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Friday, March 15, 2013

An Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Parryville UMC at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16 for children ages 0-12. The church is located at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville.

You need not be a member of the church or Parryville to participate. All are welcome.

Friday, March 15, 2013

"The King is Coming Easter Cantata" will take place at Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2420 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive, West, Lehighton, at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free concert. A nursery will be available for children 2 and under. Refreshments will follow the concert.

For more information, call the church at (570) 386-4547. Christ Evangelical Free Church is located of a mile west of Normal Square on Route 443.

Friday, March 15, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sophia Samoleski, a 4th grade student at Saint Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe, presents a check for $200 that was raised by the school's student body to Robert Fatzinger of Family Promise of Carbon County to help aid homeless families.

Students of Saint Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe not only got to enjoy a recent dress-down day, but they had the opportunity to help aid homeless families in the process.

The students of SJRA raised $200 through the event to donate to Family Promise of Carbon County which sponsored a county-wide dress-down day for homeless awareness.

The Mission of Family Promise of Carbon County is to provide temporary shelter, meals, and fellowship in order to meet the basic needs of families without permanent housing in Carbon County.

Friday, March 15, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Sean Healey, District Manager for ADP, of Allentown, discusses payroll law changes and other matters recently with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

For all of the worries a small business must deal with, compliance shouldn't have to be among them.

That was the message relayed by Sean Healy, District Manager for ADP, of Allentown, to members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.

Healy said his goal was to provide up-to-date information on various laws, and give best practices on following those laws, while showing a few ways to put some money back into their pockets.

With regard to compliance, Healy said it's important for small businesses to determine:

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet at the Democratic Information Center this month. The meeting will be on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at the Information Center which is located at 110 S. 1st St. in Lehighton. The Information Center is directly across from the Senior Housing High Rise. Please note the change in location for this meeting.

The chapter will discuss possible actions against the Federal "Sequestration" which has meant 5,000 employees furloughed at The Tobyhanna Depot as well as other local impacts.

The chapter will also approve an action plan for the year.

Friday, March 15, 2013

During April the Palmerton Area Library will be celebrating National Library Week all month long.

The library Teen Group will be sponsoring its Food For Fines program again to help build up food supplies at the CACPAC food pantry in Palmerton. During the month of April, library patrons may eliminate $1 of late fines for each can or box of nonperishable food donated at the library. There will be a shopping cart located near the front door of the library for donations. At the end of the month the teens will sort the donated food and deliver it to the food pantry in Palmerton.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Palmerton hopes to have new Christmas decorations adorn its main thoroughfare by 2014.

Additionally, new lights may be placed around the borough park, as discussed earlier this week by members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber member Joe Federanich said he'd like to see a town committee of sorts formed to pick the decorations, and help raise money to afford them. The committee would seek assistance from businesses, organizations and the community at large.

Friday, March 15, 2013

There's some writing on the wall for Pennsylvania's school districts, and their students better be able to read and understand it.

In Pennsylvania's Code for Education, Chapter 4 is titled Academic Standards and Assessment. Since 2009, additional regulations proposed under Chapter Four would establish a new graduation requirement, that students pass Keystone Exams in a variety of core subjects.

Thursday, members of the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA) adopted the new measuring stick by a 12-1 vote. The PSBA has 17 voting members, but 13 were present for the vote.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The petition-filing period for those wanting to run for public offices in Carbon County and its municipalities ended on Tuesday, March 12, when scores of residents rushed to meet the state-designated deadline.

In order to run for office, persons wanting to have their names placed on the ballot were required to obtain signatures from registered voters in either the Democratic and Republican parties in the political subdivision in which they are seeking office.

The election process will begin with the municipal Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21.

Friday, March 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Senior Citizens collected donations for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's food pantry. Pictured from left Pat Bednarik of New Ringgold, Norma Baker of Andreas, Jayne Myers (who will turn age 100 on Jan. 8), President Jean Machamer of Tamaqua, and Dee Neifert of Tamaqua.