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Saturday, March 16, 2013
Assisting in the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Program, a free tax preparation service available at the Tamaqua Campus of the Lehigh Carbon Community College, are, l-r, Michael Siluk, certified tax preparer; Teresa Vernon, site coordinator; and Judith Jackowski of Tamaqua.

The Lehigh Carbon Community College is hosting a free tax preparation program, called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Preparation), every Wednesday in the lower portion of the Lisa Scheller Center (BEC) of the Tamaqua campus.

To schedule an appointment, see if you qualify, or for items you need to bring, call Schuylkill Community Action at (570) 622-1995.

In addition to the Tamaqua LCCC campus, sites in Pottsville, Shenandoah, Mahanoy City and Schuylkill Haven will be available until April 15.

Saturday, March 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC) spent time talking to members of Pottsville Community Cup (PCC), a forming community-minded program in Pottsville, about the Tamaqua center's growth since its creation last year. TCAC members stressed such positive factors as advertising, having dedicated volunteers, using social media, having a plan, being open-minded with ideas and stressing to the community that it is their center.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The year 2013 is the 250th anniversary of Chestnuthill Township, which at its inception also included Eldred, Polk and Ross Townships.

To celebrate the anniversary, events are planned throughout the year.

A major celebration is anticipated during the weekend of Sept. 7.

The next anniversary planning meeting is Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Chestnuthill Township Park Building.

For more information, check the Web site: http://chestnuthilltwp250th.org or Facebook page: Chestnuthill Township Historical Society.

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Bob Sparks, Slatington - "Yes, I am Irish and if I wasn't I would feel Irish. If the weather is good I will take a flight in my hot air balloon."

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. Are you Irish, or do you feel Irish? Do you have anything planned for the day?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Three area men were awarded the District Award of Merit for the Pocono District, Minsi Trails Council of Boy Scouting, at Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton. Named recipients of the high scouting award were Thomas Zimmerman Jr., assistant scout master of Troop 106, Mahoning Valley; Joseph Decker, Executive Council member of Minsi Trails Council, and Richard Mathiesen, scout master of Troop 83, East Stroudsburg. The District Award was presented by Dr. Howard M. Cyr of Palmerton, Pocono District vice chairman.

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Kerns

A Philadelphia man was arrested in Mahoning Township on various charges, including possession of marijuana, after saying he was walking to his home city from the township - a distance of about 95 miles.

Mahoning Township Police Office-In-Charge Audie Mertz said that on March 10, at about 11:02 p.m., police were patrolling on Route 209 in the area of the Mansion House Hill.

They observed Benjamin R. Kerns, 27, of Philadelphia, standing on the white line of the highway in a very dangerous spot.

Saturday, March 16, 2013
larry neff/special to the times news

A female driver was seriously injured Friday afternoon when involved in a crash along East Lizard Creek Road (SR895) in East Penn Township. The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m. as the woman was driving east and apparently lost control of her car. The car reportedly left the right berm, entered a grass area and continued climbing a slight embankment where a travel trailer was sitting parked ar the top. It then struck the trailer head-on. The impact of the collision spun the car around, with the vehicle coming to rest facing west.

Saturday, March 16, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cindy Jones places "sneakers" inside the window of her home. The MS Society provides them, and on the sneakers, Jones has written the names of friends that she met online through her MS support group.

A Slatington woman who has gone from walking unassisted to walking with a cane to relying on a walker to using a wheelchair and back again several times wants to explain her curious situation.

Currently, 41-year-old homemaker Cindy Jones is able to walk unassisted, at least for short distances. She can even walk beside her Husky pup, Cheyenne.

But at four months old, the frisky pup is already starting to out-pace and out-pull Jones, who is hoping to participate in the MS Society's Walk on Sunday, May 5, at the Iron Pig's Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Harrisburg - The State Board of Education Thursday voted to adopt final-form regulations to amend Chapter 4, Academic Standards and Assessment, of Title 22, the Pennsylvania Education Code, said Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis.

Specifically, the board's action puts into place the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards and requires students to demonstrate proficiency on a Keystone Exam, validated local assessment or a comparable Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate exam.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The realignment of Carbon County's magisterial districts will take effect on July 1.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board released the ruling from the Supreme Court regarding the realignment of the district.

Under the Pennsylvania courts' codes, the president judge and court administrator for each county are required to review the census figures for the county; as well as look at caseloads and workloads of each of its magisterial district judges to see how they match up to other district judges in the county, as well as the state.