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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Caregivers America is acquiring Quality Personal Care. From left are, Cliff Panneton of BMI Mergers and Acquisitions, Reading, Mia Bartoletti, Barbara Graver and Paul Bartoletti. Graver is the previous owner of Quality Personal Care, while the Bartolettis are owners of Caregivers America.

Caregivers America is taking over the reins of Quality Personal Care, 23 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township) on Oct. 1 and no one could be happier about the impending acquisition than Barbara Graver, owner of Quality Personal Care.

The purchase affects 64 local employees, most of whom reside in Carbon County. According to new owner Paul Bartoletti, all of the former employees are being offered jobs by Caregivers America.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
History Club adviser Christopher Holub told about his visit to the Ground Zero site.

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Jim Thorpe students remembered the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a community program held in the high school auditorium.

The program was hosted by the high school history club. Jim Thorpe History teacher and history club advisor Christopher Holub was one of the speakers.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mason Buskirk visited China as a student ambassador of People to People program. One of the many sights he visited was the Great Wall of China.

If Mason Buskirk of Kunkletown has to write an essay for school about what he did over his summer vacation, the title could be "China-The Great Wall and Beyond."

Mason spent 17 days traveling throughout The People's Republic of China, from Shanghai to Hangzhou, Wuzhen, Suzhou, Guilin, Honygan Village, Xi'an to Beijing from June 27 to July 13 as a student ambassador of the People to People program. He, and the other 37 student ambassadors and four delegate leaders, traveled by bus, plane and, much to this avid railroad hobbyist's delight, by train.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Jacob's United Church of Christ, Weissport, is offering Children's Rally Day Sunday School program from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. There will be songs, crafts, activities and games, concluding with snacks. Children age 4 and above are invited to attend. Sunday School will continue each Sunday for children from 9:15 to 10:15. All children are welcome.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free Community Dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township just off Route 903 and next to the butterfly sanctuary.

For more information, please call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Friday, September 14, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Elissa Garofalo, President & Executive Director of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, updated members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce on the status of the D&L Trail in Carbon County and the Northern Lehigh Area at a joint meeting earlier this week.

Connecting. Revitalizing. Preserving.

That's the mission of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, as explained during a joint meeting of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.

Peter Kern, president of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, introduced Elissa Garofalo, President & Executive Director of the D&L Heritage Corridor, whom he said is "passionate about this area, the history of this area, and preservation."

Friday, September 14, 2012

Panther Valley school board's decision Thursday to name Superintendent Rosemary Porembo to represent the district in mediation of a federal-court case brought by a Nesquehoning man raised the ire of one board member.

John Barna in April filed the suit in U.S. District Court, Scranton, alleging that the school board violated his civil rights by barring him from meetings. The matter is in mediation.

The board agreed, with David Hiles and Roy Angst opposed, to have Porembo represent the district in the mediation.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Penn Forest Township supervisors and staff have been working on a number of changes to a handful of ordinances.

On Wednesday evening, the supervisors met in an open workshop to discuss changes to ordinances related to an amusement tax, creating a parks and recreation board and the disposal of solid waste.

Friday, September 14, 2012

This summer's Lehighton Outdoor Farmer's Market has been a boon to Lehighton.

That is the belief of Frank Potoczak, who is director of the fledgling project to bring attention, revitazation and fresh fruits, vegetable and baked goods to the bypass area in Lehighton each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Potoczak said that farmer's markets bring economic revitalization.

Friday, September 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Some of the 16 performers were, from front left, Kathleen Quinn-Farber, Rebecca Wilder, Amy Hadesty, Cathy Johnston and Brendan Bennett. From back left were Gretchen Rockwell, James Balogach, Jeffrey Beauvais, Briana Morrison, Tanayha Hay and Andrea Whitley.

A total of 16 performers drew in a crowd of 60 visitors during the Tamaqua Community Arts Center's free open stage event held last night at the center. "This was a record setting day for the number of attending performers," said Leona Rega, center coordinator.