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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pennsylvania Game Commission Northeast Region Director Daniel Figured announces the bear check station that traditionally operated at the State Game Lands 127 maintenance building near Tobyhanna will be at an alternate location this year because of renovation at the game lands facility.

Hunters can check their bears at the nearby Tobyhanna State Park maintenance building on Church Street, Route 423, approximately 2 miles north of Tobyhanna, GPS coordinates 41.20226N, -75.40477W. Signs will be posted at the State Game Lands 127 building to direct hunters to the new location.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The recently expanded Tamaqua YMCA and the community's restored 1874 train station will be two area projects highlighted in state Sen. David G. Argall's monthly television program.

"A Margaret Mead quote comes to mind when discussing the Tamaqua area's ongoing efforts to bring new jobs and a new spirit to the community," Argall said. "Mead said, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world.'

"I think that is a fitting quote for the Tamaqua area, which began its successful revitalization efforts more than two decades ago."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Towamensing Concerned Citizens' Group has organized a meeting for the public to learn more about the PennEast gas pipeline to be built through Carbon County.

The meeting will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at the Towamensing Fire Company, 105 Firehouse Road in Palmerton, near the corner of Trachsville Road and 209.

Guest speakers will be Maya Rossum of the Delaware Riverkeeper and Dory Hippauf of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition. There will be a time for questions after the presentation.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

As the holiday season nears, area groups are busy helping the less fortunate.

Email tneditor@tnonline.com to let us know what the wish list is for your nonprofit group.

We will compile everyone's lists and run them in the Times News beginning Black Friday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project that was scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.

Sandy Dellicker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said the next general meeting will be held Jan. 22.

The next event hosted by the Lehighton 9/12 Project is "A Night With Dr. Ben Carson" on Dec. 3 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Tickets for Dr. Carson are available at the Penn's Peak Box Office or by calling 866-605-PEAK (7325).

The tickets must be purchased in advance for $25 each.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two area residents were killed when a Veterans Affairs van crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer Monday morning in Cass Township.

Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David Moylan confirmed the two killed in the crash were James Metzger, 67, of Barnesville, and Elaine Bradley, 73, of Tamaqua.

Metzger, the van's driver, and Bradley, a backseat passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third occupant of the van, later identified as Leonard Valitski, 79, of Mahanoy City, was transported from the scene with serious injuries.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Democratic Information Center at 184 S. First St. in Lehighton (across from Adele's Café).

The labor chapter is open to retired and active members of labor unions and others who support the labor movement.

For more information, contact President Terry Whiteman at 610-379-0162.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Cartwright

Last week U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright was elected regional whip by his Democratic colleagues representing Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

"I look forward to working with my fellow Democrats to support a legislative agenda that puts people first," said Cartwright. "Now more than ever we must be unified in putting forth an agenda that will create jobs and improve our economy, support our veterans, protect the environment, and strengthen Social Security and Medicare."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton native, Matthew G. Schnell, center, was recently swornin to the Carbon County Bar. Attorney Schnell is a 2007 graduateof Lehighton Area High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a specialization in pre-law and graduated magna cum laude from Misericordia University in 2011. He attended the Albany Law School of Union University in Albany, New York, graduating cum laude in May 2014. He is presently practicing at the law firmof Strubinger & Gazo, P.C., in Palmerton. Schnell is the son of Glenn and Diane Schnell of Lehighton.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jim Thorpe Borough has almost 20 applicants seeking to become its next borough manager.

Borough council member Greg Strubinger said the next step involves council members looking through the applications and "forming a committee" to "take the process to the interview level."

No timetable was provided at Thursday's council meeting for making a hire. Jim Thorpe has been without a manager since Wesley Johnson was terminated in 2012 after almost two years on the job.