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Monday, April 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Asa Blynn, Nathan Goodhile, Lauren Fegley, Garrett Perschy, Joey Suto, and Jake Tayler.

Monday, April 18, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Maryann Serafini, left, and Julie V. Foley, Penn State Extension - Carbon County Master Gardener volunteers, are getting ready to answer questions during a new helpline called "Greenline." Anyone with a question about plants, gardening and more can call the Greenline every Tuesday, beginning tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to noon. To reach the Greenline, call (570) 325-2788.

Beginning Tuesday, Carbon County gardeners, farmers or anyone who has a question about anything plants can call a helpline, operated by the Penn State Extension - Carbon County Master Gardener Program.

Members of the group will be on-hand from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, on the "Greenline," a telephone helpline that provides answer to questions about gardening, pests and pesticides, plant disease and more.

Maryann Serafini, Master Gardener volunteer, explained the group decided to create the Greenline because there was a need for it in Carbon County.

Saturday, April 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pausing for a crowning 12 a.m. photo, are a number of committee volunteers, telethon performers and hosts of the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society's 32-Annual Telethon held last weekend. Pictured from left are George Taylor, Angela Nardini, Kim Bell, Danny Farole, Lori Kane, Joe Krushinsky, Lisa Hiles, Ann Marie Calabrese, Kathy Dombrosky, Bud Wychulis and Maureen Donovan.

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news A Tamaqua firefighter hoses down the garbage fire at the rear of an apartment Friday.

Firefighters in Tamaqua were called to an apartment fire at the rear of 12 West Broad Street, Cottage Avenue, in Tamaqua Friday.

When they arrived, a pile of garbage and wood was burning on the emergency escape ladder outside the apartment window. After investigating, the cause was determined to be started after a 13-year old girl threw a cigarette out an apartment window onto a pile of trash.

Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Sr and Tamaqua Code Enforcement Officer Jim Barron cited multiple safety and fire code violations.

Saturday, April 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWSGino Ciccioni of Hometown (center) is taken into custody by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig and Wysanchansky following a Friday morning incident at Boyer's Food Market on cedar Street.

"Everybody Down! Hit the floor!"

Those were not the words customers at Tamaqua's Boyer's Food Market expected to hear Friday morning, but that was was what Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson shouted in his pursuit of an armed suspect.

Customers and staff immediately complied. Mattson said the suspect "was seconds away from being shot by police" before he finally tossed his weapon to the floor. What began as an argument in the store parking lot almost turned into a deadly force situation, all because of a BB gun.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The honor roll for the third quarter for St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe has been announced as follows:

Grade 4

Distinguished honors

Natalia Richards

First honors

Kelsey Carroll, Hunter Fristick, Katie Spillman, Caroline Snerr, Sydney Vincent

Second honors

Seth Paluck

Grade 5

Distinguished honors

Kobie Arndt, Lauren Babinetz, Regan Carroll, Alex McGinley

First honors

Alyssa Neville

Second honors

Tyler Zakrewzski, Giovanna Digilio

Honorable mention

Saturday, April 16, 2011
fyi

The Lansford Food Pantry is being held from 9:30-11 a.m. on April 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104East Abbott Street in Lansford.

The food pantry is held on the third Monday of each month and serves the residents of Lansford who meet the income guidelines.

Saturday, April 16, 2011
The Rev. Cheryl Moore

The Rev. Cheryl Moore was called as the pastor of St. Peter's Church, St. Peter's Road, Tamaqua, on March 20 and will begin her pastorate on Monday, April 18.

She will be busy her first week, since it will be "Holy Week" in preparation for Easter Sunday. Services will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m., Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m., and Easter morning at 6:30 and 9 a.m.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, will host his third "Home to House" public meeting on Wednesday, April 20, beginning at 7 p.m. at AMVETS Post 83, 201-203 Ridge Street, Lansford.

This will be the third public meeting Barletta will have held since taking office in January, and it will be his first post-election public meeting in Carbon County.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Due to impending weather conditions, the sixth annual Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt has been rescheduled for next Saturday, April 23. The event will be held at 10 a.m. at Depot Square Park. Registration forms are still available at the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce office, The TIMES NEWS, Direct Maytag and M&S True Value Hardware.

For more information, call the Chamber at (570) 668-1880.