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Saturday, May 19, 2012

An informational meeting will be held in St. Jerome Church, Tamaqua, Sunday, May 20, for parents of children who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring of 2013.

Students who will be in grades 7 and 8 during the 2012 - 2013 school year, and are members of either St. Jerome or Sts. Peter & Paul parishes will prepare by attending summer classes, completing community service work, and other course requirements.

The meeting will begin at noon and will last approximately one hour. One parent per candidate should attend.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fifteen Carbon County young men will leave Selective Service Headquarters on Tuesday enroute to Wilkes-Barre, where they will be inducted into the U.S. Army. They are: East Mauch Chunk, Harry W. Dick and Francis O'Donnell; Mauch Chunk Twp., James G. Long; Lansford, Alfred A. Skillan; Summit Hill, Francis C. Dickman, Peter Gust, Gerald G. Katzmire.

Lehighton, Stephen Zona, Glenn B. Snyder; Beaver Meadows, John E. Hornack, Melvin Larker; Weissport, Donald E. Fisher; Whie Haven, Francis X. Stockinger; Ashfield, Clair N. Rehrig.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Two Lehigh County residents, arrested in separate drug-related offenses, entered guilty pleas on Thursday afternoon in Carbon County court and were immediately sentenced to prison terms. The two were among five defendants in pending cases to enter pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Time served

Robert Lee Wells, 19, and Wakeelah Jasmine Muslim, 25, both of Allentown, entered pleas to drug counts and received jail terms. However, in each case the two had already spent more than their minimum time in jail on the charges and were paroled.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley School District Special Olympians and their buddies welcome all to the 21st Special Olympics at the PVHS stadium.

Kids and sports they just go together. Put them outside on a beautiful spring day and shrieks of joy and laughter can be heard.

That was the scenario at the 2012 Special Olympics held at Pleasant Valley High School stadium which included student participants from five Monroe County school districts. Since the first Special Olympics were held at Pleasant Valley 21 years ago, PV students have volunteered to be "buddies" for the Special Olympians, sometimes numbering over 600 volunteers.

These "buddies" inspire all who meet them.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe counties are edging up the health ladder, according to a County Health Ranking study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute that measured health ouitcomes and health factors in 2010, 2011 and this year. Here are the numbers:

Health Outcomes, or how healthy a county is, includes mortality (length of life), premature death, morbidity (quality of life), poor or fair health, poor physical or mental health days and low birthweight.

CARBON COUNTY:

2012: 49th of 67 counties;

2011: 58th of 67 counties;

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club is changing its meeting date for this month only.

Instead of meeting on May 28, the club will meet at 7 p.m. on May 21. The change is due to the parade on the 28th. The meeting will be held at the Nesquehoning VFW.

Scott Reinhart, commander, will be in charge of the meeting. New members are welcome.

For more information call Bob at (570) 645-3642.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A hike to explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and to visit Silver Creek fire tower is planned for 1 p.m. on Monday, May 28.

The hike is five miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. Participants should meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park located before the contact station.

All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets. For additional information, contact Robin at 570-467-2506. Shine only.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gov. Tom Corbett signs Nurse Title Protection into law (front): Senator Dave Argall, Governor Tom Corbett, Representative Jim Cox (back) PSNA Director of Government Affairs Kevin J Busher, PSNA Chief Executive Officer Betsy M. Snook, PSNA President Christine Alichnie, PSNA Immediate Past President Patrick Kenny, PSNA Deputy CEO & Director of Membership Wayne Reich

Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed two House bills into law which were introduced by the State Nurses Association (PSNA) to Rep. Jim Cox and Sen. David Argall, who sponsored the legislation.

The legislation assures quality patient care by licensed professionals by protecting the title of "Nurse" to those educated and holding a license to practice in the Commonwealth. In addition, it avoids misrepresentation among the public from individuals who are unlicensed, and avoids inaccurate or even dangerous advice that could be given to a patient by an unlicensed professional.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Writer Susan Bulanda with Gus, her 14-year-old border collie who was previously a search and rescue dog. Bulanda's nonfiction book "Faithful Friends" won an award from the National League of American Pen Women.

Susan Bulanda of Penn Forest Township was recently honored with an award for her heart-wrenching book "Faithful Friends," about dogs and cats left behind during the Holocaust.

The book was awarded second place in the nonfiction category by the National League of American Pen Women in their 2012 contest. The contest is held every two years and draws professional writers from across the United States. Bulanda has been a previous recipient of this award.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A handful of candidates have applied to fill a vacant seat on Palmerton Borough Council.

Five applications were received by the borough as of 3 p.m. Friday, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson.

Danielson said he was pleased with the level of interest expressed in the open seat.

"It's nice, considering that in the last election, people ran unopposed," Danielson said. "There was some interest here."

Danielson said the individuals who applied were Phil Binder, Gerald Robertson, Jereme Barkanic, Michael Ballard, and Holly Sell.