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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Looking over the 1,100 small packets of heroin obtained in a drug bust during a traffic stop in Jim Thorpe are, from left, Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko; Chief of Police Joseph Schatz; police Officer Eric Schrantz, who is the arresting officer; and Detective Lee Marzen. The heroin has a value of about $20,000, police said.

A drug bust in Jim Thorpe on Friday resulted in the borough police confiscating an estimated $20,000 worth of heroin.

The borough's chief of police, Joseph Schatz, said this is the largest amount of drugs obtained during an arrest in his career.

Mayor Michael Sofranko said it also shows "there's a lot of this stuff around."

Arrested was Gregory Cadugan Jr., 42, of Center Avenue, Jim Thorpe.

He was charged with manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, which is a felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

During the seminar, Paluck, provided a number of tips for healthy eating. "Your diet doesn't have to be bland and boring to be healthy," said Paluck. "Just follow these three steps and your whole family can benefit from healthy eating habits."

1. Eat less fat by:

- Eating fewer fatty cuts of meat and more fish.

- Avoiding butter and lard, and using less margarine.

- Avoiding foods containing palm, coconut or hydrogenated oils.

- Eating fewer high-fat dairy products - like cheese, ice cream and whole milk.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pvt. William E. Brown Jr., missing in action in Korea since July 29, 1950, was officially listed as killed in action as of that date, by Secretary of the Army in a telegram received today to the youth's parents, Mr. and Ms. William Brown Sr. of Weissport. Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Catherine, at home; a brother, Malcolm, Palmerton; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Moyer of Parryville; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Brown of Weissport.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Playing a game of Irish BINGO recently at the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center are Register Nurse Andrea Marren, Chris Walck of McAdoo, program assistant Jessica Vela and Marlene Roberts of McAdoo.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

Dinner will include meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903 and next to the butterfly sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Carbon County Interagency Council (IAC) has extended the deadline to accept applications for a $500 Social Services Grant. Grant applications are now due no later than Thursday, March 28.

This grant is open to all agencies who meet the guidelines of the agency's mission statement and who serve any population of Carbon County. The Interagency Council's mission statement is to "increase and promote the quality of human services in the community."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lower Towamensing Township's presiding officer will remain in his seat despite being told by one resident he's too young to be in charge.

Resident Herman Bollinger told board Chairman Brent Green on Tuesday that he believes he is too young to serve as chairman of the board of supervisors.

Green, 20, is believed to be the youngest supervisor of any municipality in Carbon County. Supervisors appointed him as board chairman at their reorganizational meeting in January.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Participants in last year's plunge take to the water.

More than 200 participants of all ages are expected to take the cold plunge this Saturday morning as part of the YMCA's annual Plunge For Kids held at the Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport.

"We need both participants and spectators to represent our Tamaqua YMCA by dressing as anything related to the 1980's," said Nick Zigmant, Executive Director, Tamaqua YMCA. "We will all then join other YMCA centers and walk into the lake."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

At the March 4 meeting of the Polk Township Historical Society President Norman Burger said volunteers were needed to scratch masonry from between the bricks of the bake oven which was brought down to the West End Fairgrounds from the Jonas Hotel.

He and the mason will gather the items needed for the renovation of the oven including a flue and bricks. The dome is cracked and may have to be taken apart and rebuilt from scratch.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
RON GOWER/FILE PHOTO View on North Second Street in Lehighton during the Blizzard of '93, which ravaged the East Coast, including the local area.

Twenty years ago, on Saturday, March 13, 1993, Carbon County celebrated its 150th anniversary.

But that celebration was overshadowed by a major weather story. Taking shape that day was what meteorologists called "The Storm of the Century," and "The Great Blizzard of 1993."

The storm not only buried the region in more than two feet of snow, but was accompanied by 70 miles per hour winds. Tobyhanna had 42 inches of snow.