through," said Anthony.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Pocono Health System would like to invite all eighth grade girls, and their parents, living in Monroe County to a very special kick-off event for a new program called Spirit Girls, an extension of its popular Spirit of Women program.

The kick-off will be Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. at East Stroudsburg South High School.

This free, brand new program will be featuring fun monthly workshops, activities, community building projects and more for the girls in the community.

It will teach girls healthy lifestyles while also promoting self-esteem.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Carbon County Republican voters joined their party members in backing the four winning candidates in contested races that appeared on that side of the ballot.

County voters favored former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the balloting for the GOP presidential nomination; went with Allegheny County State Rep. John Maher who was the party's nominee for the auditor general's race in the commonwealth; gave winning totals to Pa. Sen. David Argall in his bid for re-election; and also favored the U.S. Senate nominee, Tom Smith of Armstrong County.

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