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Friday, February 18, 2011

The Tamaqua Public Library is open 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.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Please note that the library will be closed on February 21, President's Day.

Spring Storytime

This year's theme is See if you can guess the theme of the day. Children ages 2-5 are invited to join for stories and crafts in the children's area of the library.

Story time begins March 7 and will run for 10 consecutive weeks.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) received the award for Outstanding Career and Technical Education School from the Bureau of Career and Technical Education on February 9th. The award was presented to the CCTI's Joint Operating Committee meeting Thursday night.

Friday, February 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were called to the 1400 block of Valley Road in Walker Township Thursday around 12:40 a.m. today. After hitting a patch of black ice, the driver of a red Chevrolet Blazer lost control, sheared off a pole, hit a number of large boulders and eventually came to a stop on the side of the road. The driver was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for patient evaluation. Tamaqua Rescue Squad, South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua, and New England Fire Company, Tamaqua fire police and police from both Tamaqua and Walker Township were assisting on scene.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A plan for increased recreational opportunities for the residents of the Central Carbon County region (Weissport, Lehighton, Franklin, East Penn and Mahoning townships) over the next 10 years is under way.

Friday, February 18, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS MaryEllen Salerno, left, president of the Carbon County Republican Club, introduces State Representative Doyle Heffley, center, and Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, during annual fall rally of the club held in Nesquehoning last night. Cawley was the guest speaker at the event.

Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley spoke to Carbon County Republicans at their annual spring rally last night and, in a rallying tone, told them "now is not the time ot rest on your laurels."

About 75 people attended the event held at the Nesquehoning Community Center.

Also speaking briefly were GOP president MaryEllen Salerno as well as various candidates for the May primary election.

Serving as master of ceremonies was Michael Sofranko, vice president of the club.

Prospective candidates introduced were:

Thursday, February 17, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

"Thank You For Shopping Lehighton Wal-Mart" is one of the last remembrances left of the former Wal-Mart store along SR443 in Mahoning Township. The sign, which graced the interior front wall above the main entrance of the store thanking area shoppers, is all that is left of a structure that's time has come. Demolition crews have been chipping away at the building for a month, removing the roof and its structure from within. The front and two side masonry walls will be the next to fall, making way for a new Lowe's Home Improvement Center.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Rod Green, left, seated, chairman of the Franklin Township board of supervisors, accepts a $4,000 check from Dave Hawk, standing, president of the Franklin Township Lions Club. Paul Kocher, seated, right, is vice chairman of the board of supervisors.

Franklin Township Police Department coffers got an infusion of funds to help purchase new radios and a VASCAR system, thanks to a donation from the Franklin Township Lions Club.

VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer And Recorder) is a type of device for calculating the speed of a moving vehicle.

The $4,000 check was presented Tuesday by Dave Hawk, club president during the regular township meeting.

Rod Green, chairman, thanked the club for it's donation.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Atty. Angela M. Stehle

Attorney Angela M. Stehle, a resident of Franklin Township, will run for the Magisterial District Judge position in Palmerton during the May 17 Primary Election. The seat will be vacated by the retirement of Magisterial District Judge Bruce F. Appleton. She plans to cross-file on both the Democratic and Republican tickets.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will host the 2011 Lehigh and Northampton Association for the Education of Young Children (LANAEYC) annual conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the main campus, 4525 Education Park Drive (off Route 309), Schnecksville.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jill Rehrig of New Beginnings, a massage therapist specializing in myofascial release, gave a gift of a loving touch to several residents at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown on Valentine's Day, like Betty Darocha.

Soothing music floats throughout the room as Jill Rehrig's fingers and hands massage the shoulders of Ruth Stauffer, a resident at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown. Ruth closes her eyes and sighs.

"This is so nice," she says.

That's just what Rehrig wants to hear.

Rehrig is a massage therapist specializing in myofascial release who lives in Kresgeville. The name of her facility is New Beginnings.