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Friday, April 26, 2013
Auxiliary members at the Lehighton campus of Blue Mountain Health System with 10 or more years of service during the 2012-2013 fiscal year were honored on Thursday during National Volunteer Week. Their names were added to the Carl S. Merluzzi volunteer Recognition Board, which was created this year in honor of Merluzzi's retirement after 60 years of service. Back row, from left: Charlotte Knappenberger, Joan Mertz, Art Mertz, Joyce Ricciardi, Nancy Dacosta, Teresa Hunsicker, Alfred Feuerstein, and Bill Reed. Front row: Mary Ellen Poe, Shirley Stamm, Pauline Lorchak, Dolores Hontz, Vicki Kromer, and Doreen Kromer.

The Lehighton campus of Blue Mountain Health System celebrated National Volunteer Week by honoring its volunteers and Auxiliary members on Thursday.

Auxiliary president Henry Bisbing welcomed the group, thanking the men and women for their time as volunteers during the past year.

"To be a volunteer takes generosity, a willingness to give to others, and the ability to put yourselves into other peoples' shoes," he said. Bisbing noted that volunteers also need patience and dedication, among other virtues.

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Peg Grigalonis spent time talking to Tamaqua Salvation Army Older and Bolder members recently about the radiant history of the Lakewood Park, once a popular attraction in Barnesville. Her parents owned and operated the 88-acre amusement park. Grigalonis added that DVDs and books about the park are available at the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Mahanoy City Public Library. She added that all proceeds benefit the non-profit venue they are sold at. For more information, call her at (570) 467-2780. The park opened around 1916 and closed in 1986.

Friday, April 26, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday proclaimed May 4 as Carbon County Safe Kids Day. On that day, an event hosted by state Sen. John Yudichak will be held beginning at 10 a.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, along Lentz Trail. The day will be filled with fun, games, and learning. There will be simulated rescue demonstrations, food, giveaways and information. The event will be held rain or shine.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold fifth Sunday of Easter worship at 9 a.m. Sunday which will include baptism of an infant girl. Interim minister is the Rev. Donald Hayn. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Sunday School Power Hour begins at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3 through adult. The final classes will meet May 12 before the summer break.

A Mother-Daughter Brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Luther Hall. This is a free event. RSVP to the church office in advance at (610) 377-4303.

Friday, April 26, 2013

PennDOT will have daytime lane restrictions for crack sealing throughout our area beginning April 29. The work is expected to last through May 3. The following roads will be affected:

Franklin Township

Long Run Road and Forest Street, May 1-3

Lower Towamensing

Hahn's Dairy Road and Fireline Road between East White Street and Little Gap Road, May 1-3

Mahoning Township

Mill Road between Pine Hill Road and Mahoning Drive, April 29-30

Kidder Township

PA 534 between Tannery Road and Old Stage Road, April 29-May 3

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rachel Taras of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary spent time talking to students with Tamaqua's M.A.G.I.C. after-school program about hawks and other related topics. M.A.G.I.C. co-coordinators Romayne Joseph and Amanda Woodring stated their appreciation to Taras and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for donating their time. Michael Murphy, M.A.G.I.C. teacher, said the after-school program, funded by the state Department of Education, is designed to improve grades and conduct, increase parental involvement, reduce negative behaviors, and provide a safe haven for students after school with tutoring, homework help and a variety of educational and fun activities. Taras shows M.A.G.I.C. the wingspan of a red-tailed hawk.

Rachel Taras of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary spent time talking to students with Tamaqua's M.A.G.I.C. after-school program about hawks and other related topics. M.A.G.I.C. co-coordinators Romayne Joseph and Amanda Woodring stated their appreciation to Taras and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for donating their time. Michael Murphy, M.A.G.I.C.

Friday, April 26, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand for the Volunteer Recognition Program and New Member Tea of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary and Blue Mountain Health System were (front row, l-r) Priscilla Offen, Lois Rehrig, Tracey Gursky, Betty Thomas, Mary Levandusky, (back row, l-r) Jenny Serfass, Auxiliary president, Lucille Bredbenner, Carol Heffelfinger, Brenda Mull, and Iren Light.

They are the lifeblood of the Palmerton Hospital.

Which is why it was only fitting, then, that those who so unselfishly give of their time received their well-deserved pat on the back.

The Volunteer Recognition Program and New Member Tea of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary and Blue Mountain Health System got under way Tuesday with a welcome from Jenny Serfass, president of the Auxiliary.

Serfass, who marveled at the impressive number of hours accumulated by many of the volunteers, thanked them for their service to the hospital.

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers present "walking" shoes to arriving men. They were rented to men who don't own their own high-heels.

Eighty six men, all wearing an assortment of women's shoes, walked a mile through Pottsville as part of the 3rd annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes benefit for the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Schuylkill County (SARCC).

"In addition to raising needed funds, the walk was also held to raise awareness about the serious effects of sexual violence," said volunteer Conrad Flynn, Nesquehoning, of Concur New Media.

The annual event kicked off at the Humane Fire Company and continued to Centre Street, then Market Street and eventually back to the fire company.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Vivian and David Becker of Shenandoah donate their time making 300 auction paddles for this weekend's free community giveaway in Tamaqua.

Volunteers from all over Schuylkill County have come together together in support of this Tamaqua's Community Donation Drop-Off and Free Giveaway event planned for Saturday morning.

Members of the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group are looking for donations of clothing, toys, tools, electronics, holiday decorations, pots/pans/dishes, cookware, furniture, appliances and anything else you don't want to throw away or wouldn't mind parting with.