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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the East Penn Social Hall, 403 Blue Mountain Road in Ashfield.

The newly elected officers are as follows: Aubin Sevrin, president; Alyssa Wentz, vice president; Carissa Sevrin, secretary; David Magyar, treasurer; and Courtney Getz, news reporter. The 4-H program is open to youth between the ages of 8 and 19 as of Jan. 1, 2012.

4-H is a youth program of the Penn State University.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS It is never too early to start preparing for the Christmas season. That is what Frank Fabrizio of Brockton is doing at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Fabrizio, who puts up all the Christmas lights at the park every year, wanted to make his light display larger for the upcoming season. With the help of friend Tony Fannock of Tamaqua, Fabrizio used a ditch witch to bury and lay hundreds of feet of PVC pipe and over 1,000 feet of wire. Each tree in the park is being connected separately to a specially made control box. Fabrizio, who has decorated the park since 2007, estimates that when he is finished, each tree in the park will light up in unison or separately; and to any color scheme he chooses. Fannock, left, and Fabrizio lay hundreds of feet of PVC pipe to hide the wires that lead to each individual tree at the Depot Square Park.

It is never too early to start preparing for the Christmas season. That is what Frank Fabrizio of Brockton is doing at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Fabrizio, who puts up all the Christmas lights at the park every year, wanted to make his light display larger for the upcoming season. With the help of friend Tony Fannock of Tamaqua, Fabrizio used a ditch witch to bury and lay hundreds of feet of PVC pipe and over 1,000 feet of wire. Each tree in the park is being connected separately to a specially made control box.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Could Palmerton be designated as an National Historic District in time for the celebration of its Centennial later this year?

Members of the Palmerton Area Historical Society certainly hope so, and met last week to discuss the borough's possible inclusion.

A crowd of about 20 attended the meeting in the Knight's Gallery on the second floor of the Palmerton Area Library.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Robert Coleman, West End Fair Association's assistant treasurer, makes another plea for a Pleasant Valley School District post Labor Day opening, bringing with him 12 members of the WEF board for support, at the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors' meeting.

After several public pleas to Pleasant Valley Area School District's board of directors for a post Labor Day opening of school, the West End Fair Association and the Coalition for a Post Labor Day Opening gave it the old college try one more time at the March 22 board of directors meeting. They were shot down with the answer of "No" to a 2012-2013 school opening after Labor Day with a vote of 6-3. Tom Murphy, Harvey Frable, MiChelle Palmer, H. Charles Hoffman, Russ Gould, Sue Kresge voted "no." Dominic Sacci, James Spinola and Steve Borger voted "yes."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board adopted the 11th grade PSSA math and reading tests as a graduation requirement, starting with the current 11th grade class.

The school district created and updated an improvement plan to help boost PSSA scores. The district had also been discussing and working on a plan for the possibility of 11th grade PSSA reading and math tests as a graduation requirement.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Margaret Moyer, West Front St., Jim Thorpe, confirmed the death of her son, Airman First Class Ellis McKay, in the crash of a four-engine C130E transport at Alencon, France. McKay was one of seven U.S. servicemen who died when the plane struck a high-tension wire during a storm. McKay, 23, graduated from the Jim Thorpe Area High School in 1960 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in May of that year.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.

Benefits of listing on the National Register

Cultural

Ÿ Designation enhances community self esteem

Ÿ Fosters respect and appreciation of the community's heritage

Ÿ Documents historic resources, such as buildings, structures, statues and significant objects in the historic and cultural life of the community

Monday, March 26, 2012

A New Ringgold man was one of 14 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell.

Theodore Cleatus Black, 44, of 100 Dorset Road, on a charge of harassment was fined $50 plus costs. A charge of simple assault was nol prossed. He was cited by West Penn Township Patrolman Jason Leroy Lorah.

Monday, March 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Connie Fisher, Nesquehoning, receives a child's bear pillow and sleeping bag from volunteer McKayla Wall, 11, of Tamaqua.

More than 400 people showed up Sunday to show support and try their luck during the 19th Annual ACS Chinese Auction held at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville.

Co-chair MaryAnn Dulaney and her daughter, Jess Kutza, also a co-chair, expressed their combined appreciation to all the contributors, visitors and volunteers.

Monday, March 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A car lies upside down in a ditch after it struck a Hometown building and overturned late Friday night.

Just before midnight on Friday, Rush Township police came across a vehicle overturned on it's roof in a ditch on Claremont Avenue (SR309) in Hometown.

Reportedly, Melanie D. Delowery, 23, of Mahanoy City, was operating a green 1998 Ford sedan north on SR309 when she swerved to the right and struck a building (Kupres Twins Photography) and landed upside down in a ditch facing southbound.

The passenger, Megan Hill, 22, of Tamaqua, managed to crawl out with help from rescuers, while hydraulic rescue equipment was used to extricate Delowery from the overturned car.