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Friday, November 11, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System is hoping to save $1 million with the help of Carbon County's credit rating.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board of commissioners authorized Blue Mountain Health System to investigate the potential for refinancing two series 1999 bonds. Carbon County is the guarantor of those bonds.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that Blue Mountain Health System is trying to reduce its current debt by refinancing nearly $9 million in bonds from the Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses.

Friday, November 11, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Everett Behrens of Towamensing reflects on his service to his country during World War II and the Korean War.

Everett Behrens of Towamensing plans to spend Veterans Day at home. He will display the American flag. He will quietly reflect about the service he gave to his country 68 years ago.

"I have no regrets," he says of his service during World War II and later, the Korean War.

January 31, 1943, Everett and seven friends enlisted in the United States Navy. He was 18 years old.

"I liked boats. I grew up on Long Island Sound. I thought it was the best way to serve my country," he says of his choice of the Navy.

Friday, November 11, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that several internships are available in both his Washington, D.C., and Northeastern Pennsylvania district offices beginning in January.

"This is a very exciting time in our nation's history, and students wishing to participate in an internship in my office have an unprecedented opportunity to take part in making history," Rep. Barletta said. "I encourage anyone with an interest in political science and government to consider applying for an internship in my office."

Friday, November 11, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Future Focus (NLFF) presented one of its famous "Welcome Baskets" to the newest business in the area, Fred and Diane's Leather Shop, located at 27 Main Street in Walnuthport on the corner of Main and North Railroad streets. Welcoming Fred and Diane Scherer, (holding the basket) to the area are, left to right, Les Glanz, Revitalization chairman, Henry Kline, mayor of Walnutport, Dan Stevens, NLFF president and Gary Fedorcha, vice president of NLFF and past president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Northern Lehigh Future Focus (NLFF) presented one of its famous "Welcome Baskets" to the newest business in the area, Fred and Diane's Leather Shop, located at 27 Main Street in Walnuthport on the corner of Main and North Railroad streets.

Welcoming Fred and Diane Schererto the area was Les Glanz, NLFF Revitalization chairman, Henry Kline, mayor of Walnutport, Dan Stevens, NLFF president and Gary Fedorcha, vice president of NLFF and past president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The quarterly meeting of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association will be held at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 13. The meeting will be held at the Schuylkill County Fire Museum in Shenandoah.. All delegates and guests are welcome.

Friday, November 11, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of American Legion Post 269 and the Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County post the colors during Carbon County's annual Veterans Day memorial service in Jim Thorpe. From left, are, Floyd Brown, commander of the VVOCC; Myron Strohl, VVOCC; Victor Jahelka, Post 269 adjutant; Ed Moyer, commander of Post 269; Bob Solt, Post 269; Lewis Markley, VVOCC; and Louis Moyer, Post 269.

A touch of winter was in the air Thursday afternoon as residents, veterans, and employees of Carbon County gathered in Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe to honor the brave men and women who served the country.

During the county's annual Veterans Day program, Henry Desrosiers, director of the Office of Veterans Affairs in Carbon County, welcomed everyone to the event.

Members of American Legion Post 269, Palmerton; and the Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County; then posted the colors.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Palmerton Area Library is more than just a building with books. It has opportunities for everyone of all ages.

Preschool Story Hour is held at 10:30 a.m. on each Friday through the school year. The programs are free and there is no preregistration. All are welcome.

Palmerton Area Library Knitting Club is for all area residents interested in knitting, crocheting and other crafts. See what's new in the crafts and share stories. Ideas will be discussed about knitting for various charities.

Friday, November 11, 2011

State Representative Ketih McCall is doing something that could save a life. The recently re-elected legislator has adopted his uncle, Emmett McCall of Lansford, under the "Adopt-a-Smoker" program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Keith, who recently quit the cancer stick habit, has vowed to help Emmett kick the habit during the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15, sponsored by the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the ACS. It will not be an easy task to take cigarettes away from a man who has been puffing away for 31 years.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Rush Township man was arrested and charged with stealing 13 iPhones from Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township. The phones are valued at $8,254 ($599 per phone).

Frederick Postie, of the 600 block of Fairview Street, was arrested at his residence.

He was transported to the office of District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford and arraigned on the charges.

He was remanded to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $4,000 cash bail.

Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes of Mahoning Township said the theft occurred at about 2:04 a.m. on July 22.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A proclamation was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Thursday at the courthouse in Pottsville, noting the cooperation between the agricultural industry and urban people. The week of November 6 through 12 has been designated as "Schuylkill County Farm/City Week."