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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner speaks to a crowd of interested taxpayers in the rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol at the recent Pie Day an event organized by Better Choices for Pennsylvania. Earlier in the day, advocates delivered half a pie to every Pennsylvania legislator to remind them that a decade of large tax cuts for businesses has left schools, health care services, and local communities with a smaller share of the budget pie.

In December, Lehighton Area School Board passed a resolution urging Congress to stop budget cuts that would have a detrimental impact on the school district.

However, enacted under the Budget Control Act of 2011, the sequestration that went into effect on March 1 with across-the-board budget cuts will impact education with a significant reduction in funds.

Continuing the fight against government budget cuts, school board President Rocky Ahner recently spoke in the main rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol at Pie Day an event organized by Better Choices for Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Franklin Township residents whose collection date is Friday will see a change for the Good Friday holiday. Garbage will be picked up on Thursday, March 28 instead of March 29.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Connor Buck, 3, of Palmerton, attempts to snag as many Easter eggs in his basket as possible during the annual Easter Egg hunt at Palmerton Memorial Park on Saturday.

It's a race to the finish as these children dart out of the blocks to secure their Easter eggs.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Keystone Fish and Hunt Club held their annual community egg hunt recently outside their club. Volunteers estimate that over 40 dozen real eggs were made in preparation of the hunt. Organizers Linda Hutta, Amy Morrison and Phil Navitsky Jr. stated their appreciation to all the members and volunteers who put so much effort into the egg hunt. They added that the event has been going on for over 40 years. 120 kids participated in the this year's hunt. Wearing "Gap" pink as they wait for the egg hunt to start are, from left, Ryleigh Shiner, 3; Madyson Shiner, 4; and Adelynne Shiner, 1. All are the daughters of Desaray and Richard Shiner of New Ringgold.

Children scamper behind the club in search of colorful eggs.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The pastor and parishioners of the Byzantine Catholic Churches of the Panther Valley welcome all to attend the following services which will be held to commemorate the death and resurrection of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.

*Holy Thursday: 4:30 p.m. March 28 at St. Mary Church Nesquehoning Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil the Great commemorating the Last Supper.

*Great and Holy Friday: 1 p.m. March 29 at St. Mary Church Nesquehoning Burial Vespers.

*Great and Holy Friday: 3 p.m. March 29 at St. John Church Lansford Burial Vespers.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

NESQUEHONING Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker today toured Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp., where he praised the Carbon County fire apparatus manufacturer's recent expansion and its plans to hire 100 new employees this year.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Sons of the American Legion and Auxiliary hosted their annual indoor egg hunt recently. In addition to prizes, the event also included a visit and photos with the Easter Bunny. Children run through hay to find the hidden eggs.

Members of the Sons of the American Legion and Auxiliary hosted their annual indoor egg hunt recently. In addition to prizes, the event also included a visit and photos with the Easter Bunny. Children run through hay to find the hidden eggs.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS John Getz, state adjutant-quartermaster; Carson Keefe; Madelyn Deloglos; Janessa Meixner; Karen Bandzi, District 20 auxiliary president; Steve Calles, District 20 commander; Katherine Hartzell; Nicole Spohn; Lindsay Rinker; Heather Alich; Hunter Becker and Donna Mills, department conductress Ladies Auxiliary attended the Patriot's Pen awards ceremony.

The theme for the 2013 Patriot's Pen contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars is "What would I tell America's Founding Fathers?" Eight of the 127 entrants from Northampton Middle School – the eight who were winners in the local level, went on to the district contest with one, Katherine Hartzell, placing second.

Karen Bandzi, president of the Ladies Auxiliary to R. W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, welcomed winners and families to the awards ceremony and dinner on March 24.