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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Season of Lent - a time of preparation for Easter, the greatest feast of the church - will officially begin on Wednesday, March 9.

For those of the Roman Catholic faith, the start of the 6-1/2-week penitential season is officially known as Ash Wednesday, a day in which parishioners receive ashes on their forehead in the sign of the cross, the sign of baptism, to remind them Lent is a time of baptismal renewal. The ashes are made from burned palms left over from the palms that were distributed on Palm Sunday last year.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Tamaqua will have few changes to their weekly Mass schedule due to the observation of Ash Wednesday this week. Ash Wednesday Masses will be held at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., while ashes will also be distributed at 12:05 p.m. On Thursday, Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m., followed by a Holy Hour, with confessions.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS AOH President Daniel "Deacon" Evans announces Bernadette Behan as the 2011 "Hibernian of the Year". Bernadette is the parade's Program Chairperson and a charter member of LAOH of Carbon County Mollie Maguire Division 1.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Alec Campbell, Mauch Chunk Division I, Carbon County held it's 14th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Dinner in the Grand Ballroom at Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford on Saturday night.

The Grand Marshal Dinner was held in preparation for the 14th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade to be held on Broadway in Jim Thorpe next Sunday, March 13th.

At the start of the evening's activities, the Irish National Anthem was sung in both Gaelic and English by Darren Behan while the U.S. National Anthem was sung by Rebecca McFadden.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Jim Thorpe Community Venison Dinner will be held at Christ United Church of Christ, Fourth and Center streets, Jim Thorpe on March 19. Dinners, including venison roasts, sausage and Shirley's venison meatloaf, with all the trimmings, will be served at 5 and 6 p.m. No reservations are needed and no donations will be accepted.

All are welcome.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

At Monday's meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors, under public comment, Pattie Bealla said she brought incidents on her road to a meeting last summer.

She claims a neighbor drives drunk and comes closer and closer to her lawn where children are playing.

Supervisor Herb Truhe asked if that was the incident she called about. In response to her affirmative reply Truhe said the police have a video of the road.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Christine Fazio

Christine Fazio, Indian Mountain Lake, Albrightsville, has announced that she will be a candidate in the May primary election for Penn Forest Township supervisor. Fazio, a registered Democrat, is a member of the East Carbon County Democratic Club.

A Wilkes-Barre native and a former Beaver Meadows resident, she has been a Carbon County resident for the past 37 years. Mrs. Fazio is married to Carl Fazio and they recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary. They have a son, Corey, and a granddaughter, Alexa Rain.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Luzerne County woman was sentenced to a Carbon County prison term in three criminal cases.

Kira Cesanek, 28, of Hazleton, who once resided in Nesquehoning, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve a total of six to one day less 24 months in prison on criminal counts of criminal trepass, receiving stolen property and simple assault. The prison term is followed by one year of probation.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The West Penn Township Board of Supervisors will move forward on its sewage plan, with or without the cooperation of several property owners.

That could mean the use of eminent domain in order for the township to obtain the necessary easements for soil testing.

West Penn is in the process of updating its Act 537 Sewage Facilities plan, which includes working with neighboring Walker Township in the Clamtown-Reynolds area.

Monday, March 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One man was critically injured Sunday morning when involved in a violent crash along SR209 in Nesquehoning. The crash occurred just before 8 a.m. as the man was traveling from Lansford toward Nesquehoning. He apparently lost control of the sports utility vehicle (SUV) on the rain soaked roadway with the vehicle crossing the highway and entering the north berm. The SUV mounted a set of guardrails which acted as a launching pad. The vehicle went airborne before impacting with several trees.