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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Dennis Razze, Director of Theatre at DeSales University and Associate Artistic Director of The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, recently spoke to English classes at Lehighton Area High School. He addressed the seniors on the literary and theatrical elements of horror. Standing in front of a billboard that was designed by these students in his honor are Razze, Jewel Kravetz, Amber Frey, Carrie Bossert, Caroline Leiby, and Zach Hartman.

Dr. Dennis Razze, Director of Theatre at DeSales University, recently spoke to English classes at Lehighton Area High School. He addressed the seniors on the literary and theatrical elements of horror.

The presentation was coordinated by substitute Librarian Jo Lynn Gazo and English teacher Sharon Leitzel. A 1999 graduate of DeSales, Gazo said, "I think it's important for students to realize the importance of literature and how it relates to theatre, dance, etc."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Volunteers are urgently needed for the AARP Tax-Aide Program in Carbon County. Volunteers receive tax preparation training before assisting seniors and low to moderate income clients with their tax returns.

For more information, call Allan Hild at (670) 643-4140.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sam Roher, known for his outspoken suport for constitutional principles, will be the guest speaker during a meeting tonight of the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

Rohrer, who has spent nine terms in the Pa. House of Representatives, seems poised to run for a U.S. Senate seat.

The meeting, to be held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, is scheduled for 7 p.m.

In his ongoing effort to reform state government, Roher served on the Speaker's Commission on Government Reform, which brought new levels of transparency and accountability to the state legislature.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jason Breidinger was the first speaker at the Slatington Council Meeting on Monday night. He opened by saying there were a number of visitors in attendance who are members of the Venture Group. "They are here tonight to thank the Council for its support of the Trailhead Project," Breidinger said. Each member stood up, gave his name and the name of the organization they represent.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/FILE PHOTO Paddlers enjoy the Lehigh River during the Lehigh Sojourn. A moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed is planned to end next week. The Lehigh River is part of the Delaware River Watershed, although the Lehigh River watershed itself is not expected to have sufficient gas deposits to immediately attract exploration.

A moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed, a 13,000 square mile drainage area encompassing New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, is planned to end next week. The Lehigh River is part of the Delaware River Watershed.

On Nov. 21, the Delaware River Basin Commission will be voting on lifting a three-year moratorium on natural gas development, which includes the hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus shale deposits.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On Tuesday evening, the Jim Thorpe Planning Commission Committee discussed current projects, including organizing flow charts for application processes. The flow charts are to aid in the application process for such things as zoning hearings and land usage.

The committee has been working with Borough Manager, Wesley Johnson, on organizing the application process.

An updated application has been drafted along with filing deadlines. The list of filing deadlines will help residents know when things are due for the application process.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Western Pocono Community Library offers more than just books to read.

The library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and NiteLite groups meet on the second Wednesdays each month at 6:30 p.m. TAB is for young people grades 7-12 and NiteLite is for students in grades 3-6. They are hosting a "Give Thanks Food Drive" the month of November and ask for food item donations to be brought to the library by Nov. 17, to be distributed to local food banks and missions.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. A 44-year-old Carbon County man is the first person to face criminal charges stemming from the riot that broke out last Wednesday after the Penn State board of trustees announced the firing of coach Joe Paterno.

State College police said Patrick M. McLaughlin, of Albrightsville, lit a shirt and garbage on fire on the 200 block of East College Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 9. He's charged with causing or risking a catastrophe, a felony, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He also was issued a citation for dangerous burning, a summary offense.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Coaldale borough council has embarked on its journey toward a 2012 budget, and the road promises to be a rocky one.

"It's going to be rough this year," said Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak. "The borough bills are being paid by the elderly and the working class."

Currently, property owners pay a real estate levy of 22.54 mills. That means the owner of a home assessed for taxes at $25,000 pays $563.50 in property tax $50 more than in 2010.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Parryville UMC will host a free luncheon, weather permitting, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the church, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, in Parryville.