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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tom Kobal, firefighter, explains the equipment found inside a firetruck to children at Franklin Elementary School during a Fire Prevention Program at the school.

Franklin Township firefighters gave the children at Franklin Elementary School a message about fire safety, but not before they congratulated the children for listening to their messages in past years.

Thomas Chew, fire prevention officer, announced that because the children in Franklin Township do not play with matches or lighters, Franklin Township is the safest community in the county.

"In the last year, we've only had one house fire in Franklin Township and in the last year, we've had no injuries because of a house fire."

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the following emergency services training. Registration is required. To register, call the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency at (570) 325-3097.

Blood Borne Pathogens: Oct. 15, 8 a.m. at the Carbon County EMA.

ICS-100: Oct 23, 8 a.m. at the Carbon County EMA.

Hazmat Operations Refresher: Nov. 5, 8 a.m., at the Carbon County EMA.

Hazmat Awareness Refresher: Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Carbon County EMA.

ICS-200: Dec. 4 and 11, 8 a.m. at the Carbon County EMA.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District announced it will begin drawing down the pool of the Francis E. Walter Dam to its winter level starting Oct. 17.

The draw down follows the completion of the recreation season, which included all 24 planned whitewater release events and numerous fisheries enhancement releases. The winter pool level is an elevation of 1300.

The Corps will hold a public meeting to gather feedback on the 2011 recreation season. The date and time will be announced at a later date.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Layne "The Doc" Roberts, co-host of the daily The Bump and Grind show on Penn's Peak Radio, lies on hospital bed while having an ultrasound done on his heart at Cardiology Associates at Carbon Plaza Mall, Mahoning Township. Viewing the ultrasound on a screen are Dr. William Markson M.D., left, and Eugeen McGeehan, RDCS.

Layne Roberts, co-host of "The Daily Bump and Grind" morning show on Penn's Peak Radio, goes by the moniker "The Doctor."

The "doctor of entertainment" visited a real doctor as a segment of his program and had heart testing done.

Penn's Peak Radio, although broadcast as a radio station on Channel 80 on the Blue Ridge Communications System, also is aired live as a TV program on Channel 113 on BRC digital TV.

He had heart monitoring done at Cardiology Associates & Diagnostic Center at Carbon Plaza Mall in Mahoning Township.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lansford council on Wednesday took another step forward in its plans to move the borough offices from above the fire station on East Patterson Street to the community center on Ridge Street.

Those members attending the public meeting agreed to have the borough engineer inspect the community center to determine what changes would need to be made to the electrical system to accommodate office equipment, and how a wheelchair access should be designed.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Summit Hill Republican Club will hold a special meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Borough building. The group will be discussing potential changes in procedures, election of officers and other matters pertaining to the Fall 2011 election. It is urged that all members with concerns about the club be present for this important meeting. Any borough council candidate is welcome to address the body.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urge consumers to take time during Fire Prevention Week to check their homes for fire risks and to develop and practice a family escape plan.

CPSC estimates an annual average of more than 386,000 unintentional residential fires, nearly 2,400 deaths and more the 12,500 injuries each year from 2006 through 2008.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Sara Ruch, project manager for the Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership, Lansford Alive member Chris Ondrus and vice-president Bob Silver fit the first plaque in a billboard designed to draw visitors to the No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum into Lansford.

Visitors to Lansford's No. 9 Mine and Museum now have a preview of the borough's attractions. A billboard designed by Coaldale artist Sue Frendak his now complete with the names of businesses and a church.

Lansford Alive members Chris Ondrus and Bob Silver, and Sara Ruch, project manager for the Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership, recently put up the first of the six signs. Lansford Alive sponsored the sign, with funds coming through former state Rep. Keith McCall.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Five-year-old Deven Armbruster of Lehighton is all smiles after extinguishing a simulated fire with a fire extinguisher during the Fire Prevention Week program at the Lehighton Fire Department last night. Assisting him is Tim Schnell of the Mahoning Valley Fire Company. Over 300 youngsters attended.

The most popular activity for children at the Fire Prevention Week program last night in Lehighton was the fire extinguisher.

Youngsters waited in long lines for a chance to spray liquid at a simulated blaze, essentially extinguishing it. After spraying for a short period, most had a satisfied smile. They had vanquished the fiery villain.

More than 300 children attended the program staged at Station 1 of the Lehighton Fire Department despite steady rain. The event was a joint effort of the Lehighton, Franklin Township, and Mahoning Township fire departments.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Frank Staudenmeier

Change is coming to Schuylkill County in less than four weeks. Republican Frank J. Staudenmeier, Ashland, is the only sitting county commissioner seeking re-election. Democratic incumbents Mantura Gallagher and Francis V. McAndrew chose to retire from office.

George Halcovage, Pottsville, president of Morgan & Halcovage Insurance Agency, joins Staudenmeier on the Republican ticket for the Nov. 8 general election.