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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Panther Valley High School and Panther Valley Middle School will present a combined annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. The opening and welcome will be done by Mr. Gunnels, principal of Panther Valley High School.

The JROTC will lead the pledge to the flag.

The concert will open with the "Star Spangled Banner," performed by the combined middle school and high school band.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a mixer at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Annex auditorium, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton.

This catered mixer will provide information on two important topics - the new heathcare law and how to save money on your energy bills.

The Carbon County Chamber has invited ChamberChoice to host a one-hour educational session on their core benefits package and the impact of Healthcare Reform on the way organizations conduct business.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Students at St. John Neumann Regional School will soon have a platform to showcase their artistic wares.

The school will hold its annual art show on May 3 at its Palmerton campus. Artwork will be on display from students from both the Palmerton and Slatington campus.

Also at that time, representatives from Chrysler and Rentschler Chevrolet will join with parents and teachers for a Drive for the Kids fundraiser in support of the school.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in May. The course is scheduled for May 9, 16, and 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon EMA in Nesquehoning.

To pre-register for this course, or if you have any questions regarding CERT, call the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The former Costello's Restaurant at 100 E. High St., Coaldale.

A longtime Coaldale landmark is on the auction block.

Costello's restaurant, at 100 E. High St., and its equipment and supplies, will be auctioned at 9 a.m. May 28 by Arner Auctioneers. Other items, including antiques, furniture, household goods and tools, from the living quarters above the restaurant, will be auctioned at 9 a.m. May 21, according to notices on Arner's website.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pennsylvania State Parks naturalist Stephanie Strub will lead a 17-mile guided bike ride along the gently-sloped rail-trail that follows the Lehigh Gorge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

Riders will take in the natural sights, watch the whitewater rafters in the river below, and learn a little bit of local history at points of interest along the way.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The driver critically injured in a one vehicle crash along SR940 in Kidder Township about 3 p.m. on Sunday, has been identified.

Township police said the injured driver was Christina Ford, 25, of Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

She was flown by PennStar helicopter to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, after the crash and admitted in critical condition.

A photo and details of the crash appeared on page 10 of Monday's TIMES NEWS.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ben Kunkel, a Jim Thorpe Area High School graduate and current Penn State University student, stands in front of the 8-foot tall Easter Egg that he helped with during the 133rd annual White House Egg Roll, held on the South Lawn of the White House, seen in the background. Kunkel traveled to Washington D.C. with his college adviser, as well as other Penn State students to volunteer at the event.

An area college student recently received a unique opportunity to help with one of the oldest Easter egg hunts in the country.

On Monday, Ben Kunkel, a Jim Thorpe Area High School graduate who is currently attending Penn State University, University Park, traveled with his college adviser, as well as other Penn State students to help with the 133rd annual White House Egg Roll, hosted by President Barack Obama and his family, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington D.C.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jim Thorpe Area High School will host its second mini dance-a-thon for children's cancer on May 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will be held in the high school gymnasium.

This "mini-THON" is a smaller version of Penn State's THON, which is a student-run, multi-hour dance event that supports The Four Diamonds Fund. PSU students raised over $9.54 million dollars this year over President's Day weekend.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

True to their motto of motto of "Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity", members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians met at the Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse in Jim Thorpe this past Saturday to pack "Easter Dinner Baskets" for needy families. All are members of Carbon County Division I, Alec Campbell Mauch Chunk Division AOH who then personally delivered the baskets to the nine Catholic parishes throughout Carbon County. There were a total of 15 baskets, each one of which contained a ham, mashed potatoes, canned pineapple, cut green beans, whole kernel corn, and brownies.