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Monday, April 4, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Rita Lacey started her own business, Close the Loop, and works from her office in her Kunkletown home. She markets recycled products.

Did you know that there are nearly 300 million waste tires that are generated annually in the U.S. 12 million in Pennsylvania alone?

Were you aware that America generates 30 million tons (nearly 60 billion pounds) of plastic waste in a year? (Only 7 percent of plastic waste was recycled in 2006.)

Did you have any idea that the United States generates 13 million tons of waste glass in a year?

Monday, April 4, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Guests patronized the second annual "Huge Indoor Yard Sale and Chinese Auction"on Saturday, April 2 at Lehighton Recreation Center. All proceedsbenefit community programs of both Lehighton Area Pool Pals and Lehighton Rotary Club. Pictured are Lehighton Rotarians Dr. Barbara Belón and Patti Stockhausenwho volunteeredtheir time selling tickets for theChinese Auction.

Lehighton Area Pool Pals and Lehighton Rotary Club teamed up to host their second annual "Huge Indoor Yard Sale and Chinese Auction" on Saturday, April 2 at Lehighton Recreation Center. All proceeds from this event benefit community programs of the two organizations.

Monday, April 4, 2011

A meeting for participants in the Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be held Moday, at 7 p.m., at the LCCC Morgan Center, room 104/105. All past and present participants, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the relay, are welcome to attend.

Committee members will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Schuylkill County motorcyclist was killed in a crash that occurred about 2 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of SR3001 (Cressona Road), and SR901 (Gordon Nagle Trail), in North Manheim Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the victim as Jamie Doyle, 31, of Pottsville.

Troopers said Doyle stopped at the intersection on Cressona Road while Charles Rhode, 80, of Pottsville, was eastbound on 901 with Nicholas Domanski, 20, of Sunbury, behind him.

Monday, April 4, 2011

A few more recycling facts as stated from the Clean Air Council.

Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion plastic shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste.

The amount of aluminum currently recycled in one year is enough to rebuild our entire airplane commercial fleet every six months.

Producing one pound of recycled rubber requires only 29 percent as much energy as producing one pound of new rubber.

Because plastic water bottles are shielded from sunlight in landfills, they will not decompose for thousands of years.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library will hold a free Easter egg hunt for children who live in Coaldale, Lansford, Nesquehoning and Summit Hill at 1 p.m. April 9.

Children must be registered by April 4 by calling (570) 645-3780. Staff will need the need child's name, address, age and town of residence.

The hunt is divided into three age groups: 2-4, 5-8 and 9-10.

The library is also holding a food drive for the local food pantries throughout April.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Concerns are being expressed by Schuylkill County judges on the increased number of defendants who are having their probations revoked.

Because of the overcrowding in the county prison, judges have been giving more consideration to probations, but instead of taking advantage, the defendants have been violating terms and are now finding themselves locked behind bars.

President Judge William E. Baldwin ruled on the following cases concerning recent revocation hearings:

Monday, April 4, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tsutomu "Tom" Noguchi, his wife and three child have been visiting Jim Thorpe as guests of Jane Engler and her husband, Jim Brogan. From left, front, Sanra Mary, Sachiyo, Orono Jane. In the rear, Tom is holding son, Rebun William.

A Japanese family is visiting Jim Thorpe to find respite from the triple onslaughts of earthquake, tsunami and radiation that ravaged northeastern Japan three weeks ago. While the family, whose home was a distance from the center of destruction, escaped the worst of the catastrophe, the lingering supply shortages, blackouts, and spread of radiation motivated them to take a visit to friends in the United States.

Monday, April 4, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Volunteer firefighters were summoned at about 9:15 p.m. yesterday to a garage fire on North Spruce Street in Summit Hill. A can containing sawdust began burning hours after hamburger grease was apparently discarded in it, according to officials. Summit Hill Fire Chief Shawn Hoben said the fire was contained to the can and was quickly extinguished, although heavy smoke filled the concrete garage. There were no reported injuries. Responding were firefighters from Lansford and Summit Hill. Also at the scene were police officers from Summit Hill and Lansford and the Lehighton Ambulance Corps.

Monday, April 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Steve Daynorowicz and his son Chris, 13, of Tamaqua, fish with the ducks while spending all day Sunday fishing on the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua.