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April 20. 2013 12:42AM

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Crestwood team on odyssey

The Crestwood Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team won the Pennsylvania state competition for its assigned problem and age group at an event last week at Pocono Mountain East High School and is seeking donations to help pay for the Mind World Final in Michigan next month.

The state championship qualifies the Crestwood group for a spot in 34th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals to be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing on May 22-25. Teams from throughout the United States and 25 other countries will vie for the world title.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational competition whose mission is to provide creative, problem-solving opportunities for students.

The team is seeking donations to help defray the cost of attending the competition in May. Donations can be made payable to: CMS OotM, c/o Crestwood Middle School PTA, 281 South Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707 or by phoning Principal Brian Baddick at 474-6782, ext. 342.


Telethon aids Helping Hands

The Helping Hands Society will hold its annual telethon at the Laurel Mall from noon to 11 p.m. today .

Helping Hands is a nonprofit organization that provides training and therapies for special needs and typical children. The telethon represents the society’s major financial support. Money raised is used to help defray the cost of the various specialized programs conducted by the society for children.

The telethon will be aired on WYLN 35 and will feature a wide range of entertainment, from area talent to the nationally known Danny and the Juniors. Children of Helping Hands will sing songs from 12-7 p.m. for the crowd in the mall.


Recyclers can get race tickets

Pocono Raceway has joined in a partnership with ZLOOP Computer and Electronics Recycling Centers to provide a way to get rid of unwanted and unused electronics safely and securely and at no cost to those dropping off the material.

The raceway will conduct an e-waste recycling and data destruction event from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. today. Communities, companies, school districts and individuals are encouraged to drop off their unwanted electronics.

Communities and school districts can compete for the “bragging rights” for recycling the most e-waste materials. The company or corporation that recycles the most material will receive free advertising on the ZLOOP stock car that will be competing in the Pocono 200.

Pocono Raceway will provide two grandstand tickets to the racing action on June 8, for each per person who participates in this recycling effort. The June 8 schedule includes two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions and the Pocono 200, ARCA Racing Series. Additionally, each person can enter a drawing to win a grand prize, consisting of four Terrace Bistro VIP tickets to the July 7 Pocono INDYCAR 400.


Bills aid military spouses

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, have introduced the Military Spouses Job Continuity Act. The companion bills introduced in both chambers of Congress would help military spouses more easily re-enter the workforce by offering a tax credit to any military spouse who has to renew or transfer a professional license due to a military change of station order.

The tax credit would be applicable for the renewal or transfer of a professional license in a range of fields including child care, nursing and health services, all of which are common occupations of military spouses.


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