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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Schuylkill Township officials are asking anyone making a code enforcement complaint to the township to please include their contact information.

Code enforcement officer Daniel DeCindio informed the supervisors he receives approximately 50 complaints in the course of a year.

"Every one gets checked out," he wrote.

However, he also gets complaint letters without any return address or contact information, inquiring why problems were not handled.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Adam D. Reichard, son of Duane and Pati Reichard of Lehighton attained the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. From left are, Scot Wingert, scoutmaster; Adam D. Reichard, and his parents, Pati and Duane Reichard.

Adam D. Reichard, son of Duane and Pati Reichard of Lehighton, and a member of Boy Scout Troop 82, Lehighton, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Adam's Eagle project involved restoring a staircase at Preacher's Camp boat launch at Beltzville State Park. This included resetting and leveling the concrete steps, replacing the handrails and painting a crosswalk.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe seniors take time away from the miniature golf course to enjoy a photo opportunity. From left, are Carol Lee O'Brien, Reiko Summers, Grace Wilson, Karen Brandis, Irene Boscia, and Connie DiJohn.

The Carbon County Senior Games has helped keep area seniors young at heart for the last 23 years.

Each year, nearly 200 men and women from five county senior centers come out to throw, shoot, swim, dance, and putt their way into the winner's circle.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

At Wednesday's work session in Pottsville, Schuylkill County Commissioners discussed engaging Service Access and Management Inc. (SAM), to administer the operation of Rest Haven Home and Hospital, a county owned institution located in Schuylkill Haven.

Action will be taken at next Wednesday's public meeting. The proposed contract is for a three-year period running from July 1 through June 30, 2015.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

St. Peter and Paul School is offering a summer program for children ages 5 to 12 that will provide 12 weeks of full day summer care. The program will be open between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to help parents with scheduling needs. There are full time and part time options available.

There will be a variety of "theme" weeks to help children have fun while learning.

Friday, May 4, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

During the third annual Legislative Brunch, sponsored by the Interagency Council of Carbon County, and Child and Family Collaborative Board, Oscar Santizo, right, president of the Interagency Council, announces the winner of a $500 grant. The grant recipient must represent the council's mission statement and serve the residents of Carbon County. This year's recipient was Feed The People, a non-profit community cafe, started four months ago, that provides a free, hot lunch for all community members at locations in Summit Hill, Lansford and Coaldale.

Friday, May 4, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Western Pocono Lioness club president Virginia Lamendola, left, presents Lioness Trudi Griffin with a plaque of appreciation for all her hours given to fund-raising for the club's charitable programs. Lioness Griffin was called forward during the last meeting of the Western Pocono Lioness Club and recognized for her hours of service to the club, particularly with promoting the themed baskets the club uses to raise funds for its many good outreach projects. Lioness Griffin stated she so enjoys doing that.

The speaker for the evening was a Herbalist.

Friday, May 4, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Carla Binder, owner of Creative Framing by Carla, and artist, is also the Craft Chairperson for the Palmerton Community Festival's Craft Tent. She is looking for crafters of handmade items like she features in her shop, to fill up the spaces in the Craft Tent.

The Palmerton Community Festival is five months away but Carla Binder is already working on the 2012 details for the Craft Tent.

The three-day event this year will be held Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9.

"We have vacant vendor spaces we have to fill and we're looking for crafters to come showcase their talents," says Carla, the Craft Chairperson.

She's looking for crafters that are a step above church craft shows and just below high end. This is a juried craft show.

To be considered for a space in the Craft Tent, crafters must meet the following criteria:

Friday, May 4, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Toni Gibson, associate vice president of nursing, second from left; and Lisa Johnson, vice president of public relations, second from right; representatives from Blue Mountain Health System accept the proclamations for National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week from Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Wayne Nothstein, center; and William O'Gurek, right.

The Carbon County commissioners recognize the importance of quality hospitals and nurses.

That's why, on Thursday, the board adopted two proclamations in honor of National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week, which will be held May 6 through May 12.

The National Hospital Week proclamation states that the theme for the week is "Making Miracles Happen," in Carbon County.

Friday, May 4, 2012

There are two celestial events worth mentioning this weekend.

The full moon of Saturday night into Sunday is a perigee moon, as much as 14 larger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2012.

On Saturday at 11:34 p.m., the moon reaches perigee. Only one minute later, the moon will line up with earth and the sun to become brilliantly full.

Also, spaceweather.com reports earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower.