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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) – Pedro Quezada's neighbors see a lot of themselves in the winner of the $338 million Powerball jackpot: hardworking, a family man, an immigrant, and someone who has known hard times.

That's why they're so thrilled that one of their own has finally struck it rich.

Quezada, 44, entered Eagle Liquors store, where his ticket was sold, late Monday afternoon. The Passaic store's owner ran Quezada's ticket through the lottery machine and, as a newspaper and television outlets recorded the moment, validated that it was a winner.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Father Henry W. Baker Knights of Columbus (KOC) No. 2711, out of Tamaqua, hosted their first annual community egg hunt over the weekend outside their council hall in the Seek section of Coaldale. Youth director Glenn Mummey stated their appreciation to all the volunteers who helped put the event together. The event also included prizes and snacks.Robert Santiago, 10, fills his basket during he hunt.

Members of the Father Henry W. Baker Knights of Columbus (KOC) No. 2711, out of Tamaqua, hosted their first annual community egg hunt over the weekend outside their council hall in the Seek section of Coaldale. Youth director Glenn Mummey stated their appreciation to all the volunteers who helped put the event together. The event also included prizes and snacks.Robert Santiago, 10, fills his basket during the hunt.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua native Cindy Miller has been named president of UPS Europe.

A Tamaqua native has been promoted to a top business position in Europe and credits her roots in Tamaqua for helping her to achieve success.

United Parcel Service, Inc. announced Thursday that Tamaqua native Cindy Miller will step into the position of president of UPS Europe.

Miller will assume her new duties on April 30, according to the Atlanta-based package shipping company.

Miller grew up on East Broad Street and is daughter of the late Howard "Howie" and Donna Miller.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

American Cancer Society Telethon volunteer and Chinese Auction co-coordinator Jess Kutza, left, presents a certificate of appreciation to Manda Rohde of Seitz Brothers Exterminating of Hometown. Kutza's mother and fellow telethon volunteer Mary Ann Dulaney, who has coodinated the ACS Telethon's Chinese Auction for many years, stated that Seitz Brothers routinely provides the use of their truck for the auction and illuminated sign to promote events for the American Cancer Society. The ACS Telethon will air April 6 and 7 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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.