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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The driver critically injured in a one vehicle crash along SR940 in Kidder Township about 3 p.m. on Sunday, has been identified.

Township police said the injured driver was Christina Ford, 25, of Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

She was flown by PennStar helicopter to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, after the crash and admitted in critical condition.

A photo and details of the crash appeared on page 10 of Monday's TIMES NEWS.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ben Kunkel, a Jim Thorpe Area High School graduate and current Penn State University student, stands in front of the 8-foot tall Easter Egg that he helped with during the 133rd annual White House Egg Roll, held on the South Lawn of the White House, seen in the background. Kunkel traveled to Washington D.C. with his college adviser, as well as other Penn State students to volunteer at the event.

An area college student recently received a unique opportunity to help with one of the oldest Easter egg hunts in the country.

On Monday, Ben Kunkel, a Jim Thorpe Area High School graduate who is currently attending Penn State University, University Park, traveled with his college adviser, as well as other Penn State students to help with the 133rd annual White House Egg Roll, hosted by President Barack Obama and his family, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington D.C.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jim Thorpe Area High School will host its second mini dance-a-thon for children's cancer on May 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will be held in the high school gymnasium.

This "mini-THON" is a smaller version of Penn State's THON, which is a student-run, multi-hour dance event that supports The Four Diamonds Fund. PSU students raised over $9.54 million dollars this year over President's Day weekend.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

True to their motto of motto of "Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity", members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians met at the Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse in Jim Thorpe this past Saturday to pack "Easter Dinner Baskets" for needy families. All are members of Carbon County Division I, Alec Campbell Mauch Chunk Division AOH who then personally delivered the baskets to the nine Catholic parishes throughout Carbon County. There were a total of 15 baskets, each one of which contained a ham, mashed potatoes, canned pineapple, cut green beans, whole kernel corn, and brownies.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Three farm organizations met with PPL staff members to try and find center ground for an agreement replacing the company's new standard that everything except annual crops will be cleared from under power lines.

Glenn Beers of Kunkletown said PPL may have been too lenient in its clearing under the lines but now has gone to the other extreme. Beers is president of the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association and family members operate the Olde Homestead Christmas Tree Farm in Towamensing Township.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Megan's Law violator was arrested on Monday by U.S. Marshals Service in Carbon County.

Donald Osgood, 32, of Lansford, and originally from Milford, Del., was taken into custody for violating the conditions of the law.

On July 27, 1998, Osgood was convicted of unlawful sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl in Delaware, an offense that required him to register as a convicted sex offender. On April 12 the Delaware State Police issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to update his sex offender registration information in that state.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The theft of a $2,500 tractor mower owned by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in New Columbus, and taken from the Gate of Heaven Cemetery there, brought this statement from pastor Monsignor Agnello Angelini: "If the people who stole that mower don't bring it back or make good (pay) for it, I am going to ask God to have the people buried there haunt them." He added, "And that goes for the vandals, too." He said, "You can't tamper with sacred ground where people are sleeping in peace, awaiting the Resurrection."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Carbon County 4-H Shooting Sports club is forming this summer. They will be following the 4-H workbook for rifle education and shooting, which will cover ammunition, parts of the rifle and shooting safety.

The club will meet on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 10 a.m., at a place to be announced later. Those interested from ages 8 to 18 are welcome to join. Members from the age of 8 to 10 are required to have a parent or guardian attend the meetings.

Contact Joan or John Kennedy at (570) 645-5709 to register for the program. Please respond by Tuesday, April 26.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pennsylvania American Legion is seeking applicants for the annual "State Police Youth Week" leadership program designed for young people with an interest in careers in law enforcement or military service.

The program, which is open to Pennsylvania youths who are 17 or younger and will have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school prior to June 12, will be held June 12-18 at York College in York County.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

State Representative Doyle Heffley will hold the first of two open house celebrations from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at his Lehighton district office, Lehighton Borough Annex, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton. The second open house will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 29 at the Albrightsville district office, 2681 State Road 903, Unit 3.

"One of my most important pledges to the people of the 122nd District is to be accessible and provide access to state government," said Heffley. "Feel free to stop by either office to attend one of our open houses."