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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Not every stranger who comes into your neighborhood is a criminal by any means. There are many perfectly legitimate door-to-door salesmen, repairmen, and servicemen moving around our neighborhood all the time. But criminals do take advantage of this by taking the guise of legitimate business representatives. After all, if a criminal looked like a criminal, no one would have any trouble spotting him. But, if you see:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

As the spring home buying season kicks off, Realtors® will host thousands of open houses in neighborhoods across the country during Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend.

On June 5, Realtors® in Carbon County invite buyers to visit some of the many open homes throughout the area where they can learn more about homeownership.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Road repairs were on the minds of members of Parryville Council on Tuesday.

Council president Mike Grant said he is applying for a grant to repair roads in the borough.

Grant said that Water Street needs repairs and that other roads need patching done.

Grant also noted that he is still waiting to hear who owns the property adjacent to the borough building before moving forward on the salt storage shed.

Attorney Michael Greek, solicitor for the borough, said that his office is researching the deed and should have an answer soon. The deed dates back to 1914.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Lions, in conjunction with Blue Mountain Health Systems, recently presented a community health fair at the Blue Mountain Community Service Center, Palmerton. Community residents were invited to take part in health assessments, health screenings, chair massages and a cooking demonstration. From left are, Palmerton Lions members John Hazle, George Unangst and Jim Scheckler.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER Coaldale Officer Jeremy Talanca, left, and Chief Tim Delaney show a Neighborhood Crime Watch poster, one of about a dozen that will be posted around town to promote the program.

Coaldale residents are taking back their town, one neighbor at a time.

A Neighborhood Watch has started in the borough, under the direction of police Officer Jeremy Talanca. The group met for the first time Wednesday at borough hall. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 8.

The program is built on getting to know one's neighbors and alerting police to suspicious activity.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily precipitation is slowing the drainage of the Owl Creek Reservoir which was started on May 12th. The reservoir is being drained to allow contractors to perform maintenance, replacement and repairs on both the upper and lower dams. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has lifted all seasons, sizes and creel limits on the upper Owl Creek reservoir in anticipation of the reservoirs complete drawdown. The temporary modification will remain in effect until further notice; but in no event will it remain in place after Jan. 1, 2012.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tornadoes are rare locally, but on Thursday night the second one in three days touched down in Schuylkill County.

The National Weather Service in State College confirmed that a twister with a EF-1 rating plowed down an 18 mile path from the Cressona area to West Penn Township on Thursday.

It had winds up to 110 mph, says the Weather Service.

On Monday night, an EF-1 rated tornado, struck an area one mile south of Brockton.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley school director Bill Hunsicker, who on Thursday resigned the office of vice-president. To Hunsicker's left is school director R. Mickey Angst. To his right is maintenance supervisor George Krajnak.

Panther Valley school director Bill Hunsicker on Thursday resigned from his post as vice-president.

Hunsicker, who has been on the board for close to four years, said after the meeting that he is busy, serving on four board committees, and needed to let go of the responsibilities of the vice-president post.

During the meeting fellow school director R. Mickey Angst suggested that Hunsicker resigned because of something that occurred at a committee meeting held Monday.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute Salutatorian Tiffany Ruch dices carrots in the school's kitchen.

Carbon Career and Technical Institute Salutatorian Tiffany Ruch is cooking up a career in food service.

Ruch, of Palmerton is a Culinary Arts student, following in the footsteps of her older sister Tabitha, who graduated from CCTI's culinary program in 2008. Tiffany's twin sister, Trisha, is also enrolled in the program.

Although Tiffany has yet to decide how to use what's she's learned as a career map, she's enjoyed the lessons.

The daughter of Jeffrey Ruch and Nancy Amill, Ruch enrolled in her sophomore year.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, Carbon agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business. Front row: Richard Warner of Lehigh County Community College's Business Enterprise Center, Dawn Ferrante of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, Curt Evans of PA CareerLink in Carbon County. Back row: Ed Kowalczyk of Wilkes University's Small Business Development Center, Gary Wentz of PA CareerLink in Carbon County, Michael Kane of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Also supporting the program but not in the photo are: Carbon County Career and Technical Institute's Adult Education Program, Lehigh Valley SCORE, and the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, local agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business.

The Realities of Entrepreneurship and Getting Started will be offered twice: Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 18. This first workshop provides an overview of the basic components of taking your business from an idea to developing a business plan and starting up.