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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Palmerton Area School District has applied for a pair of grants and plans to throw its hat into the ring for a third source of funding.

Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, informed the school board on Tuesday that applications have been sent in for the Keystones to Opportunity grant and Environmental Education grant.

Also referred to as Striving Readers, the Keystones to Opportunity grant is geared to advance literacy skills - such as pre-literacy skills, reading and writing - for students from birth through grade 12.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ronald Blisard of Nesquehoning has received an appointment by Gov. Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board.

Blisard was one of nearly two dozen new members appointed to the board. Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) applauded the governor's appointment of Blisard, who has more than 40 years of professional and leadership experience in various lines of corporate work.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jack Gunsser reaches for another antique during his presentation at the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

Jack Gunsser returned to the Palmerton Area Historical Society on Jan. 9 with some of his antiques. This was his third visit, and he said it is his final one.

He thanked the group for his Christmas dinner and said he enjoyed the company. He was the presenter for that event also.

Gunsser said he was in Walmart and someone came up to him and said he recognized him from the story (Christmas) in the Times News. He got Facebook messages referring to the same article.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Swim/Dive Team Boosters will sponsor a used clothing/toy drive this weekend, Jan. 21 and 22. The drop off location will be the East End Fire Company, 553 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Hours will be: Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Items which may be donated include: wearable and usable clothing; shoes, belts and handbags; coats, hats and gloves; bed and bath linens; stuffed animals and toys. All items must be packaged in plastic garbage bags.

Furniture, CDs, DVDs, etc. will not be accepted.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons #238 held their installation recently at their lodge in Hometown. Pictured from left are DelRoy Haas, trustee; Roland Harper, secretary; Donald Fetter, Senior Warden; Edward Moran, Master; John Schrickram, Junior Warden; Richard Hadesty, Pursuivant; Tom Jones, trustee; and David G. Billig, treasurer. For more information about the Tamaqua Masonic Lodge and their 37th District and affiliated lodges, visit www.PAGrandLodge.org

Thursday, January 19, 2012
A fireman probes the damaged heating unit, source of Wednesday's fire.

With the cold weather comes the threat of chimney fire and that turned into a reality for a Penn Forest Township family when fire damaged their home Wednesday afternoon.

The fire, at 90 Behrens road in the Bear Creek Lakes developement, broke out just after noon.

The family managed to escape the flames and no injuries were reported.

When fire companies from Carbon and Monroe counties arrived on scene, heavy smoke and flames were shooting from an exterior wall surrounding the chimney.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Left, Linda Christman, President of Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) presented a holiday donation of $100 from CCDC to John Drury of Family Promise, an organization to help homeless families in Carbon County. To learn more about Family Promise and how you can help, go to info@familypromisecarboncounty.org. The next meeting of Carbon County Democrats for Change will be on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at The Inn at Jim Thorpe. The speaker will be Tim Potts, one of the founders of Democracy Rising.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

After re-electing all officers at its reorganization meeting Wednesday in the Pottsville courthouse, the Schuylkill County Planning Commission acted on a number of subdivision plans.

Serving one-year terms on the board will be Gary Bender, chairman; Charles Ross, vice chairman and James Setlock, secretary.

After reviewing a subdivision plan submitted by the West Penn Township Planning Commission, the county board found the plan complied with the comprehensive land use and returned the plans without comment for action by the municipal board.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

AARP Tax Aid volunteers will provide free assistance with filing federal, state and local tax forms for seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers in our local communities. Persons interested in this free service should bring their current tax documents, plus a copy of last year's tax returns to one of the following locations on the days indicated. Locations will be open from 8 a.m. to noon beginning Feb. 1 until April 17.

* Tuesday, Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S. Eighth St., Lehighton.

* Wednesday, Penn Forest Township Municipal building, Route 903 Jim Thorpe

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Great art continues to thrive in the West End of the majestic Pocono Mountains.

Some of the finest artistic creations of our area's local artists can be seen at the 5th Annual West End Winter Art Festival this Saturday from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Western Pocono Community Library on Pilgrim Way, just off Route 115, in Brodheadsville.

This art show will showcase the work of 19 highly acclaimed regional artists for your viewing and shopping pleasure.