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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The East Carbon County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Penn Forest Fire Company No. 1, Route 903, Jim Thorpe.

Members are gearing up to work toward getting Democrats elected in November. Of the 51 voting precincts in Carbon County, 36 will be governed by U.S. Congressional District 17, and the remaining 15 precincts will be in the 11th U.S. Congressional District.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rescue units converge at Beltzville State Park where a 25-year-old man was found dead in his boat Wednesday.

A Carbon County man died in an apparent drowning incident at Beltzville State Park on Wednesday. He was the third person to die in the waters of the county in a four-day period.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik identified the victim as William K. Andrews III, 25, of 105 Barbara Ave., Lehighton, Towamensing Township.

Nalesnik said Andrews appears to have been fishing in a small fishing boat when found. Nalesnik states there has not been a determination on the cause of death. He said an autopsy was scheduled for today which will include toxicology tests.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

To meet the obligations as set forth by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, a number of projects were reviewed by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening in the courthouse in Pottsville.

Eagle Rock Resorts Company has applied for an individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for stormwater discharges from its Hidden Forest-Phase One Development in North Union Township.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

It will be held at 8:40 a.m. at the Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe.

All emergency services - fire, police and ambulance personnel - are invited to attend.

Veterans organizations and the public are invited.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Carbon PASR (Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees) will host a special event for school retirees on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Registration is 9-9:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast buffet.

"All school retirees are encouraged to attend this informative session," said Vince Spisak, retirement planning committee chairman.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Volunteers are holding their 4th annual Dudefest event this Saturday to raise awareness of suicide prevention and the many programs available in the area.

Event coordinator Tara Stauffenberg, Tamaqua, has organized the event for the past fours years in honor of her brother Cory McCarroll, 32, who took his own life in June of 2009.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Voting machines are now on display in both Lehighton theatres and in the municipal building. A voting machine inspector will demonstrate proper use of the machines from 7 to 10 p.m. in the theatres and from 1 to 4 p.m. in the municipal building daily until Aug. 30. Lehighton is the first borough in Carbon County to use voting machines. They are calculated to give prompt and accurate figures on the election results and will go far to avoid costly litigation in the courts over inaccurate returns.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Blue Mountain Health System CEO Andrew Harris, left, accepts a check from Blue Ribbon Foundation Executive Director Cynthia A. Yevich.

The Blue Mountain Health System (BMHS) recently received a $9,975 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to provide mammogram services and education for uninsured women in Carbon County.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Pennsylvania. Early detection of breast cancer greatly improves survival rates, improves the patients' quality of life, and reduces long-term care costs.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jamie Dorshimer, fifth from right, and a bunch of friends, held a car wash for Jonathan Gilliam, a cancer patient, fourth from right, next to Jamie.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes good people want to help do something nice for those who have suffered some bad luck.

When Jamie Dorshimer, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, heard her classmate Jonathan Gilliam had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, she just knew she had to do something to show she and others cared.

"I wanted to be a part of his battle against cancer and to help the family in some way. I talked to my mom and we came up with the idea of a carwash. I posted it on Facebook and a bunch of kids came on board," says Jamie.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Front to back are some of the members of the Flash Mob at Western Pocono Community Library, Meredith Thomas, Katie Miller, Elaine King, Evelyn Garcia, Frank Russo, and Sheila Leach.

The Western Pocono Community Library held a Tricky Tray fundraising event at the library last Thursday. Several people attended, purchased their tickets and eagerly awaited a chance to win.

Or was it just a Tricky Tray event?

The Pleasant Valley High School band marched over to the library and played a mini concert for the patrons, leading with the familiar football game staple from Survivor, "Eye of the Tiger."