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Friday, March 9, 2012

A few citizens spoke out in favor of a post-Labor Day school opening at the Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors meeting.

West End Fair Assistant Treasurer Robert Coleman said he was speaking on behalf of the West End Fair. He introduced WEF President Donald Everett, Vice President Tom Hodgdon, Secretary Pat Schneider, and board directors Lester Marsh, Jeffrey Tresslar, Don Schneider and Barry Schaffer.

Friday, March 9, 2012
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The Tamaqua Area High School Leadership Council collected more than 145 coats during an effort to provide students in need with appropriate outer wear. Participating students included the following members of the sophomore and junior classes: (first row) Nikki Klatka, Brianna Bittner, Nicki Mateyak, Alexandra Miller, Carly Fenstermacher; (second row) Molly Betz, Hannah Miller, Sam Postupack, Gabby Freed and Trevor Arnold. Members of the senior class, not picture, include Jordan Reabold, Jacqueline McMullen, Kelsey Patrick, Danielle Fox, Kayla Hope, Emily Zancofsky and Erin Fegley.

Friday, March 9, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Katelyn Evans asks the Panther Valley School Board to reconsider a plan to eliminate five elective English courses, including journalism, poetry and public speaking.

An aspiring Panther Valley High School journalist on Thursday asked the school board to reconsider its plan to drop five elective courses, including journalism, poetry, creative writing, public speaking and SAT prep.

The courses are important, she said, because they help students become effective public speakers, learn how to better express themselves and prepare them for careers in journalism.

Katelyn, a junior, said she has spoken with many students who want to become journalists, and gathered signatures from 104 students who oppose the elimination of the electives.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The 15th annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Alec Campbell Division 1 of Carbon County and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Mollie Maguire Division 1 of Carbon County, will take place along Broadway in Jim Thorpe starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11. The event will be held rain or shine.

In preparation for the parade, Broadway will be closed to all traffic at 11:45 a.m.

Friday, March 9, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Chairman of the Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, right, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. He discussed the current state of the county – including this year's budget; the county prison; and Packerton Yards. Pictured left to right are Rotarian Bob McCombs, Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery, and Commissioner Nothstein. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner/Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Palmerton & Surrounding Communities will hold a Power of Purple Party on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Palmerton Area High School cafeteria as preparations preparations continue for the event to be held June 2-3, 2012.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
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Weatherly Area School District students participating in the 52nd Annual Carbon County Band Festival include: (kneeling) Alyssa Miller, Tracy Galada, Lauren Douglas, Alicia Panzarella, Brittney Isom; (second row) Maura Kelly, Alexis Berger, Jaime Dougherty, Deanna Campion, Dylan McDonald, Colleen Popko and band director Shannon Shughart; (third row) Lindsay Douglas, Laura Palmer, Joshua Reiner, Rebecca Moyer, Jaquiline Watkins; (fourth row) Samson Walton. The festival was held Feb. 14-16 at Pleasant Valley High School, finishing with a public concert on Feb. 16.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Members of the Andreas VFW Post 5069 will meet Tues. March 13 at 7 p.m. at the West Penn Annex on Municipal Road. New members are always welcome to attend. The Last Man's Club will follow at 7:30 p.m. FMI: Call Eugene at (570) 386-3224 or Andy at (570) 668-1234 FMI.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Republican state senators put Pennsylvania on the path Wednesday to becoming the 16th state to require voters to show photo identification before their ballots are counted, after a contentious debate during which Democrats called the measure an attempt to suppress votes in November's presidential election by the party's traditional supporters.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Frankie Lewoc

When Frankie Lewoc, 18, of Gilbert was killed in a tragic automobile accident Jan. 4, many in the community mourned the loss of this young man.

He had been an officer of Pleasant Valley High School's Future Business Leader of America and a volunteer for Operation: Touch of Home. These two organizations have teamed up to honor Frankie. They will be holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in his honor, lovingly called, "Frankie's Italian Feast."

It will be held on Sunday, March 11 from 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.