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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Volunteers with West Penn Fire Company held a clothing drive recently during their monthly breakfast. Many items were also collected in weeks prior to the breakfast. The firefighters stated their appreciation to everyone who donated. West Penn Fire Company No. 1 junior firefighters pictured with some of the clothing donations from left are Megan Johnson, 15, Cloyd Troxell, 17, and Connor Evans, 16.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Miss Sheila Eckman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Eckman, Lehighton R. 1, has been named by the Great Valley Girl Scout Council and the national organization to participate in Girl Scout Event "Steep Trails" to be held near Pasadena, Calif. She will be one of 128 scouts from 50 states and a few foreign countries participating in the program. Patrols of girls will blaze compass trails and explore extensive and varied trail systems while backpacking without adults.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 Legion Auxiliary has named McKena Christman Miss Poppy 2011. Pictured left to right are Gladys Balliet, President of Unit 314 Legion Auxiliary; LaRue Fritz, Poppy Chairman of Unit 314 and Four-County Council; Christman; and Donald Rehrig, mayor of Lehighton.

McKena Christman has been named Miss Poppy 2011 by Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 Legion Auxiliary in Lehighton. A fifth grade student at Lehighton Area Middle School, the 11-year-old is the daughter of Kara Newton and Sean Christman.

As Miss Poppy, Christman will assist the Auxiliary in collecting donations for this year's Poppy Program throughout the Lehighton area. They will be accepting donations at Carbon Plaza Mall in Mahoning Township on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 - as well as on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7.

Monday, April 11, 2011

At the April 7 meeting of the Towamensing supervisors, Tom Newman made a motion to put off borrowing $3 million for the new township building. He said the Palmerton School District will be raising taxes and he doesn't want the township to do so the same year.

The motion died for lack of a second.

The issue of smoking during bingo games at the Towamensing Firehouse was raised again. Fire chief Wayne Knirnschild was asked if there was any change to the list of approved events that is necessary for workmen's compensation insurance to cover the workers who participate.

Monday, April 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Traffic in Hometown was backed up around 2:15 p.m. Saturday as emergency responders were on the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Lincoln Drive and Claremont Avenue (SR309). Reportedly, Mercita Dietrich, McAdoo, driving a1998 Buick Century, was traveling south when she impacted a Nissan Altima driven by Kenneth Stoddard, Drums, after he pulled out in front of her while drivng out from Lincoln Avenue. A child was also in the Buick with Dietrich. Two passengers were in the Nissan. Their names were Patrica Stoddard, Drums, and Thelma Carr, Freeland.

Monday, April 11, 2011

On Saturday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. Pennsylvania State Parks naturalist Stephanie Strub will teach the basics of geocaching and then aid program attendees in finding caches in Beltzville State Park.

Occasionally described as high-tech treasure hunting, geocaching is family-friendly, highly addictive and a great way to get some exercise in the outdoors.

The fee for this program is $10 per borrowed GPS unit or $5 for those bringing their own GPS or sharing with someone borrowing a unit. This fee is payable at the event.

Monday, April 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A West Penn Township barn fire on Saturday is under investigation. The fire, which apparently started in piles of old hay in a barn at 1 Fort Franklin Road at about 2 p.m. Township police arrived first, and a fire extinguisher from the cruiser was used to knock down the flames before firefighters from Tamaqua, West Penn, East Penn, New Ringgold and New England arrived. West Penn Fire Police detoured traffic away from the area for the duration. No injuries were reported. The barn was reportedly owned by Dolores H. Yaggie of West Penn Township.

Monday, April 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash along SR209 near the intersection with Beechwood Inn Road in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. State police at Fern Ridge said Adrienne A. Riegel, 37, of Saylorsburg, was operating a 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser northbound when she failed to negotiate a left hand curve in the road. The vehicle went onto the berm and through a small ditch then struck a tree. Riegel was injured and taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, by West End ambulance.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Palmerton Area School Board plans to tackle two important issues head on at a special meeting on Tuesday.

The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of contract ratification. Contacted via email, Superintendent Carol Boyce told the TIMES NEWS the meeting agenda will read to ratify the support unit contract.

However, Boyce said she couldn't discuss the support union contract further "since everything thus far has been in executive session."

Monday, April 11, 2011

This Saturday, they are cleaning up the town of Tamaqua.

The Tamaqua Beautification Association, the South Ward Neighborhood Committee, the Owl Creek Beautification Association, concerned residents and Tamaqua Area School District students will be combining forces with Schuylkill-Keep It Pretty in the Great Pennsylvania Spring 2011 Cleanup. Three different areas of the borough will be targeted in the clean up campaign - the downtown area, the South Ward and Owl Creek Road.