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Saturday, October 15, 2011
John Maranuk, Kunkletown - "Our daughter, Nicole. She's a nurse. She's such a caring, compassionate person. She's always there for you."

The United States Postal Service is now allowing living persons to appear on postage stamps. Who would you like to see placed on a stamp and why?

Saturday, October 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Democrats for Change Club recently received an award for its work on a video. Mike Morrill, executive officer of Keystone Progress, right; presented the Video of The Year award to the organization's president Linda Christman during the club's September meeting. The video that won was filmed on the Christman farm in Lehighton and was produced and directed by club member Rene Calvo, and featured Linda and Roy Christman, along with chicken co-stars. The CCDC club meets on the fourth Tuesday, monthly at the Inn at Jim Thorpe at 7 p.m., unless otherwise published.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS These old walls are intended to be included in Rosemarie C. Peiffer's new castle that she's hoping to build.

Most of us are familiar with the proverbial expression, "A man's home is his castle."

A former Tamaqua area woman is hoping to create and build a miniature castle of sorts of her own in Jim Thorpe, on the site where a real castle once stood many years ago.

Although she has been planning the project for several years, Rosemarie C. Peiffer's dream is fading "further and further away."

Saturday, October 15, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Trina Moyer, a registered mammographer, explains how this new digital mammography unit at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus works. The mammo suite has been renovated as well.

New, state-of-the-art equipment has been unveiled at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.

A new digital mammography unit at the Palmerton campus opened on Thursday in the newly renovated mammo suite.

Other additions include a new 32-slice CT scan that replaced a 16-slice CT scan, as well as a new Ultrasound unit that opened this past Monday at the Palmerton campus.

In addition, a new bone density Dexa scan unit is in operation at the Gnaden Huetten campus in Lehighton.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

PennDOT reminds residents living along rural state and local roads that now is the time to prepare mailboxes for the winter months. Snow thrown from plows can easily damage mailboxes that are not prepared.

Mailboxes are normally placed within the state's legal right-of-way; however, mailbox damage is the responsibility of the property owner.

If a mailbox is placed as far from the edge of the road as the carrier can reach from a vehicle and the mailbox is placed on a sturdy support, it should be able to withstand the force of snow thrown from a plow.

Friday, October 14, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Kathy Carpenter, TIMES NEWS circulation manager, presents the second place Interstate Circulation Managers Association (I SCMA) Carrier Recognition Contest to Tom Melochick. Member newspapers represent Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington D.C. compete for this recognition.

Pencor Services Inc. has good reason to be proud of one of its adult TIMES NEWS carriers.

After earning a second place this past summer in the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association (PNA) 2011 Newspaper Carrier of the Year competition, Tom Melochick, a carrier for the TIMES NEWS in Brockton, had his entry forwarded to the Interstate Circulation Managers Association (I SCMA) Carrier Recognition Contest where he took another second place in the adult division.

Friday, October 14, 2011
This looks like it should fit here ...

Vera Sage Reinhart, 14 months old, looks like a budding architect as she plays with her building blocks. She's always busy and loves being in the outdoors. She is the Grandest Kid of Melanie and Dan Adamski, Saylorsburg, Bill and Jacqueline Yaich, Bethlehem and Jean and Larry Reinhart of Slatington. She is the Great-Grandest Kid of Barry and Barbara Burns, Palmerton and Claire and Harvey Miller of Jim Thorpe. She is the daughter of Dustin and Blair Reinhart of Slatington.

Friday, October 14, 2011

October is national Adopt-A-Dog Month, so why not see what Carbon County's K-9 shelter has to offer?

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein announced that the shelter, which is located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning, next to the county prison, is nearing capacity.

"There are a lot of nice dogs right now at the animal shelter," Nothstein said. "I strongly encourage the public to take the time to go up and check out the dogs. If you're thinking about adopting a pet or want to help the shelter, now is the time do to it.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Walnutport Borough Council has been working on a new landlord ordinance for a number of months. At Thursday's meeting a summary was provided by Michael Corriere, Solicitor and the ordinance was unanimously passed.

The ordinance requires landlords to keep their tenant occupied dwelling up to code. They must also register with the borough, obtain a license and notify the borough when tenants move either in or out.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Carbon County organization is working toward addressing behavioral issues in schools.

During a recent meeting of the county Child and Family Collaborative, members looked at what is being done on various levels in the schools to help children and their families.

Two issues, mental health and bullying, were discussed in-depth.

Jeanne Miller, co-chairperson of the collaborative, updated the group on a project that has been in the works for years.

The project brings out-patient therapy into the schools so students could receive the help they need if recommended.