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Saturday, March 12, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Specoial to the times news Instrumental in the American Cancer Society Pre-Event Party and Power of Purple event include Caylan Chanwik, ACS Income Development Representative; Linda Heigele, Entertainment Chair; Linda Whetstone, Publicity Chair; Cathy Johnston, Survivor. Pictured in back row from left are Diane O'Donnell, Event Co-Chair; Tyler Resch, Activities Chair; Marsha Resch, Event Chair; Ginny Tatusko, Luminaries Chair; Roseann Wasser, Registration Chair.

An American Cancer Society Pre-Event Party and Power of Purple event was held recently at the Hometown Fire Company to promote upcoming fundraising efforts of local Relay For Life teams of Tamaqua and surrounding communities as well as recognize the Power of Purple.

Some events include a Lehighton Pizza Hut fundraiser on March 21, a Vendor and food sale at the Tamaqua St John's Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 26, and a relay breakfast at the Masonic Lodge Temple in Hometown from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 3.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 2011 McCann Madness Winning Team came from Mahanoy Area High School and included: (front) Crystal Russel; second row, from left, Shannon Brennan of McCann's, Taylor Pecika, Adriane Schock, Lenora Paulukonis and Jenna Sponseller; and back row, Lori Kane of McCann's, Bryan Peralta, and Jessica Rago.

One hundred local high school students descended upon the Pottsville Campus of McCann School of Business and Technology recently for the 7th Annual McCann Madness.

This annual event invites local high school juniors and seniors to the campus for a career focused scavenger hunt.

Students put together clues leading them to a career focused room where they must complete a challenge to get their next clue.

Students from the following districts competed in the challenge: Mahanoy Area, Schuylkill Haven, North Schuylkill, Marian Catholic, and Williams Valley.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 27.

The menu is roast beef. For additional information, call the church at (570) 325-2241.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
Alexa Griffiths of Tamaqua has delayed fulfillment of her dreams in order to make dreams possible for underprivileged youth through the Teach For America Program. A Bucknell University student, she created a pilot program in Montgomery to empower disadvantaged young women. Her efforts have earned her a spot as a semi-finalist vying for one of three scholarships through the Students in Service Awards. Votes for Griffiths' project may be cast online at www. serviceawards.org.

What started as a mandatory community service project evolved into a life altering learning experience for one Tamaqua woman, convincing her to put her own dreams on hold in an effort to help others dare to have dreams of their own.

And now, local residents have the opportunity to help this young woman make those dreams come true.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
vinney vElla/times news

Simba is a male American Shorthair, who has been neutered and is up to date with his immunizations. He is looking for a good home with a loving family. For more information on Simba, and all the othe cats available for adoption, contact the Carbon County Friends of Animals at (570) 325-9400.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

One of the things many people (including me) have noticed in the last decade is the change in attitude of employees.

Some will say that I am generalizing in this article and they will be right. I'll admit it upfront and if you read to the end of this article, you will understand why I did this. There is a difference between those older people who fit into the "old normal" category, and the younger people, who I call the "new normal."

Saturday, March 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS All smiles are Carbon County CART members, l-r, Donna Krum, Kelly Hook, and Kim Mulik.

A relaxing horseback ride along the historic Lehigh Canal in the Weissport area nearly turned tragic yesterday morning.

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending.

Several areas on the canal have washouts from Thursday's heavy rainfall. One of the worst of these erosions is near Lock 7, about 1 1/2 miles north of Weissport where an overflow exists from the canal to the Lehigh River.

Matt Behler, 15, of Franklin Township, was riding his 30-year-old mare named Mollie. Trailing behind him was his cousin, Sage Miller, atop a 4-year-old horse named Neila.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the National Park Service, will oversee use of an aircraft to plant grass and other vegetation on a 500-acre section of the Palmerton Zinc Superfund site in Pennsylvania along the Appalachian Trail at the top of Blue Mountain.

This project is part of an ongoing action to repair environmental damage that was caused by emissions from zinc smelting operations in the Borough of Palmerton.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's back to the Vatican for the Catholic Diocese of Allentown, which announced this week it is in "search of clarity" concerning recent rulings on the appeals filed by members of parishes that had been closed with the 2008 restructuring of churches in the five-county area.

In a news release, the diocese said it has asked the Apostolic Signatura (considered to be the Vatican Supreme Court) to advise the diocese as to whether or not churches should be reopened for sacred worship while the appeals are being heard, or should they remain closed.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon County 4-H get the opportunity to thank Carbon County Commissioners Charles Getz, William O'Gurek and Wayne Nothstein, standing. Representatives of the 4-H clubs are, seated, from left, Cobe Frycklund, Collin Troxell, and Ally McGinley. Standing, Cole Frycklund, Nolan Wentz, and Rachel Knoblauch.

Carbon County officials recognize people who, through their talents and efforts, make the county a good place.

During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, the board proclaimed the week of March 13 as 4-H week. Representatives from the organization were present at the event and gave each of the commissioners a gift for the proclamation.

Before presenting the recognition, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, read the proclamation.