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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dr. Jami Avellini, the first female obstetrician/ gynecologist at St. Luke's Tamaqua Medical Center, has been delighted by the warm reception she has received.

Since April 2013, Avellini, accompanied by a medical assistant, has traveled one day a week to the center, just across from the railroad station.

She provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecologic care including routine annual exams, minor surgical procedures and prenatal care.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a prescription treatment that can be used by family members or caregivers to treat a person known or suspected to have had an opioid overdose. Evzio (naloxone hydrochloride injection) rapidly delivers a single dose of the drug naloxone via a hand-held auto-injector that can be carried in a pocket or stored in a medicine cabinet.

It is intended for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, characterized by decreased breathing or heart rates, or loss of consciousness.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dave Scheller, an employee of the Chestnuthill Township road crew, was appointed the new assistant roadmaster for the township at the Tuesday Chestnuthill Township supervisors' meeting.

The township received 28 applications for the position. All were interviewed and went through background checks.

Supervisor Harry Miller made a motion to advertise for road crew positions to create a list of candidates for possible future openings. It was approved, 3-0. The current roadmaster, Merton Whitney, plans to retire in September.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Kim Eilenberger, Saylorsburg "Absolutely. I can just tell when it's going to rain. My body aches. When it's sunny, I feel better and I'm in a better mood."

Do you think there is a connection between the weather and your body's aches and pains?

Saturday, April 5, 2014
renee garrison/special to the times news

A female mallard swims at the Weissport canal. The ducks don't mind April showers. They are just happy if it doesn't snow. To have your photo printed here, upload it at www.tnonline.com. Scroll down the home page to the photo galleries and click on the link to submit a photo.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Diocese of Allentown Bishop John O. Barres will present a graduate from each of the seven Catholic high schools in the diocese with a Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award on Saturday at DeSales University in Center Valley.

The awards will be presented at the annual Bishop's Scholar Society Awards ceremony at which scholarships are being presented to 159 students from the elementary schools, high schools and special learning centers in the diocese.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

If you missed opening day of trout season March 29, you still have a chance to fish freshly stocked water locally.

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce hopes to reel in more participants for the annual Fishing Derby on April 19. Registration is $10, with entry forms available at the Chamber office or at Tom's Auto & Marine, 250 S. Greenwood.

Anglers can check in just north of Tamaqua in the parking lot west of Route 309, along the Little Schuylkill River.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
BOB FORD/Graphic illustration This map shows the location of the proposed controlled burn to stimulate oak tree growth on state game lands in Rush Township.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to burn 70 acres of woodland in Rush Township, close to but not in Locust Lake State Park.

The controlled burn, called the White Oak Burn, may happen as early as this month or as late as October. The commission will alert the public through its website, www.pgc.state.pa.us.

"Controlled burns are 100 percent weather dependent. We need some moisture in the ground, but not an excessive amount. If it rains, we would need about three days for it to dry out," said David Henry, regional forester for the commission's southeast region.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mary Anne Clausen, vice chairman of the Eldred Township supervisors, is concerned about preventing a shooting like the one that occurred March 19 that resulted in the death of Jeffrey Place and Steven Powell.

"In light of the recent tragedy on Meixsell Valley Road, could we get together with the other townships to discuss what could be done when someone in our townships has mental issues and what kind of help we could offer?" she asked.

Township solicitor Michael Kaspszyk thought there would be nothing wrong with getting together in an open forum.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Carbon County is hoping to save nearly $250,000 in a decade through more energy-efficient lighting.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board spoke about a $96,568 lighting retrofit project that is in the works for up to three county buildings, which include the courthouse, courthouse annex and 76 Susquehanna St. complex.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman of the board of commissioners, said that the county received a $48,284.34 matching grant from the Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance for the NEPA Energy Efficient Lighting Grant program.