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Friday, November 4, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, joined his colleagues in the House yesterday in a bipartisan voice vote to increase the benefits that veterans with service-connected disabilities receive, and to increase the compensation received by survivors of certain veterans.

Rep. Barletta voted for the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011 (S. 894).

Friday, November 4, 2011

Carbon County will see a savings of over $700,000 over the next 17 years.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, announced that an action the board voted unanimously in favor of, which was an ordinance regarding refinancing $7.67 million, will save the county and its taxpayers a total of $703,552 over the life of the refinanced bonds. The bonds are scheduled to run through 2028.

Friday, November 4, 2011

A healthy and vibrant community can make for quite an attractive combination.

Which is all the more reason why families should plan to attend the second annual Health & Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the S.S. Palmer Elementary School.

Sponsored by both the S.S. Palmer and Towamensing Elementary PTO's, the event strives to raise community awareness, said Towamensing PTO member Jamie Drake, who also serves as event co-chair.

Friday, November 4, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

S. S. Palmer Elementary students were recently treated to a special guest and a special treat during National School Lunch Week. Molly The Cow, an educational character for The Nutrition Group, made an appearance at the S.S. Palmer cafeteria to help students learn how milk and dairy products provide calcium for strong bones and teeth. Molly, along with Palmerton Area's Food Service Director, Krista Avillion, handed out blueberry, banana low-fat smoothie samples to students at lunch. Molly's "moo-ving" message highlights the benefits of three or more servings from the dairy group daily.

Friday, November 4, 2011

On Oct. 7 Marian Catholic High School's FBLA held a "Pink Out" to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. For a $1 donation, students were allowed to wear a pink shirt to school.

That evening, the event was continued as the football players arrived on the field in pink socks donated courtesy of Chris Henritzy of Delrose Awards, Lansford. The cheerleaders and band members also added pink to their uniforms. Many fans from Marian and Panther Valley supported the cause by wearing pink shirts.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host a Native American Day at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Participants will learn interesting facts about a very different way of life. Several art projects, food, songs, and activities will give a better understanding of this culture.

There is a small donation to participate.

The center is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail. Call (570) 645-8507 for information or to register for the program.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Community organizations who wish to utilize facilities in the Palmerton Area School District will not be charged unless custodial overtime is required.

That was the general consensus of the school board at a committee workshop on Wednesday, at which time it reopened discussion on Policy #707, Use of School Facilities.

The board agreed those organizations would not be charged a fee unless there is actual custodial overtime incurred during hours in which the district does not have regular coverage.

Friday, November 4, 2011

HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, along with local police from across Central Pennsylvania, are in the process of arresting nine suspects linked to a wide-reaching prescription forgery ring allegedly responsible for fabricating hundreds of bogus prescriptions for powerful pain medications.

Friday, November 4, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mac Wingate with Walters Monument Company of Summit Hill prepares the World War I Memorial at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe for the installation of bronze plaques bearing the names of close to 500 veterans of "the World War" from Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk in preparation for a dedication ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m.

Just over 90 years ago, on Oct. 15, 1921, the residents of what is today the borough of Jim Thorpe unveiled and dedicated a monument honoring the local men who fought in what was then known simply as the "World War."

Today, that monument in Jim Thorpe remembering those soldiers has undergone a total restoration through the hard work and dedication of the World War I Memorial Restoration Committee and the Jim Thorpe Lions Club.

Friday, November 4, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Steven Marsicano, 44, of 223 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua, is escorted from his arraignment by Tamaqua Patrolman Matt Bynon Thursday afternoon. Marsicano was arraigned before District Judge Stephen Bayer on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communications facility. Marsicano allegedly sold drugs to an undercoper operative in 2010. The arrest was made by Patrolman Anthony Stanell, who was working with Sgt. Rick Weaver and the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force. Bail was set at $10,000.