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Friday, March 25, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Damond and Carolee Pascoe, owners of Pupster's Pub & Grub, proudly display some of the delicious foods customers can consume at the restaurant.

They call it puppy love for a reason.

All it takes is one visit to Pupster's Pub & Grub to see why patrons become attached to its cozy confines.

Located at 2815 Little Gap Road, Palmerton, the business will hold its grand opening on Saturday from 11 a.m. to closing.

There will be food and drink specials, as well as a DJ who will perform at 8 p.m.

Complete with a brand new, fully renovated kitchen and a new slate-top bar, the establishment is a must-see for patrons.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Schuylkill East Northumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting applications from persons interested in serving on the chapter's board of directors. For more information, or to apply, call the Red Cross office at (570) 622-9550. Leave your name and phone number and a member of the nominating committee will return your call.

Inquiries may also be emailed to redcrossed@comcast.net. Deadline for applications will be April 8.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jim Thorpe's Zoning Hearing Board committee voted to reorganize its officers at Thursday night's board meeting.

Members also voted to appoint a new solicitor active April 1st.

The new officers are: Elizabeth Mulligan, Chairperson; George Stoffa, Co-Chairperson; and Ben Walbert, Secretary. John Bernhard will serve on the committee as a member.

A few weeks ago Borough Council appointed Roxanne Long, as a new member to the Zoning Hearing Board.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A mobile Veterans Center will visit the Lehighton American Legion Post 314 at 314 Veterans Ave., Lehighton from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. The mobile Vet Center will also be at this same American Legion on the fourth Tuesday in April and May, April 26 and May 24.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jim Thorpe will receive help through the Carbon County hotel tax fund for police patrols during the four major event weekends in the borough.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, said that the county has received approval from the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau to use some of the money the county receives through the hotel tax, for the Jim Thorpe police monitoring.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A hearing by the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board scheduled for last night to discuss an expansion plan by the Lehighton Fire Department was postponed because of the lack of a quorum.

Only two of the five zoning board members were present.

The zoning members in attendance were Randall Semmel and Chairman George Petrole.

Absent were Mary Lou Brophy, who was out of town; Ricky Graver, and Marie Vrablic.

Also present was attorney William Bayer, the borough solicitor, as well as a court stenographer.

The hearing was rescheduled for 7 p.m. on April 28.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Eight first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Friday, March 25, 2011
Nesquehoning standoff

A tense standoff with police by a man armed with a rifle along the main thoroughfare in Nesquehoning over the lunch hour yesterday came to a peaceful end after nearly two hours when the man surrendered.

According to police, the man began hallucinating after using bath salts, a synthetic stimulant drug that reportedly compares to cocaine.

The standoff had Route 209, the busy two-lane highway that goes through the center of town, closed for about two hours, forcing traffic to be detoured over side streets.

Friday, March 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Lions and Western Pocono Lioness members worked together to complete a service task by judging a newspaper competition. Serving as judges were, from left, Bob Argot, Charles Rush, Tena Dabour, Camille DeSando, Nancy Beck and Virginia Lamendola.

Lions and Lioness members from the Western Pocono clubs met at the Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville to judge advertising awards for the Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association (MACPA). All publications were of the free variety that may be picked up at local grocery, variety and drug stores, or are delivered to local residents.

Bob Argot, Dave Rowan and Charles Rush, Lions, along with Lioness Nancy Beck, Tena Dabour, Camille DeSando and Virginia Lamendola, spent numerous hours poring over the publications in various categories.

Friday, March 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Girl Scouts are collecting toilet paper to help the Hometown Air Products plant Career and Development Program (CDP) provide needed supplies to Lehigh Valley and area shelters. Donations can be given to any Air Products employee or Tamaqua Girl Scout. Pictured from left are Tamaqua Girl Scouts Tiffany Porambo, 13, Emma Osenbach, 12, Air Products chemical engineer and CDP representative Kate Lordan, Tamaqua Girl Scouts Victoria Carrell, 13, and Rachael Paisley, 14.