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Friday, March 2, 2012

Stephen Kanuch was named "Elk of the Year" during a program held at the Lansford Elk's Lodge No. 1337, Lansford. About 160 people attended the program. In addition to the Elk of the Year award, hewas honored also with the presentation of the Golden Antler Award by the Grand Lodge for his loyalty and service. Kanuch is a retired miner with the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company. He is a former jury commissioner and also a former trustee in his church.

Friday, March 2, 2012
Pleasant Valley Elementary School first graders sang an enthusiastic "This Land Is My Land" at the 11th Annual Night of Unity at PVHS.

One couldn't help but notice the diversity in the group of first grade students who provided opening entertainment to the 11th Annual Night of Unity at Pleasant Valley High School. But when they blended their voices in enthusiastic chorus of "This Land is My Land" and "Lean On Me," they gave voice to what America is all about ... being one with each other.

The Night of Unity is PV's way of celebrating its community of diverse cultures.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Carbon County residents who are delinquent on their real estate taxes will soon be able to pay them by credit card.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a payment processing service agreement with Value Payment Systems LLC for credit card online and telephone payments through the Infocon software in the county tax claim bureau.

Renee Roberts, director of the tax claim bureau, explained that this will benefit the taxpayers because it will allow them to make a payment online through a secure site on the Carbon County website.

Friday, March 2, 2012
 Music Together Rachel DeMicco leads preschoolers in song and movement at the Dimmick Memorial Library's Wednesday morning story hour. She teaches Music Together with Rachel at Jim Thorpe Arts in Motion.

Over two dozen preschoolers and their moms packed the Dimmick Memorial Library for a very special story hour featuring Music Together with Rachel.

The theme was music at the Wednesday morning Feb. 29-Leap Year Day-session of the Dimmick Memorial Library Story Hour. It began with three stories on a musical them read by Amanda Bombico, a volunteer reader and a regular mom at the story hour.

The special guest, Rachel DeMicco, had the children and their parents sit in a circle and she began with the Music Together signature Welcome Song, "Hello everybody, so glad to see you…"

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Walker Township board of supervisors signed and accepted an Act 537 task activity report that accesses the new scope of work that needs to be done in order to outline a plan for implementing the sewer project.

Act 537, part of the Clean Streams Law created to regulate sewage and other pollutants that go into the waters of Pennsylvania, addresses failing waste systems in West Penn and Walker townships, which are being mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to be fixed.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Volunteers at the Tamaqua Salvation Army will be providing computer classes titled: Ebay, Internet, Safe Surfing, and Problem Solving, as well as open labs over the next few months. If you are interested, call instructors Dina Depos (570) 668-0410 and Andy Leibenguth (570) 668-1234. Seats are limited. The classes and open lab time are free.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson has addressed a concern over an increase of pedestrian-related accidents in the borough.

Mattson said there are many factors that have contributed to the cause of these accidents. One of them that repeatedly comes up during the course of investigating them, Mattson said, is the responsibilities pedestrians have according to the state vehicle code. Mattson said many citizens are not aware of what their responsibilities are as pedestrians.

Friday, March 2, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Students and officials involved in making the Carbon County SHINE STEM Career Academy a reality for sixth through eighth grade students gather after the announcement that Lehigh Carbon Community College was named the recipient of a $630,000 grant for the academy. Seated, from left, are, Rachel Strucko, coordinator of the Carbon County SHINE STEM Career Academy; and Jeanne Miller, director of LCCC's Carbon and Schuylkill counties educational services and SHINE. Second row, Anna Leigh Rowlands, site coordinator; Jesse Rossman, CCTI student; Drew Solonoski, past Career Academy participant; and Hal Resh, CCTI technology instructor. Third row, Justin Kaminski, CCTI student; Dave Reinbold, CCTI executive director; and Donald Snyder, LCCC president.

Carbon County students in grades six, seven, and eight, will soon be able to experience first-hand, the careers of the future, thanks to a state grant.

Friday, March 2, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman was seriously injured Thursday morning when she lost control of her Chevrolet Tahoe and struck two trees in Lehigh Township. The crash occurred as the victim was traveling east on Lehigh Drive (SR248) just east of Locust Drive when she lost control. Her SUV left the right berm sliding broadside into the trees. Reports from the communications center was the victim had been ejected from the vehicle. She was transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill. The Lehigh Township Fire Company responded to the scene.

Friday, March 2, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Northern Lehigh High School Band that will perform Saturday in the 54th annual Lehigh County Honors Band Concert at Whitehall High School are (front row, l-r) Abigail Messinger, sophomore; Heather Heiney, senior; Dana Fricker, junior (back row, l-r); Marc Beleno, sophomore; Clay Hardy, junior; Zac Schegel, sophomore; and Michael Miller, senior.

They're are all amped up and ready to steal the show at what will undoubtedly be their marquee performance of the year.

Any last second jitters will have to be overcome when members of the Northern Lehigh High School Band play at the 54th annual Lehigh County Honors Band Festival.

The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Whitehall High School Auditorium. The Host director this year is Matthew Tanzos, band director of Whitehall High School.