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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.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force recently hosted a meeting to discuss a community-wide Neighborhood Watch Program, as well as the possibility of acquiring a school resource officer. Leading the discussion were, from left, Lehighton Area Neighborhood Watch Program coordinator Byron Schnell, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, Lehighton Police Chief Neal Ebbert, Lehighton Area High School Principal Tim Tkach and LAHS Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher.

At the recent meeting of Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Mayor Donald Rehrig announced the formation of a community-wide Neighborhood Watch Program. He introduced Byron Schnell as the program coordinator.

"Let's educate our citizens and nip crime before it even starts," said Rehrig.

Established in 1972, Neighborhood Watch has proved to be one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country. It brings citizens together to help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer 24/7.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Lehighton Area Middle School announced that there were nine additional students named to the honorable mention honor roll for this past quarter.

They are: Matthew Abernathy, Vanessa Ahner, Madison Andrews, Hannah Appleton, Carly Arthur, Tyler Beck, Dalton Berger, Jenna Berry, and Lynzi Binder, all sixth grade.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In response to the needs of the warden the Schuylkill County Prison Board hired a correctional officer and a maintenance man in action taken at its monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Warden Eugene Berdanier, in his report to the board, claimed four vacancies exists at the prison, two correctional officers, one lieutenant and one maintenance position. He also reported currently there is one officer and one program secretary on extended medical leave and one officer on restricted duty.