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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Special to the Times News From left, Presidents Mark Erickson of Northampton Community  College, Ann Bieber of Lehigh Carbon Community College  and Thomas Leary of Luzerne County Community College celebrate the partnership that will expand job training programs for residents of 13 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

More than 100 educators, employers and leaders in workforce and economic development from throughout northeastern Pennsylvania gathered at Northampton Community College recently to celebrate the launch of a 4-year project that will provide job training for students and create 36 new, redesigned or technology enhanced degree, diploma or certificate training options in health care, advanced manufacturing and logistics/transportation.

Friday, November 21, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS From left, Mehmet Barzev, operations manager for West End Ambulance Association; Melissa Monaco, administrative coordinator; and C.J. Dickinson, business manager, proudly displays WEAA's newly earned certificate of Gold Standard of Excellence Recognition.

The West End Ambulance Association brought home the gold.

The Gold Standard of Excellence Recognition, that is.

At a brief ceremony Thursday, John Kloss, the executive director of Eastern Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services Council, presented the Gold Standard of Excellence Recognition to WEAA.

"What you have accomplished is truly amazing and we applaud you," Kloss said.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network will be hosting its Annual Community Thanksgiving Service at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's United Methodist Church on Old Route 115 in Saylorsburg.

Pastor Todd Glasmire will be the host and there will be a joint choir. There will be a fellowship hour after the service. Bring a finger food to share. Donations of nonperishable food will be greatly appreciated.

Join in worship and help support the less fortunate in our area.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Carbon County officials approved a number of personnel actions on Thursday.

They included:

Resignations

Ÿ Darren R. Borger of Middleport, corrections officer, Corrections, effective Oct. 31.

Ÿ Ethan Cramer of Lehighton, corrections officer, Corrections, effective Dec. 7.

Ÿ Joshua A. Hill of Lehighton, part-time corrections officer, Corrections, effective Nov. 17.

Ÿ Arthur L. Guth Jr. of Jim Thorpe, seasonal park maintenance, Parks, effective Nov. 14.

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Friday, November 21, 2014
larry neff/special to the times news

Several acres of brush burned in Franklin Township at the Sunny Rest Lodge nudist camp on Thursday. The fire was reportedly sparked by a fallen utility pole. Volunteers from five Carbon County fire departments battled the blaze for over three hours.

Friday, November 21, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Fifth from the left, Cindy Lieto, Monroe County Waste Authority's board secretary/administrative assistant, presented the 2014 Waste Watcher Award to Chestnuthill Township's Pride in Chestnuthill. Members accepting the award are, from left: Raymond Dowling, Patricia Overbey, Katherine Getz, Neil Boyce, Arthur Overbey, David Johnson, Nolan Kline, Janet Johnson and Matt Kline.

Pride in Chestnuthill received the 2014 Waste Watcher Award in Monroe County from the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania.

Cindy Lieto, Monroe County Waste Authority's board secretary and administrative assistant, presented the award at Tuesday night's Chestnuthill Township supervisors' meeting.

Friday, November 21, 2014
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Five Carbon County fire departments were dispatched to a brush fire which burned several acres in Franklin Township on Thursday afternoon. The firefighters battled the stubborn blaze for about three hours. The fire happened in the Sunny Rest Lodge complex. A fallen utility pole reportedly caused the fire. Winds fanned the flames and sent them up a hill in the direction of the Blue Ridge Communications TV 13 Studio.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Two names were omitted from the list of Marian Catholic High School students who earned honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2014-2015 school year. Alina Mandzak, a sophomore, earned first honors and Angelina Krupko, a sophomore, earned second honors.

Friday, November 21, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center celebrated Halloween with the St. Jerome's

kindergarten class. Showing off their costumes are, front row: Brett McGuire, James Gelatko, Steven Richardson; and back row: Hailey York, Anna Ritsick, Alice Truskey, Abigale Pendal.

Friday, November 21, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The von Trapps sing in scene from "The Sound of Music," presented by Lehighton Area Middle School students at 7:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Playing the von Trapp family are students, front l-r, Justine Nidlund, Ryley Fahringer, Emily Martin, Megan Aaron; back l-r, Alison Miller, Calvin Maholick, John DeMatte as Captain von Trapp; Madison DeLuca as Maria, and Kylie Kresge.

An adaptation of "The Sound of Music" will be presented at 7:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium.

Directed and produced by Laura Welkey, the production features such classic songs as "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and, of course, the title song, "The Sound of Music."

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Based on a true story, "The Sound of Music" takes place in 1930's Austria, where a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun.