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Thursday, March 31, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Victor Pituch, one of the organizers of the Carbon County Senior Games, right, announces the start of the one-mile walk during the 2010 games. Open practice sessions for this year's games will be held every Thursday in April, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Lehighton Recreational Center. The 2011 Carbon County Senior Games will be held May 3-12.

Calling all Carbon County seniors who would like to participate in the upcoming 2011 Senior Games.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jim Thorpe School District will hold 2011-2012 kindergarten registration in April for the L.B. Morris and Penn Kidder buildings. The district offers a full day kindergarten experience for its students.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lora Huerst, right, Storm team coordinator of Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) is assisted by Marybeth Long, head coach, with the clothing drive held Saturday at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton. The clothing will be helping victims in Haiti and Japan who need clothing.

A clothing drive held Saturday by the Storm team of the Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton, brought more in donations than they ever anticipated.

"We've asked all the cheerleaders to bring their good used clothing and everyone wanted to donate," said Lora Huerst, team coordinator. "The clothing will be sorted and sent to areas who need clothing," said Huerst. "Some of the clothing will be sent to Haiti and some will be sent to Japan to help those victims of the tsunami."

Thursday, March 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The following students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently competed in the CYO District 5 Declamation Competition. From left to right are: Emma Macaluso, Allison Amodea, Cassandra Hoben, Cassidy Ryan and Taylor Horvat. Cassandra took 1st place and will represent the District in the Diocesan Competition.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home is looking for names and addresses of area troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to be recipients of our Spring 2011 essential's shipment.

Family members or friends with this information are asked to contact: touchofhome@hotmail.com or mail information to Operation: Touch of Home, PO Box 162, Brodheadsville, PA 18322.

Include the GI's name, rank, address and deploy dates are critical. Also provide contact info of provider.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday after he assaulted two state troopers and was found to have in his possession numerous weapons although he is not allowed to possess any type of firearms.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspect as Michael Lucas, 56, of Auburn.

According to troopers about 8:11 a.m. Trooper Allyssa Becker observed Lucas driving a 2007 Fort truck along SR443, in Pine Grove Township, weaving in and out of traffic while westbound.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dennis McCaig of Jim Thorpe, left, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, was one of the first 20 veterans to visit the Mobile Veterans Center van at the Lehighton American Legion Post. From left are McCaig, Fred Shaffer, commander of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314; and State Rep. Doyle Heffley.

Veterans flocked Tuesday to the Mobile Veterans Center.

In the first hour of the five hour visit, 20 veterans learned how to access their veterans benefits.

Dennis McCaig of Jim Thorpe, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam was one of the first 20 who stopped by the van.

"I wanted to see what benefits I am eligible for," said McCaig. "I figured this was a good time since the mobile van was here."

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The monthly meeting of the Ranger Rick Club will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. The club meets the first Saturday of each month and is open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Each month's meeting focuses on some aspect of the natural world. This month's topic, "All About Plants," will allow children to discover the importance of plants in nature's food chains and ecosystems.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters and tanker trucks from throughout the area were dispatched to 2078 Evergreen Drive, near the intersection of Oak Lane near Mantzville in West Penn Township, following a report of a structure fire Wednesday. When they arrived, they noticed the home was filled with smoke. Following an investigation, the cause was traced to a blocked chimney. It was also noted that the homeowners use a combination oil and wood pellet system to heat their home. Firefighters remaining on scene to expel the smoke via large exhaust fans were from Mahoning Valley and West Penn Fire companies.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 48th Annual Citizenship Award.

The award will be presented at the 60th Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held on Wednesday, April 27 at the Tamaqua Community Center.

The award is open to all residents of the Tamaqua Area School District, 18 years of age or older. The recipient is selected on the basis of voluntary contributions to the civic advancement of Tamaqua and the well-being of its citizens. Any work for which the nominee was paid shall not be considered in the selection.