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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Carbon County Navy Club will hold its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Nesquehoning VFW. Scott Reinhart will be in charge.

Election of officers will take place that day. All members are asked to attend.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Michelle DeSousa (center), a registered nurse at Palmerton Hospital, utilizes the Bedside Mobile Workstations as Dorothy Patzek, vice president of nursing at Blue Mountain Health System, looks on. The BMW's are also being utilized at BMHS' Gnaden Huetten campus in Lehighton.

Technology in the form of state-of-the-art computers on wheels have already proven their mettle at Blue Mountain Health System.

Instituted earlier this month for patients in its Palmerton and Gnaden Huetten hospitals, the Bedside Mobile Workstations save time, ensure accuracy, and enable nurses to spend more time with their patients.

Michelle DeSousa, a Registered Nurse at the Palmerton campus, said the BMW's have already had a profound impact on her day-to-day operations.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A "NO-MORE-PROCRASTINATION VOTER REGISTRATION PARTY" is happening today, Friday, and Saturday, at the Carbon County Republican Party headquarters, 198 South First Street, Lehighton. There will be activities, food and refreshments and special visitors.

Beginning today from 4 to 8 p.m. and continuing on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call, email or fax the host agency.

Duties and Responsibilities of the EMC Local EMCs Quarterly Training: Feb. 23, 7 p.m. For more information, call the Carbon County EMA at (570) 325-3097.

ICS-200: March 3 and 4, at the Carbon County EMA. Prerequisite for ICS-300. Call the EMA to register.

Hazmat Awareness: March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Douglas Arnold, Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent and president of the Monroe County Extension board, welcomes Extension's annual dinner meeting speaker, Emily Ballance, Med, LPC, Professional Speaker, Counselor and Educator. Her presentation was deemed excellent by many.

With a group of volunteers playing some fantastic music on air guitars and all greeting one another with faces on their hands, the annual Monroe County Extension dinner celebrated the accomplishments of the Extension's year with the help of special guest Emily Ballance, Med, LPC, Professional Speaker, Counselor and Educator. She delighted her audience with her message of "Finding Humor and Purpose in the Midst of Life's Circus."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

At the regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council held last night, resident Irene Genther brought to the attention of council a report of high acidity levels in the soil near the Cogeneration plant.

Genther, who serves on an advisory citizen's board to the Congeneration plant, said that reports showed an acidity level in the soil of 1.8. Normal pH levels are between 5 and 7 and that a 1.8 level was "astronomical" and "an environmental concern," Genther said.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

From Horack's Printing Service, Weissport, omes the first issue of The Comet, a 12-page tabloid, 6-by-9 inche pages. It deals with Lehighton municipal affairs. Warren Luckenbill, inplacable foe of Lehighton Water Authority, makes the front page as to why he would and wouldn't be a member of the Water Authority. Primarily, he said he is against the payment of $740,000 for a water system that is not worth half that much. Councilman George Geisel questions the election of the members of the Water Authority on the grounds that it is illegal.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Palmerton Area Historical Society member Peter Kern is setting a date to dig up the time capsule in the park. It has to be removed by the time the Veterans' Memorial is begun.

The items in the capsule will be displayed in the Heritage Center window. The announcement was made at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Society.

A train exhibit is at the Center until the end of February.

For March, April and May there will be a photography exhibit of pictures taken by local people.

George Ashman said four people made donations to the archive.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The upcoming meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change will be devoted to Pennsylvania legislative issues including: the newly passed gas-drilling law; the proposed mandatory sonogram law; and planned "voter suppression" legislation.

Club President Linda Christman urges local Democrats to "come out and hear what our State Legislature has done to our environment and to women's rights while our attention has been focused on Rick Santorum's sweater vest."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville, will be holding a free luncheon for all on Saturday, Feb. 25,from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting.