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Friday, August 19, 2011

The Garden of Giving in Effort, a 501c3 nonprofit garden that raises fresh food for the area's food pantries, is in need of volunteers to come help harvest the corn crop Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Aug. 19-22.)

Perhaps your Girl or Boy Scout troop, 4H Club, youth group, service organization would be willing to help.

The Garden of Giving is located off Rt. 715 North.

Contact Andrea at 570-646-9532 for further information, times and exact location.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Watch your step ! While startling to come upon while walking, this four foot long black snake spotted in Jim Thorpe is reportedly not only not dangerous but also is beneficial in such ways as one of their favorite meal choices are mice and rats.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Carbon officials want to get the word out to all area fire departments that a new federal grant round has been opened.

These grants can be used to help update personnel accountability equipment to provide safer operations to all members of the fire department.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said that he learned on Wednesday that a new grant round for the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant opened on Monday.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Carbon County will be the future site of a statewide conference for commissioners.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein announced that Split Rock Resort in Carbon County will be the site of the 2016 County Commissioners annual conference. The event, which runs from Saturday through Wednesday, is held annually in August.

Nothstein explained that at the end of the conference, the delegates vote on future site selections for the next five years.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Carbon County retirement board officials are ready to get off the volatile roller coaster ride that its retirement fund has been on over the last few months.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board, Robert Crampsie, county controller, announced that the county's retirement portfolio value as of July 31, was $63,455,000; but over the last few weeks, as uncertainty continues in the federal government, the fund plummeted down to $60 million as of Aug. 17.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Maryland motorcyclist was seriously injured on Thursday when her bike crashed into the rear of a truck. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 12:25 p.m. along SR61 at Coal Mountain Road, in West Brunswick Township.

Troopers said Joanne E. Westerman, 43, of Baltimore, was operating a 2010 Victory Freedom V-Twin bike northbound. A 1992 GMC diesel truck, driven by Marvin L. Faust, 60, of Andreas, was in front of her.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Chestnut and Main streets in Parryville, will host a free luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold its first St. Francis Blessing of the Animals at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Free will donations will benefit the following organizations: Carbon County K-9, Carbon County Friends of Animals and A.S.P.C.A.

For more information, call (610) 377-4303.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A coordinated police operation arrested five men on a job sight at the Schuylkill Highridge Business Park in Foster Township, Schuylkill County, it was announced by Sheriff Joseph Groody.

About 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a joint operation led by Groody and a number of his deputies, plus detectives from the district attorney's office and patrolmen from Butler and Cass/Foster Townshiips Police Department made the arrests.

Friday, August 19, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "Do the hemochromatosis people really have polycythemia vera," asks Robert Gadinski at Thursday's public forum on a rare blood disease in our area. The session took place at the Carbon County Emergency Management Center, Nesquehoning.

Is it possible that some folks diagnosed with a blood disease involving a build-up of iron might actually be suffering from a rarer blood disease found in unusual clusters in Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties?

The condition of iron build up in the blood is called hemochromatosis and it can look like polycythemia vera, the disease currently being investigated in the local area.