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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Lyle Mantz of Summit Hill, helps his granddaughter, Liana Jones, 2, put a ticket in a bag in hopes of winning a piggy bank during a recent event held at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The 8th Annual Lehighton Community Book Swap will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

The Lehighton Area Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association are teaming up for the event. There will also be an opportunity to get a Lehighton Area Memorial Library card.

Any books remaining at 5:30 p.m. will be given away free without exchange. This event is not for collectors.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Don Eckhart was dressed in the uniform of a Zouave Civil War soldier when he presented a program on the war at the Slatington Library.

Donald Eckhart was introduced as an in-house speaker as he talks about his collection of Civil War artifacts. He volunteers at the library. Eckhart had been seen exhibiting at the Walnutport Canal Festival and the library took advantage of his knowledge in a program on March 20

He collected books on the Civil War and read voraciously in preparation for his talk. Many of the books were donated to the library which gives it one of the most complete local collections on the war.

Eckhart called his program "Diverse and sundry insights to the Civil War."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

At Monday evening's regular Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting, the Board of Directors appointed members to the Citizens' Advisory Committee.

The members appointed were: John Ciavarella, Barbara Franzosa, Richard Karper, Theresa Kattner, TJ McKeon, Kris Newbern, Robert Schaninger, Bronson Ford, and Brian Schwartz. Nancy Fields was also appointed as an alternate member. There will also be one school board member on the committee.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Judge Steve Serfass was the guest speaker of the 38th Anniversary Celebration of the end of the Vietnam War by members of the Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County. To Serfass' right is Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies.

Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County celebrated the 38th anniversary of the ending of the war in Vietnam with an impressive ceremony on Sunday afternoon in the courtyard of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314.

Taking part in the program were representatives of all veterans organizations within the county.

Returning veterans of the Vietnam War, didn't have welcoming parades and Americans seemed to shun, if not denigrate Americans who went to Vietnam. Very little was done to aid returning veterans and their loved ones who needed assistance in adjusting.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Carl Bittner

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in memory of local area teen Carl Bittner from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at Weatherly Area High School, 601 6th Street, Weatherly.

Carl Bittner, 17, had a way about him that could make even the grumpiest person smile. His big heart and aptitude for learning could only be eclipsed by his desire to help people.

During his high school career, Carl assisted with the students in the special education classes, which fostered many diversified friendships extending throughout the town of Weatherly.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tim and Fran Stahl, who won the large $1,000 cash donation during Sunday's ACS Chinese Auction, surprised organizers when they donated $500 of it back to the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Pictured from left are Fran Stahl, Tim Stahl and event co-chair MaryAnn Delaney.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn-Kidder Lions recently presented a check for $411 to the Jim Thorpe Little League for the upkeep of their fields and program. Presenting the check, from left, are Kenneth Cathcart, Cynthia Kern, JTLL President Brian Schwartz, Nancy DaCosta and Manny DaCosta.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Robert Benjamin, an employee of Joe Mitzen Building and Remodeling, wields a hammer to install new sofitting in preparation for installing a new roof on Lansford's original council house/jailhouse at Patterson and Walnut streets. The two-story structure was built in 1877. Members of Lansford Alive successfully applied for a $20,000 state Department of Community and Economic Development Legislative Initiative grant, secured by former state Rep./House Speaker Keith McCall, to buy and restore the old stone building.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Every now and again a special educator comes along who is able to make a lasting impact on a student.

With that very thought in mind, Reading Escapades is conducting a writing contest open to everyone for "The World's Greatest Teacher".

The contest is a chance to thank that special teacher, and have them noticed to let them know how special they are, according to Christine Allen, proprietor.