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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Owl Creek Bridge in Towamensing Township opened to traffic Sept. 22.

Towamensing Township supervisors still have unresolved issues with the new state police barracks.

No one was on hand at last week's meeting to represent Falling Creek Investments, developer of the site.

Township engineer Greg Haas said an as-built plan was received but not the dozen copies he wanted.

He went back and forth with developer Steve Parisi's engineer until he received a list of seven problem areas.

Zoning officer Carl Faust said there were still internal problems with the building.

The temporary certificate of occupancy runs out Oct. 15.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Three area senior community centers will receive nearly $8,500 as part of the state's 2014-15 Senior Community Center Grant Awards.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) recently announced that the senior community centers in Palmerton, Panther Valley, and Weatherly are the recipients of the state grants.

The money will provide opportunities for centers to modernize, encourage technology improvements, expand innovative programming and meet the needs of their participants.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The 10th annual Lehighton Area High School (LAHS) "All Alumni Family Day" will be held Saturday at the Orioles Park in Lehighton.

Anyone who attended LAHS or has been associated with the school is invited, along with their spouse and children.

Monroe Berger will provide musical entertainment, DJ and KJ, from noon to 8 p.m.

A grill will be available, but guests are asked to bring their own food and beverage.

Raffles and other activities will be held throughout the day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A step has been taken to combat the storm water flooding problems in Palmerton as state Rep. Keith McCall presented the first installment of a $66,000 grant from the state Department of Community Affairs.

The funds will be used to help pay for the Army Corps of Engineers studies.

Accepting the check were council President Barry Scherer and council members Kenneth Heiney, Clair Fatzinger and Siegfried Kratzel.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A "blood moon" eclipse will be occurring early Wednesday morning.

The total eclipse will begin at about 6:25 a.m., says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The eclipse begins with the partial phase, when the moon enters Earth's dark shadow.

That begins at 5:15 a.m. Then the umbral shadow will spread across the moon's disk, moving from left to right.

At 6:25 a.m., totality begins when the moon is fully engulfed in the umbral shadow and turns a shade of orange red. The deepest or midpoint of the eclipse will be at 6:55 a.m.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Aya Blaine of Pocono Pines, prepares to carve an eagle out of a maple tree trunk at the VALOR Clinic at the former Hotel Jonas.

An eagle has "landed" in front of the VALOR Clinic in Jonas. It has made a permanent perch and couldn't have found a more worthy home.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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The Carbon County Republican Committee will be hold its annual fall dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

There will be an opportunity to the meet the candidates and committee members.

Chairman Jeremy Glaush will be unveiling a new county party platform and logo and will give a State of the Committee address.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased by emailing carbonchair1@hotmail.com, calling Glaush at 610-417- 8007, or contacting any member of the Carbon County Republican Committee.

Ticket sales must be finalized by Oct. 13.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pocono Medical Center is offering several opportunities for those who are suffering from mental or behavioral health issues to find help during Mental Health Week, this week.

Several screenings and events are scheduled.

Behavioral health professionals will be available to help combat the disease and provide resources to those who are so dearly in need.

Thursday is National Depression Screening Day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) A new poll shows Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race tightening slightly as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett picks up support among likely voters, but Democrat Tom Wolf still leads by 17 percentage points.

Quinnipiac University pollsters said Tuesday that Wolf is backed by 55 percent of voters judged likely to cast ballots and Corbett by 38 percent.

That compares to a September survey showing likely voters supporting Wolf over Corbett by a 24-point margin.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Residents in Penn Forest Township are expressing concerns about a proposed pipeline to be built in Carbon County.

Michael Cody of Penn Forest Streams says someone anonymously sent him a map showing that the proposed PennEast pipeline will go right through his back yard.

"Someone sent me this map, I don't know who. What I do know is that this shows this pipeline going right through my back yard," Cody said at the Penn Forest Township meeting Monday night.