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Monday, March 12, 2012

An Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 3-years old-to-6th grade will be held at 3 p.m. on March 24 at Christ Evangelical Free Church, Lehighton.

The event is free.

The church is located three-quarters of a mile west of Normal Square on Route 443.

For more information, call (570) 386-4547.

Monday, March 12, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area High School Athletic Complex looks visibly different now that the bleachers have been ripped down as part of a $774,000 stadium improvement project. The project also calls for a weight room roof, demolition, installation of a permanent grandstand, and associated site improvements, and is included in the list of bond projects after the previous board agreed last fall to borrow $5 million and restructure the district's 2006 bond issue. The new stadium lighting has also recently been upgraded to the tune of $99,469.

Monday, March 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn assistant fire chief Clint Schock sprays water on a section of burning logs.

Dry weather and heat from a chainsaw combined to spark a large brush fire just before 2 p.m. Sunday in a grassy field of a West Penn property located at 1136 High Drive. Emergency responders has to use brush trucks and long hoses to reach the fire. Responding were West Penn police and firefighters from West Penn and Mahoning Valley. Kyle Dunkelberger, property owner, stated his appreciation to all the firefighters who responded to help control the fast moving fire, which claimed about 500 square feet of grass and brush.

Monday, March 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured on the dam are, from left, Sen. Dave Argall, Tamaqua councilman John Trudich, councilman Micah Gursky and Rep. Jerry Knowles.

Local and state officials discussed the future of Owl Creek's Upper Dam recently as they spent a chilly afternoon touring the dam site.

Rehabilitation of the Upper Owl Creek Dam for the Borough of Tamaqua is about half way done and is expected to be completed by late summer.

On hand during the tour of the construction site were state Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), state Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-124) and a few members of the Tamaqua Borough Council.

"This project has been a long standing issue in Tamaqua," said Micah Gursky, borough council president.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Ann Louise Melnick, Coaldale "I try to hold fast to the traditions of Lent that I was raised with: Prayer, fasting and alms-giving. But I must admit that as I get older, it seems to get more difficult."

It's the Lenten season. Do you fast or make sacrifices during this holy season like past generations did?

Saturday, March 10, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO A snowplow chugs down the Mansion House hill in Jim Thorpe, pushing air.

The lack of solid precipitation this winter has led to an accumulation of liquid assets for local towns.

Municipalities have spent far less for snow plowing and salt than they did last winter.

Last winter, Carbon County was hit by about 25 inches of snow. So far this year, it's only been about 3-5 inches. Schuylkill County was smothered under 45-50 inches of snow last winter, but only 20-25 inches so far this winter, according to Assistant Pennsylvania State Climatologist Kyle Imhoff.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Six times a week over five years, a teenaged John LaRizzio delivered milk, eggs, sour cream, butter and occasionally eggnog in 1960s Nesquehoning. He holds a bottle from the Bear Creek Dairy and a copy of his book, Hey, Milkman!

Six times a week over five years, a teenage John LaRizzio delivered milk, eggs, sour cream, butter and occasionally eggnog in 1960s Nesquehoning.

"I still imagine myself walking those streets," LaRizzio reflected, "feeling my footprints embedded in the concrete of the steps that I walked up and down hundreds upon hundreds of times."

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A "hanging" took place on the Fourth Floor of the Schuylkill County Courthouse after business hours on Friday afternoon.

The Schuylkill County Bar Association held a time honored ceremony in Lawyers' Room Atriu, to hang the pictures of three former president's of the county bar. The portraits of attorneys James C. Bohorad, Frederick J. Fanelli and William L. J. Burke which were placed on the east wall, joining portraits of 38 past presidents.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Palm Bancorp, the holding company for First Northern Bank and Trust Co. announced the election of a new President, attorney Frank S. Checho, who will also act as Vice Chairman and Co-CEO to its board of directors.

Michael Harleman, Executive Vice President; Albert Yesu, Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Faust Checho, were elected as new Directors along with Yesu also being elected Treasurer, effective February 21, 2012. These individuals bring an average of 25 years of banking experience to the board of directors.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

There's no month more fickle than March.

It signals the official start of spring. It gives us temperatures into the 80s.

It also gives us major snowstorms.

Forecasters agree that there's nothing on the horizon at the present time to indicate any major snowstorms occurring this year.

But two of the most paralyzing blizzards in history have occurred in March.

March 12-13, 1993 brought us the "Storm of the Century," with dumped over two feet of snow locally and 42 inches of snow in Tobyhanna.