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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS A box containing a syringe filled with naloxone, the generic form of Narcan.

Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series about the battle against heroin use.

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

Carbon County coroner Bruce Nalesnik has seen his share of lives cut short by overdoses of heroin and other opiates. And that share is looming large as more people become mired in addiction.

"I've been a coroner for 19 years now, and it's easily quintupled from when I first came into office," he said of drug overdoses.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Women's Resources of Monroe County is asking for help in raising awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

They are seeking participants for the Run To End Violence 5K Run/Walk to be held Oct. 26 at the Pleasant Valley High School stadium in Brodheadsville. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Register until Oct. 16 for a reduced registration fee.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Naloxone, commonly known by its brand name, Narcan, is a prescription medication, given by injection or through a nasal spray, that reverses overdoses of opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, morphine, methadone, codeine and hydrocodone.

These narcotic drugs slow a person's breathing and central nervous system responses. Naloxone reverses that effect, waking the person and restoring breathing.

It does not work on other drugs, including methamphetamine, bath salts, Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, cocaine or alcohol.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
 Sen. Mike Stack

State budget cuts for public education impacts every school district in one way or another.

Using that as their main platform, one state senator, a candidate for a state office and a local school board director held a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Palmerton Town Park.

Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia was joined by Patti Borger, candidate for House District 122; and Rocky Ahner, director of Lehighton Area School Board, at the site.

Stack focused his discussion on the impact of nearly $1 billion in state funding cuts since Gov. Tom Corbett took office in 2011.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The future of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool Program just got a little bit brighter.

On Monday, Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett announced that 64 school districts and community-based organizations would share in $23.1 million in funding through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. Lehigh Carbon Community College, which oversees the SHINE program, will receive $400,000 the next three years for the program.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Open adoption of trees for the second annual Christmas in the Park in Palmerton will begin Friday. No adoptions will take place until this date. Below is the list of guidelines for the trees:

Ÿ Not all trees will have access to electricity; those who purchase a tree will be informed when they call if trees with electricity are still available.

Ÿ Dates to decorate trees are Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

Ÿ Individuals who decorate must use LED lights and should limit their tree to 300 lights.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The officers of the student council for the 1971-72 school term at Lehighton Area High School were installed Wednesday and new members to the council were elected during a program held in the high school auditorium.

Danny Kunkle was installed as president of the organization. Other officers include Thomas Meier, vice president; Craig Koons, secretary; and Anne Merluzzi, treasurer.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coaldale council is beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

But that doesn't mean the tracks are clear ahead.

During a budget meeting Tuesday, council members reviewed the status of the budget for 2014, which is a key to planning the 2015 budget. Their task was easier due to the borough's revised accounting procedures, implemented by secretary/treasurer Andrea Davis, who was hired in October 2013.

"We had way too many accounts to keep track of; there were 53 bank accounts and 270 expense accounts," Davis said.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The time frame to adopt trees for Palmerton's second annual Christmas in the Park event begins Friday.

Letters have been sent to everyone who adopted a tree last year to see if they have any interest in doing so this year, said Christmas in the Park Committee Chairwoman Michele O' Neill.

"Due to the popularity of the tree adoption last year, additional Christmas trees will be available for adoption," she said. "These trees can be adopted by anyone; families, churches, schools, businesses or organizations.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship is coordinating the local CROP Walk on Oct. 12 at the Lehigh Canal Park in Weissport.

Registration is from 1 to 2 p.m., when the walk will begin.

A CROP Walk is a community event to raise funds to support hunger programs locally and around the world. Walkers can be family, friends and co-workers who gather sponsors and then walk 1 to 4 miles along the Lehigh Canal.

For more information or sponsor forms, call Shirley Radler at 610-377-4278.