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Saturday, March 12, 2011
Alexa Griffiths of Tamaqua has delayed fulfillment of her dreams in order to make dreams possible for underprivileged youth through the Teach For America Program. A Bucknell University student, she created a pilot program in Montgomery to empower disadvantaged young women. Her efforts have earned her a spot as a semi-finalist vying for one of three scholarships through the Students in Service Awards. Votes for Griffiths' project may be cast online at www. serviceawards.org.

What started as a mandatory community service project evolved into a life altering learning experience for one Tamaqua woman, convincing her to put her own dreams on hold in an effort to help others dare to have dreams of their own.

And now, local residents have the opportunity to help this young woman make those dreams come true.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
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Simba is a male American Shorthair, who has been neutered and is up to date with his immunizations. He is looking for a good home with a loving family. For more information on Simba, and all the othe cats available for adoption, contact the Carbon County Friends of Animals at (570) 325-9400.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

One of the things many people (including me) have noticed in the last decade is the change in attitude of employees.

Some will say that I am generalizing in this article and they will be right. I'll admit it upfront and if you read to the end of this article, you will understand why I did this. There is a difference between those older people who fit into the "old normal" category, and the younger people, who I call the "new normal."

Saturday, March 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS All smiles are Carbon County CART members, l-r, Donna Krum, Kelly Hook, and Kim Mulik.

A relaxing horseback ride along the historic Lehigh Canal in the Weissport area nearly turned tragic yesterday morning.

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending.

Several areas on the canal have washouts from Thursday's heavy rainfall. One of the worst of these erosions is near Lock 7, about 1 1/2 miles north of Weissport where an overflow exists from the canal to the Lehigh River.

Matt Behler, 15, of Franklin Township, was riding his 30-year-old mare named Mollie. Trailing behind him was his cousin, Sage Miller, atop a 4-year-old horse named Neila.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the National Park Service, will oversee use of an aircraft to plant grass and other vegetation on a 500-acre section of the Palmerton Zinc Superfund site in Pennsylvania along the Appalachian Trail at the top of Blue Mountain.

This project is part of an ongoing action to repair environmental damage that was caused by emissions from zinc smelting operations in the Borough of Palmerton.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's back to the Vatican for the Catholic Diocese of Allentown, which announced this week it is in "search of clarity" concerning recent rulings on the appeals filed by members of parishes that had been closed with the 2008 restructuring of churches in the five-county area.

In a news release, the diocese said it has asked the Apostolic Signatura (considered to be the Vatican Supreme Court) to advise the diocese as to whether or not churches should be reopened for sacred worship while the appeals are being heard, or should they remain closed.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon County 4-H get the opportunity to thank Carbon County Commissioners Charles Getz, William O'Gurek and Wayne Nothstein, standing. Representatives of the 4-H clubs are, seated, from left, Cobe Frycklund, Collin Troxell, and Ally McGinley. Standing, Cole Frycklund, Nolan Wentz, and Rachel Knoblauch.

Carbon County officials recognize people who, through their talents and efforts, make the county a good place.

During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, the board proclaimed the week of March 13 as 4-H week. Representatives from the organization were present at the event and gave each of the commissioners a gift for the proclamation.

Before presenting the recognition, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, read the proclamation.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, MATHCOUNTS team captured 2nd place in the Anthracite Chapter Math Counts competition held on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Penn State Schuylkill. Eleven area schools were in the contest. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement. It is designed to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) is holding a clothing drive, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton.

Donations of wearable used clothing (mens, womens, children all sizes) being accepted include shoes, belts and handbags, backpacks and baby accessories. Also accepted are bedding, towels, curtains, rugs, quilts, comforters as well as stuffed animals and hard toys that can fit into a 24-inch-by-24-inch box.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The 14th 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 13. 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.