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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The "Purple Man" juggles with relative ease at the Relay For Life of Lower Carbon County and Surrounding Areas Power of Purple kick-off celebration held recently in the Lehighton Middle School cafeteria.

They're purple, pumped and primed to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Indeed, positivity permeated from inside the Lehighton Middle School cafeteria as part of a recent Power of Purple kick-off celebration.

The 12th annual Relay For Life of Lower Carbon County and Surrounding Areas will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Lehighton Football Stadium. Admission and parking are free.

Event chair Cheryl Haas said the theme of this year's Relay is "Carnival for a Cure".

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The beautifully-renovated Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe came alive this afternoon with "The Sound of Music" and other exhilarating melodies. Marking the formal dedication of the interior walls in the 107-year-old entertainment and cultural center at 14 West Broadway, the occasion was a memorable one. It represented completion of the latest restoration project in a long series of such improvements, and the sponsoring Mauch Chunk Historical Society did itself proud. More than 125 members and friends of the organization ushered in the spring season.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Schuylkill County man was sentenced to a long state prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court on a charge of sexual assault.

Lawrence Scott Danforth, 27, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 54 to 108 months on the charge and eight to 24 months on a charge of corruption of a minor. The two terms run concurrently.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A free community luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville. The event will be held weather permitting.

Please note this is not the last Saturday of the month, as has been the church's practice, because of the Easter holiday and Holy Week.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Weissport Council members are wading through proposals for temporary easements and a detour through Weissport that will affect the residents in coming months.

Weissport's engineer's report clarifies traffic questions that Weissport Council wanted answered by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation concerning the detour through Weissport during the reconstruction period of the McCall bridge.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Area High School Class of 1983 will hold a meeting on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Terpstra's Bar, 501 North St., Jim Thorpe.

Plans will be started for the 30-year class reunion. All classmates are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

In an effort to address federal issues across the 122nd Legislative District, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) will host a casework day at Rep. Doyle Heffley's (R-Carbon) Lehighton district office, 110 N. Third St., 2nd Floor, on Tues., March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Post 314, Lehighton, celebrated the American Legion's 94th birthday during an awards program held Monday at the Legion Post. Honored with the Police Officer of the Year award was Robert DeFuso. From left are Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies; Floyd Brown, commander; DeFuso and his wife, Nicole.

Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Post 314, Lehighton, celebrated the American Legion's 94th birthday during an awards program held Monday at the Legion Post.

Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies, welcomed honorees and introduced guests before dinner.

Recognized were a Lehighton police officer, fourth-grade winners of the Americanism essay contest and members who maintained their memberships for 50 and 60 years.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rush Township police reported that Walter Eidle, 66, of Lansford, was injured Tuesday after losing control and crashing his van along Tuscarora Park Road. Eidle was taken to St. Luke's Hospital Miner's Campus, Coaldale, by Tamaqua ambulance. Responding were Rush Township Fire Police, Hometown Fire Company and Tamaqua Rescue. The road was closed for the duration.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Matt Coccio clears a path away from a home along Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua.