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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Changes to a program at the Carbon County Correctional Facility will affect municipalities and inmates alike.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, Frank Shubeck, the prison work release/treatment director, announced changes to the current inmate work program, which was implemented in 2007, because of funding issues. The program was costing the county $24,473 to operate annually.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mr. Tim McCutchan, a Pleasant Valley High School social studies teacher, has been nominated for the Star Award for the program he developed on his "Constitution Wiki." His nomination was the result of his students' success in understanding the Constitution. Mr. McCutchan presented the development of the Constitution project with his students.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The former Dime Bank in Lansford is being considered as a new borough hall.

Lansford council has set it sights on buying the former Dime Bank building at 7 West Ridge St. as a possible new borough home.

At a special meeting Wednesday, council discussed making an offer $10,000 to $20,000 was mentioned for the three-story red brick building.

There was no discussion of how the borough would pay for the building. Members tabled the matter until council's next public meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 13.

Council members have toured the building, which has no elevator, but does have a zoned oil heating system.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday took a step forward in considering the possibility of selling the water system it owns with Coaldale and part of Nesquehoning.

Mayor Ron Hood at a special meeting broke a tie vote to move the borough to meet with representatives of two water companies that have expressed interest in buying the water system.

"There's nothing wrong with sitting down and talking with these companies," Hood said.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Jim Thorpe Community Venison Dinner will be held at Christ United Church of Christ, Fourth and Center streets, Jim Thorpe on March 19. Dinners, including venison roasts, sausage and Shirley's venison meatloaf, with all the trimmings will be served at 5 and 6 p.m. No reservations are needed and no donations will be accepted.

All are welcome.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Keith Knappenberger, 34, will be seeking the one available supervisor position in the Penn Forest Township Primary Election.

Keith is a native of Penn Forest Township. He resides on Unionville Road with his wife Sherry.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Casimir "Caszy" Kosciolek

Casimir "Caszy" Kosciolek of Lake Hauto has announced his candidacy for re-election to the office of Magisterial District Judge in the Carbon County Magisterial District 56-3-03, which covers the boroughs of Lansford, Nesquehoning, and Summit Hill.

Kosciolek, a Democrat, has filed nomination petitions to have his name appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the May 17 Primary Election.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Eckley Miners' Village, a living history museum focusing on the daily life of the anthracite coal miner and his family, is seeking volunteers to assist in the historic mission of the preserved "patch" town.

Volunteers give guided tours of the preserved village, are stationed in exhibit buildings during special events, and assist in preparing displays and explaining village details to visitors.

Volunteers receive training and may volunteer for whatever hours or days are convenient.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Schuylkill County man, formerly of Lansford, was given a prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court after pleading guilty to retail theft and other criminal counts. He was one of nine defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lansford incidents

Christopher W. Weston, 29, of Pottsville, was sentenced by Serfass to serve three to one day less 24 months in the county prison on a reatil theft charge. The same sentence was also imposed on a charge of resisting arrest.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Because of high water levels, boat launches are closed at Beltzville State Park.

Officials of the park said a water release is occurring and the boat launch area will be open within a few weeks.

Meanwhile, Beltzville officials are getting ready for their summer season, which begins in two months.