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Thursday, May 15, 2014

After convening for an executive session to discuss a legal matter, the Walnutport Authority carried on its meeting as usual Tuesday night.

In regard to the authority's upcoming Oak Street project, which involves construction of approximately 1,050 linear feet of water main, engineer Jason Newhard said that while the Community Development Block Grant project is fully funded for its construction costs, its engineering costs are not.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Howard and June Farber of the Jim Thorpe seniors dance the polka during the final event of the Carbon County Senior Games on Wednesday.

It came down to the last event, but after all the dust settled and the music stopped, it was the North Carbon County seniors, comprising Panther Valley, Weatherly and Jim Thorpe senior centers, who came out on top in this year's Carbon County Senior Games.

The final score was North Carbon County, 694; South Carbon County, 678.

Going into the final event, 18 points separated the teams, with South leading, but North rallied, earning 38 points for the three dances.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program will be offered again this year to eligible Monroe County Seniors.

The program is made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Distribution and will be administered by the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging, beginning Monday, June 2.

The program provides $20 in free vouchers to eligible older adults to encourage them to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables by local growers who make their produce available at farmer's markets.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In recognition of local military veterans, Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club is hosting a "Youth Fishing" day beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the Phifer Ice Dam Park on Main Road, in Franklin Township.

The ponds are adjacent to the Franklin Township Little League fields.

Youngsters aged 1 to 12, who are children, grandchildren or great-grand children of military veterans or service organizations, or Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts in the lower Carbon County area, are invited to fish during the event for free.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

Large, slow-moving farm vehicles and equipment are traveling rural roads at this time of year, like this corn planter on Fairview Road in Barnesville. "Drivers need to keep their guard up throughout the planting season by reducing their speed and being more aware of other motorists," said Andy Flinchbaugh, a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's state board of directors. The Farm Bureau said in 2013 there were 87 crashes and two fatalities involving farm equipment on roads. Most occurred during spring and summer months and could have been prevented.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The state police accident reconstruction team continues to work on determining exactly what happened when a police cruiser crashed into an oncoming car on Route 209 Monday evening.

Part-time Nesquehoning patrolman Steven Homanko was driving the car that crossed the line and struck a car, killing the front-seat passenger and severely injuring the driver.

Trooper David Peters of the Hazleton barracks said, "There is no time frame. In these particular cases, everything will be looked at and relooked at to make sure everything is (accurately documented)."

Thursday, May 15, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian Catholic High School student Matthew Karnish, son of Gary and Chris Karnish of Nesquehoning, was honored May 7 by the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the American Chemical Society after he was ranked as a section winner on a chemistry exam given by the society. Schools are divided into geographic regions for the exams, with Marian's region including public and private schools from Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke, Mountaintop and Hazleton. The awards were presented during a banquet held at the Linksat Hemlock Creek Restaurant in Bloomsburg.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Eight students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy have been recognized for their efforts in cooperation during the month of April and have been named as the Students of the Month. They include, front row, from left, Caylen Murray, Isabella Horvat, Albin Petschauer and Joshua Shelton. Back row, Antonina Zeleniak, Theresa Muniz, Joshua Jurick and Kaya Small.

Eight students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy have been recognized for their efforts in cooperation during the month of April and have been named as the Students of the Month.

Each student has written a reflection on why they were chosen as the Students of the Month.

Kindergarten, Isabella Horvat: "I work well with my friends. I listen to my teacher."

First grade, Caylen Murray: "I was chosen as Student of the Month because of my cooperation with my teachers and classmates."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced that several prescription drug drop-off boxes have been placed at police stations across Carbon County.

The boxes are intended for drugs that are either no longer being used or expired.

The prescription drug drop-off boxes are located at:

Ÿ Jim Thorpe Borough Police Department, 101 East 10th St., Jim Thorpe

Ÿ Lehighton Borough Police Department, 124 South Third St., Lehighton

Ÿ Mahoning Township Police Department, 2685 Mahoning Drive East, Lehighton

Ÿ Weatherly Police Department, 10 Wilbur St., Weatherly

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The 2014 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Benefit Baseball Game between the Jim Thorpe Old-timers and Franklin Township Old-timers will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Christman Little League Field in Franklin Township.

The bake sale and Chinese auction starts at noon.

Anyone who wants to donate an item for the Chinese auction should do so after 8 a.m. on May 18.

Proceeds will benefit Anastasia Susko of Jim Thorpe.