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Monday, April 2, 2012
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Over 200 people were treated to lunch at the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club annual Bunny Lunch. Among those attending were Hailey Zimmerman, 3, and her little brother, Jacob Zimmerman, two weeks old. The event ushers in the Spring season each year. Chairing the event was Steven Anthony and Sue Anthony. Steven Anthony was also in costume as Peter Cottontail. The event was held Saturday at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Twelve area residents were among 70 defendants who were arraigned Monday morning on criminal charges before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon in Schuylkill County court and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury.

Justin James Chickilly, 30, of 15 Archery Lane, Tamaqua, charged by Trooper Paul E. Hardnock with terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault and harassment of Beth Ann Williams, of 63 Fawn Lane, Walker Township, last Jan. 6.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters were quick to save a Tresckow home following a fire on the second floor.

Firefighters were quick to quell a house fire in Tresckow Friday morning that sent a mother and older son to Hazleton General Hospital, suffering from smoke inhalation.

Emergency responders were called to 4 East Hemlock Street just after 10:30 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. When they arrived, they saw high flames inside the second story window of the home.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Jeannie Carl, Jim Thorpe - "I believe something is happening. I don't know exactly what it is. Everyone wants to point a finger at something; that way we feel better if we can identify what it is that's causing this. looking back over the years, we don't have the winters we used to have. I remember when I was a kid, we had three or four feet of snow on the ground, and there was definitely a season change. Now it just seems like winter blurs into spring, and spring seems like summer. Something is going on. I won't say it's global warming, I'll say I don't know what it is."

A recent survey said 62 percent of Americans believe in global warming. Do you think the earth is getting warmer?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It could cost Palmerton Area School District over $366,000 to renovate its junior high school gymnasium.

The district received five proposals on Friday, in which CMG, of Easton, submitted the apparent low bid of $366,200 to do the work.

That bid was $73,622 than the next lowest bid of $439,622, turned in by Ondra-Huyett & Associates, of Allentown.

Other companies that bid were F.J. Lesher General Contractor, of Palmerton ($445,000); Serfass Construction, of Allentown ($533,500); and Bracy Contracting, of Allentown ($572,600).

Saturday, March 31, 2012
TIMES NEWS File photo Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, who is also a member of Carbon County Safe Kids, left, shows families what could happen if a child isn't wearing a helmet and they fall. He used the "coconut-crusher," a tool used to illustrate helmet safety, not seen, during the annual Children's Fun-N-Safety Fair at the Carbon Mason Lodge 242 in Jim Thorpe. The fifth annual fair, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday, May 5, in Jim Thorpe.

Mark your calendars.

The fifth annual Children's Fun-N-Safety Fair is coming to Carbon County.

The event, sponsored by Carbon Masonic Lodge 242 and partnered with Carbon County Safe Kids, will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, located at Fifth and Center streets in Jim Thorpe. The fair, which is open to all Carbon County children and their families, will be held rain or shine.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: John Drury of the Mauch Chunk Museum, Jim Thorpe historian Jack Gunsser, and Jack Sterling of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society review a document from the Ruddle archives.

A cache of historical documents related to an pioneer family of Carbon County, including an original letter dating to 1818, were donated to the historical societies of Jim Thorpe and are being archived at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

The materials, which were in the possession of William Kent Haydock of Darien Connecticut, contain elements of his family's history predating their arrival in America. The material had been collected by various family members for close to 200 years, and Haydock felt it was time they were turned over to an appropriate historical society.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Kara Knoblauch chops vegetables for chicken soup.

What began in the early 1990s as a handful of women learning basic cooking skills on a couple of hot plates in a vocational school classroom has blossomed into a fun, full-scale nutrition education program, one that even sends participants home with bags of free groceries.

The program will hold its next set of classes from 9 a.m. to noon on May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. To register for the free classes, call Stanley Haupt at (610) 377-6048.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nicole Baranowski, 38, of 111 North First St., Lehighton, has been charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property by Lehighton Police Department.

Police reported that on March 17, 2012, Baranowski, store manager of the Dollar General Store, Lehighton, failed to make a deposit of $2,345 into the Dollar General's account. Baranowski later admitted she used the money for her personal use.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) recently voted in support of legislation that passed in a bipartisan manner through the House that would protect Pennsylvania and property owners from unfair mechanics' liens filed by subcontractors if those property owners paid their contractors in full.

"As many homeowners have discovered, these threats against properties prohibit them from selling or refinancing their homes, as well as obtaining other types of loans," said Heffley. "The liens also make it difficult for property owners to receive services for work still under warranty."