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Saturday, June 1, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Master Gardeners John Kupec (left) and Mike Cormier plant native pollinator plants in the 25-foot diameter circular Pollinator-friendly Garden next to Penn State Extension's office at Mauch Chunk Lake.

"Declining bee populations pose a threat to global agriculture," reads a headline on the website of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The article cited this week's ban by the European Commission on a class of pesticides suspected of playing a role in "colony collapse disorder," a phenomenon in which worker bees from a colony abruptly disappear.

Friday, May 31, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Matt King (left),Vice President of Public Relations for Americare Home Care Services, Inc.

presents a check in the amount of $775 to Francis O'Donnell representing Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304 to help defray expenses of the Fishing Derby for special needs

students which is is sponsored by both Post 304 and the Germantown Grove Club.

Friday, May 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Freshman Lynn Kistler leaps past juniors during a play.

Girls played football while members of the Tamaqua Raider football team coached during the annual Powder Puff benefit held recently at the Tamaqua Sports stadium to defray costs of student field trips and support a number of other charities.

The benefit, hosted yearly by the Tamaqua High School Biology Club, involved female students from each high school class trying for the Powder Puff championship.

In the end, the seniors won against the juniors, 21-8.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County stands to save about $115,240 in each of three years by hiring a Florida company to supply the prison with meals.

The county Prison Board on Thursday chose Trinity Services Group, Inc., Oldsmar, Florida, which bid a total of $843,776 for the contract.

Other bidders were Aramark/BDS/Sales, Philadelphia, bid $1,124,554; A'viands LLC, Roseville, Minnesota, bid $1,205,512; and the Nutrition Group, Irwin, Westmoreland County, bid $1,394,208.

Currently, the meals are provided by the county.

Friday, May 31, 2013

The importance of write-in votes, if applied intelligently, can become a major factor in nominating candidates as was shown in last week's primary election held in Schuylkill County.

The computing board, appointed by the county commissioners, completed its task Thursday in making the official count of the votes cast in the May 21 primary election. Write-in votes were unable to be counted election night because the electronic voting machines can count numbers but cannot read names.

Friday, May 31, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the seniors at Lehighton Area High School who were recipients of awards are, from left, Elyse Kistler, Sarah Kistler, Tyler Martz and Alden Everett; and back row, Tia Rex, Hannah Bartron, Cierra Kobal and Brittany Redmond.

Lehighton Area High School Class of 2013 shared in scholarships and awards totaling over $170,000 during award the All School Academic Awards Assembly.

Friday, May 31, 2013
"All American Hearts," a new book by Tamaqua native Joe Baddick, will debut June 7, 8 and 9.

Four years after publishing the compelling story about the life of his son who died in Iraq, Tamaqua native Joe Baddick, former lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne, has penned riveting stories of some of America's Purple Heart recipients.

The introduction in Baddick's newest book, "All American Hearts," was written by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC, Ret.

The work is a collection of true stories that were brought to Baddick's attention following the September 2003 death of his son, Sgt. Andrew J. Baddick, whose life is captured in Baddick's earlier work "My Hero, My Son."

Friday, May 31, 2013

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mahoning Township, and the community are coming together to help a family in need on Sunday, June 2 at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth St. Lehighton.

The Flexer Family Benefit will assist Derrick Flexer, his wife, Bobbie Jo, and their daughter, Peyton, who lost everything in a fire on April 9.

Flames shot high in the air that night when they lost virtually all their possessions in the fire.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Feed the People is serving an early Father's Day community dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. The group invites sons and daughters to bring their fathers for a meatloaf dinner with gravy, mashed potatoes, and tossed salad. Chocolate cake is planned for dessert. All are welcome. For more information call (570) 657-1480.

Friday, May 31, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The thrill of victory is enjoyed by Ireis Hubbert as she crosses the finish line, with her father Michael Hubbert, winning the Assisted Wheelchair Race during the Special Olympics of Carbon County in Jim Thorpe.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School stadium was the setting for the Special Olympics in which athletes competed in a wide variety of track and field events that were appropriate to the age and disability level of each individual.

Athletes from different participating counties in Pennsylvania : Carbon, Luzerne/Wilkes-Barre, and Columbia/Montour counties, participated in the events which were appropriately held in conjunction with the annual community celebration honoring Olympian Jim Thorpe on his birthday.