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Monday, February 28, 2011
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The student cheering section of Tamaqua Area High School staged a toga party for the Lady Raiders District XI basketball game against Jim Thorpe on Saturday in Martz Hall, Pottsville. The students had plenty of cheering to do as their team won, advancing in the district competition to play again in Martz Hall on Wednesday.

Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Girl Scout troops around our area are working hard to sell their Girl Scout cookies as they hold fundraisers and stand in front of local businesses selling their cookies. The $700 million Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates large benefits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to pay for community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp, to plan trips near and far and to provide events for girls in their community.

Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from the Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and West Penn Fire Company responded to a car fire on West Mountain Top Road, at the top of Roads End Road on Bugsy's Hill, located between West Penn Township and Summit Hill, near the Schuylkill and Carbon county line, Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. Reportedly the owners of a white AWD Subaru Legacy came back to their vehicle in an attempt to get it started. After spending a short while working on their vehicle, a small fire ignited in the front of the vehicle and quickly engulfed the car.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Joan Sayer, Saylorsburg - "Winter is over but I think we're in for more snow, or an ice storm maybe, but I think we're seeing signs of spring and I'm ready because I was really getting depressed."

March arrives in three days. Do you think winter is over or are we in store for another big snow or ice storm?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce is holding its first networking mixer of the year from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Riverwalck Saloon, Parryville.

Riverwalck is hosting the event and is offering free hor'devoers. Also the Chamber is welcoming members of the Carbon Builders Association and the Carbon Realtors Association to the event. Everyone should bring plenty of business cards and prepare to make some great contacts. RSVP by March 3 to Heather McClure at mail@carboncountychamber.org or call (610) 379-5000.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lehighton realtor Mark VanBuskirk, an agent with Castle Gate Realty, announced that he and Dawn Eisenhower will be teaching a mini two hour home buying workshop noon to 2 p.m. March 12 at Castle Rock Realty, conference room, 238 N. First St., Lehighton.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It was reported today that the only survivor on the torpedoed tanker W. D. Anderson is Frank L. Terry of Lansford, a former lifeguard who went to sea only two months ago. The tanker was sunk on Feb. 23 by enemy submarines off the Atlantic Coast, about 12 miles from Florida. Thirty-five members of the crew died in the flaming wreckage or were drowned. Terry, 23, was on the deck when the attack occurred. He managed to dive into the ocean just as the tanker exploded into flames.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Last April, I wrote an article on protecting your family in hard times (http://www.tnonline.com/node/85298). Since that article was published, the world has continued on a downward spiral.

The economy remains sluggish and unemployment remains high. Many of those who are unemployed have stopped looking for work and have resorted to welfare or moving in with other family members. It is not uncommon to have three generations living in the same home, putting additional stress on the family unit. Some people have even turned to theft on occasion to feed their families.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Walnutport hauler stands a strong chance to be retained as garbage collector in Lower Towamensing Township.

Three companies submitted bids to the township on Friday, with McAuliffe Hauling & Recycling, Walnutport, turning in the apparent low bids for one, three and five-year contracts.

McAuliffe, the township's current garbage collector, bid $197,800 for one year; $605,000 for three years; and $1,030,000 for five years.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
February is both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month. No one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories as Thaddeus Stevens, who pressured President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, fathered the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and was the chief architect of Reconstruction after the Civil War ended.

With February being both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month, no one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories than Thaddeus Stevens.