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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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Pipeline primer

Discussion centered on a proposed pipeline that would extend from Luzerne County to New Jersey that could pass through several townships in Carbon County has been rescheduled.

A representative from PennEast Pipeline was scheduled to attend this Thursday's Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors meeting to be held at the Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company to provide information on the proposed project.

However, PennEast Pipeline has rescheduled its presentation until next month, when it will be held in Palmerton, according to township officials.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call, email or fax the host agency.

Forcible Entry: Oct. 4 and 5 at the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1. To register, email carbonfiretraining@yahoo.com.

"Courage to be Safe/Everyone Goes Home:" 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at Panther Valley High School. To register, email carbonfiretraining@yahoo.com.

NIMS-700: Oct. 11 at the Carbon County EMA. Call the Carbon EMA to register.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

State agencies support the law that allows police, firefighters and others to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.

"Generally, we are supportive of legislative efforts aimed to prevent heroin and other opioid-related overdose deaths by expanding access to naloxone (or Narcan) for concerned third parties, in conjunction with appropriate training," said state Department of Health spokeswoman Holli Senior.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

One of three State Game Lands habitat tours in northeast Pennsylvania on Sunday will be in Carbon County, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The tours, which are free and open to the public, will highlight habitat enhancements, infrastructure improvements and hunting opportunities.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the large parking lot on Route 93 on State Game Lands 141 in Nesquehoning.

Game Commission personnel will be on hand to explain various points of interest.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coroners in Schuylkill and Carbon counties are seeing more drug-related deaths.

Schuylkill County coroner Dr. David Moylan said there have been about 30 deaths attributed to a variety of drugs since 2012.

Carbon County coroner Bruce Nalesnik said there were seven cases in 2011, 10 in 2012, 13 in 2013 and 13 so far this year.

In both counties, the drugs included opioids and alcohol.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Special to the Times News

Gwen Pongracz, left, of the Allentown West Rotary Club, made a presentation to Slatington Rotary Club President Dave Mohr discussing the benefits of the Annual Lehigh Valley Youth Leadership & Ethics Conference to be held at DeSales University Oct. 14-15. The first day will be for eighth-grade students, and the second day will be for high school juniors. The

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times-Tribune, Michael J. Mullen Three Pennsylvania State Police cars patrol along Snow Hill Road in Price Township  Tuesday as the search for suspected killer Eric Frein carries on for the 18th day.

Police within the last day found two fully functional pipe bombs at sites where they believe accused state trooper killer Eric Frein hunkered down for the night while on the run in Barrett and Price townships.

Police also caught sight of Frein from a distance of about 75 to 100 yards in a thickly wooded area, also within the last 24 hours, Lt. Col. George Bivens said at a news conference Tuesday.