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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Local naturalist, Joe Lankalis, will present a program on cougars in Pa. at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Lankalis will use skulls and tracks to educate the public about the facts and the myths surrounding the Eastern cougar.

For more information, call Robin at the park office at (570) 467-2404 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Program will be held in the program shelter in the case of inclement weather.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lansford borough council at a special meeting Wednesday accepted the resignation of office clerk Bridget Cannon.

Council will send Cannon, whose resigned is effective May 27, for personal reasons, a letter of thanks.

The loss will hit the office hard: secretary-treasurer Renee Slakoper tendered her resignation the same day, although it was not made public at the meeting.

Slakoper has been working from home, coming in to the office for two hours a day, because of mold problems in the office. During those two hours, she tends to treasurer work.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Carbon County Planning Commission recommended either approval or rejection of two proposed projects in the area.

During the meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to recommend conditional plan approval to a proposal from Stabler Development Company LLC, to Caron Associates LLC. The proposal calls for a subdivision at the intersection of Covered Bridge Road and Lower Smith Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Representatives from the Republic of China visited coal-mining procedures at Beth Mines, Panther Valley Division, as guests of the Bethlehem Mines Corporation, sponsored through Columbia University. Stefan H. Boshkoy, professor on mining and chairman of the School of Mines at Columbia, also took the tour. The purpose of the meeting and tour of the local facilities "is an exchange of ideas for the mining of coal." China hopes it will develop a curriculum for the training of future mining engineers at its universities.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Following an April 30 sleepover at the First United Church of Christ, Palmerton, members of the Palmerton Area Youth Group prepare to head out to Little Gap Road where Biff Hayes has all the supplies for a morning of litter picking. Among those helping were Justin Hanes, Nate Taylor, Nate Goodhile, Hailey Muniz, Alexis Jones, Shiann Mormando and Jacob Taylor.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Faculty and students at the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua stressed their great appreciation to the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation (EPSF) for providing 10 years of need-based scholarship assistance to children attending or wishing to attend the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Allentown.

The mission of the EPSF, which was founded in 2001, is to provide financial assistance to families within the diocese of who want to pursue a Catholic school education for their children, but does not have the financial means to pay full tuition.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Former Rush Township Police Chief Robert Romanick was officially terminated at Tuesday night's meeting of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors, following a two-year legal battle.

The dispute began Jan. 5, 2009, when then supervisors Stephen Simchak and Shawn Gilbert voted to terminate Romanick, saying he abandoned his position by failing to accept an offered demotion to the position of patrolman.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mary A. Labert, a member of McAdoo Borough Council, was sworn in as president of the Pennsylvania Borough Councils Association, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Lewistown Mayor Deborah Bargo, right, conducted the swearing in ceremonies, which took place during the PBCA's 100 Annual Conference in Hershey. The PBCA assists council members in networking and building leadership skills to better perform their council duties and help ensure their communities will be stronger and more vibrant places to live.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Legislation to provide special vehicle plates for recipients of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Bronze Star with Valor unanimously passed Tuesday in the State Senate. The legislation, Senate Bill 468 was introduced by Senator David G. Argall and now moves to the House of Representatives for its consideration..

Thursday, May 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Local Lioness clubs presidents recently got together with the coordinator during the Lioness Spring Rally, held at JD Citro's in Lehighton. Present for the photo were, from left, Western Pocono Lioness President Arlene Mullery, West Penn Township President Becky Zehner, Coordinator Nancy DaCosta and Jim Thorpe Lioness President Sandy Gallagher.