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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will hold a replacement blood drive in honor of Bill Shipwash from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Dinkey Memorial Church, 1825 Dinkey Road, Ashfield. Walk ins are welcome.

To preschedule a donation, call (570) 386-2834.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Up to 50,000 square miles of the Marcellus Shale formation forms what is being called a Fairway through the state of Pennsylvania. More than a third of the 256 billion cubic feet of natural gas produced from Marcellus Shale wells in 2010 came from nearby Tioga, Bradford and Susquehanna counties.

Forget about the Recession. Pennsylvania has begun a period of unlimited opportunities - and you can be part of the boom.

The boom is Marcellus Shale, and industry that is growing exponentially and expected to continue for the rest of our lifetimes. The natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formations stretches over 95,000 square miles, with 40,000 to 50,000 square miles of the formations forming what is being called a Fairway through the state of Pennsylvania - and more than a third of the natural gas produced came from the northern tier of Bradford, Tioga and Susquehanna counties.

Friday, March 4, 2011
Robert Getz

Pleasant Valley High School student Robert Getz learned a lot when he attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington D.C. last month.

The junior, who is a starter and captain in both varsity football and baseball, is a member of the National Scholars Society and a distinguished honor-roll student. He was selected to attended the National Youth Leadership Forum's Feb. 8-13 session.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The work project for SR54 in Mahanoy City, and Mahanoy and Ryan townships, will begin Wednesday, March 9.

Pennsy Supply Inc., of Hummelstown, is the general contractor on the $3.42 million project to improve the road between Coles Street and Hillside Drive.

The project calls for milling and paving, new signs, curb ramp upgrades, guiderail upgrades and drainage inlet repairs.

Motorists should expect possible lane restrictions Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Construction is expected to finish this fall.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Christians in over 170 countries will gather on tonight, Friday, March 4, in observance of World Day of Prayer. In the Lehighton area, a service will be celebrated at All Saints Episcopal Church, Second and Coal streets, Lehighton, at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by the Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship.

Participating in the service from the host church will be: the Rev. Jane Bender, John Kadilak, the organist and the choir, Fern Behler, Robert Behler, Pat Cook, Shirley Creitz, Kathy Kriner, Rick Kriner, Mary Fay Levendusky, Raymon Swatt, Jenny Vandermer and Noel Zellner.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Four persons entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday and were immediately sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Carol Scott, 46, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-heroin. She was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on Oct. 8, 2010, when a search warrant was executed on her residence.

Found in the home was three packets of heroin.

Friday, March 4, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS A group shot of the Harlem Ambassadors, who will take on the Jim Thorpe Thunder in a benefit basketball game at 3 p.m. March 27 in the Jim Thorpe Area High School gymnasium.

A benefit basketball game chock-full of high light reels, no-look passes and laugh out loud humor figures to be a slam dunk with its audience later this month.

Indeed, a chance to watch the internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors work their magic figures to be well worth the price of admission when they take the court to play the Jim Thorpe Thunder.

The game will be held at 3 p.m. March 27 in the Jim Thorpe Area High School gymnasium. The cost for adults is $8, and students $5. Children under age 4 are free.

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Thursday, charged with multiple criminal counts incident to a shooting spree in Weatherly in which he fired a total of 26 shots into at least three homes. The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

Friday, March 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Colleen Mancuso

Colleen Mancuso announces her candidacy for magisterial district judge for Chestnuthill and Jackson townships. She is a practicing attorney for over 17 years. She is a partner in her civil firm of Mancuso & Mancuso, PC where she practices family law, estates, and civil litigation.

She has been an assistant district attorney in Monroe County for the past 10 years, prosecuting all types of criminal cases.

Mancuso is a Domestic Relations Support Advocate representing parents seeking support for their children, and enforcing support orders against non-paying parents.

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Monroe County woman was killed in a two vehicle crash on Thursday. State police at Fern Ridge said the crash occurred about 1:22 p.m. along SR115, just south of the Tunkhannock Township line, in Chestnuthill Township.

Troopers identified the victim as Theresa Ricciardi-Garcia, 29, of Effort.

Troopers said a 1998 Dodge Dakota was driven by Benjamin T. Farrell, 26, of Blakeslee, southbound when he began to pass another vehicle at a high rate of speed in a no passing zone.