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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Purchasing of a hot water boiler for the Schuylkill County Prison and seeking bids for a replacement of the roof on the 911 building were approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

A new gas fired domestic hot water steel tube boiler will be purchased from Antz Energy Systems, Shenandoah, for $19,100. Bids for the roof replacement will be opened at the commissioners' work session scheduled for Sept. 18. Bids will be accepted by controller Christy Joy at the courthouse up to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Bone Collectors, left Nick Mundt, second from left, Michael Waddell, and T-bone, right, are stars of the Outdoor Channel television show, "The Bone Collector." They visited Dunkleberger's Sports Outfitter's Brodheadsville store Thursday, greeting and meeting fans like Justan Green of Kresgeville, center and Jeff Farnell, of Albrightsville, second from right, and in front, Carter Wolfe, 12, of Jim Thorpe, left, and Mason Farnell, 11, of Albrightsville, right. "They're like rock stars to us. We watch them every week and have all their videos," says Jeff.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The West End Fair sent out the word that it was looking for local talent to perform in its first West End Fair's Got Talent show.

There were 37 responses and officials had a tough job of narrowing it down to the top 15. Those 15 will perform on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage.

First place winners will receive $250 and will be the opening act for Richie Fields on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. Second place will receive $150 and third, $100.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rotary District 7410 Gov. Irene Carey welcomed and inducted a new member of the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe during its monthly meeting at Crave Restaurant in Jim Thorpe. With the governor are, from left, Bill Allison, past president; Bob Schaninger, new member; Gov. Carey; and Bob Stevenson, president of the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe.

Rotary District 7410 Governor Irene Carey recently attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe for her annual official visit.

While she was there, she welcomed and inducted new member, Bob Schaninger into the club.

During her presentation, Carey made mention of a number of her priorities for the year, including the Rotary Foundation.

In the next few weeks, the Jim Thorpe club expects to receive a grant from the foundation to help support an early childhood education program known as Right from the Start.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee members Andy Behler, left, chairman Joe Federanich, standing, and Susie Arner, right, discuss options for the snowflake lights that will appear around the borough park in time for this coming Christmas.

Imagine the pristine look of live Christmas trees decorated and all lit up in the Palmerton Borough Park.

But, before that vision can come to fruition, families, businesses and various organizations are being sought to sponsor them.

The Christmas in the Park Committee said on Wednesday it would like to have 25 decorated trees from various members of the community.

Committee member Michele O'Neill said the trees would line the walkways of the park, and be lit and decorated by the sponsor in time for the Christmas in the Park event.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A public meeting will be held at the West Penn Township Municipal Building on Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. to receive input on projects to be carried out from the $83,929.47 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds the township will be receiving from the state.

A similar meeting will be held earlier by the Schuylkill County Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. in the commissioners' board room at the courthouse in Pottsville, as county CDBG director Gary Bender is administering the township's grant and members of the public can submit their requests.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The archery selection at Dunkleberger's hits the bullseye. Roy Horton, center, vice president of operations and Eddie Kiser, archery manager, are ready to help customers in the archery department.

A new outdoors store is opening in Brodheadsville.

Dunkleberger's Sports Outfitter store, located at the former Kinsley's ShopRite store along Route 209, is a 30,000-square-foot one-stop-shop for all things hunting, fishing, camping and more.

Already open to the public, the store will host its grand opening Friday. A ribbon cutting will take place at 8:30 a.m. with members from the Greater Poconos Chamber of Commerce, state representatives, Chestnuthill Township supervisors and more. There will be free hot dogs and pretzels and $10,000 in merchandise given away.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Showing support for a fellow firefighter, members of five local fire companies made a donation to the Arner family following the Matt Aungst Softball benefit held over the weekend at the Barnesville Sports Field. Pictured during the check presentation are, from left, Alecia Aungst, Mary Kelly Aungst, David Aungst, John Arner, Chris Aungst, Mike Hobbs and Joe Greco. The donation was given to the Arner family after Madison Arner, 7, lost her life following a house fire in McAdoo in June. Madison's father, John Arner, volunteered as a firefighter.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Carbon County officials are working to make sure county inmates remain healthy.

During the monthly meeting of the Carbon County Prison Board on Wednesday, the board discussed purchasing an air conditioning system at a cost of $8,450 for the special housing block. L&S Electric provided the quote.

Warden Joseph Gross explained that the reason for the need for the air conditioning system in that block is because a medical issue with 32 inmates occurred within the last seven to 10 days.

He said that he could not go into further detail about the issue because of HIPPA.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Students from the CCTI Day Care gather in the playground on the last day of the summer camp. The day care, which has been operating for more than 25 years, will be closing at the end of the year. Students are, front, Jonathan Duffy, Casey McArdle, and Evaan Habel. Middle, Ian Hubbard, Kristopher Duffy, Spencer Hunsicker, Joe Schmidt and Owen Hubbard. Back, Christine McLaughlin, Molly Jones and Emily Rohlfing. Also in the program but missing from the photo, James Castlow.