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Thursday, January 5, 2012
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune

Seven-year-old Emily Seig of Scranton bundles up against the cold as she walks home from from school Wednesday, in Scranton.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

East Stroudsburg University recently hosted the Future Business Leaders of America Regional Leadership Conference.

Pleasant Valley High School students garnered several wins after taking part in 21 business-related tests and were awarded for their hard work.

At the conference there were performance events, a key note speaker, a speaker from the American Heart Association, and a buffet lunch and dance.

Regionals winners from Pleasant Valley High School are as follows:

Thursday, January 5, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

A skier hones his craft this morning on the slopes of Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton. After an unusually mild November and December, ski operators finally were able to accommodate winter activities.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The state department of Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, is sponsoring a "winter birding, tracking and plant ID walk" on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The walk will be along the Lehigh River in search of winter birds, plants and animal tracks. Participants should dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars, lunch and beverages.

To register contact Bill Sweeney at wisweeney@pa.gov or call 610-746-2808.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

On Tuesday, during the annual meeting of the Carbon County Salary Board, the following positions and salaries were set under the jurisdiction of the board of commissioners at the Carbon County Courthouse complex. The new rates represent a 3 percent increase in salaries.

Positions and salaries are effective Jan. 1, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

Animal Shelter

Ÿ Set the position of one county animal warden at $11.46 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of three part-time K-9 officers* at $8.56 per hour.

Archives Department

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Police in northeastern Pennsylvania have announced a reward for information in the case of a human torso found in garbage bags along the road.

Monroe County Crime Stoppers is offering the reward in the case of the remains found the day after Christmas along Route 191 in Paradise Township in the Pocono Mountains.

The county coroner has ruled the death a homicide. Officials have not commented on the cause of death.

Officials say the man was 25 or older, has a chest scar indicating surgery and had been dead at least a couple of weeks.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Palmerton Area Library.

John Gunsser will be showing antiques for members to identify. Members are also invited to bring an item of interest for members to view and identify.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

MaryEllen Salerno, county chairwoman of the Carbon County Republican Committee, today announced the Nesquehoning Republican Club has agreed to become the nucleus for a newly forming Panther Valley Republican Club.

She said that rather than have small GOP clubs in each municipality in the county, she is seeking to have larger clubs in each of the five schools districts that make up Carbon County.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Eldred Township received a $40,000 Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Township Supervisor Gretchen Gannon-Petit was the grant writer.

Thanks to the DCNR grant, Eldred Township can start development of a small parking lot (20 parking spaces of the proposed 40 parking spaces) and a Tot-lot at the Walter W. Mock Park.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Palmerton Area School District's high school stadium bleachers project will soon commence.

Rob Sarnowski, of Barry Isett & Associates, informed the school board at a workshop session on Tuesday that the work is expected to start around Jan. 16.

Sarnowski said the $774,000 project will replace the grandstand and install a new weightroom roof.

"The work will not impinge on the spring sports," Sarnowski said. "We are leaving the visitors' side (bleachers) up until the spring sports season is over."