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Thursday, April 25, 2013
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The Lafayette Street hill in Tamaqua will be closed several hours each day starting Saturday while Tamaqua Area High School students draw their renditions of historic artwork on the cement retaining wall, which will replace the old faded work that had been on the wall. Students have painted the wall white in preparation.

"We have been spending the last year researching, planning and practicing for the actual event," said organizer and art teacher Kim Woodward.

"The murals will showcase important architecture and historical images from Tamaqua's community heritage."

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) address the Carbon County Mal Beverage Distributors in Jim Thorpe Wednesday.

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) and Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania president Mark Tanczos today joined numerous Carbon County beer distributor owners at Highland Beverage in Jim Thorpe to oppose legislation that would crush most family-run beer distributors and privatize the state-run wine and spirit stores.

House Bill 790, currently before the Senate Law and Justice Committee, would sell off the state's more than 600 liquor stores and allow liquor and beer sales in supermarkets, convenience stores and big box retailers.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

During National Library Week in April, the Palmerton Area Library sponsored a bookmark design contest for children in preschool through grade six. Over 100 children participated in the contest. The library has announced the winners of the contest in three age categories as follows:

Ÿ Preschool and kindergarten: First place, Joshua Merkel (Parkside Elementary); second place, Brianna Hicks (Parkside Elementary); third place, Cassie Hager (Parkside Elementary)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Greater Hazleton Health Alliance (GHHA) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) today announced they have signed an agreement for a full asset merger pending regulatory approval. The GHHA Board of Directors approved the merger on April 3 and the LVHN Board of Trustees executive committee on April 16 with the full Board of Trustees ratification expected May 1.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Class of '65 luncheon

A luncheon is planned for graduates of Jim Thorpe High School's Class of 1965, at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Trattoria's 903, Jim Thorpe, on the top of Kattner's Hill.

Call George Kunkel at (570) 778-6678 for details and directions.

Bloodmobile

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Memorial Hall on Tuesday, April 30, from 1-6 p.m. Donors must be 17 years of age and older.

Community dinner

Thursday, April 25, 2013

St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Nesquehoning has announced its worship schedule for Great and Holy Week and Holy Pascha:

* April 27, 10 a.m. - Divine liturgy commemorating the raising of Lazarus from the dead

April 27, 4 p.m. - Great vespers with Litia for Palm Sunday

* April 28, 10 a.m. - Devine liturgy commemorating our Lord's entry into Jerusalem with the blessing of willows and festal anointing

* April 29, 6 p.m. - Liturgy of the presanctified gifts

* April 30, 6 p.m. - Liturgy of the presanctified gifts

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) will offer her monthly veterans outreach hours in her Slatington district office on Thursday, May 2.

During the special hours, a veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion in Wilkes-Barre will be available to meet with local veterans and assist them with issues they may be having accessing benefits and services from the U.S. Veterans Affairs.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Joseph Gunnels, principal of Panther Valley High School, has announced the following students were named to the honor roll for the third marking period.

Distinguished honors

Seniors: Melody Dillee, Jordan Duke, Christopher Fisher, Kristyn Gates, Stephen Hajcak, Jordan Kulp, Judy Lin, Sarah Marouchoc, James Norwood III, Roxanne Person, Richard Smith, Amanda Stocker, Jacob Tokosh, Sarah-Mary Tucker, Samantha Zlock

Thursday, April 25, 2013
SPEICAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Bunker Hill Cemetery has fallen into disrepair and the Carbon County Central Labor Chapter is looking for volunteers to help in the clean up. The public is inivted to attend a ceremony to honor fallen workers at the cemetery on April 28.

The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter will hold a brief ceremony to remember workers who have been injured, suffered ill health or have been killed on the job, on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Weissport. The public is invited.

Each year approximately 4,500 workers die in on-the-job injuries and approximately 50,000 die from occupational diseases.

The ceremony will take place at the historic Bunker Hill Cemetery, the place where Col. Weiss is buried. It is located on the the hill overlooking Weissport, next to the Jewish Cemetery.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System is laying off nine licensed practical nurses and seven support positions as it moves from 'team" nursing care toward a primary care nursing model.

Two other positions had their hours reduced.