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Monday, November 17, 2014
Special to the Times News U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane presents a citation to Anthony C. Harvilla.

The U.S. federal courts have recognized a Carbon County man for his role in improving the federal court's probation program.

Anthony C. Harvilla of Tresckow, Banks Township, was honored on Nov. 5 during a ceremony held at the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Harrisburg.

U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane presented Harvilla a citation that recognizes his contributions to the Offender Re-Entry program in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Harvilla retired as the Chief United States Probation Officer of the Middle District in July.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Darrell Singles, of the Lehigh Valley Animal Response Team, watches as Diane Sharpless of the Carbon County Animal Response Team (CART) uses a backhoe to lift a horse mannequin on Saturday morning in Mahoning. The rescue was part of a CART large animal training exercise at Chapel Field.

Three incidents involving horses in four years was enough to prompt the Carbon County Animal Response Team to host its first-ever large animal rescue training Saturday in Mahoning Township.

Almost 20 volunteers, split between the Carbon County and Lehigh Valley CART teams, gathered on Chapel Field to practice two emergency in-field rescue scenarios, both of which involved saving between 800- to 900-pound horses.

The horses were mannequins donated by Penn State University.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Navy Club of Carbon County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at the VFW in Nesquehoning.

New members are welcome.

Commander Scott Reinhart will be in charge.

Monday, November 17, 2014

With two members dissenting, the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors approved purchasing more than $98,000 worth of weight room equipment.

The board voted 4-2 to purchase equipment for the weight room at the John C. Mills wing of the high school from The Fitness Headquarters in the amount of $98,604.46.

Board member Susan Kresge said she would vote no.

Monday, November 17, 2014

HARRISBURG As part of the Senate Republican Caucus's reorganization, Sen. David G. Argall was appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to serve as the chairman of the Senate Majority Policy Committee.

The last known record of a senator from the 29th District serving in a leadership role dates back to 1861, when Sen. Robert M. Palmer of Pottsville served as speaker of the Senate for one year.

Monday, November 17, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured Monday morning in a crashalong Mosserville Road in Lynn Township. The incident occurredat 7:30 a.m. about a half-mile west of Route 309. State police are investigating.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Class 1964

Members of the Jim Thorpe Class of 1964 will hold their monthly luncheon on Wednesday at Dom and Ali's Restaurant, Route 903, beginning at noon. Members are reminded that it is knit hat month.

Women's Bible Study

The Ecumenical Women's Bible study group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Shepherd Room of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue. The group is studying the book of Daniel and the leader is Joan DeAcetis. All women of the community are invited to join the group, which meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Special to the Times News Kaitlin Fink of Catawissa, right, and Allison Beltz of Slatington,  center, pose with Dr. Elaine Halesey, professor and chair of the Department of Medical Imaging at Misericordia University after learning they were awarded competitive 2014 Lambda Nu scholarships.

The Lambda Nu National Honor Society in radiologic and imaging services recently awarded two national scholarships to juniors enrolled in the Misericordia University Bachelor of science degree program in medical imaging.

Allison Beltz of Slatington, the daughter of Wesley and Maria Beltz, and Kaitlin Fink of Catawissa, the daughter of Joel and Deborah Fink, each were awarded competitive 2014 Lambda Nu scholarships. Lambda Nu has 160 chapters in 43 states across the country.

Monday, November 17, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Here is a sample of some of the Dear Tamaqua submissions that have been collected.

As with any great production, first comes the writing, next comes the performance that brings it to life.

Dear Tamaqua is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the Tamaqua Safety Initiative and its coordinator, Leona Rega, who is also the director of the Tamaqua Community Art Center. During the first phase, past and present members of the Tamaqua Community were asked to write their memories and hopes about the borough.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Playworld Systems of Lewisburg has donated a playground structure for the VanBuskirk-Haney Park in Ross Township in honor of the victims who were killed during a public meeting on Aug. 5, 2013, at the Ross Township Municipal Building in Saylorsburg.

The playground is here, but is in pieces and needs to be put together. A Community Build is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday. Any volunteers willing to follow instructions and give of their time and efforts to make this happen are welcome.