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Friday, April 22, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Showing their work from the past month are Donivan Dailey, Abby Oplinger, Desiree Benitich, Katrina Horvath, and behind is Lori Hahn, computer teacher.

Through the wonders of connecting with NASA digital learning network in California, third graders at Panther Valley Elementary School got a chance to converse with David Alexander from NASA. The students have been preparing for the NASA video conference for the past month, studying the solar system.

Friday, April 22, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Auxiliary members of the Diligence Fire Company in Summit Hill sell Easter flowers during the weekend as part of the fire company's annual fund-raising campaign. Auxiliary members include, l-r, Amanda Lehman, Leigh Ann Kruslicky, Jessica Matzen, Angie Giglotti, Judy Hoben, Nancy Henninger, Kathy Yuricheck, and Carol Ockenhouse. Fire company officials also urged residents to help the fire company by responding to mail appeals that were recently mailed.

Friday, April 22, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Rev. Nancy L. Moore, pastor of St. Matthew's Church, Blake Campbell and Ryan Behler begin the Palm Sunday services at the covered bridge at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, Franklin Township. The miniature horse, who took part in the procession is Blizzard.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kidder Township Board of Supervisors voted Thursday night to advertise for public input and inspection an ordinance to establish specific standards for "Oil and Gas" facilities who request to operate within the township perimeter.

Supervisors voted to advertise Ordinance 147 AN Ordinance amending Chapter 180 regarding the Zoning Code of the Township of Kidder "BY ESTABLISHING SPECIFIC STANDARDS FOR OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES."

Thursday, April 21, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A fast moving fire destroyed a house trailer in the Packerton section of Mahoning Township. The fire was first reported just before 2 p.m. Wednesday when flames and heavy smoke were spotted rolling from the structure near the intersection of Pine and Douglas streets. When firefighters from five Carbon County communities arrived on scene the trailer was fully involved. Lehighton paramedics treated one elderly male at the scene. The fire was brought under control in about an hour. Mahoning Township police said the trailer's owner, Gene O'Brien, had tried to extinguish the blaze.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Subways around the nation took part in their annual customer appreciation day recently in which customers were treated to a BOGO free hoagie. Pictured are Tamaqua Subway employees Jessica Vought and manager Jane Sunday, who prepared over 340 hoagies during their customer appreciation day, 174 of which were free.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Dylan Bowman and Taylor Bowman took part in the Weissport Easter egg hunt.

Weissport Recreation Committee, formerly Concerned Citizens of Weissport, held its annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday. The event was rescheduled from Saturday due to the rain.

Areas of the park were muddy from Saturday's rain, but that didn't stop the children from dropping down on their knees to pick up eggs. Most of the children taking part in the hunt won several prizes, as the committee had prepared for a large number of participants.

The hunt has been taking place in Weissport for 10 years.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Charles Bonner, Nesquehoning's No. 1 fireman, was presented with the honor of being named the community's lifelong fire chief. He was honored by the Nesquehoning V.F.W. and was also given the outstanding citizens award. The main speaker was R. D. "Dick" Edwards, of Lansford, during the program held at Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1. Michael Choley was installed as the new V.F.W. post commander.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Christopher Lee Shiner, 27, of 134 Ash Circle, Andreas, West Penn Township, was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller in Schuylkill County Court to serve 11 to 22 months at the County Prison with credit for having served 246 days in prison followed by five years of consecutive probation on a charge of statutory sexual assault.

He received concurrent sentences on the following charges:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lehighton Ambulance Association received the green light from the Carbon County Planning Commission for a new substation in Summit Hill.

During the county planning commission meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to recommend approval for the project, which calls for combining three lots near the intersection of Ludlow and Elm streets, and constructing a 3,283-square-foot ambulance substation building with parking facilities and storm water controls.