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Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police from Tamaqua and Rush Township responded just before 2 a.m. Sunday to a report of an abandoned vehicle parked in the southbound lane of Tuscarora Park Road, SR1015, near the Tuscarora State Park entrance in Barnesville. When they arrived they noticed no one was with the vehicle and it had been heavily damaged after traveling a short distance off the road over an embankment around a nearby turn and then wound up traveling back on the road for about couple hundred feet with missing and deflated tires.

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Coaldale Republican Party will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at the West Ward Rod & Gun Club.

Primary Election information will be reviewed. The last day to file nominating petitions is Tuesday, March 8, at the County Election Bureau in Pottsville.

County controller candidates Christy Joy and Eric Hollen are the invited guests for the meeting.

Monday, February 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Students who will represent Northern Lehigh High School in the 53rd annual Lehigh County Honors Band concert this Saturday include (front row, l-r), Jamie Miller, Abby Messinger, Logan Thomson, Heather Heiney (back row, l-r), Michael Miller, Zac Schlegel, Marc Beleno, and John Hudicka.

It provides a platform for students to showcase their musical talents on the grand stage.

That could shed some light as to why members of the Northern Lehigh High School Band are on cloud nine as they prepare to perform at their biggest production of the year.

That would be in the form of the 53rd annual Lehigh County Honors Band festival concert, scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern Lehigh High School. The Host director this year is Scott Brown, band director at Northwestern Lehigh High School.

Monday, February 28, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jane Borbe, Sally Kraus, Bill Leickel, moderator Nancy Taras, Lisa McKeown, Barbara Egerton and Nelson Markley were among the people participating in a Cabin Fever Book Club meeting.

People were asked to give their personal connections to the Appalachian Trail when the Cabin Fever Book Club met Thursday at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

The first book discussed by the club was Maurice Broun's "Hawks Aloft" about Hawk Mountain. For February it was "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. He hiked much of the Appalachian Trail as he became reacquainted with this country after an extended European stay.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at the Harvest Café at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe. District Governor Robert Kelsey will be the guest speaker.

Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West Penn Township Police Officer Jason Lorah gathers evidence as he inspects a piece of duct tape that was used in the making of an explosive device that destroyed a mailbox on Sunday night on Dairy Road in South Tamaqua.

West Penn Police are investigating an incident involving an exploding mailbox that occurred Sunday night around 10 p.m. on 916 Dairy Rd. in South Tamaqua.

Vandals placed an explosive device in the box to destroy it.

A Tamaqua Crime Watch official stated that the incident is considered a felony offense.

The United States Postal Inspection Service can investigate cases in which residential mailboxes are destroyed because they are considered federal property.

Monday, February 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

West Penn Township police are investigating a crash early Saturday morning which left the female driver of the car injured. The crash occurred just before 3 a.m. at the intersection of SR309 and SR443 East. The woman was driving north on SR309 when she apparently lost control of her vehicle with the unit swerving onto the right berm impacting with a large rock and a tree. The victim was trapped in the wreckage for about a half hour before being freed by members of the West Penn Fire Co. #1.

Monday, February 28, 2011

A resolution naming Mrs. M. Evelyn Gaydos of Coaldale a "permanent member" of the board of directors, Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation, was adopted by the board at its meeting in Edgemont Lodge, Lansford. President Joseph Snoha was in charge of the meeting. The resolution stated that Mrs. Gaydos was a charter member of the board, a past president, and had served faithfully with CSIDC's predecessors in helping created jobs for Panther Valley residents.

Monday, February 28, 2011
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Dr. Stephanie Wernett of Blue Mountain Health System was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. She discussed the local hospital's pharmaceutical system and procedures. Pictured left to right are Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President Rev. Leon Morgan, Rotarian Bob McCombs, and Dr. Wernett. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Monday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner/Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Jim Thorpe Community Watch will be meet at 7 p.m. March 17 at Memorial Hall. Jim Thorpe residents are encouraged to come and join the growing group of volunteers who are making positive improvements in the community.