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Friday, April 15, 2011

Because of the proposed cuts to public education by the state, the Panther Valley School district currently faces a loss of $1.3 million in funding for next year's budget. Superintendent Rosemary Porembo provided a grim overview of what lies ahead for public education.

"The 'norm' as we knew it, will no longer be the norm in the foreseeable future," she said.

Porembo said that the budget and finance committee has managed to cut approximately $470,000 from the proposed budget for next year and is continuing to review and make cuts where possible.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Lansford man, who was arrested at his home a short time after he robbed an area pharmacy of over $11,000 worth of drugs, admitted to the act and entered a guilty plea this week in Carbon County court.

Jack Ensel, 51, of 723 E. Patterson St., pleaded guilty before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to one count each of robbery, simple assault and theft. He was charged with robbing the CVC Pharmacy in Nesquehoning, on Oct. 17, 2008.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Coaldale Borough Council voted not to become involved in any way in the concept of a regionalized police department for the Panther Valley area. Councilman Robert Hoben said, "I think we should go on record as not being interested. From the cost analysis I have seen, this will not benefit our borough." According to Hoben, Summit Hill and Nesquehoning both came out against regionalization. Lansford hasn't acted on the matter.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

During an often contentious meeting Wednesday, Lansford Borough Council deadlocked on a vote to allow borough secretary-treasurer Renee Slakoper to work from home due to a mold problem at the borough offices above the American Fire Co. at 23 East Patterson Street.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On behalf of an appreciative congregation, Sharon Elder, board member, left, and Dolores Kuehner begin shredding the mortgage for the $1.85M Ben Salem United Church of Christ complex, Church Hill Road, Lehighton. Hugh Vrablic, student pastor, is seen in the background. Hard work by the congregation resulted in a debt-free complex in just eight years. The achievement was celebrated during Sunday servies, along with a farewell luncheon salute to the Rev. Jim Knappenberger. On Monday, Ben Salem UCC will welcome a new pastor, the Rev. Michael McGowan.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Since the pre-release center is now a dead issue, the Schuylkill County Prison Board is now seeking ways to alleviate the overcrowding in the county prison in Pottsville by finding sentencing alternatives.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Carbon County Fair board monthly meeting will be held on Friday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Health System Community Center on 6th & Iron Sts., Lehighton.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a craft or display vendor at the 2011 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at 570/325-8685.

Anyone who would like to become involved with the Fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com. The fair will be held on August 10-14, 2011 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In celebration of Earth Week, April 16-24, the Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology Project is encouraging residents to get outside and take part in citizen science work simply by observing the natural world around them.

Phenology is the observation of seasonal changes including the blooming of flowers, appearance of migratory birds, the hatching of insects, and the emergence of animals from winter hibernation. Scientists have come to realize that phenological events are very sensitive to changes in climate, yet are easy and fun to observe and record.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store in Lehighton has again joined 4-H in support of local youth with the 4-H TSC Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraising effort to benefit state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a Tractor Supply Company store is located.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., will host a book discussion group at 6 p.m., April 28. This month's discussion is about the book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

When 23-year-old Jankowski learns that his parents have been killed in a car crash, leaving him penniless, he drops out of Cornell veterinary school and parlays his expertise with animals into a job with the circus, where he cares for a menagerie of exotic creatures.