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Friday, April 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour co-owner Arel Moodie talks to attending students and adults about the methods of starting your own type of business.

Lehigh Carbon Community College sponsored a visit by the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET) Thursday at the Tamaqua Middle School auditorium and Tamaqua LCCC, Morgan Campus.

The event was to help future entrepreneurs learn about owning and starting their own type of business from an interactive panel of business owners who have succeeded greatly with their businesses.

The high-energy event provided music, movement, opportunities to receive over $300 in prizes, and light refreshments.

For more information about the EET, visit www.extremetour.org.

Friday, April 1, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Standing by the the World War I Monument located at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe are, left to right : Jeff Day of Day's Landscaping and Storage Solutions of Jim Thorpe; Jim Thorpe Lions Club Vice President James Trainer; Restoration Committee Chairpersons - Jim Thorpe Lions Club President Ron Sheehan and Edith Lukasevich.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Carbon County is still waiting to hear if it will be selected as one of the visit locations for a German-based automotive manufacturing company that wants to expand into the United States.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that Quaprotek, which manufactures engine and gear parts for the automotive industry, is asking for additional information about the county.

He noted that Brian Ross of the Governor's Action Team felt this was a good sign.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The following students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy were recently notified that they won awards for their art entries at the Carbon County Conservation Contest. They will receive their awards on April 26 at the Carbon County Courthouse. The students from left to right are: Alexus Eschbach - Grade 5, Honorable Mention; Lauren Nietz - Grade 8, Second Place; Sadie Trubilla - Grade 1, Third Place; Allison Amodea - Grade 7, First Place; Jacob Trubilla Grade 2 Third Place; Danielle Dillee - Grade 8 - Honorable Mention.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Palmerton Area Library, located at 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, has created a new program to assist students with their homework.

The volunteer Homework Helpers will assist the staff in enhancing library service by providing students in grades K-12 with after-school homework assistance to help them succeed in the classroom.

The Homework Helpers are volunteers from diverse backgrounds capable of assisting with homework assignments in English, math, science and other subjects.

All of the volunteers have completed an application process and background check.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

First Friday observances will be split this month for members of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Tamaqua. Communion calls to Tamaqua residents will be made this Friday. Communion calls to residents of Hometown and Coaldale will be made Thursday, April 7.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's no joke: Weather forecasters expect an April Fool's Day snow storm.

How much snow depends on the geographic area and on who's doing the forecasting. AccuWeather meteorologists are expecting 5.1 inches of snow to fall in the Lehighton area from about 8 p.m. today through Friday morning. AccuWeather's totals vary from 4.2 in Tamaqua to 5.3 inches in Albrightsville.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Third Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 9, at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in New England Valley. Derby hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Last year's event was a huge success, with a lot of participation, " said Tom Banditelli, chairman of the chamber's fishing derby committee, who has organized the event. "We are looking forward to another fun family event at the beautiful Rabbit Run Reservoir. It's a great event for kids and adults alike," offered Banditeli.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Jessica "Vanna" Kondratik walked many steps to show off auction items at Effort UMC's Mission Outreach auction. This one had much bidding.

Time, talent and treasure came together at Effort UMC's Mission Outreach Auction to benefit three mission causes.

Six long tables held over 90 items to be auctioned, explained Mission Chairperson, Pat Mackes.

"I'm very pleased with the quantity and the quality donated by our parishioners," she said as she and Gail Schellman kept busy with registering details while members and friends of the congregation inspected what had been brought in or were still being brought in.

"We have an excellent turn out," she added as Wesley Hall filled with attendees.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Urban of Ryan Township looks over the burnt remains of the home he shared with his wife Sarah, following a fire that completely destroyed the structure and all of its contents Wednesday morning.

John and Sarah Urban of Barnesville lost all their belongings following a fire that completely razed their rural Ryan Township home located at 687 Brockton Mountain Drive Wednesday morning.

At around 8:20 a.m. Sarah awoke to the smell of smoke, while John, who is currently laid off from work and didn't have home insurance, jumped out of bed and looked in his living room to see his couch "blow-up" in flames.

The fire was so far involved that the couple ran outside barefoot while wearing only their pajamas.