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Saturday, April 6, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Melissa Hunadi and Nathan Gruber look for treasures in the corn table treasure hunt. They had to hold hands while searching for items in the corn.

"Family Olympics" took place on Friday at Jack and Jill Preschool in Lehighton when the children participated in the second annual Jack and Jill Parent's Organization Family Olympics.

Five events were held to coincide with the five rings on the Olympic flag.

Competition was friendly as the children took part in the busy and fun events. Events were bean bag toss, long jump, simply fun obstacle course, corn table treasure hunt and pin the medal on the Olympian. Each preschooler and their adult companion had to compete as a team in each of the events.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

State Representative Doyle Heffley said his guests for April on his "Legislative Report" are:

Ÿ Lehighton Borough Manager Nicole Beckett.

Ÿ Paul Fogal, owner of Pocono Biking.

Ÿ Tom Marsden, owner of Blue Mountain Sports and Wear.

Ÿ Dawn Ferrante, chairwoman of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

He said, "This edition of my Legislative Report focuses on community and economic development in Carbon County. "

The 30-minute show airs several times throughout April including Mondays at 9:30 a.m. on Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Bethlehem woman's project is reaching out locally to honor American soldiers and veterans from all over the world.

Beth Masiado has an initiative that she is hoping to start locally.

The project includes taking used American flags with embroidered stars and repurposing them.

Each star is cut out, placed in plastic and handed to, given to, or mailed to an American soldier or veteran at home, on base, or overseas with a card that reads:

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Pennsylvania State Police in Troop L (Berks, Lebanon, & Schuylkill counties) is currently seeking candidates for Camp Cadet. Camp Cadet will be held at Camp Conrad Weiser. Camp will be Aug. 11-17, 2013.

Camp Cadet is a police-oriented summer camp for boys and girls who are 12-15 years of age. All camp activities are supervised by a counseling staff of state and local law enforcement. Candidates must reside in Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties.

Cadets selected will see presentations by law enforcement (bomb squad, SERT, patrol, K-9, aviation, FBI, computer crimes).

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Five Carbon County municipalities have placed bans on open burning because of the dry conditions of outdoor vegetation.

They are East Penn Township, Mahoning Township, Jim Thorpe, Nesquehoning, and Summit Hill.

Earlier this week a ban on outdoor burning was announced for all of Schuylkill County.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. has instituted a "marginal red flag warning" for Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton Counties through tomorrow because of the dry conditions and winds up to 15 miles per hour.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Chris Styer, Palmerton - "No. I don't think you need to carry any weapons on an airplane."

The Transportation Safety Administration recently said it's okay for passengers to carry small knives on airlines. Do you think this is a good idea?

Saturday, April 6, 2013
KEITH HOUSE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Eric Nothstein picks up debris as Pastor Greg Laible waits with a trash bag. Bruce Snyder carries a piece of lumber. The crew also made repairs outside, such as cleaning up debris, rebuilding fences and repairing decks.

If you took a drive around Brigantine, one of five barrier islands in Atlantic County, New Jersey, you'd be pleased at the progress of its cleanup from Super Storm Sandy. You might marvel, thinking, just five months from those dismal days when five feet of flood waters covered the entire island, things are looking crisp and clean.

Then maybe you'd take a closer look. You might notice that Halloween decorations still hang in the windows of many homes. That's because no one has been able to live in them since October 29, 2012, when the storm hit.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A committee of the American Hose Company in Tamaqua requested that Tamaqua Borough Council reopen the appropriations and to grant their company something to assist in the support of their horses and the janitor. The matter was referred to the fire committee. The fire company also asked that the engineer's desks, tables and supplies, as well as the water superintendent's desks, be moved to other quarters to provide an additional bedroom for the firemen. The request was granted.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Dawn Willis

A Lansford woman is facing charges after allegedly attempting to steal merchandise from Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township.

Dawn Willis, 34, allegedly attempted to leave the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise valued at $331.69.

The incident happened on April 2 at about 7 p.m.

According to Mahoning police, at the time of her arrest, Willis had a pill and a half of morphine on her and a cut straw which she said was used for snorting the morphine.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School senior Laurel Seemiller has been selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Chorus.

On the brink of history.

Thanks to her magnificent voice, that's where Laurel Seemiller could well find herself on the verge of.

A senior at Palmerton Area High School, Seemiller was recently selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Chorus, to be held April 17-20 in Erie.