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Monday, May 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS United States postal carrier Lisa Green, of West Penn, unloads many cartons of donated food from her truck Saturday to the Trinity Food Pantry. Green has been the key coordinator for the Stamp Out Hunger campaign in Tamaqua for 11 years.

Representing one of more than 10,000 cities and towns across America, employees with the Tamaqua post office collected non-perishable food items Saturday as part of their national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers from across the nation deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably the world.

Monday, May 13, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS District Forester Frank Snyder from the Bureau of Forestry (left) presents the Tree City USA flag to Shade Tree Commission members John Kupec (center) and Chairperson Dr. Louis Vermillion (right) during the Arbor Day program held last Saturday in Memorial Park in Summit Hill. The borough has been named a Tree City USA community for eight years.

About 30 people gathered in Memorial Park in Summit Hill last Saturday for the annual Memorial Tree Arbor Day program held by the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission and hosted by chairperson Dr. Louis Vermillion. The spring weather was a perfect day for planting the eight memorial trees sponsored by various members of the community as well as the Summit Hill Historical Society.

Monday, May 13, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ben and Eli Imler show off their fish they cause at the Blue Mountain Fish and Game "Day at the Lake" event.

Members of Blue Mountain Fish and Game in Walnutport and volunteers from the First Baptist Church in Allentown held its 16th annual "Day at the Lake" event on Saturday,

Organizations, such as Dream Come True, Special Olympics, and Life Path and Center for Vision Loss were invited, along with their parents, siblings, caregivers and teachers to enjoy a day of fishing, activities, music, food and fun.

The lake was stocked with 500 trout to ensure each attendee receives their three-limit catch.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Carbon County Mounted Rescue Team met at the home of Charles Hontz Jr., Jim Thorpe. Planned is a nine- to 10-day trail ride of about 200 miles tomorrow through May 22, through the Poconos. About 10 riders and 15 horses will participate.

Monday, May 13, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sam Maholick (right) proudly displays the 14-inch trout that he reeled in during the recent Lehighton Area Middle School Fly Fishing Club field trip to Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton. Helping Maholick with his catch is LAMS guidance counselor Michael Snyder (left).

Field trip 'reel' fun for students

Students from Lehighton Area Middle School Fly Fishing Club recently enjoyed a field trip to Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton to learn more about one of their favorite pastimes - and, hopefully, more.

"The purpose of the field trip was to introduce the kids to fly fishing and to allow the kids to test their skills learned practicing in the parking lot on a stream," said LAMS teacher and club advisor Mark Maholick.

LAMS guidance counselor Michael Snyder assisted Maholick on the field trip.

Monday, May 13, 2013
JC KRIESHER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS High flames shoot out of a Pottsville home late last night as firefighters rush to extinguish the blaze. 4 children and 2 adults lost their lives in the blaze.

Four children and two adults were found dead following a raging fire that erupted late Mother's Day night in Pottsville.

Firefighters who were called to 235 Pierce St. for a house fire, arrived to see fire shooting out the second floor and attic windows, as well as thick smoke pouring out of the front.

According to communications dispatch, firefighters were not able to enter the home because of the extent of the fire. Communications also said that one firefighter may have been injured falling off a ladder, although that has not been confirmed.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Firefighters were called to 1 Hamilton Street, near State Road, in Barnesville, Ryan Township, just before 4 a.m. Sunday after residents were awoken by smoke detectors and the smell of smoke. Firefighters on scene were quick to determine the cause, said to be from a dining room outlet on the second floor of the home. Responding were firefighters and fire police from Ryan Township and surrounding companies. No injuries were reported.

Monday, May 13, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Irene Makowiec is looking forward to her 11th term as Banks Township Tax Collector.

Collecting friends while collecting taxes, 82-year-old Irene Makowiec has spent the last 40 years of her life working as the only tax collector you would never mind paying a visit.

Makowiec has been elected uncontested to 10 terms as the Banks Township Tax Collector, and her soft-spoken and kind demeanor leave no need for explanation as to why competition has never bothered to surface. What is actually surprising is that Makowiec is not quite done yet. At age 82, Makowiec is running for her 11th term as tax collector. She will be winning, too; as always, she is uncontested.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will hold their last meeting before the summer break on Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m. at Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. The evening will feature a year-end summary, meeting Democratic primary candidates in local races and learning how to write-in a candidate.

"While we won't be having formal meetings over the summer," said Club President, Sarina Berlow, "we always enjoy our informal mid-summer Pot Luck Picnic with the Lehighton Dems. This year that will be on Sunday, July 21, 1-4 p.m. at Bert Holczman's Farm, Ashfield."

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Western Pocono Community Library is hosting a pet parade on Wednesday, May 15. Check-in time is at 6 p.m. with step-off at 6:30 p.m. Rain date is May 16. Animals must be under control at all times.

Pre-registration is required. Restrictions apply. See the registration form for details. For more information, call (570) 992-7934.

The library is located on Pilgrim's Way, off Route 115, Brodheadsville, across the street from Pleasant Valley Middle School.