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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Schuylkill County Commissioners hired a Harrisburg law firm of Eckert-Seamans to begin the process of selling Rest Haven.

The county will pay the firm $250,000 for professional services and up to $10,000 for travel and other expenses.

Commissioners will require new owners to continue access to indigent and provide long term care.

Rest Haven is $4.6 million in the red.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Child Seat Safety Checks will take place on Monday at the Pennsylvania State Police Fern Ridge Barracks, 127 Parkside Ave., Blakeslee.

Call 570-646-2271 to make an appointment. For those who are unable to schedule time that day, the state police will be conducting another Child Safety Seat Check in September.

Those scheduling appointments are reminded to read and bring their safety seat manual and vehicle manual with them.

All child seat technicians are certified through PA Safe Kids.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Carbon County Senior Centers will host the annual county picnic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Aug. 27 at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club, Lehighton. The event is open to all county senior citizens.

There will be a picnic lunch, games and entertainment by Danny Farole.

The cost is $6 and reservations are a must.

Reservations can be made at any of the five senior centers or by calling the Area Agency on Aging at 800-441-1315.

Registration deadline is Friday.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) – One of four young men charged with throwing a rock onto a darkened central Pennsylvania interstate testified Tuesday that they intended to do some damage during a night of mayhem last month but did not anticipate their actions would cause severe injuries to an Ohio teacher.

Keefer McGee took the stand against co-defendant Brett Lahr after McGee and the other two waived their right to a preliminary hearing. The judge determined there was enough evidence to send the case against Lahr to county court for trial.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News District Judge William Kissner takes the "Ice Bucket Challenge" for ALS  awareness on Tuesday with the help of Palmerton Borough Police Chief Randy Smith.

Millions of people across the country have been filmed dumping ice water on their head over the past few weeks.

No, it's not due to a massive heat wave. Instead, the "Ice Bucket Challenge" was started to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The progressive neurodegenerative disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Decades ago, before the federal government provided Medicaid and Medicare, counties had their own nursing homes to care for impoverished senior citizens.

But as of June 5, just 22 of the state's 67 counties, including Schuylkill, Monroe and Lehigh, operated nursing homes.

That number could drop as Schuylkill County officials suggested at a special meeting last month that they may sell the county nursing home, Rest Haven.

The issue was likely to be addressed at the commissioners' meeting today.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 in Lehighton recently installed new officers for the 2014-2015 year. Front row from left, district President Cathy Olker, member of Unit 922, Canadensis and installing officer; Deborah DeCindio, president of Unit 314; and Sandra Shook, first vice president; back row, Deborah Bokan, sergeant at arms; Gladys

Balliet, historian; Phyliss Klein, treasurer; Jean Rice, parliamentarian; Geraldine Klein,

chaplain; LaRue Fritz, second vice president; and Cheryl Laub, secretary.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A committee of Jim Thorpe residents view the restoration of the once-famous Switchback Railroad as a must in the continuing revival of the spirit of tourism in the area.

The meeting was called by Councilman Jay Miller and held in the borough building. About a dozen people attended.

The Switchback, in its entirety, represented a spectacular 18-mile ride from Mauch Chunk to Summit Hill and return. It was discontinued as a tourist attraction in the early 1900s.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Public comments took up the better half of Monday's Slatington Borough Council meeting, which had been rescheduled from its regular meeting date of Aug. 11.

At least half a dozen public commenters spoke, with two relaying water usage and bill issues, two expressing concern over council's actions, or perceived lack thereof, and two with other news, including commending the borough on its successful 150th celebration events last week.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The nation's longest running consecutive ethnic celebration took place over the weekend at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, which hosted the 100th annual Lithuanian Days. Schuylkill County is nicknamed "Little Lithuania," owing to its large number of residents of Lithuanian extraction. Here, Lithuanian wedding traditions are recreated on Sunday, accompanied by music from the Varpelis group.