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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS State Representative Doyle Heffley, his daughters, and some of their friends lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the Tax Day/Candidates Night program at Penn's Peak last night. The event was sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

In what might have been a first, every candidate for a contested Carbon County row office gathered in the same room last night and was granted a public forum to present his platform.

Tax Day/Candidates Night was presented by the Lehighton 9/12 Project at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

It was the second such event. Last October a debate was staged by Lehighton 9/12 at Penn's Peak for individuals seeking state offices.

The Tax Day/Candidates Night was a bi-partisan event in which both Democrat and Republican parties participated.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lehighton Borough Council on Monday agreed, at the request of the borough fire department, to authorize an environmental impact study to keep plans for expanding the fire station moving along.

The fire company will pay the $12,000 cost of the study.

Fire Chief Jack Kuller was attending another meeting and was unable to be at the public council meeting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe's Memorial Park was the scene of the annual CYO Easter egg hunt which is sponsored by the Saint Joseph CYO and held every year on Palm Sunday. The Easter egg hunt, now in its 15th year, was attended by hundreds of children and their parents. The excited youngsters swarmed the park grounds to recover an estimated 3,000 colorful eggs that were scattered about. Most of the plastic Easter eggs contained candy, while some contained tickets for toy prizes and a few golden eggs were good for a $5 prize. After the egg hunt, everyone was treated to hot dogs and soda courtesy of the St.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

And they're off! Children scramble to collect eggs as part of the egg hunt in the Palmerton Borough park on Sunday. Numerous prizes were given out at the event, which is sponsored by the Palmerton Exchange Club and run by Bob and Nancy Thompson.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Children anxiously scurry to pick up as many eggs as they can during the egg hunt Saturday at the Palmerton Memorial Pool Grove. The hunt was for children ages infant to 10. Lucky winners received prizes such as 2011 season pool passes and a variety of Easter items. Subway also gave out free kids coupons. The event was sponsored by Pools Pals of Palmerton Memorial Park.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Avid birder Dave Kruel will lead an evening owl program and walk at the Tuscarora State Park on April 29. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Crow Trail parking lot, located on Tuscarora Mountain Road. Participants will be looking for woodcocks as well as barred, screech and great horned owls.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Flames destroyed the Lehigh Valley railroad bridge over Stoney Creek, five miles north of Penn Haven Junction, and forced the re-routing of main line trains via Weatherly and Hayes Creek until a new structure is erected. Repairs were being made to the bridge and a hot rivet coming in contact with some woodwork is blamed for the start of the blaze. The destroyed span was 75 feet in length and 30 feet above the stream. It was of timber and steel construction.

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

Zac Madeira, Jacob Westerman, Sofia Janak, Caitlin Clifford, Hunter Martello, and Ryan Rimple.

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

David Neff, David Custer, Ashley ANderson, Sara Hunsicker, Maddie Ligenza, and James Yoder.

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

Dalton Miller, Abigail Skrapits, Ryan Hippensteel, Jonatahn Blaine, Mallory Sanders, and Noah Seng-DeLong.