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Saturday, May 11, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Karen Flexer of Lehighton holds photo of her son, Brett, who died two years ago at the age of 20 when he mixed a prescription drug with alcohol.

Tomorrow is Mother's Day.

For Karen Flexer of Lehighton, it will be a bittersweet day. She is the mother of three sons. Two of them likely will remember to tell her how much she means to them.

One son, Brett, won't be there for her. He died on April 23, 2011, just two weeks after his 20th birthday. He had been at a party with friends, came home with no signs of any ill effects, and was found lifeless on his bed by his mother.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

National 4-H Council has announced the launch of the spring 2013 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC). This event marks the third year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del's Farm and Feed Supply store is located.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mrs. Emaline Schweibinz of Jim Thorpe was honored as Mother of the Year during the annual Mother's day fete by the senior citizens of Memorial Park in that community. Mrs. Harold Rowe presented a "This is Your Life" tribute in lauding the 63-year-old mother of 12 children, one of whom is deceased; 24 grand children, and two step great-grandchildren. Edward and Jennie Beers were recognized as the oldest married couple.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jim Thorpe Chamber is formally changing its name to Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency.

The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency will focus to promote tourism in the area.

To celebrate, there will be a mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Broadway Grill, downtown Jim Thorpe. There will be complementary appetizers, cash bar and raffle. There is a fee. RSVP at nancyz@innit.com.

Officials said in a statement that this brings two unique organization in Carbon County the opportunity to work together in a well-defined manner on issues concerning Jim Thorpe tourism.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ida Piccin of South Tamaqua prepares to get a free cholesterol screening from lab assistant Christine Reed during Tuesday's St. Luke's Tamaqua Medical Center open house.

Tuesday's open house of the new St. Luke's Tamaqua Medical Center drew in the attention of over 300 visitors, as physicians and staff provided tours of the the center.

In addition to a light meal and refreshments, visitors were also given the opportunity to received free osteoporosos screening and free cholestrol screening on site.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marva Snyder of Lehighton reacts after a putt during the Carbon County Senior Games mini golf competions at Heisler's Dairy Bar and Mini Golf, Friday morning.

Once again, the South Team of the Carbon County Senior Games stayed aloft after the fourth day of competitions.

The teams are divided into North and South. The South Team is composed of Lehighton and Palmerton; the North Team is composed of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, and Weatherly.

The games kicked off this year with help from many, including the young men at CONCERN Treatment Unit Boys, Lehighton.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Artists from the Tamaqua Area Middle School recently completed painting a mural on the Lafayette Street wall in Tamaqua. The artists will hold a meet and greet session with the public from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. The event will be held at the mural wall.

Students will answer questions concerning the history of the images they created.

The street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the meet and greet night.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sara Wingert, junior "Disney. Shame. It's a great show, funny and cute."

The question was answered by students at Lehighton Area High School

Saturday, May 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kassie Wuttke, 14, of West Penn, sits in the grass with "Max", an 8-year old male Golden Retreaver.

Dogs of all types converged at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville over the weekend during the second annual Bark For Life event held to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The event, organized by young volunteer Tyler Resch, consisted of a dog walk, cancer survivor ceremony, sled team display, obedience show, dog kissing and talent contest. The event also featured a special search and rescue presentation by the Berks County's Search and Rescue Emergency Strike Team.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Children were encouraged to choose their own bikes as a prize following the annual Rabbit Run Fishing Derby held over the weekend at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in Tamaqua. Pictured from back left are hatchery manager Denny Havron, father William Sacco of Tamaqua, parent Matt Greenzweig and vice president Jack Bowman. Receiving new bikes and helmets outside the Hometown Wal-Mart were derby winners Dakota Sacco, 11, and Kylie Greenzweig, 7.