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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Sheila Davison, left, and Jane Mikonis of Access Services, Inc., welcome guests during Tuesday's open house held at the Access Services Tamaqua LIFE Program Center, 521 Schuylkill Avenue. A steady stream of visitors filed into the complex to learn more about the advantages of becoming a host family and how it benefits all parties. Visitors enjoyed light refreshments, chatted with host families, and watched a video about the program. Davison said opportunities still exist, especially for those with wheelchair accessible homes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Crime Watch is asking people to take photos or record a video of anyone stealing or leaving a shopping cart lay around Tamaqua. A crime watch official pointed out that these shopping carts are littered almost daily all over Tamaqua and they hope that this will deter people from stealing and littering the carts. The official also added, "It wouldn't be that bad if they simply returned the carts when they were done. But they never do.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lansford council at a special meeting Tuesday accepted the resignation of secretary-treasurer Renee Slakoper, and after some discussion agreed to hire temporary help until a permanent replacement is hired.

Council will publish a detailed list of requirements for the jobs, and will accept applications until the close of business June 8.

Slakoper, who was hired in March of 2010 to replace Nicole (Tessitore) Beckett, who left to take a similar job in Lehighton, suggested in her letter of resignation that she had been "bullied" by some council members.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The two-day electronics recycling (e-recycling) event, held in Lower Towamensing Township April 25-26 by the Carbon County Department of Solid Waste in cooperative effort with Advanced Green Solutions collected 17,053 pounds of electronic recyclables.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
April students of the month

The April Students of the Month have been announced by the Panther Valley Middle School. Selected for their outstanding performance are, left to right Delana Nalesnik, sixth grade; Megan Heckman, seventh grade; and Emily Drissel, eighth grade. They were each awarded a certificate and gift card.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Shirley Radler, left, organizer of the Carbon County CROP Hunger Walk, presents a check of $1,023.28 to Carolyn Long, coordinator of the Trinity Food Pantry. The walk was held in October with 75 percent of the funds raised going to world hunger through Church World Services relief and development programs and 25 percent donated to local hunger at the Trinity Food Pantry. Taking part in the walk were members of the following churches: Trinity Lutheran Church, Zion UCC, All Saints Episcopal, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, First Presbyterian, all of Lehighton; St.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Special to The TIMES NEWS Patrons frequent Blue Mountain Ski Area's Slopeside Pub & Grill, which will open on Thursday as part of a four-day grand opening.

The taste of a chilled drink surrounded by the stillness of the colorful valley view as the sun sets.

That too good to be true scenario is about to become a reality thanks to the Blue Mountain Ski Area's Slopeside Pub & Grill.

Blue Mountain Ski Area will open the Slopeside Pub & Grill on Thursday as part of a four-day grand opening that ends Sunday.

Located outside on the back patio at the Summit Lodge, 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton, the restaurant serves delicious pub fare with an outdoor dining twist.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tamaqua's CDBG (community development block grant) program will continue this year, however, it is most likely facing a drastic reduction in funding. According to information from PSAB (Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs), received in March, the CDBG budget could be slashed as much as 62.5%. Although the funding has been steadily decreasing over the past few years, this substantial cut represents the largest cut to the program since its initiation. Last year, the borough received $146,000 through the program.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ted Dacey, Nesquehoning VFW chaplain and his granddaughters, Chrstina and Olivia Dacey replace the stolen brass flag holders and flags on the veterans' graves at Nesquehoning cemeteries where they were stolen. Carbon County director of Veterans Affairs, Henry DeRoisers came to the cemeterey with the new replacements which were paid for by the county. No more brass holders, the new ones are cheaper aluminum ones. Dacey said he also blames the junk yards for accepting these holders from the thievesand paying cash for them which is illegal.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Residents on Kettle Road in Walker Township are still cleaning up following the tornado that damaged their properties Monday evening. The large piece of barn debris in the foreground barely missed a home as it was lifted and thrown hundreds of feet away from the barn. Residents were surprised to find debris scattered almost a half-mile from their homes.