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Friday, September 16, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Boy Scout Troop 98 has been named the top troop in America for sending the most cards – over 3,000 – to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the Scouts that have written the most are, left to right, Chris Major, Joey King, Doug Stangl, Dayne Coleman, Robert Nemecek, Eric Bond.

Boy Scout Troop 98 of Brodheadsville has done it again.

For the second year in a row, the troop has received a letter of recognition and a trophy from Friends of Our Troops for being the number one scout troop in the nation to write out the most Christmas cards for members of the United States military serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. They wrote out over 3,000 cards.

Friday, September 16, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News

Two young deer follow a mature leader across a field (above) in West Penn Township, and then across a road (left). Drivers should be aware that deer will more active with the approach of fall and colder temperatures.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Carbon County's retirement fund is hale and hearty despite a still-shakey economy, experts told commissioners Thursday.

"The pension plan is 97 percent funded, which is excellent," said actuary Henry E. Stiehl, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist with the Hay Group, Inc., the county's pension fund managers.

That's better than most counties, he said.

"Your fund, especially after the changes you made in the past year, is in excellent condition," Stiehl said.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter is holding two "Meet the Candidates Nights."

The first will be held on Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the AMVETS in Lansford, 201 W. Ridge St.

All Democratic candidates for office have been invited to this meeting and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Active and Retired Union Members and their guests are invited to attend.

The second "Meet the Candidates" event will be held on Oct. 17 and Republican candidates for office will be invited.

Friday, September 16, 2011
Good times in West Penn

Members of the West Penn Lions Club and youngsters alike enjoyed a good time recently at the West Penn Community Park. Shown above are Riley Kabana, 3, and her brother Keith. At bottom, Cole Gursky, 20, performs at the social event.

Friday, September 16, 2011
We're cool, uh huh

These cool kids, Baylen, 3, Bryce, 9, Bryn, 7 and Chase, 7, enjoyed their day together at the Lehigh Valley Zoo. They are the Grandest Kids of Kathy and Jim Clifford of Andreas. Baylen, Bryce and Bryn are the children of Jim and Patti Clifford, and also Grandest Kids of Bill and Julie Stahl. Chase is the son of Jason and Janine Clifford and also the Grandest Kid of Ed and Terry Mehlig.

Friday, September 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rising majestically above the New York skyline is One World Trade Center, formerly called The Freedom Tower. Upon its completion in 2013, 1 WTC will be the tallest building in the United States and one of the tallest in the world, standing at a symbolic height of 1,776 feet. To the right is 7 WTC, which was the last tower to fall during the attacks of Sept. 11,2001, and the first tower to be complete. In Saturday's edition, reporter Andy Leibenguth, who spent a day at the memorial site earlier this week, offers his first-hand impressions of the WTC complex.

Friday, September 16, 2011

DANIELSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – State wildlife officials say a virus killed nearly 100 deer on a farm in Northampton County in the first outbreak of the illness in the state since 2007.

The deer, at a breeding operation in Danielsville, started dying in August. The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the deer died of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

The virus is not harmful to humans but wildlife officials advise against eating the meat of infected deer.

The virus is more common in the south. Outbreaks have also been reported in New York and New Jersey in the last month.

Friday, September 16, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news Firemen fight down flames that destroyed a home along Beltzville Drive in Polk Township late Thursday night.

A Monroe County home was destroyed by fire late Thursday night along Beltzville Drive in Polk Township.

The fire was first reported at 11 p.m. when passers-by spotted flames in a remote area just to the north of the roadway. The home is hidden from view from the road.

Fire companies from several Monroe and Carbon counties responded to the scene and found the dwelling fully involved in flames when they arrived. Due to the remote location of the scene, water had to be tanked into the site.

Friday, September 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Walk organizer Ann Marie Calabrese looks out over the High Bridge in Hometown. Her sister, Mary Ann Calabrese-Marchalk, committed suicide on this bridge in 1997.

The first annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, to raise prevention and awareness for depression and suicide, will take place Saturday at the Hometown Farmer's Market.

The three-to-five-mile walk will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Schuylkill County Suicide Prevention Task Force and RHD-Power of Carbon county. A portion of of the proceeds will remain in Carbon and Schuylkill counties for local AFSP programs.

AFPS is a non-profit agency that provides support for those impacted from depression and the survivors of suicide.