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Friday, September 21, 2012

The Sept. 18 meeting of the East Carbon Democratic Club, which was canceled due to the unusually heavy rainfall earlier this week, is rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Penn Kidder School Campus.

As the club gets closer to the planned "Meet and Greet" event, the importance of this meeting cannot be overstated. Members are urged to please make every attempt to attend and bring along an interested friend.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Tamaqua Salvation Army will hold its annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Tamaqua Corps Community Center, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

There is a cost to attend. Contact the Salvation Army office at (570) 668-0410 no later than today, Sept. 21.

Friday, September 21, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Not only did Dawn Olson, retired Monroe County Extension director, extreme right, and Janice Robins, master food preserver, of Saylorsburg, not pictured, test pressure canners for folks who brought them to a two-hour free canning information session at Tractor Supply in Brodheadsville, but they also answered many questions posed by visitors to the evening event. Pictured, from left, are Diana Day, Wendy Custred and Julie DeLong, all of Kunkletown, and Tammie and Ray Hiestand of Brodheadsville.

Friday, September 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from front left are Marlin and Jessica Zeigler and John Schell Jr. who won first place in the adult category. From back left are volunteers David Brook, Jim Schuck, and John Schell Sr. who won second place in the adult category. Missing from photo is John Brode.

Family and friends of the late Nicholas "Nick" Zeigler remembered him by holding a fishing derby and Chinese auction recently at the Rosemount Camping Resort in the Lewistown Valley.

The event, which attracted hundreds of participants and visitors, included homemade food, prizes and various displays. Zeigler, 21, a Tamaqua resident, died after his car left the roadway and struck a PPL utility pole along Catawissa Road, about 100 feet south of Valley Road, in Walker Township.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Carbon County Correctional Facility's policies are in need of updates.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board on Wednesday, Warden Joseph Gross announced that the facility's annual inspection was held Sept. 13 and 14, but was not completed due to the fact that under the new state standards, the county's policies failed to meet the criteria.

"Some of our policies don't measure up to the standards," Gross told the board. "There's just not enough meat on the bones."

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Trick or treat

Trick or Treat night in Jim Thorpe will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m.

All residents interested in seeing the trick or treaters should turn their front porch lights on to let the children know the resident will be handing out treats.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bernie Kozen, executive director for West End Park and Open Space Commission, said the Regional Park's Phase 1 is 95 percent completed with only the signage and landscaping remaining to be done.

Andy Atherton completed 10 picnic tables for the park as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The dedication of the new $1.6 million wing of the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital at noon today marked another milestone in the history of Lehighton. The cutting of the ribbon was done by Dr. James Farr. Congressman Daniel J. Flood was present and spoke. He made it even though the Washington Airport was shut down due to the weather. Remarks were given by Arthur Stout, hospital administrator.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Lou Barletta's Disaster Loan Fairness Act of 2012 by voice vote Wednesday evening.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Homeowners at a home along Lombard and Catawissa Street in Tamaqua were surprised to hear a crackling noise and then a large bang late Wednesday. When they looked outside, they saw a large tree laying on top of their home and car. No one was injured. TamaquaBorough also responded.