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Friday, September 2, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TN ARCHIVES  The story of Bethlehem Steel will be in the spotlight this weekend, along with Carrie Furnace in western Pennsylvania, during a special PCN television production called 'Keystone Steel,' with contributions from two local former steelworkers.

Two local residents with a combined 61 years of service to the steel industry will be featured during a three-day special television production by the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

PCN will premiere the series, "Keystone Steel" beginning Sept. at 2 p.m. and continuing through Monday. The special series will pay tribute to the industry by way of very personal oral histories from those who formerly worked or are currently working in the steel industry.

The rise and fall of the steel industry is a study in contrasts.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee is looking for teams of two to compete in this year's 2nd Annual Amazing Lehighton Race that will be held on Saturday, September 10th, rain or shine, starting at 9am at the Band Shell behind the Lehighton Municipal Building.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The owner of a Parryville business was a no-show at his preliminary hearing and will have his case sent back to Carbon County Court.

Mark Stemler, owner/operator of Riverwalck Saloon, was scheduled to have a hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on charges of disturbance of waterways and watersheds.

But, Stemler failed to attend the hearing. As a result, Appleton conducted the hearing in his absence.

The prosecution called Scott Christman, waterways conservation officer, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, as its first witness.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The GFWC Western Pocono Women's Club will celebrate their 40th Anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with a Victorian Tea. The event will take place at the Chestnuthill Township Park Building on Rte. 715 in Brodheadsville.

If you were a member at one time or considering becoming a member and interested in celebrating with this organization, please contact Ruth at 570-629-4424 or wpwomensclub@gmail.com for more details. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about who and what the club is all about.

Thursday, September 1, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Nancy Joy Koch from Zion's Lutheran Church accepted the donations made by the children who attended Western Pocono Community Library's summer reading program, for the Village of Hope School in Haiti so children there can continue going to school. The three youngsters that won first place in their age categories for raising the most money are, left to right, Giovanni Tynan, 3, Allie Gabrielle, 9 and Ryan Taranto, 12.

On behalf of the kids from the Western Pocono Community Library's summer reading program, Carol Kern, the library director, presented $567.83 to Nancy Joy Koch of Zion Lutheran Church. The money is to be sent to the Village of Hope in Haiti so the children there can continue to go to school.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Parryville Borough Council is notifying residents that brush and vegetation along the borough's roadsides will be sprayed to get rid of weeds. The contractor will be spraying along various roads on Friday, Sept. 2 between 8 a.m. and noon. Anyone with concerns, should contact Council President Michael Grant at (610) 841-6858 or via email: mike.grant@aol.com

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Reflect and Renew, a Circle of Friends, a Christ-centered support group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Hampton Inn, Franklin Township.

The group, which has been meeting for over five years, is open to all adults and deals with problems ranging from to grief to loneliness and more.

Refreshments served.

To reserve a seat, or for more information, call Ann-Marie at (610) 379-1016.

Thursday, September 1, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Chris Kocher, president of the Wildlands Conservancy, points to the Hauser Tract of land that is becoming part of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Sate Gamelands #217 on the Blue Mountain.

A 172-acre tract along the crest of the Blue Mountain, above and just to the west of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnel in East Penn Township, has been acquired and preserved through the combined efforts of the Wildlands Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Thursday, September 1, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Students return to Slatington Elementary on Wednesday for the first day of classes in the Northern Lehigh School District.

Better late than never.

At least that was the general consensus in the Northern Lehigh School District, where students returned for the first day of classes on Wednesday, two days after the school year was to have started.

Classes were initially supposed to start on Monday, but didn't because several portions of the district were without power, thanks to Hurricane Irene, said Superintendent Michael Michaels.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

As the region continues to struggle with unemployment, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks), with the support of Reps. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill), today unveiled legislation that could lead to increased employment, reclamation and coal production throughout the anthracite region.