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Thursday, October 6, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lazarus the Hawk greets guests at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, including the Leadership Carbon Class who visited yesterday. Susan Gallagher, left, chief naturalist at the center, told the story of Lazarus and how he came to the center, to Elissa Garofalo Thorne, center, a member of the Leadership Carbon board of directors, and Monica Marshall of Summit Hill, a member of Leadership's Class of 2012.

The revitalized Leadership Carbon Class heard about environmental and conservation issues in the county during a program held yesterday at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

Leadership Carbon took a one-year hiatus last year to restructure itself after five successful years. The leadership program is operated by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Tamaqua man has been named new superintendent of schools for the Weatherly School District.

Thomas W. McLaughlin, who has been acting superintendent, was elevated to the top spot by the school board at a special meeting held last night. McLaughlin has been with the school district for the past six years. He began as an assistant principal and supervisor of special services. He was named high school principal in his second year at the school and served until August when he was named acting superintendent when Superintendent Frank Victor retired.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right, Helen Gower, Jane Kuehner, Constance Andrews, Nicole Kuehner and Shirley Krum brought their special items in for the Show and Share at Eldred Township Historical Society.

The Eldred Township Historical Society elected officers for the 2011-2012 year. They are: Brenda Dorshimer, president; Jalene Keiser, vice president; Joyce Gower, secretary; Lenna Kuehner, treasurer.

After the business meeting, the members held a Show and Share.

Constance Andrews brought in a petticoat that belonged to her grandmother, a pair of high top shoes, a gold pen and pencil set with a ribbon to wear them around the neck.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A broken pintle hitch was to blame yesterday afternoon for an overturned flatbed trailer carrying an extended offroad boom forklift. The incident, which occurred at the intersection of School Drive and Orchard Road in West Penn Township, took two heavy duty boom trucks to recover the overturned trailer and forklift. West Penn township workers also responded to repair a deep gouge in the road made by the overturned trailer. Responding were West Penn police and firefighters. West Penn Fire Police helped police detour traffic around the scene. No injuries were reported.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Because of last week's inclement weather, the Lehigh Township Benefit Festival and Car Show will be held this Sunday, Oct. 9, at Becky's Drive In, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport (Berlinsville). The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event opens at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served in the refreshment stand until 10:30 a.m.

Throughout the day, there will be a car show hosted by Blue Ridge Rod and Custom Car Club.

Hodge Podge DJ will be offering music by screen two.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for environmental education grants to be released in 2012.

Schools, colleges, universities, county conservation districts, non-profit organizations, municipalities and businesses are eligible to apply for the grants, which will provide a maximum of $7,500 per applicant.

"These grants will help bring more information and education to the public," DEP secretary Mike Krancer said. "Stronger environmental education leads to a more-informed dialogue and better decisions."

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kim Hoffman, who runs the summer program at Eagles' Nest, asked Washington Township supervisors' at their Oct. 4 meeting to add a speed bump "before someone gets hurt." She said it is difficult to watch both the kids and traffic.

The bump should be near the crosswalk, and the stone road to the ballfields should be blocked with a chain or gate. Older people come to play basketball and fly through there. There should be a "no vehicles beyond this point" sign placed, said Hoffman.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured socializing with Sgt. Travis Harris, third from right, during a recent Family Readiness Group (FRG) fundraiser held at the Hometown Armory are the Jones family. Family members from left are Anthony, 11, Andrew, 16, Brendon, 16, friend Sgt. Travis Garris, and parents Chief Warrant Officer Don Jones and retired Sgt. First Class Christine Jones, also an Operation Desert Storm veteran. Their daughter, Private First Class Tiffani Jones, not pictured, just completed basic training.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Coaldale Police Chief Tim Delaney met Tuesday with Schuylkill County District Attorney James Goodman concerning the alleged beating of a borough man by firefighters on Sept. 25.

Joseph Terry, 47, of 151 Third St., has since been released from St. Luke's Hospital Network, Bethlehem and is recuperating at home. The assault, Terry has told a Scranton-area television station, took place after a fundraising event for the borough's volunteer fire company at the VFW club in Coaldale.