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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Fourth Annual Jam For Cancer event was held Friday night at the Pine Street Pub in Tamaqua. In addition to raffling off a flat screen television, pool cue and other prizes, visitors were treated to free music by bands Blowing Smoke, Bwahaha, Jay and Del and Modern Day Mollies. Jason DeMarco, event organizer, stated his appreciation to all the bands and visitors. In addition, DeMarco organized a Monster Ball at Hang Loose late last year. The total donations raised during both events totaled $5,000, which was announced during this weekend's ACS Telethon at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Pictured performing during this weekend's ACS Telethon at Penn's Peak is Jason DeMarco, organizer of the Jam For Cancer and Monster Ball.

The Fourth Annual Jam For Cancer event was held Friday night at the Pine Street Pub in Tamaqua. In addition to raffling off a flat screen television, pool cue and other prizes, visitors were treated to free music by bands Blowing Smoke, Bwahaha, Jay and Del and Modern Day Mollies. Jason DeMarco, event organizer, stated his appreciation to all the bands and visitors. In addition, DeMarco organized a Monster Ball at Hang Loose late last year. The total donations raised during both events totaled $5,000, which was announced during this weekend's ACS Telethon at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
AUDIE MERTZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heavy flames consume the rear of a twin dwelling at Fourth and Ochre Streets in Lehighton last evening. This photo was taken by Audie Mertz, officer-in-charge of the Mahoning Township Police Department. Living on one side is Sharon Ace, while the other side is occupied by Derek Flexer, his wife Bobbi Jo, and their daughter Payton, who will be 6 months old on April 23.

Four people were left homeless in a raging fire last night in Lehighton, which caused extensive damage to three houses.

The fire happened at a twin home at the intersection of Fourth and Ochre Street. Heavy flames consumed the rear of the house from the ground to the roof.

So hot were the flames that siding on a house about 75 feet away was shredded.

Three men heroically worked as a team and saved two dogs that were inside one of the homes.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Carbon County man, who wielded a sword at a police officer who responded to a domestic incident, was sentenced to a county jail term on Tuesday.

Randy Pastor, 19, of Palmerton, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of six to one day less 24 months in the county prison. Pastor previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault, as a felony two. He was given a break by the commonwealth which did not seek the weapon enhancement provision of the law which would have mandated a longer jail term.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School invites everyone to an Italian dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26. Dinner will include baked ziti or spaghetti with homemade meatballs, salad and garlic bread, beverage and desserts. Dinner will feature entertainment by Danny Farole.

Themed baskets from the annual auction will also be on display during the dinner and also from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Sunday will also feature a pancakes and sausage breakfast.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Northern Lehigh High School Little Theater Association "Little Shop of Horrors" cast visited Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday.

Northern Lehigh School District's Safety Task Force Committee continues to work hard.

An update on the committee's meeting from earlier this month was shared with members of the school board on Monday.

Greg Derr, director of support services and transportation, said about 20 people, which included state police, residents, and others were in attendance.

Superintendent Michael Michaels added "the state police gave us some excellent advice."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While most everyone appears to be thrilled about the recent warmer temperatures after a long cold winter, there always seems to be a tradeoff a price to pay. In this case, its swarming insects or more precisely ANTS ! Well, guess we have to take the bad with the good sometimes.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

To usher in the racing season, Pocono Medical Center (PMC) is hosting its first annual Pocono Raceway Day and children's safety fair at PMC.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center parking lot, there will be booths promoting child safety from PMC departments and from numerous Monroe County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), including local police and fire departments, the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management, in addition to various children's organizations.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters with the West Penn Fire Company No. 1 were starting their weekly training session (which happens to be brush fire training) when they were dispatched to Lumber Lane around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in West Penn for a brush fire. The fire, located atop a hill, was quickly contained by firefighters. West Penn Police also responded. On a related note, Schuylkill County commissioners enacted a temporary outdoor burn ban throughout the county will remain in place until noon on Sunday, May 5. Pictured is West Penn firefighter Ed Boerner extinguishing the last of the fire.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Harry J. Barron of South Tamaqua, a West Penn Township resident for 74 years, has announced his candidacy for West Penn Township Supervisor. A active member of the Republican Party, Barron is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was educated in Tamaqua area schools.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Formerly 55-Alive, the four- and eight-hour classroom refresher/ defensive driving course is designed for qualified drivers 50 and older. There are no tests and membership in the AARP is not necessary. All insurance companies doing business in Pennsylvania are required, by state law, to give a minimum discount of 5 percent to all qualified policyholders over the age of 55 who take the course. One should first check with one's insurance agent or company to make sure one qualifies for the discount.

All classes are taught by trained unpaid volunteer instructors.