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Friday, April 20, 2012

Kidder Township Supervisor Mary Farnschlader is spearheading a preliminary survey for residents' enthusiasm for a library. Farnschlader and resident Barbara Franzosa both explained during the Supervisors meeting Thursday night that a Community Survey would be distributed through May to gauge support for a local Library possibly near the Albrightsville Post Office prior to any grant seeking.

Friday, April 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Rod and Gun Club in Clamtown held its 9th annual children's fishing derby recently at the Black Bear Hollow, aka Shellhamer Ice Dam, located off of SR309 in South Tamaqua. This year's derby drew more than 350 registered children up to age 16 to the hollow. West Penn Rod and Gun Club president John Brode said the pond at the hollow is stocked by the club during the winter and the week prior to the derby. More than 1,200 fish were stocked in the winter and 2,000 more were stocked prior to the derby. Children were able to catch a couple dozen tagged fish for prizes. The Shellhamer Ice Dam is visible from the old Lehigh and New England Railroad bed is one of a few historical ice dams and remnants of a famous entertainment and recreation complex, which was developed around it. Members of the West Penn Rod and Gun Club and other volunteer groups have spent numerous years revitalizing the hollow. Brode stated the club's appreciation for all the volunteers who spent so much time preparing and organizing the annual derby. He also pointed out his high appreciation for all derby sponsors. For more information about future fishing derbies or events, call the club at (570) 386-1123. Jim Szczecina gives fishing pointers to his granddaughter Taylor Szczecina, 10.

West Penn Rod and Gun Club in Clamtown held its 9th annual children's fishing derby recently at the Black Bear Hollow, aka Shellhamer Ice Dam, located off of SR309 in South Tamaqua. This year's derby drew more than 350 registered children up to age 16 to the hollow. West Penn Rod and Gun Club president John Brode said the pond at the hollow is stocked by the club during the winter and the week prior to the derby. More than 1,200 fish were stocked in the winter and 2,000 more were stocked prior to the derby. Children were able to catch a couple dozen tagged fish for prizes.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Palmerton Area students are encouraged to put their artistic talents to the test.

Students who reside in the school district may design a postmark to commemorate the borough's upcoming Centennial celebration.

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will sponsor the Centennial Postmark Design Contest. The deadline for registration is April 30.

The contest is open to students who are either high school graduates, or students from parochial, charter, cyber, home-schools, and the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The newly formed West End Community Change Club (WECCC), an outreach of Penn State's StrongWomen program, want to help foster an eating environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

In helping you to do that, they are offerning free Grocery Store Tours on Thursday, April 19 and May 8 at Weis and Kinsley's ShopRite, both in Brodheadsville. The tour times are 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If interested, please call 570-421-6430 to sign up.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kid's Party Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21 at St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township).

Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to participate in crafts, games and songs. Refreshments are also served. Everyone is welcome.

For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tamaqua Borough Council held its first hearing to determine how to spend the borough's 2012 Community Development Block Grant disbursement. This year's allocation is $103,203, down from $121,679 in 2011.

Proposed activities must meet one of three objectives in order to qualify for funding. They must principally benefit low and moderate income individuals, they must aid in the prevention or elimination of blight, or they must alleviate an immediate threat to the health and safety of the community.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Presidential election year also brings with it balloting in congressional districts for persons who aspire to be a part of the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

That will be the case on Tuesday, April 24, when Pennsylvania holds its Primary Election, during which time area residents will appear on the ballot as candidates for delegate positions within their party's structure.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Sample lunch trays show the differences between this year's school lunches and next year's.

Forget the greasy tater tots, mystery-meat and drab, overcooked canned green beans and bland white bread that once were the mainstays of typical school lunches. Students in the Panther Valley School District can now choose from among succulent fresh fruits, crisp, bright vegetables and flavorful whole grain breads for their midday meals.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kim Bell, General Manager of Blue Ridge Communications TV-13, second from right, took the Palmerton Area Historical Society into the control room at the television station. Ed Kane, control room engineer is on the right and Jenna Janecek, Chief Technical Director is fourth from right, and they helped explain what it is they do.

"Here's an inside scoop. Our sports guy stands," Kim Bell, General Manager of Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 told members of the Palmerton Area Historical Society (PAHS) as she took them on a tour of the television station located high on a hill above Palmerton.

Kim, charming and pleasant, displayed her award winning personality as she revealed several inside tidbits of the world of television to the interested group, like how the newsroom desk can swivel to accommodate set changes.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Testimony was completed before the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville on the application of Gladstone Partners, of Pittsburgh, which is seeking a special exception to the Schuylkill County Zoning Ordinance to construct a cargo airport on land mostly in East Union Township.