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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Lehigh County truck driver died when his rig crashed along a Schuylkill County roadway on Monday morning. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 8:35 a.m. at the intersection of state routes 924 and 339 in East Union Township.

Troopers said Humberto Antonio Mendieta, 70, of Whitehall, was operating a 2000 Freightliner truck tractor with trailer northbound when he lost control while rounding a left curve in the road.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Absorbent material was put down to clean up hydraulic fluid that leaked from a tractor trailer along Susquehanna Street and Lehigh Avenue in downtown Jim Thorpe last week and was later power-brushed to the side of the roadway were workmen followed up with brooms and shovels to finish the cleanup.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Sean Hegarty of Tamaqua tries to save money by doing work himself at his 12 unit apartment building he owns on Row Street in Tamaqua. Following a DEP inspection, the Tamaqua Borough required 39 properties to connect to the borough's sewer after they were found to be discharging waste water into the Wabash Creek, which runs directly under downtown Tamaqua and drains into the Little Schuylkill River. "If I would have paid a contractor, it would have cost me about $40,000." He pointed out that he has no choice but to do the work himself.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sckylar Souders, 11, splashes chilly water on Matthew Robert, 10, while in the very cold water. Souders and Robert are Tamaqua YMCA volunteers.

A record turnout of Tamaqua YMCA members, employees, board members and volunteers represented themselves as the Tamaqua YMCA team while participating in the 6th annual YMCA St Patty's Day Marsh Madness Plunge for Kids event held Saturday at Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County.

Hundreds of spectators, representing area YMCA branches, watched as over 300 people of all ages jumped into the chilly lake water to raise funds for children's programs at the "Y".

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from several Lehigh County fire companies responded to a dwelling fire Monday afternoon in the 7700 block of Allemaengel Drive in Lynn Township. Passersby reported smoke flowing from a rear second floor bedroom. A state trooper was called to the scene. No injuries were reported in the incident. The roadway was closed for several hours. The Lynnport Fire Company is in charge of the investigation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The color purple really can convey quite the powerful message.

Further proof of that was evidenced at the Power of Purple Party held recently in the Palmerton Area High School cafeteria.

Hosted by the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Palmerton & Surrounding Communities, the event served as the kick-off for the 11th annual event.

RoseMarie Murphy, American Cancer Society staff member, and a 12-year cancer survivor, served as guest speaker for the event.

Murphy stressed that individuals need to visit with their doctors whenever they don't feel right.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, provides a midweek Lenten series asking "Good God Questions". The question to be examined Wednesday, March 21, at the noon & 7 p.m. services is "What about my unbelieving baptized child?" A soup lunch will follow the noon service; a soup and sandwich supper will precede the evening service at 6 p.m. All are invited to attend. Church phone for further questions: (610) 377-4303.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the high tech presentation from back left are Steven Behr, Tamaqua Elementary Schools principal; Chris Czapla, high school principal; Kenny Dunkelberger, technology director; Raymond Kinder, assistant superintendent; and Thomas McCabe, assistant high school principal. From front left are Carol Makuta, superintendent; teachers Kim Snyder, Dylan Peters, Melissa Day, Jolene Barron; and James Fasnacht, assistant elementary schools principle.

Tamaqua teachers had a chance to show off new ideas for their students during a recent program at the Restaurant at the Station.

The event, supported by the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, is held to foster and highlight innovative programs in public education with the Tamaqua Area School District.

Some teachers chose to display their ideas or how past grant money was used.

Melissa Day, Virtual Campus Coordinator, told visitor State Sen. Dave Argall how remote devices can be used to quiz or questions students.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
BOB MILLER/TIMES NEWS Melody Patrick reacts after being named the grand prize winner of the TIMES NEWS annual recipe contest. Her Wonton Sausage Appetizers were the judges' favorite.

Winners of the TIMES NEWS' annual cookbook and recipe contest were announced last night.

After judges sampled each of the seven finalists' dishes, they selected Melody Patrick of New Ringgold the grand prize winner.

Over 200 recipes were submitted this year.

Be sure to pick up the TIMES NEWS on April 12 for a copy of the 25th edition of the annual TIMES NEWS Recipes From Our Readers and a story about this year's contest.