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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Concerned Citizens of West Penn Township will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, in the township municipal building. The building is located on Municipal Road.

The public is welcome to attend. The main topic for discussion will be the Act 537 Sewage Plan update presented to the township officials.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Carbon County Democrats for Change are pleased to announce that the speaker for the Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. meeting will be Mike Morrill, the Chief Executive Officer for Keystone Progress. Keystone Progress is a statewide organization that has been a leader for progressive political issues in PA. The meeting will be held at The Inn at Jim Thorpe, downstairs conference room. Newcomers are welcome. Call Vice President Patti Borger at 570-386-2152 for further information.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Federal health officials say blood lead levels among children who participated in the Palmerton Health Study are a cause for concern, but on average are not above the safety level established by the Center for Disease Control. A spokesman from the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry said the average level for about 300 children who participated in last year's study is within accepted guidelines.

Friday, September 23, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Amber Court, an advocate for Pocono Services for Families and Children, explains to the members of Western Pocono Women's Club, all it does for the community.

Pocono Services for Families and Children (PSFC) is celebrating 45 years of commitment to provide supportive services for young children and their families of Monroe County so they can enjoy success in school and life.

It reached out to the Western Pocono Women's Club, asking the members to help them continue the important services it provides the community when Amber Koert, a PSFC parent involvement specialist and advocate, attended WPWC's September meeting and spoke about who and what PSFC is.

Friday, September 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Brent Peters of Orefield won best of show in stock category with his 1961 Corvette.

Hundreds of auto enthusiasts from throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania enjoy the lineup of vehicles on display during the Tamaqua Area Street Machine Association's 25th annual car show held recently at Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy Bar.

About 300 vehicles, ranging from classics and antiques to muscle cars and even fire trucks, filled the field next to the Heisler's driving range. Judges awarded multiple honors in each of 29 classes, along with a variety of special awards.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Five properties in East Brunswick Township were among 35 properties which are located within the boundaries of Blue Mountain School District had their property values increased by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board after a hearing on the petition of the school district seeking increases.

Friday, September 23, 2011

An Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport.

The event will include tractor drawn hayrides along the historic canal, pumpkin patch, homemade food and children's activities. This event is catering to seniors, elderly individuals and people with disabilities.

Families with young children are also invited to attend. Hay rides will be held every 20 minutes, from 10 a.m. throughout the day.

Friday, September 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Todd Wolf Band performed the blues on the platform at the Tamaqua train station Thursday evening as the final show of the season for the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series. A total of 10 concerts – all provided free of charge at the train station – began in June. The last concert was held courtesy of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce and in memory of Joe Plasko, Tamaqua bureau chief for the TIMES NEWS, who passed away in March.

Friday, September 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hundreds of visitors took part in the annual Senior Health Fair held recently at the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Hundreds of seniors and family members attended the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center's free Senior Health Fair recently, which was a kick-off to celebrate the expansion of the nursing center's therapy department.

The fair included free screenings, to include vision, blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse ox, hearing, balance and bone density. Participants were also encouraged to join in a Zumba for seniors session and to enter to win prizes donated by participating vendors.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Issues with a state act are delaying the Carbon County Correctional Facility from saving money on some inmate medical bills.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, Warden Joseph Gross updated the board on the status of Act 22, which provides help with payments of inmate medical health care bills for eligible inmates by using Medicaid and Medicare rates for services provided.