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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Geralyn Lyons of Weissport displays the arrow that went through her cat Pepe.

Pepe is gone, but he will never be forgotten by his owner Geralyn Lyons of Weissport.

Her precious pet's life was snuffed out by a vicious act of violence. He died after he was shot by an arrow that not only pierced his body, but went all the way through it, with most of the entire length of the arrow remaining lodged in his body.

Pepe was a black longhair domestic cat who was loved, said Lyons.

Lyons estimated his age at 1-1/2 years old.

"I have no photos of him," she said. "Who would have thought his life would be snuffed out at 1-1/2 years old?"

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Jean Papay

Republican Jean Papay recently announced her candidacy for the office of Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans Court in Carbon County.

Papay was born and raised in Carbon County by her parents Karl and Pearl Kuntzman of Aquashicola. She graduated from Palmerton Area High School and continued her education at Allentown Business School where she earned an Associates Degree in Business Management. Papay resides in Palmerton where she and her husband Scott raise their three children: Brett 14, Nicholas 11 and Casi 11.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Volunteers with Tamaqua's East End Park Committee are asking area residents to help cleanup the park this Saturday. The cleanup of the park, located on Mountain Avenue, will start at 9 a.m. and last an hour or so. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Carbon County Navy club is offering a free "Under the American flag" program to schools or small groups, or any organization. Interested parties are asked to call (570) 645-3643 and ask for Bob.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A compromised settlement worked out by the county solicitor's department in connection with setting the fair market value of properties owned by Fairlane Village Mall, LLC, was reviewed by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. A vote on stipulation agreed will be taken at next week's public meeting.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

At the Pleasant Valley School District board meeting, Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent announced that graduation will be Friday, June 14.

Dr. Arnold said he attended PVI's PSSA Pep Rally and that it was "truly uplifting. The positivity was palpable. I never thought I'd be at Pep Rally for academics."

The board approved, 6-0, with board members MiChelle Palmer, Charles Hoffman and Harvey Frable absent:

Ÿ to state the effective hire date for Jean Van Vliet, as a part-time paraprofessional associate be amended to reflect April 15, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Cub Leader Pete DeAngelo laughs as he prepares to drop an egg 40 feet during the challenge.

Fifty-eight scouts with the Tamaqua Girl and Boy Scouts took part in their second annual egg drop challenge over the weekend at the Hometown Farmers Market.

Scouts had to protect their eggs within a Chinese food takeout container.

Some methods and ingredients used to prevent cracking were peanut butter, spray foam, super glue, bubble wrap, cotton balls, popcorn, sponges, Jell-O, memory foam, gummy bears, diapers, marshmallows, flour, sugar, pizza dough, pudding and doughnut crumbs.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Andreas VFW Post 5069 is holding a free breakfast this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. for all its members.

The breakfast will take place at Knepper's Inn, 1986 W Penn Pike, and is for all current and new members of the post.

Members are also encouraged to bring one guest, at no charge.

Members and interested veterans will also receive a free post baseball cap.

For more information, call Andy at (570) 668-1234 or Eugene at (570) 386-3224.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A tree planting operation was held on the highway between Nesquehoning and Lansford by volunteer groups from both communities in an effort to screen scars left by mining operations. Taking part in the project were members of the Lions Clubs, Boy Scouts and high school students. The program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. The Lansford group planted 6,000 seedlings. The Nesquehoning volunteers, starting at Tunnel Hill, planted 2,500.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Discussing the 25th annual rabies clinic of the Mahoning Valley Lions Club, which will be held noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at McCall's Farm in Mahoning Township, are, l-r, Tom Zimmerman IV, president of the Lions Club; Dr. Mary Lombardo, who has been the veterinarian at all 25 clinics; Harvey Fogel of East Penn Township, whose dog encountered a rabid raccoon in 1989, and Bob Hayman, who was president of the Lions when the first clinic was held 25 years ago. It was noted that it was because of the Fogel incident that the annual rabies clinic was started.

Harvey Fogel of East Penn Township attended a meeting of the Mahoning Township Lions Club and told about the frightening incident involving his dog.

It happened back in 1989. Fogel said his dog got after a raccoon. It was daylight so Fogel knew things weren't right; raccoons are nocturnal.

He shot the raccoon, took it to Dr. Mary Lombardo at the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, and had it tested for rabies. It proved positive.

Dr. Lombardo also attended the Lions meeting. A member of the club, she also told stories of local incidents of rabid animals.