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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2011 Carbon County Home, Garden, and Business Exposition on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, E. 10th Street, Jim Thorpe.

The Chamber's goal is to introduce to the public and other businesses to all the various goods and services provided by the businesses and organizations in Carbon County and the surrounding area, and provide a fun networking opportunity for the people living in Carbon County.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Activity Department of Mahoning Valley Nusing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton, staged a Mardi Gras parade for the residents of the center. From left are, Bernadette Rodrigues, Ann Sharpley, Carol Weston, Nancy Snyder, and Cynthia Swatt. Also performing in the parade was Nick Hawkey, a volunteer, right.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Mrs. Lori Smith's second grade class won first place in the primary grades for their "Lion King" decorated door.

Last week, schools all over the country celebrated the National Education Association's "Read Across America Day", the nation's largest reading event which is held near Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2).

Towamensing Elementary School held daily events all week long following a New York theme. One of those events was the Door Decorating contest.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) today issued the following statement regarding gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget:

"Today we heard the same message from Governor Corbett that we heard from candidate Corbett last year. He clearly understands that Pennsylvania does not have a tax problem. It has a spending problem. After eight years of spending increases from our last governor, this governor has offered a budget that recognizes that we will all have to sacrifice if we are going to solve our fiscal problems.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A vote on whether to meet with representatives of two companies that want to buy the Lansford-Coaldale water system dammed up Wednesday when Lansford Council deadlocked.

The six council members who attended the meeting tied 3-3 on whether to meet with. Mayor Ron Hood was absent and so could not break the tie.

Council members Tommy Vadyak, Andrew Snyder and president Adam Webber voted to hold the talks. Council members Rose Mary Cannon, Mary Kruczek and Danielle Smith were opposed.

Councilman Lenny Kovach was absent.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Two more men have been arrested by Weatherly police and charged with their part in a drive-by shooting that occurred in the borough this past February.

Arrested on Wednesday were Andrew L. Ortiz, 23, of 1060 W. 17th St., Hazleton, and Joshua Zachery Zink, 21, of 15 Maple Drive, Columbia. Their arrest makes the total of four now charged in the incident.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Christopher D. Olivia

Christopher D. Olivia, 1036 Circle Drive, Palmerton, has announced his candidacy for re-election to a four-year term of office on the Palmerton Borough Council. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.

Olivia, 63, is currently serving his 10th year on the council, having been appointed to an unexpired term in 2002 and then being elected to four-year terms in 2003 and 2007.

He is the council's current vice president and chairs its Law and Order Committee. He is also a member of the Palmerton Shade Tree Commission.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The West Penn Township Board of Supervisors has adopted a pension plan for its police force.

At this week's monthly meeting, the board approved an ordinance establishing the police pension plan.

Township solicitor Gretchen Sterns said that she spoke to Trollinger Consulting Group, which reviewed the Act 600 Police Pension plan.

The ordinance establishes the plan and contributions, explains who is eligible and what the benefits are. The board of supervisors can administrate the plan or else appoint a committee to do so.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township Elementary School students Mikhayl Conarty, left, and Faith Ohl lead kindergarten and first-grade students in the recitation of Pledge of Allegiance during flag program at the school. Behind them is Karen Bandzi, VFW District 20 president and the president of the auxiliary of Walnutport VFW Post 7215.

Kindergarten and first-grade students at Franklin Township Elementary School were given a lesson on the writing and purpose of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members of Walnutport VFW Auxiliary Post 7215 staged an assembly program during which they showed a video on the topic, had students recite the pledge, gave special awards for participation in the program, and handed out small flags, coloring books, and pencils.

Also taking part in the program was Mary Beth Dougherty, representing the office of Sen. David Argall.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A hearing for a Palmerton man charged with five counts of forgery has been continued.

Christopher A. Poplin, 32, of 407 Lehigh Ave., was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

But, Poplin's hearing has been continued until 9 a.m. March 23. He remains free in lieu of $30,000 unsecured bail.

Poplin has been charged with passing five counterfeit $100 bills at various businesses throughout the borough.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by borough patrolman Christopher Ritter: