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Saturday, March 15, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's George Ashman, a member of Patton's 90th Infantry Division, displays his infantry patch from World War II.

Hundreds of thousands of moviegoers are flocking to the big screens to see George Clooney in the new flick "Monuments Men."

Clooney portrays a World War II figure in a key role. But he's an imitation. He's an actor portraying a part.

If you want to see the real deal, you need to be in Carbon County.

At 410 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton, you can meet and talk with George Ashman, a native son who was a member of the 357th Infantry Regiment of George Patton's famous 90th Infantry Division.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Jack and Drew Lorenz, Lehighton Jack said, "Playing outside and having my friends over to play football, baseball, basketball and riding my bike." Drew said, "I am looking forward to going outdoors to play football. I like Easter and I am looking forward to having friends over to my house."

Spring arrives in less than a week. What activity do you most look forward to?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center will hold its 17th Annual Basket Bingo on Sunday, March 30 at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building in Normal Square.

Bingo prizes include filled Longaberger baskets and Vera Bradley designer purses. There also will be a Chinese auction, door prizes, two raffles, and a bake sale.

Doors open at noon, and bingo begins at 1 p.m.

For tickets and more information, call Debbie Yanders at 610-377-0151.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Carbon County bridge will soon be replaced.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, county administrator Eloise Ahner announced the apparent lowest bidder for the bridge 16 replacement project. Bridge 16 is a single-lane bridge along Koch Road in Towamensing Township.

Bids were opened electronically at 11 a.m. Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, per the project agreement, and sent to the commissioners.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Lisa Sasserath Boehm of Hellertown submitted this photo of a sunrise from Flagstaff. We'd like to publish your photo here. Go to www.tnonline.com to submit your photo.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
(AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing) Emergency workers respond to the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday. Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but thought the odor could be coming from outside.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigates gas line explosions. Here's a listing from the NTSB database of gas line explosions in Pennsylvania. Details of the explosions were not available for the years before 1990.

Feb. 9, 2011 in Allentown: A UGI natural gas explosion killed William Hall, 79; his wife Beatrice Hall, 74; Ofelia A. Ben, 69; Ben's granddaughter, Katherine Cruz, 16; and Katherine's 4-month-old son, Matthew Vega. The explosion was at 13th and Allen streets.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Marlene Basiago, owner of Helping Hand Clinic in Summit Hill, seated on the universal gym, is retiring after 39 years as a physical and occupational therapist and 24 years as a business owner. She donated her rehabbing equipment to Panther Valley School District. With her are PV students, from left, Hunter Davidyock, Richard Nase, Brendan Beshock, Czar Founds and Michael Horan; as well as Kristin Black, PV athletic and activities director.

Marlene Basiago, owner of Helping Hand Clinic in Summit Hill, has been helping the Panther Valley community for nearly 24 years.

She has rehabbed dozens of Panther Valley athletes, faculty, and alumni over the years; given back to the community through donations to schools and area organizations, and volunteered at her church and at the Panther Valley Public Library.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Three generations will mark the 50th anniversary of McFarland and Sons Garage, which was purchased by the late Calvin McFarland on March 17, 1964. From left are Kyle McFarland, his father Troy, and grandmother Shirley.

McFarland and Sons Garage in Lehighton will mark 50 years of business on Monday. The garage offers general auto repair, towing, state inspections and custom exhaust work.

While the business has expanded multiple times, one thing has stayed the same: The business continues to be owned and operated by family members who share a passion for automobiles.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
FILE PHOTO/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School, built in 1929, will close at the end of this year.

It was made official Thursday night that Polk Elementary School will close its doors at the end of the 2013-2014 school year in June. The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted 9-0 to close.

"I'm sure everyone sitting here doesn't want to do this but the economy and the declining enrollment makes it necessary," said director Susan Kresge. She noted that it was easier to grow than it is to shrink.

Russ Gould, board president agreed it was sad to close the school. He had been a student at Polk and has a lot of good memories.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The annual St. Patrick's Day Tea was held Sunday evening in the auditorium of St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Tamaqua, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of America, Court St., Jerome 1143. There were 75 persons in attendance.

The auditorium was decorated with an Irish motif, as shamrocks, green hats, and cutouts of typical Irish people ornamented the walls. The tea table has a centerpiece of green carnations, greens and ornamental St. Patrick's Day figurines.