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Saturday, April 7, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shown with the $5,000 check awarded by PPL to the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce are, from left, Ralph R. Cortazzo, treasurer; Jack Sturm, vice chairman; Canevari; David Althouse, chairman; and Peter Kern, president of Palmerton Area Council.

PPL demonstrated its support of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce with a check of $5,000.

The chamber thanked Paul Canevari, PPL representative, for his vision and foresight to see the benefit of a unified County Chamber. The chamber noted his leadership and positive influence in the growth and restructuring of several county organizations.

The funds will be applied to support local businesses, thus benefiting the Carbon County community and surrounding areas.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Easter drama, "Who Is This Man?" will be presented today at 6 p.m. and Sunday at the 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services at Blue Mountain Community Church, 25 Oak St., Palmerton (Lower Towamensing Township.)

Children's ministry will be provided for infant to second grade.

For more information, call 610-826-8402.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "You are not individuals living in a landscape," noted Dr. Jim Finley. "The decisions you make affect all other people that live or are going to live in that area."

Say goodbye to cutting grass.

In today's ecologically challenging world, homeowners are choosing to shuck the expense and drudgery of maintaining a large grassy chemically-treated backyard, and instead are allowing their backyards to naturally reforest.

The benefits of reforesting go beyond the obvious savings of the time, supplies and equipment necessary to seed, fertilize and mow a lawn. It reduces the amount of chemicals that leach into our water supply, reduces erosion, and provides a habitat for wildlife.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Kindergarten and first grade students at the St. Jerome Catholic School in Tamaqua recently learned more about the importance of wearing seatbelts.

Carole Alonge, District 5 CTSP and BUPA State Educational Coordinator for the North Central Highway Safety Network, and Tamaqua police officer Mike Hobbs led the program.

Hobbs pointed out that a majority of accidents are attributed to distracted drivers. In addition to educating the students, Alonge stated the importance of parents to know how to properly secure children in a vehicle, as well as knowing current laws.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Dentist Sheila Smith checks the teeth of Desaray Frey, 8, in the Blue Mountain Health System Mobile Dental Van.

Desaray Frey relaxes back into the chair in the Blue Mountain Health System's Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids mobile dental van, chatting with dentist Sheila Smith as she examines the eight-year old's teeth.

"I like when they clean my teeth because it feels funny," Desaray says.

She's never had a cavity, says Desaray's Mom, Becky Tindula of Andreas. Tindula started her daughter on the path to good oral health early, being conscientious about cleaning her baby teeth, limiting candy and soda, and taking her for her first visit to the dentist when she was three years old.

Friday, April 6, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Students at Mahoning Elementary School help answer a question during the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" game show held at the school.

Students at Mahoning Elementary School proved they were proficient in the books of Dr. Seuss on Wednesday, when the school participated in the seventh annual "Who Wants to be a Millionaire Game," which is modeled after the popular television game show. All of the questions pertained to Dr. Seuss books. The children played for large boxes of crayons, stuffed animals, books, games and movies.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Passover, the seven-day festival celebrating the Israelites' release and exodus from Egypt, begins this evening at sundown.

Also known as the Festival of Freedom, Passover is the oldest of the Jewish festivals, and probably the best known.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Eldred Township's solicitor, Michael Kaspszyk, reported at the Wednesday night supervisors' meeting that he sent a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Masi in December about the driveway they installed incorrectly.

He will send another letter and if there is still no reply, they will be in violation of the township's ordinance.

Solicitor Kaspszyk said he sent a letter to Donald Kresge, stating he was in violation of work he did on township right-away in front of his property.

He not only did not apply for a permit but he also did an improper installation.

Friday, April 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Italian Club in Tamaqua reminded people of the gift of giving as they presented five large hams to the Tamaqua Salvation Army for theEaster season. Pictured withSalvation Army Major Margaret Johnson are Italian Club members, from left, Brian Tomes, SisLechleitner and Howard Boyer.