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Thursday, July 21, 2011

At July's Jim Thorpe Borough Council meeting the issue of giving the Borough of Lansford financial and clerical assistance was discussed and voted on. The Borough voted not to enter into an inter-municipal cooperative agreement with Lansford in terms of financial and clerical assistance.

Lansford was in need of assistance with conducting payroll and Jim Thorpe Borough Manager, Wesley Johnson, offered to help. Johnson aided Lansford with the payroll once and requested that the borough council vote to go into a contract with Lansford and continue to aid them.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Vacation Bible School

Plans are in the making for this year's Vacation Bible School. It will be held at Christ United Church of Christ, Fourth and Center streets, from Aug. 8-13, 6-8:30 p.m. The Jim Thorpe Ministerium is sponsoring this program. Registration sheets have been placed at all the local churches for anyone wishing to send their children. There will be lots of fun, snacks, crafts, Bible stories, and much more. If you wish more information or wish to register your child, contact Jamie Kunkel, (570) 325-8670.

Clothing give-away

Thursday, July 21, 2011

U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, who went to the White House for a press conference Tuesday calling on the president to release his detailed plan to raise the debt ceiling, today issued the following statement regarding the current debt ceiling debate:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Carbon County is saving money on inmate medications.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board on Wednesday, Robert Crampsie, county controller, provided the board with an update on the pharmacy bill at the correctional facility in Nesquehoning.

He explained that since the pharmaceutical policy was put into effect in 2009, the county has seen a savings in medication expenses.

He compared June 2010 and May 2011, because, he noted, the inmate populations and psychotropic prescriptions were close in figures.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Several projects proposed in the area were reviewed by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. The board found they complied with the county's comprehensive land use plan and returned the applications without comment.

East Brunswick Township has applied for a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit for removing sediment existing along stone masonry abutments on Indian Run Road Bridge and Wild Turkey Lane Bridge.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The book discussion of "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

"The Help" reached No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller List and is being made into a movie which will debut in August. Anyone wishing to discuss this thought-provoking book on civil rights is welcome to attend. Coffee and cake will be served. Please call (570) 645-3780 for further information.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Immortal Link by Uta Burke is a story that takes place in Jim Thorpe.

When Uta Burke chose the town of Jim Thorpe as the setting of her novel, something strange happened: the setting took over and the plot turned paranormal.

Burke chose Jim Thorpe because she found a town named after a man who never set foot in the place intriguing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Palmerton's Municipal Authority plans to make improvements to its water system.

Bids will be accepted by the borough until 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1., at which time they will be opened.

The project is for improvements to the borough's Municipal Water Authority System for Groundwater Rule 4-Log Treatment at the Well "A" and Foundry Well sites.

All work shall be completed within 30 calendar days of the date of project commencement.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
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Left, seated, Frank Casaceli of Innovations Church in Cresco, and right, seated, Connie Jedrich of Pen Argyl, helped as volunteers to bring awareness of the importance of organ donations at Kinsley's ShopRite's First Annual Organ Awareness Day in Brodheadsville. Connie donated one of her kidney's to her 26-year-old nephew and has no regrets only joy in knowing she has helped him have a longer life. "I heard about this event through a friend and just feel it is so important to get the word out about how much a donation can make to someone else's life.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Schuylkill County Salary Board fixed the salary of the newly appointed administrator of Rest Haven Home at a meeting held following the commissioners meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

At the commissioners meeting, Martina Chwastiak, director of Human Resources, recommended Jill Schaeffer, of Pottsville, be appointed administrator to fill a vacancy. The salary board set her salary at $70,918 per year.

Controller Melinda Kantner, a member of the board, questioned if the job had been posted.