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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Carbon County Friends of Animals will hold a rabies clinic on Sunday, March 20, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall skating rink from noon until 3 p.m. The skating rink is located on the lower level of the hall, located at 10th and Fern streets, Jim Thorpe.

Also available during the clinic will be distemper vaccinations, heartworm and Lyme disease testing, and FIV/FeLV testing. Dr. Karen Hess will be providing the vaccinations.

All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a pet carrier, or they will be turned away. Carriers are available upon request. No early birds please.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Timetable of the California Zephyr train line, which runs between San Francisco and Chicago, and was inaugurated on March 20, 1949. A 30-minute color and sound film showcases this famous western train.

Railroad Film Night returns for its first presentation of its fourth year with a series of vintage 16-mm movies presented by Mitch Dakelman, film curator for the National Railway Historical Society.

A highlight of the program is "Thundering Rails." Universal-International produced this exciting, action-packed 18-minute, black and white sound film in 1950, as a theatrical release short subject.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The name of William Boyer, 105 Ryan Avenue, Rush Township, was removed from the Primary Election ballot by President Judge William E. Baldwin after a hearing Friday in the Schuylkill County Court.

Boyer had filed on the Republican ballot as a candidate for a six-year term as auditor for Rush Township. The petition to remove him was filed by Walter Taylor.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Here's the breakdown of Gov. Tom Corbett's $5.2 billion education funding: (Dollar amounts in thousands):

Basic Education Funding $5,226,142

Career and Technical Education $62,000

Authority Rentals andSinking Fund Requirements $299,190

Pupil Transportation $546,758

Nonpublic and Charter SchoolPupil Transportation $76,640

Special Education $1,026,815

Tuition for Orphans and Children

Placed in Private Homes $57,227

Payments in Lieu of Taxes $194

Education of Migrant Laborers' Children $907

Saturday, March 19, 2011
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

Rep. Jerry Knowles, 2011 Shamrock Award winner, shares his role as guest of honor at the 64th Annual Banquet of the Panther Valley Irish-American Association with his family during the event held Thursday night at The Grand Ballroom of Kelly's Irish Pub, Lansford. With the representative are, from left, son Shane, wife Lorraine and son Patrick, with Jerry and Lorraine's grandson, Patrick II; and back, the honoree's brother, Jim Knowles, sister, Ann Marie Price, niece, Kaitlyn Price, and brother,Don Knowles, and Joanne Swartz.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West Penn township forensic police officer Jason Lorah discusses several finger prints he lifted from a metal box with police chief Brian Johnson.

West Penn Township police are investigating a rash of burglaries which occurred early Friday morning in the South Tamaqua Plaza along SR309.

Police Chief Brian Johnson reported that Officer Tom Duarte was on patrol shortly after 1 a.m. when he spotted an individual inside the Stoves & Stuff store in the far north building of the mall. Duarte positioned himself across the roadway and soon two individuals exited the building and attempted to enter the business of R. & L. Construction.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The nuclear event in Japan made me think of how ridiculous our government's emphasis on nuclear energy is. Our government has been campaigning against oil, coal, and natural gas while encouraging new nuclear plants. The events in Japan demonstrate that multiple failsafe mechanisms can and will fail causing a nuclear disaster. The recent failures were as unthinkable as the sinking of the Titanic. Engineers are not gods and their creations are subject to the forces of nature and to terrorist events.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
fyi

Mooring permits will be available for the Mauch Chunk Lake Park beginning Monday, March 21.

Boat mooring is permitted at the park between April 1 and Dec. 1.

A powered (electric motor only for Mauch Chunk Lake) or nonpowered boat registration is required for all watercraft moored at the lake. Anyone wishing to apply for a 2011 mooring permit must provide a copy of a current boat registration.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carbon County will present "Spring is in The Air," a program designed to help educate residents about cooking, fitness, and various other topics, on April 28.

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association building, 902 Mill Rd., Lehighton. The building and room are handicapped accessible.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Amy Miller/Times News The Carbon County Economic Development Corporation Building 1, located at 600 Industrial Road, Nesquehoning, may become the hub for a German manufacturing company if Carbon is successful in its attempt to attract the company to the area. Dawn Ferrante, executive director for the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, will travel to Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday to present the company with a proposal to expand its operations into Pennsylvania.

Carbon County is hoping that a location in Green Acres Industrial Park in Nesquehoning will attract a German-based automotive business to the area.