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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A survey has been sent out regarding the Middle Carbon County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan.

The survey asks for residents' opinions about the parks and recreation in their area. The results of the survey will be used to create an improvement plan for parks and recreation in the area.

The Middle Carbon County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan is in correlation with the Middle Carbon County Comprehensive Plan.

The municipalities which are a part of the Middle Carbon Comprehensive Plan are: Summit Hill, Lansford, Jim Thorpe and Penn Forest Township.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, again called on President Obama to increase or at least continue at the current level the funding for home heating assistance for veterans and seniors through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Deeds recorded

Kidder Township

Nicholas Tumulty to Carlos J. Rivera, Long Pond, two transactions, Lot 105, Section A, Holiday Poconos, $5,242.50, and property at 106 Henning Drive, Albrightsville, $147,000.

Patricia O'Connell to Patricia O'Connell, Fort Myers, Fla., Ridgewood Country Estates Lot 7, Section B, $1.

Joseph T. Mayer to Charles Joseph Weber Sr., HC 1 Box 72, Albrightsville, parcel No. 34A-21-A5.01, $62,500.

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, Va., property at 366 Laurel Woods Drive, Lake Harmony, $1.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. for all committee and team members. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Ernest Troy Freeby faces life in prison

A Carbon County jury panel deliberated for more than five hours late Monday afternoon and evening before finding a Lansford man guilty of first degree murder of his wife, who disappeared.

Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, faces a mandatory life without parole sentence. The panel of seven women and five men also found him guilty of tampering with evidence. They reached their verdict at about 9:25 p.m., after beginning deliberations about 4 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Could the Carbon County Fair have an additional 47 acres of land to operate its popular annual fair on?

Representatives of the Carbon County Lion/Lioness Fair Association certainly hope so, and plan to broach the subject to the Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at which time the organization plans to discuss its intention to use about 47 acres of a 700-acre tract of land located at 2645 Little Gap Road for a fairgrounds and recreational complex.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Polk Township Fire Department has new executive officers: Aaron Keller, Chris Overpeck, Bill Smith, Bernie Shea, Candy Burger, Billy Tippitt, Kenny Hawk, Rich Beck, Terry Jacoby, Linda Kile and Rick Scherer.

The Polk Township Fire Company, founded in 1969, held an appreciation banquet on Jan. 28. It was catered by Cherry's Restaurant, Kresgeville.

Matt Schessler, outgoing president, thanked his wife Melody for standing by him when he was so often at the firehouse, Bill Thompson as his vice president and Billy Tippett who was his secretary.

"They did a great job. We have some new personnel in important places," he said.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

During their regularly scheduled meeting, Mahoning Township supervisors also acted upon the following items:

Ÿ Tabled a request for training by township officer Amie Barclay until the supervisors receive some answers to questions regarding the content of the course. Barclay would attend during her time off, but if approved would be paid straight time for attending as is the custom in the township.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

State Sen. Dave Argall and Rep. Jerry Knowles will be helping to raise awareness in the fight against cancer as they serve as guest bartenders during the Celebrity Bartenders Month at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua. Argall and Knowles will be serving up drinks from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 1.

Every Wednesday during February, guest bartenders will do their best to help the cause, with 15 percent of the bar bill being donated to the American Cancer Society Telethon.

Guest bartender for Feb. 8 will be Andy Leibenguth, with entertainment by Cody Sassaman.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

MapleShade Meadows residents recently enjoyed a musical performance by the Our Lady of the Angels Academy band, which is comprised of 21 students from all grades. Under the direction of Tom Dowd, sixth grade teacher and band director at OLOAA, the students performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee," "Star Upon the Ocean," and "Old Lang Syne." Gathered with some of the students following the program were, back row, left and right, Susan Hydro, activities director at MapleShade; and Marie Badowsky, a resident.