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Monday, May 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A block party today and Sunday at the Sam Miller Field in Jim Thorpe will benefit the Jim Thorpe Athletic Association.

The field is located along North Avenue in the Heights section of the community.

Today the event will run from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tomorrow's times are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The block party opened last evening.

There is free admission as well as free live entertainment.

The entertainment for Saturday will be Small Town Titans. The entertainment for Sunday will be Bill McGovern.

Last night, Coal County Express was featured.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Karen Flexer of Lehighton holds photo of her son, Brett, who died two years ago at the age of 20 when he mixed a prescription drug with alcohol.

Tomorrow is Mother's Day.

For Karen Flexer of Lehighton, it will be a bittersweet day. She is the mother of three sons. Two of them likely will remember to tell her how much she means to them.

One son, Brett, won't be there for her. He died on April 23, 2011, just two weeks after his 20th birthday. He had been at a party with friends, came home with no signs of any ill effects, and was found lifeless on his bed by his mother.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

National 4-H Council has announced the launch of the spring 2013 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC). This event marks the third year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del's Farm and Feed Supply store is located.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mrs. Emaline Schweibinz of Jim Thorpe was honored as Mother of the Year during the annual Mother's day fete by the senior citizens of Memorial Park in that community. Mrs. Harold Rowe presented a "This is Your Life" tribute in lauding the 63-year-old mother of 12 children, one of whom is deceased; 24 grand children, and two step great-grandchildren. Edward and Jennie Beers were recognized as the oldest married couple.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jim Thorpe Chamber is formally changing its name to Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency.

The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency will focus to promote tourism in the area.

To celebrate, there will be a mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Broadway Grill, downtown Jim Thorpe. There will be complementary appetizers, cash bar and raffle. There is a fee. RSVP at nancyz@innit.com.

Officials said in a statement that this brings two unique organization in Carbon County the opportunity to work together in a well-defined manner on issues concerning Jim Thorpe tourism.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ida Piccin of South Tamaqua prepares to get a free cholesterol screening from lab assistant Christine Reed during Tuesday's St. Luke's Tamaqua Medical Center open house.

Tuesday's open house of the new St. Luke's Tamaqua Medical Center drew in the attention of over 300 visitors, as physicians and staff provided tours of the the center.

In addition to a light meal and refreshments, visitors were also given the opportunity to received free osteoporosos screening and free cholestrol screening on site.