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Monday, March 21, 2011

Wrestling

The Jim Thorpe Knee-High Wrestling program will have its year-end pizza party and awards banquet Wednesday, March 23. For more information, please contact your coach or visit jimthorpewrestling.com.

Soup and Scripture

St. John's Lutheran Church, Heights, will hold the Lenten soup and scripture service on Wednesday, March 23, at 6 p.m. The menu for this week is hamburger barbecue and macaroni salad. The meal is made by the Willing Workers of the church.

Monday, March 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participating in the induction ceremony for the Language Honor Societies at Marian High School were, front row from left, Mrs. Maureen Heffelfinger, Advisor, Marykate Sherkness, Sabrina Krupko, John Julian and Nick Kweder. Second row, Nicole Collevechio, Theresa DeFebo, Mrs. Deborah Coles, Advisor, Jessica Horlacher and Samantha Faust. Third row, Taylor Troyanoski, Isabella Macoviak, Damian Richards, Eric Swankoski and Nathaniel Keer. Fourth row, Jessica DeLash, Kara Sedlack, Sarah Zurawa, Kasey Rossell and Ryan Karnish.

The French and Spanish Honor Societies of Marian High School inducted 17 students at a special Mass celebrated in the school gymnasium.

Taking part in the ceremony were the officers of the French Honor Society: Jessica McKinley, President; Sara Pisak, Vice-President; Maria Oberto, Secretary; Tyler Zawatski, Treasurer The officers of the Spanish Honor Society are: Laura Cinicola, President; Michael Moran, Vice-President; Dominick Richards, Secretary; Holly Massar, Treasurer.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. The center is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309 and offers special riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.

Monday, March 21, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Oscar Santizo, employment specialist with Human Resources Center Inc., Stroudsburg, talks to representatives of Carbon County service agencies Thursday.

A full house at Thursday's meeting of the Interagency Council of Carbon County listened as Oscar Santizo, employment specialist with Human Resources Center Inc., Stroudsburg, described his organization's efforts to help folks with disabilities find and keep jobs and homes.

People who are referred to the agency are assessed to "see if the referral that we have is accurate, that this person is qualified for employment or schooling of some kind. That takes about 20 or 30 hours, he said. After the assessment, "we look for a job for them," Santizo said.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Adventures to the Ancients are free open space hikes. The next hike will be Sunday, March 27.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Tamaqua Public Library's hours are:

Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.

Friday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please note that the library will be closed Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 for the Easter Holiday.

Spring Storytime

Monday, March 21, 2011

A 73-year-old Kunkletown man is dead following a skiing accident he sustained earlier this month at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Lower Towamensing Township.

Brian Lock, of 165 Douglas Lane, died on Saturday at St. Luke's, Fountain Hill. He was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. by Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Contacted this morning, Grim told the TIMES NEWS the cause of death is attributed to a head injury Lock sustained from a skiing incident that occurred at about 12:15 p.m. March 4.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Dr. Ian Ackroyd-Kelly visited Antarctica to retrace a journey his father, W. Howard Ackroyd-Kelly participated in with Rear Admiral Richard Byrd's 1928-29 expedition to the South Pole. He presented a slide show for the West End Rotary Club of his trip. He said they saw a lot of penguins.

Antarctica.

It is one of the earth's seven continents.

It is the coldest place on earth. The coldest natural temperature ever recorded was -128.6 degrees F at Antarctica's Russian Vostok Station on July 21, 1983. Temperatures reach a minimum of between -112 degrees F and -130 degrees F in the interior in winter and reach a maximum of between 41 degrees F and 59 degrees F near the coast in summer. It is a frozen desert with little precipitation – only eight inches along the coast and far less inland.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Carbon County Interagency Council (IAC) has announced that the agency is currently accepting applications for a $500 Social Services grant. The grant application is open to all agencies who meet the guidelines of the council's mission statement and who serve any population of Carbon County.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Carbon County Friends of Animals will hold a rabies clinic on Sunday, March 20, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall skating rink from noon until 3 p.m. The skating rink is located on the lower level of the hall, located at 10th and Fern streets, Jim Thorpe.

Also available during the clinic will be distemper vaccinations, heartworm and Lyme disease testing, and FIV/FeLV testing. Dr. Karen Hess will be providing the vaccinations.

All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a pet carrier, or they will be turned away. Carriers are available upon request. No early birds please.