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Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Walnutport hauler stands a strong chance to be retained as garbage collector in Lower Towamensing Township.

Three companies submitted bids to the township on Friday, with McAuliffe Hauling & Recycling, Walnutport, turning in the apparent low bids for one, three and five-year contracts.

McAuliffe, the township's current garbage collector, bid $197,800 for one year; $605,000 for three years; and $1,030,000 for five years.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
February is both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month. No one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories as Thaddeus Stevens, who pressured President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, fathered the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and was the chief architect of Reconstruction after the Civil War ended.

With February being both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month, no one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories than Thaddeus Stevens.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Susan Bulanda, a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, sits with her retired search and rescue dog, Gus. She writes and teaches about how animals behave in their natural conditions.

Susan Bulanda literally wrote the book on training the search and rescue dog.

Her book, "READY! Training the Search and Rescue Dog," now in its second edition, is considered the Bible of search and rescue operations, and has been adopted by units throughout the world-even being reprinted in Japanese.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Coaldale borough council at a special meeting Friday agreed to borrow $60,000 to make ends meet until tax money begins coming in.

The tax anticipation loan, from Jim Thorpe National Bank, carries a 5 percent interest rate and must be repaid by July 29.

The loans are routine for most municipalities at this time of year.

Also on Friday council chose a London Plane tree to be planted near the Seek memorial. The tree, which will arrive in early April, is being given to the borough free of charge through the Schuylkill Bicentennial Heritage Tree Program.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times News A busted front window panel is evidence of the hit-and-run incident at a business in the Village Venter Mall in Snyders.

West Penn Township Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that occurred early Thursday morning at a business located in the Village Center Mall in Snyders.

An unknown driver smashed a vehicle into the door and window of the Kitchen of Dreams Custom Cabinetry business. West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson estimated the hit-and-run occurred Thursday morning between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Business owner Walter Fleck said a nearbybusiness alerted him to the damage. He also said nothing was stolen and he is still open for business.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thanks to Faculty Brass, a Lehighton-based quartet, the warmth of music filled the cold biting air last weekend in Jim Thorpe during the annual Winterfest weekend.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Can you sing or dance or have some other entertaining talent, Family Promise of Carbon County is inviting you to share it at the Family Promise Variety Show. Family Promise is a nonprofit organization serving homeless families in Carbon County. The Family Promise Variety Show will showcase Carbon County's local talent in a variety of performance disciplines, and everyone is invited to be a part of the festivities. If you can play the mandolin, sing, act, make people laugh or juggle, the non profit organization needs you.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The detailed wood carving talents of sculptor Brian Ruth of "Masters of the Chainsaw" bring out and enhance the ruggedness and boldness of the American Eagle turning a log of wood into a symbol of strength. Ruth demonstrated his talents at last weekend's Winterfest in Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Registration has started for the 2011-12 program year for the following PathStone programs: Early Head Start (year round services), Head Start (10 month program) and Pre-K Count (10 month program).

Eligibility requirements are: Early Head Start: pregnant women or child between birth and 3 years old; Head Start: child between the ages of 3 and 5; and Pre K Counts: child between the ages of 3 and 5.

All participants must meet federal income guidelines.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Special to the Times News

Alex Lebo, of Lake Hauto and a sixth grader at Panther Valley Middle School, was the top money maker for the school's Hoops for Heart event, an annual community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association during National Heart Month.

Alex raised $125 for the cause in memory of his late grandfather John "Sonny" Kovatch of Nesquehoning.