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Monday, March 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS PennSTAR 5 flight paramedic Travis Byerly demonstrates the proper way to load a patient onto a helicopter.

Coaldale firefighters and PennSTAR 5 crew, out of the Carbon County Base in Lehighton, took part in joint landing drills recently at the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital helicopter landing pad.

Firefighters learned many aspects of working with a medical support and transport helicopter, such as preparations, lifts and carries, loading, night-vision goggle usage scenarios, unloading and other technical intricacies of working around a helicopter.

PennSTAR tries to limit the time on the ground to less than six minutes

Monday, March 7, 2011

Eight Tamaqua area residents were among 65 who were arraigned Monday morning in the office of District Attorney James P. Goodman at the Schuylkill County courthouse and were charged with criminal offenses. All pleaded not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Monday, March 7, 2011

A basketball game pitting Lehighton students against Lehighton faculty Thursday, March 10 at the Lehighton Area Middle School gymnasium. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the game will begin at 6:00 p.m. There is a fee for admission.

Monday, March 7, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Workers enter the Wabash Tunnel at an access point near West Broad and Berwick streets Friday morning. The men refused to identify themselves and ordered the media to leave, saying, "Get out of here," with one worker actually running away from view of the camera. Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt said the workers are from A One Service of Shenandoah and are in town to begin testing on the wild cat sewers located along the Wabash Creek. The firm was hired by borough council at their February meeting.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Carbon County Fair board monthly meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Blue Mountain Health System Community Center, Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton. Members are asked to note the change in location. 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 August 10-14.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District officials are thinking about building a new junior high school. Eight school board members unanimously authorized superintendent Raymond C. Kinder to start interviewing architects who would be interested in working on the project. Board President Larry Neff said the architects will help them decide whether to construct a new junior high or renovate the current building.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March is chock full of fun at the Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

Tomorrow, a Mardi Gras and crafts party will be held from 4-6 p.m. A Lions Club formation meeting follows at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, visit the library to learn all about Harriet Tubman, born a slave in Maryland around 1820. In 1849, Tubman, about to be sold away from her family, escaped north. But she risked her life dozens of times to travel back down south to help hundreds of other slaves, including her 70-year-old parents, escape.

Monday, March 7, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS NOVA's main facility in Ormrod

Councilman Bryon Reed of Slatington is once again under attack by the unknown author(s) of the website www.improveslatington.com for quoting a Borough Code that reads, 'The Borough shall be responsible for ensuring that the fire and emergency medical services are provided within the borough by the means and to the extent determined by the borough.'

The website author(s) took issue with the words, 'to the extent determined by the borough,' claiming, 'that seems to mean FREE for businesses while Slatington government raises taxes, water, sewer and trash rates for the citizens.'

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, is the final day in which candidates for offices on the local and county levels in Carbon County are able to file nominating petitions.

As of the close of the business day on Friday, the Carbon County Elections Office reported there were 68 candidates filed on the Democratic side, while 50 persons filed Republican petitions.

The latest filings included:

Democrats

Danielle R. Condly, 400 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, Jim Thorpe School Board, four-year term.

Amy L. Potsko, 221 Hudsondale St., Weatherly, Weatherly School Board, four-year term.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Lower Towamensing and Towamensing supervisors held a joint meeting on Jan. 24 to discuss the possibility of garbage pickup by the Towamensing crew in Lower Towamensing beginning April 1.

However, there was no reply to Towamensing Township by the requested March 1 date, it is assumed they have found someone else, said Towamensing secretary Lora Nothstein.

In other business during a meeting of the Towamensing supervisors, Eric Snyder presented the Woods Campground plan.