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Friday, March 25, 2011

The next American Red Cross Bloodmobile visit to Tamaqua will be on March 30. The Salvation Army gym will be turned into a blood collection center. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in general good health is eligible to donate blood. Donor cards or proper identification will be required.

Appointments for donors can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

This visit is being sponsored by the law firm of Bowe, Lisella and Bowe. Donors will eligible for a chance to win a vacation from Sundance Vacations.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Carbon County man admitted in the county court on Thursday to possession child pornography.

Adam James Barnes, 20, of Wild Creek Drive, Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to 10 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, all felony threes.

Barnes admitted having in his possession 141 photos of child pornography and 45 movies of child pornography. He was originally charged with 188 criminal counts.

Friday, March 25, 2011
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Tamaqua Tiger Scouts Pack 777 and parents were visited by guest speaker Andrew Leibenguth who talked about the various processes of writing newspaper and internet stories, taking photos, producing videos, website design, and other media reporting aspects recently at the St John's UCC Church social hall in Tamaqua. Pictured learning about media reporting are Rowan Kranch, 7, left, with mother Laurie Kranch, Derek DeAngelo, 7, with mother Julie DeAngelo, right, all from Tamaqua.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A free community luncheon will be held at the Parryville United Methodist Church, Main and Chestnut streets on Saturday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Pennsylvania is one of eight states in the country vying for a German-based automotive manufacturing company's business.

Of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, Carbon is the only county that is inviting the $40-million company, Quaprotek, to open its first American-based plant in the country in the Green Acres Industrial Park in Nesquehoning.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said they were pleased by the efforts of Dawn Ferrante, executive director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation.

Friday, March 25, 2011
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Guest speaker and Air Products chemical engineer Kate Lordan used Hershey chocolate bars to explain the various aspects of chemical engineering while pointing out each ingredient and the amount of work that goes into producing and manufacturing various types of products to Tamaqua Girl Scouts recently at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. She also discussed her many duties and responsibilities at the Hometown Air Products plant.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The 16th annual Skippy Dietz Rabies Clinic will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad building, 105 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. This clinic is dedicated in memory of Sandi Dietz who passed away Nov. 2, 2008. Shots for both dogs and cats will be available at a nominal cost. All animals must be in a cage or on a leash.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Have you ever thought you wanted to learn about being a writer? Or, do you write and want to learn more about getting published?

If so, why not join one of the "Write it Right - Get Published" lectures and discussions?

Choose from the following dates and local locations:

Thurs., Mar. 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua (570) 668-4660.

Thurs., Mar. 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library, 124 North St., Lehighton (610) 377-2750.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Vicky Serfass, Sandra Burger and MaryBeth Serfass of Kunkletown enjoyed the meal at the appreciation night. They were part of a group of 11 who came from Monroe County.

A Farm Family Appreciation banquet and dance is held each year for a multi-county area including locally Lehigh, Berks,Carbon and Monroe counties.

This year the something different was to wear clothing the color of their favorite farm equipment.

Red was for Massey Ferguson, Farmall and Case International; blue for New Holland and Ford, green for Oliver and John Deere and orange for Agco and Allis Chalmers.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Eldred Township solicitor, Michael Kaspszyk, told the Eldred Township supervisors that he received an update letter from Alpine Rose Resort, Inc.'s solicitor, Emil W. Kantra, II. It included a copy of an order dated Feb. 23, 2011 that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board received the transcripts of the hearing and ordered that Blue Mountain Preservation Association, Inc.