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Friday, January 13, 2012

Carbon County officials have announced that the annual Carbon County Outdated Telephone Directory Recycling program, also known as the Phone Book Recycling Program, will take place from Feb. 1 through Feb. 17 at participating schools.

After the deadline, the county Department of Solid Waste will present awards to the students who bring in the most books, as well as who brings in the oldest telephone book.

Friday, January 13, 2012

HAZLETON U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that one local fire department will receive more than $617,000 through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 in Carbon County will receive $617,500. The money will be used to buy a new ladder truck.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Packerton Yards development project is moving forward, Carbon County officials say.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said the county needs to apply for a grant extension for the Packerton Yards Industrial Park project. The project is planned for the 59-acre site that straddles Mahoning Township and Lehighton, which was purchased by the last administration on Feb. 25, 2005.

Friday, January 13, 2012

St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua will accept registrations for Kindergarten through eight grade for the 2012-2013 school year beginning Monday of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 30-Feb. 3).

St. Jerome Regional School is a Christ- centered Catholic School open to all, serving the parishes of St. Jerome, SS. Peter & Paul and St. Richard and surrounding parishes. SJRS, in partnership with each school family, strives to form a community of faith living and teaching the gospel message. The academic program meets the national, state and diocesan standards.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The deadline for municipalities and emergency personnel to switch to narrowband radios is rapidly approaching, a Carbon County official said.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said the county needs to proceed on the conversion project of narrowband radios. The deadline for the conversion is Jan. 1, 2013.

Friday, January 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Blueprint Team completed the Upper Floor Redevelopment Plan, identifying 112 West Broad Street as a "catalyst" project.

The Blueprint Communities initiative of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of Pittsburgh has awarded Tamaqua a $10,000 minigrant.

The grant will be used to help design and engineer pre-development work for the Upper Floors project in the historic downtown area.

Tamaqua will continue its work to redevelop the upper floors of its historic downtown "Main Street District." The Tamaqua Blueprint Community Team spearheaded an effort to identify and inventory potential properties for upper floor redevelopment, completing the Tamaqua Upper Floor Study in 2007.

Friday, January 13, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Richard Zabroski, right, is sworn in as Panther Valley School director by board solicitor Robert T. Yurchak.

Panther Valley graduate, volunteer football coach and former Nesquehoning borough Councilman Richard Zabroski is the school board's newest member.

The board appointed Zabroski, a Republican, to serve the time remaining on the term of school director Anthony Pondish, who resigned in October. Zabroski's appointment breaks the months-long 4-4 vote logjam by the board created by Pondish's absence.

Shortly after Zabroski was sworn in on Thursday, longtime school directors R. Mickey Angst and David Hiles said they were relieved at the surge of interest in board seats.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Grace St. Paul's United Methodist Church will hold a free community dinner on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 4-6 p.m., at the church, on Church Road, off Route 903 in Jim Thorpe, next to the Butterfly Sanctuary. All are welcome.

For more information, call (570) 325-9151.

Friday, January 13, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Dave Kurz, security manager, department of public safety, views the brand new digital video-recording system that has been recently installed at Blue Mountain Ski Area.

Bandits who scope out Blue Mountain Ski Area as a potential robbery site may want to think twice.

A new digital video-recording system has been installed as part of a measure to improve security for its guests.

The new security device is a huge upgrade over the former analog system, according to Dave Kurz, security manager, department of public safety.

Kurz said the new system – complete with 78 cameras – was needed in an effort to curtail the number of thefts that had occurred at the ski area.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The murder trial of a Lansford man was delayed by legal issues Thursday, resulting in only one witness being heard and an early recess of the proceeding.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II recessed the trial of Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, after almost the entire morning was taken up by legal arguments in his chambers. The jury panel, which reported at 8:45 a.m., sat in the deliberation room until about 11:55 a.m. before it was brought into the courtroom and told by Nanovic that the proceeding was delayed because he had to deal with some legal issues raised by counsel.