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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Members of the Carbon County Democratic Executive Committee voted on Thursday, Feb. 3, to endorse eight current officeholders who are running for re-election to their respective positions.

The board voted favorably to support Commissioners Charles Getz and William O'Gurek, Controller Robert Crampsie, Recorder of Deeds Emmett McCall, Prothonotary Joann Behrens, Sheriff Dwight Nothstein, District Attorney Gary Dobias and Cononer Bruce Nalesnik.

All eight officeholders are running as a team for their third consecutive terms of office together.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Beat the winter blues and come out and take a chance to win some terrific prizes while supporting a great cause.

The Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society Telethon Committee will hold its annual Chinese auction at Lakeside Ballroom, Route 54, Barnesville at noon, Sunday, March 27.

There will be great food, baked goods, and telethon CD's for purchase, along with chances to win hundreds of Chinese auction prizes. There will be a live broadcast with Polka Joe/WMGH from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by entertainment provided by Cody Scott.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Weissport is in the middle of compliance issues with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Weissport Mayor Jonathan Troutman said that he believes that former council members did not realize the importance of complying with required storm water requirements when it failed to file annual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program reports.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The application period for the 2011 Troop N Camp Cadet program is now open and applications are being accepted.

Anyone interested in attending camp can obtain an application at any of the following Troop N state police stations: Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Lehighton, Fern Ridge and Swiftwater. Applications have also been distributed to most of the local schools located throughout the Troop N area.

The application can also be accessed and printed out via the PSP public website, www.psp.state.pa.us.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Damages estimated in the thousands of dollars occurred in the area as Old Man Winter got in a one-two punch. Winds of near hurrican intensity damaged building, broke chimneys, and blew in windows and storm doors. Three to four inches of snow covered the area, but the New York City area got up to 16 inches. The most serious wind damage happened at the Keystone Lamp Company in Slatington where a 300 foot section of the building was blown down.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kindergarten Registration in the Lehighton Area School District will be held on March 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the District Administrative Building, 1000 Union St. (near the High School). Call Brenda Strausberger at (610) 377-7880, ext. #2, to schedule an appointment. Appointment times will be scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:45 p.m.

At registration, parents will sign for a date and time to have the kindergarten readiness assessment administered to each child. These assessments will take place May 3, 4, 5, and 6, at the Administration Building.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Carbon County Outdated Telephone Directory Program is under way. From today until Feb. 18, elementary students throughout Carbon County will be competing to collect the most phone books.

Participating schools will be keeping track of how many phone books are brought in. After the program ends, the Recycling Office will pick up the phone books from schools for recycling.

The five highest collectors will receive an award from Carbon County and a $100 savings bond donated by Jim Thorpe National Bank and First National Bank of Palmerton.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Abel Boyer receives an Eagle pin from his mother Debbie as his father Allan watches. Robert Fenstermaker is in the background.

Christ Church in Walnutport was filled to standing room only on Feb. 6 as Abel Boyer became an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.

The ceremony began with the posting of the colors and the singing of "God Bless America."

In the invocation the Rev. Brian Haas asked God to inspire others to take the road to Eagle.

American Legion Commander Gordon Giannotti welcomed everyone to the "super bowl of scouting," and said it was a big day not only for Abel Boyer but for his parents.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Marian High School has announced the names of students on the school Honor Roll for the Second Quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

Distinguished Honors

(93 or above in all major subjects)

Seniors - Victoria Vadyak

Juniors – Emily Burger, Miranda Milillo, Briana O'Donnell

Sophomores – Samantha Faust, Jessica Horlacher

Freshmen – Ryan Darrough, Michael Dino, Rebecca Hartman, Tara Koskulitz, Joseph Letcher, Alexis Makowiec, Austin Paisley

First Honors

(90 grade point average, no subject below 87)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nicole Czamecki

The Slatington Womn's Club has named Nicole Czarnecki of Slatedale as the December Girl of the Month.

A senior at Northern Lehigh High School, she is involved in the yearbook, is manager for the boys' soccer team and plays for the girls' varsity soccer team.

As an active member of the Class of 2011, she has helped in decorating for Homecoming, attended meetings and offered up ideas for fundraisers. Part of the Senior Class video committee, she films, takes pictures and will eventually be helping to put the video all together.