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Thursday, March 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Custom wood carving, box and pin artwork are currently on display at the Tamaqua Public Library until the first week in April. The display contains various forms of wood carvings, mainly consisting of wood boxes and pins painted in detail with ornate nature and covered bridge artworks. The display, some being for sale, was provided courtesy of June Krell of Tamaqua.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured covered with freshly fallen snow is a section of Dutch Hill in Tamaqua, slightly dominated by the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bishop John O. Barres of the Catholic Diocese of Allentown has authorized parishes in the diocese to take up a special collection for victims of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.

The bishop said, "As we have all been following the tragic aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we cannot help but be moved to reach out in Christian charity to those affected."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Despite a drizzle, more than 1,000 people turned out at the scene of the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension. The ceremony was held along Route 940 in Kidder Township. Governor John S. Fine used a silver spade to turn the first section of earth. Several Carbon County notables participated, including Judge James C. McCready. The Mauch Chunk High School Band, directed by Miss Margaret Kline, participated.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Cornerstone Community Baptist Church of Kresgeville held their second annual Chocolate Festival, sponsored by its Women's Ministry, last Saturday. Besides offering delectable chocolate desserts to try, they also featured an inspirational speaker, Saundra Woods. Using three examples of her favorite chocolates, she wove a message about the sweetness of God's gift to His children in sending Jesus to save us. Saundra is a member of Cornerstone, the mother of two teenage boys, designs her own line of jewelry and is an inspirational guest speaker throughout the Pocono area.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Care Net of Tamaqua, an organization providing services to pregnant women, plans to open an office in Tamaqua, at 223 E. Broad St.

The center will provide life-affirming guidance, counseling, prenatal classes, parenting classes and much more to area women and families.

The organization will sponsor a Walk For Life on April 2, beginning at 1 p.m. The route will begin at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, then head west on Broad Street to Odd Fellows Cemetery. Participants will then head east on Broad Street to to the Stone Gardens area before returning to the church.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
MIKE HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Not so fast! It looks like this Lehighton snowman, attired in his beachwear, will have to wait just a while longer before he can begin his vacation following this long winter season. The snow that hit the area on Wednesday is just the beginning of the cold "spring" weather that is predicted for our region until at least next week.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

PPL Electric Utilities' residential and small-business customers can help reduce demand on the electric grid during times of summer peak use and get paid as a bonus.

Our latest E-power

The programs works like this:

During times of high electric demand, a device installed outside the customer's home on or near the central air conditioning unit will automatically "cycle" the unit's compressor on and off for a few minutes each half-hour. This would be for no more than four hours at a time, on select days from June 1 through Sept. 30.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Municipal Energy Managers has fallen behind on their promises to yet another borough - Nesquehoning. At the recent council meeting, Nesquehoning decided to have the company declared in default.

The borough received a "generic" letter according to councilwoman Mary Fox. It was directly addressed to Nesquehoning and seemed to have the same body that went out to the other surrounding municipalities.