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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The following are guidelines for what you should do if a nuclear power plant emergency occurs. Keep a battery-powered radio with you at all times and listen to the radio for specific instructions. Close and lock doors and windows.

If you are told to evacuate:

ŸKeep car windows and vents closed; use recirculating air.

If you are advised to remain indoors:

ŸTurn off the air conditioner, ventilation fans, furnace, and other air intakes.

ŸGo to a basement or other underground area, if possible.

ŸDo not use the telephone unless absolutely necessary.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Bill Allison

Community activist Bill Allison is running for Jim Thorpe School Board. Allison has 35 years of experience in public education, beginning as a special education teacher, then as a principal in two separate Philadelphia school districts, and finally as a college professor.

"Public education is in crisis," Allison said. "It's being squeezed by a tight economy that can't support present school spending and educational mandates and restrictions that hold back beneficial improvements to learning environments for all students."

Thursday, April 14, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, right, was surprised Wednesday morning at the county Child and Family Collaborative Board meeting as Tim Berger, district office manager for state Rep. Doyle Heffley, right, presented him with a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation recognizing all Nothstein has done in the community. Nothstein is the co-chair of the collaborative board and is a strong supporter of after-school programs.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., is now offering free Wi-Fi.

To use the service, stop at the front desk for a login code to connect your laptop, iPad or other device.

There is a dedicated black/white wireless printer on the Wi-Fi network available for use at 10 cents per page.

The library also offers free use of headphones. People do not have to be members to connect.

This project has been (partially) funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A case against a Franklin Township kennel owner charged with identity theft has been bound over to court.

That was the ruling made against Patricia E. Gadaleta, 52, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, during a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Gadaleta, the owner of Musket Labradors, has been charged with one count each of identity theft, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and two counts of forgery.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Emergency response volunteer Mark Atkinson, left, uses radiation-testing equipment to test SEMA official Nick Roslevege as part of a nuclear power plant disaster drill held Wednesday evening at the Blue Mountain High School. The drills are held every other year for each plant.

Tamaqua and Marian high schools will serve as the main shelter locations for up to 2,000 Berwick residents in the event of a nuclear disaster at the Susquehanna-Berwick nuclear power plant.

The Schuylkill Haven High School would serve as the disaster reception area and shelter.

Schuylkill Haven High School and Pottsville Middle School meanwhile would serve as the two shelters for up to 6,000 residents in case a nuclear disaster would occur at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Obtain public emergency information materials from the power company that operates your local nuclear power plant or your local emergency services office. If you live within 10 miles of the power plant, you should receive these materials yearly from the power company or your state or local government.

Minimizing Exposure to Radiation

Distance The more distance between you and the source of the radiation, the better. This could be evacuation or remaining indoors to minimize exposure.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School teacher Ron Rabenold points out one of severalremaining structural artifacts along thetrail that was the site of the former Switchback Railroad - the first railroad of any significance in the United States.

Accompanied by approximately 30 students and their family members, Lehighton Area Middle School teacher Ron Rabenold hiked the 664 feet up the rocky trail known as "Wagon Road" to the top of Mount Pisgah on Saturday morning to share his love of local history. Together, they hiked and explored the trail that was the site of the former Switchback Railroad - the first gravity railroad of any significance in the United States.

According to Rabenold, "I guess I do the hike simply because I love to tell a good story. I'm always eager to find someone who doesn't mind listening to me."

Thursday, April 14, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Justin Greene, of Slatington, shown being escorted to his preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

A Slatington man charged with the alleged rape of a female will have his case heard in Carbon County Court.

That was the ruling made against Justin Greene, 24, of 2822 Welshtown Road, Slatington, during a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Greene faced charges of rape by forcible compulsion; criminal conspiracy, rape; involuntary sexual deviate intercourse, criminal conspiracy, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; sexual assault; criminal conspiracy, sexual assault; indecent assault; and criminal conspiracy, indecent assault.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The second meeting to organize a Carbon County Labor Council will be held on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lansford AMVETS in the downstairs meeting room. The AMVETS is located at 201 W. Ridge St. in Lansford.

The Labor Council will be open to both retired and active members of Labor Unions (the union does not have to be located within Carbon County).