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Friday, September 16, 2011

The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter is holding two "Meet the Candidates Nights."

The first will be held on Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the AMVETS in Lansford, 201 W. Ridge St.

All Democratic candidates for office have been invited to this meeting and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Active and Retired Union Members and their guests are invited to attend.

The second "Meet the Candidates" event will be held on Oct. 17 and Republican candidates for office will be invited.

Friday, September 16, 2011
Good times in West Penn

Members of the West Penn Lions Club and youngsters alike enjoyed a good time recently at the West Penn Community Park. Shown above are Riley Kabana, 3, and her brother Keith. At bottom, Cole Gursky, 20, performs at the social event.

Friday, September 16, 2011
We're cool, uh huh

These cool kids, Baylen, 3, Bryce, 9, Bryn, 7 and Chase, 7, enjoyed their day together at the Lehigh Valley Zoo. They are the Grandest Kids of Kathy and Jim Clifford of Andreas. Baylen, Bryce and Bryn are the children of Jim and Patti Clifford, and also Grandest Kids of Bill and Julie Stahl. Chase is the son of Jason and Janine Clifford and also the Grandest Kid of Ed and Terry Mehlig.

Friday, September 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rising majestically above the New York skyline is One World Trade Center, formerly called The Freedom Tower. Upon its completion in 2013, 1 WTC will be the tallest building in the United States and one of the tallest in the world, standing at a symbolic height of 1,776 feet. To the right is 7 WTC, which was the last tower to fall during the attacks of Sept. 11,2001, and the first tower to be complete. In Saturday's edition, reporter Andy Leibenguth, who spent a day at the memorial site earlier this week, offers his first-hand impressions of the WTC complex.

Friday, September 16, 2011

DANIELSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – State wildlife officials say a virus killed nearly 100 deer on a farm in Northampton County in the first outbreak of the illness in the state since 2007.

The deer, at a breeding operation in Danielsville, started dying in August. The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the deer died of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

The virus is not harmful to humans but wildlife officials advise against eating the meat of infected deer.

The virus is more common in the south. Outbreaks have also been reported in New York and New Jersey in the last month.

Friday, September 16, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news Firemen fight down flames that destroyed a home along Beltzville Drive in Polk Township late Thursday night.

A Monroe County home was destroyed by fire late Thursday night along Beltzville Drive in Polk Township.

The fire was first reported at 11 p.m. when passers-by spotted flames in a remote area just to the north of the roadway. The home is hidden from view from the road.

Fire companies from several Monroe and Carbon counties responded to the scene and found the dwelling fully involved in flames when they arrived. Due to the remote location of the scene, water had to be tanked into the site.

Friday, September 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Walk organizer Ann Marie Calabrese looks out over the High Bridge in Hometown. Her sister, Mary Ann Calabrese-Marchalk, committed suicide on this bridge in 1997.

The first annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, to raise prevention and awareness for depression and suicide, will take place Saturday at the Hometown Farmer's Market.

The three-to-five-mile walk will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Schuylkill County Suicide Prevention Task Force and RHD-Power of Carbon county. A portion of of the proceeds will remain in Carbon and Schuylkill counties for local AFSP programs.

AFPS is a non-profit agency that provides support for those impacted from depression and the survivors of suicide.

Friday, September 16, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS A businessman, Paul Sandhu, owner of Rockland Energy, wants to enlarge the size of the building and add services at 80 Interchange Road, Route 209, Lehighton, Franklin Township. The decision on whether he can increase the size of the building and add underground tanks and pumping stations will be determined on Dec. 15.

A Franklin Township gas station owner won't find out for several months whether he can expand his business.

Paul Sandhu, owner of Rockland Energy, Inc. had appealed a decision by Franklin Township Zoning Officer Matt Neeb, who denied his application on Aug. 8 to increase the size of the building at 80 Interchange Road. The small vacant building, located on the corner of Interchange Road, Route 209 and Court Street, carries the name U.S. Fuels and includes a canopy and one pump.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Rush Township planning commission met Thursday evening to prepare recommendations for supervisors to add a subdivision to Robert and Andrea Dunn's property, owners of the Hometown Farmers Market.

To date, the property does not have an intended purpose. The possibility of renovating it to accommodate parking was discussed, but nothing was finalized. Minor issues were addressed concerning access points on private roads near the property, which is located near Hanes Company warehouse and the farmers market in Hometown.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chestnuthill Township Supervisor Dave Fleetwood said the township has a great group of volunteers that were there for the community during Hurricane Irene. "I can't say enough about our fire and rescue volunteers. Don Zipp, our emergency management coordinator, is at the core of this group. I can't say 'Thank you' enough."