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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award winners of the Panther Valley talent show are, front, from left, Shane McGeehan, second place; Amber Guzman and Tim Falu, third place; and Gabriella Frey, first place. Back row are Christian Westby and Dewey Keer, honorable mention.

The National Honor Society at Panther Valley High School recently hosted a talent show to showcase students' abilities.

The show was directed and produced by senior Jake Tokosh, stated in the program that reviving the school's annual talent show was a dream of his since getting to high school. It was also produced by Amanda Stocker.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The second annual "As Yet Unnamed Pocono Juggle Fest" will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 1; from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at Lehighton Area High School, Lehighton.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hundreds of die hard Bruce Springsteen fans filled Penn's Peak over the weekend during the return performance of Born in the USA.

Spectators pointed out that the turnout during the show was double that of their last performance.

Band members were Dave McLaurin aka "The Big Man," Matt Ryan aka "The Boss," Matthew Sully aka "Miami Steve," Joey Lunsford on piano, Atticus Finch on organ and keys, Danny Miranda on bass and Jay Nichols on Drums.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hunger has many faces. To help feed our neighbors, Blue Ridge Communications Community Cupboard 2013 Food Drive is under way. Unopened, nonperishable donations will be accepted at all BRC offices, Palmerton Telephone, Penn's Peak, Penn's Peak Radio, Roadies and Pencor Superstore locations until March 1.

The food drive benefits the Salvation Army and local food banks.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

With a 60 percent chance of precipitation today, we should be experiencing some wet winter weather throughout the rest of today and throughout the evening.

The Weather Channel believes that the cloudy skies from Tuesday morning will give way to a few showers, wind and then heavy rain in the evening, with a possibility of a mix of snow/sleet and then turning to rain. We should expect about one to two inches of rain throughout the evening.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The numbers crunch is in full effect as Palmerton Area School District attempts to pare down next year's spending plan.

District Business Manager Diane Serfass met with the school board's Budget and Finance Committee and several department heads on Monday to review the 2013-14 budget.

Human Resources, Business, Facilities, and the junior high school were among the departments that were covered as part of the three-hour session.

At present, the Human Resources budget comes in at $13,380.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third and Coal streets, Lehighton, will present a special concert featuring Russ Rentler at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2. There is no admission charge. A free will offering will be taken up during the concert to benefit Rentler's missionary work in Haiti. Refreshments and sales of his music will be available in the school hall after the concert.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, which covers Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the third of three Crop Management 1+1 Webinars will be held on March 4, from noon to 1 p.m.

Each webinar in the series will offer one core and one category pesticide recertification credit. Please have your pesticide license number available on the day of the webinar.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, a "Technology Tuesdays: Milking Center Layout and Components free online workshop designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers will be held on March 12, from 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
MICHAEL HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Molly Betz, a senior at Tamaqua Area High School, participated in the 2013 District 10 Chorus Festival, a three-day event hosted by Berks Catholic High School in Reading. Students from schools in Berks, Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton Counties were selected for the chorus through competitive auditions held in October. This year's guest conductor was Dr. Russell Shelley, Director of Choral Studies at Juniata College. Molly is the daughter of Doug and Kristine Betz of Tamaqua.