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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Participating in the World Day of Prayer service at First Presbyterian Church were, from left, front row; Rose Marie Austin, St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church; Bill Lester, First Presbyterian Church; SALM Emma Weaver, Grace/Zion Lutheran Church; and Jean Gothard, organist, Grace Lutheran Church; second row, Gerry Andrews, First Presbyterian; Shirley Stamm, First Presbyterian; Jenny Keiper, Grace; and Joan Mertz, Grace; and back row; Tracy Lester, First Presbyterian; Rae Grow, Trinity; Mary Kay Levandusky, All Saints; and Shirley Radler, Trinity.

Those attending services on Friday night at First Presbyterian Church Lehighton were among the many people around the world who gathered to celebrate World Day of Prayer. The service was sponsored by Life (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship).

Women in 170 countries around the world came together to observe an offer a common day of prayer.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stephen Toth, principal of Tamaqua Area Senior High School, has released the honor rolls for the second marking period of the 2012-2013 school year.

To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must have an average of 95 percent or above with no grade below 93 percent in a major subject. For High Honors, students must have an average of 90 percent or above with no grade lower than an 86 percent in a major subject. Honor roll members must earn an average of 86 percent or above with no grade lower than a 78 percent in a major subject.

Highest honors

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers Brad Murphy and Kerry Quick encourage Jake Barron, 11, to find the gummy worm in the pudding.

Hundreds of fifth-grade students from Tamaqua, West Penn and St. Jerome elementary schools took part in the 21st annual D.A.R.E. Challenge recently in the gym at the Tamaqua Area Elementary School.

During the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Challenge, students were grouped according to classroom teacher and competed against each other during various physical and mental challenges developed to show them that they don't need drugs to have fun.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Providing a slightly warmer track of warm weather, high temperatures over the next 7 days are expected to reach the mid-to-high 40's and even low 50's for parts of our area. Surviving a few weeks of frozen temperatures are green duckweed, also known as bayroot or water lentils, floating on top of a small body of water located next to railroad tracks leading into the Mahanoy Tunnel in Barnesville.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Laura Ernst of Des Moines, Iowa, hangs upside down on the aerial silks while holding a student with her hands.

"As Yet Unnamed Pocono Juggle Fest" was everything a beginning juggler could hope for. There were plenty of people ready to help you learn the skills and they were many props available to borrow and it was all presented in an atmosphere that made it exciting and fun.

The event, or rather series of events, was held this past weekend at Panther Valley Middle School and Lehighton Area High School, concluding with a big show on Saturday night filled with jugglers who have performed all around the world.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Ninth Annual Boyer Bowl will be held at the Slatington Bowling Center, Slatington, on Saturday, March 30. Session one is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Session two is from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The event will also have a deejay and a Chinese auction.

Those who wish to participate may sign up at the Northern Lehigh High School and middle school main offices, at Boyer's Hardware Store, or email Chris Craig.

Anyone with questions may contact Craig at (610) 730-0688, or Macgoofy13@gmail.com, or Justin Maurer at (610) 554-8597, or goldboy15@aol.com.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

From front left are 22-year volunteer Lenny Zoba, 10-year volunteer Rich Wentz, vice president and 41-year volunteer Herb Curvey, president and 20-year volunteer Sheldon Shafer, secretary and 10 year volunteer Ed Sassaman, and installing official Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison. From back left are 9-year volunteer Kristy Melchior, 6-year volunteer Ed Kashmer, 7-year volunteer Sergeant Jack Bowman, 6-year volunteer Captain Bob Schlorf, 13-year volunteer Brent Confer, 20-year volunteer Doris Nelson and 15-year volunteer Bill Sommers.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Forty-three area residents were among 125 who were arraigned Monday at the Schuylkill County courthouse before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials.

Ronald William Musselman, 29, of 416 E. Union St., Apt. 2, Tamaqua, charged by Rush Township police, with criminal trespass by breaking into the Hometown Diner, criminal trespass by remaining in the diner, theft of cash, receiving stolen property, and driving without a license. He also was charged by Tamaqua police with theft at 209 Clay St.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kindergarten registration in the Jim Thorpe Area School District for the 2012-2014 school year will be held in April for the L.B. Morris and Penn Kidder buildings. The district offers a full day kindergarten experience for its students.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Dr. Todd Banning

Home is where Tamaqua cardiologist Todd Banning's heart is.

A Tamaqua Area High School graduate who studied medicine in Philadelphia and New Jersey before establishing his own practice in Tamaqua, Banning has joined Cardiology Associates & Diagnostic Center, LLC. The group, which includes Dr. William M. Markson and Dr. Ronald A. Stein, and Physician Assistant Lillian B. Hughes, has offices at 1241 Blakeslee Blvd. E., Lehighton; 1510 Fawn Valley Dr., Brodheadsville; and on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Bank building at 17 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.