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Friday, August 16, 2013

The Diocese of Allentown's Office of Marriage and Family Life Formation is sponsoring a daylong conference on "Raising Awareness of the Effects of Pornography in Our Culture."

The conference will be held Saturday, September 7 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bethlehem from 9 a.m-3:30 p.m.

The conference speaker is Doctor Peter Kleponis of Comprehensive Counseling Services and the Institute for Marital Healing in West Conshohocken.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A successful fundraiser for 20-year-old cancer victim Aaron Pratt was held recently at Beltzville Bar & Grill.

The event was hosted by the Claddagh Keepers Giving Circle of Friends. Jeff Burger, owner of the restaurant, donated proceeds from his sales, while employees donated tips.

There was a DJ and dancing, hula hoop contests, limbo contests, and a basket raffle as well.

Jenn Mangold, a member of the Claddagh Keepers and neice of the owner, said the total raised was $1,375.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A number of Jim Thorpe business owners again asked the Carbon County commissioners to drop the county's weekend parking lot fee.

During the board's meeting on Thursday, Dan Hugos of Amazing Jim Thorpe, Betty Lou McBride of the Old Jail Museum, Thomas Lux of the Mauch Chunk 5&10, and Michael Guy of Rainbow's End, approached the board to again see if the county would reconsider the $10 fee because, the group said, it is hurting business in the town.

Friday, August 16, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

State Rep. Julie Harhart made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Slatington on the latest topics in Harrisburg. Rotary Club of Slatington members include, from left, Rotarians Nick Smith, Gary Fedorcha, Harhart, Ryan Van Norman, Charlie Breidinger, Tim Stillman and Rev. Dave Mohr.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Pleasant Valley School District announces that there will be a Pleasant Valley Elementary clothing swap at the PVE cafeteria on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

In other business, the board approved:

Ÿ hiring Leticia Dipipi as a long-term substitute for Kristina Bowerman, sixth-grade reading specialist at $40,900, prorated;

Ÿ hiring part-time, Karen Marks, Patrick Maurath, Jessica Scott as replacement paraprofessional associates for 2013-2014 school year at PVI for $20,331 prorated annual salary

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS National Association of Realtors recently presented a check of $15,000 that will fund a study to revitalize downtown Lehighton. From left are, Jennifer Shackley, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors; Jim Zurn, president of the Carbon County Association of Realtors; Holly Moskerintz of the National Association of Realtors, Washington D.C; Kathy Henderson, association executive; and representatives of Lehighton Council, Scott Rehrig, vice president; and Grant Hunsicker, president.

A $15,000 Smart Growth Grant from the National Association of Realtors recently was awarded to the Borough of Lehighton. The grant is funding a study focusing on revitalizing the downtown business district in the borough.

The study is being sponsored by the Carbon County Association of Realtors, working with the borough.

As part of the project, consultants Doug Loescher, City Strategies Group, and Teresa Lynch, senior program officer with the National Trust Main Street Center, will provide a written report on their findings in approximately six weeks.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Owl Creek dams in Tamaqua will reopen to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

Hosted by the Borough of Tamaqua and the Owl Creek Reservoir Commission (OCRC), the ribbon cutting will be held at the Lower Owl Creek Dam starting at 10 a.m. Senator David G. Argall and Representative Jerome P. Knowles will also participate in the ceremony, along with Borough officials and OCRC volunteers.

The event is open to the public. Following the ceremony the OCRC will open its concession stand and offer free hayride tours of the dams.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board has received a letter of resignation from board member Robert Schaninger.

Schaninger's term would have expired by this December's school board reorganization meeting.

The school board is looking to fill the vacancy on the board.

The school board is seeking letters of intent, including credentials and qualifications, from residents in the Jim Thorpe Area School District that are interested in applying for the position.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Police in Monroe County are continuing an ongoing investigation of the death of a man who was found at 10:47 a.m. Aug. 6.

Police have identified the deceased as Brandon Fraser, 20, of Long Pond.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police reported they were called to the parking area at the intersection of Gapview Drive and Bus Lane in the Emerald Lakes development, Tobyhanna Township, for a report of an unresponsive male in the back seat of a vehicle. It was reported the windows of the vehicle were "blown out" as well.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

HARRISBURG The 2013 National DUI Crackdown, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,"begins Friday, Aug. 16, and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

More than 600 Pennsylvania police departments and the state police will participate in a series of special enforcement initiatives including checkpoints and roving patrols focusing on both alcohol and drug impaired drivers.