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Friday, March 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Socializing with each other as they make candy drops are Salvation Army volunteers Gerry Klein, Fran Golder, Mary Reed, Jane Faust and Jen Snyder.

Many things can make us think about Easter three weeks early.

Such was the case recently at the Tamaqua Salvation Army as volunteers with the Corp's Needlebug group and Older and Bolder senior group filled the building with smells of chocolate, peanut butter and vanilla as they prepared chocolate candy eggs and drops.

For more information about Easter and daily activities held at the Salvation Army, call (570) 668-0410.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Nesquehoning Crime Watch meeting scheduled for Monday, March 19 has been canceled.

The meeting will be rescheduled for a date in April to be determined.

Friday, March 16, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Julia Hearthway, secretary of Labor & Industry, center, was featured speaker at the recent joint luncheon held at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton between the Palmerton Area and Greater Northern Lehigh Area Chamber of Commerces. Also shown are local chamber of commerce president Peter Kern, left, and Ellie Passman of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

A senior member of Gov. Tom Corbett's administration visited Palmerton recently to discuss the proposed 2012-13 state budget.

Julia Hearthway, secretary of Labor & Industry, recently met with the Palmerton Area and Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerces as part of a joint meeting at the Blue Ridge Country Club. After hearing a review of the proposed budget, which was presented to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the audience had a chance to ask questions.

Friday, March 16, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Exchange Club recognized 10 Palmerton Area High School students who are considered to be well-rounded. They are, front, left to right: John Achtermann, Brandon Smale, Sierra Miller, Vanessa Evans, Alexandrea Sestok; back row, left to right Karl Pielmeier, Lydia Anthony, Steven Semmel, Kelsey Hay, Michelle Rickert.

"We love being recognized for our accomplishments," Karl Pielmeier, a Palmerton Area High School senior, told all those who attended the Palmerton Exchange Club's Student Recognition dinner.

Each year the Palmerton Exchange Club recognizes 10 Palmerton Area High School seniors in 10 subject areas, who are considered the most well-rounded students.

"Each department chooses a student who would represent that department the best, by their respective teachers," said Rich Desocio, a PAHS guidance counselor.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association will present the 2012 Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall on the weekend of April 28-29.

The Expo will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, March 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Naomi Russell, 4, left, and Kaydence Fort, 3, pile leaves on a swing while playing with each other at the North and Middle Ward Playground. Naomi is the daughter of Cayla Marley and Nate Russell. Kaydence is the daughter of Samantha Richardson and Kevin Fort.

Families spent more time outdoors over the past few days as temperatures reached the mid 60's in some areas.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The suspect in a Schuylkill County stabbing incident has been committed to the county prison.

Matthew J. Miske, 21, of 58 Schumacher Ave., Schuylkill Haven, is accused of trying to kill two people and himself, early Wednesday morning at an apartment complex in Auburn.

Miske was released from the Reading Hospital on Thursday and was immediately transported to the county prison in Pottsville where he was arraigned by video by on-call District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua. Bayer set bail at $1,000,000 cash.

Friday, March 16, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Rush Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Gilbert explains at Thursday's meeting that the board took a closer look at how a controversial $65,000 generator was bid out.

A contract negotiated by the previous board of supervisors to purchase a controversial $65,000 generator continues to ruffle feathers in Rush Township.

At Thursday's meeting of the board held at the municipal building, Mahanoy Avenue, Chairman Shawn Gilbert announced that an executive session had taken place Wednesday "to discuss issues relating to the way the generator was bid out."

Friday, March 16, 2012

Carbon County is looking into what they are paying a company for maintenance of the 911 communications equipment.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek asked if the motion to enter into an additional three-month extension with TuWay Communications of Bethlehem to cover maintenance costs for the new communications equipment was the right thing to do, considering TuWay raised the monthly maintenance fee to $12,275 because the county's equipment was outdated.

Now, O'Gurek said, the equipment is new, having been installed in January.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Carbon County is continuing to see its retirement portfolio rebound from its nose-dive last year.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, announced that the portfolio value as of Feb. 29, was $63,879,284; up nearly $1.5 million from January.

Crampsie added that from the beginning of the year, the portfolio has increased about $4.6 million, or a 7.8 percent rate of return.