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Friday, October 29, 2010

Two persons with pending criminal charges were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successsfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it the Commonwealth reserved the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed were:

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween with Robb Taylor

On Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m., Robb Taylor, multitalented musician, performer and children's book author, will host a free Halloween Party at the Dimmick Library Friends House, (formerly the annex), 58 Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Taylor will read from his book "Mr. Mischief," a Halloween story. The party is geared to children ages 5-8, and they are invited to come in costume. There will be games and refreshments.

Friday, October 29, 2010

There will be a special meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4. This meeting was already scheduled; however council will not be doing a full agenda, just the items that needed to be addressed.

The next regular council meeting will be held Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

Friday, October 29, 2010
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Thursday's abnormally high winds knocked down trees and power lines throughout our area. Most communities experienced the largest gusts around 2 p.m. Tamaqua's highest wind gust for yesterday was recorded at 39 miles per hour around 2 p.m., while Lehighton was hit with 33 mile per hour winds. Tamaqua volunteer firefighters and Tamaqua borough employees worked hard to remove a tree from Schuylkill Avenue that was taken down yesterday by high winds. As this tree fell, it caused two power lines to touch and knock out power to most of Tamaqua for a few seconds.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
"Branches," a holiday movie filmed at Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, is now completed and will be shown in area film festivals.

The holiday film "Branches," shot at Lehighton's Crystal Spring Tree Farm, is completed and will be ready for distribution this holiday season.

To celebrate, those closest to its production were invited for a private showing at the NJ Film School in Martinsville, N.J. The group gathered to watch the short film several times and to look back on the film's journey.

"We had a great time at the Botek farm in February," said Director Chris Messineo.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Charlie Conklin from Friends and Fans of PV Boys' Basketball personally thanked the Pleasant Valley School District and school board for a new scoreboard and time clock in the old PVHS gym. The club contributed $500 and with other clubs' contributions, for a total of $1,300.

Enrollment for the Pleasant Valley School District in October was 6,416. Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent said that it appears to be holding.

The school board approved for hire:

*Romario Relosa, casual security officer; Scott Olsen, Michael Sarnelli

Thursday, October 28, 2010

With the earlier onset of nightfall, motorists should be prepared to encounter white-tailed deer darting onto roads across Pennsylvania, said Penn-DOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E.

"There is typically a sharp rise in the number of deer-related crashes at this time of year," Biehler said. "Motorists can reduce their risk of being involved in a crash with a deer by driving defensively and staying alert, especially when driving between dusk and dawn."

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An electronic fingerprinting and photographing system is up and running at the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, Warden Joseph Gross announced that first phase of the Live Scan Booking Station and Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network is operational.

He then asked Deputy Warden Timothy Fritz to explain about what has been going on with the system.

Fritz explained that since the equipment became available to individuals with summaries on Oct. 1, 12 summons cases have been handled by prison officers.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Carbon Model Railroad Society and Pufferboys Railroad Gift Shop, Jim Thorpe, are sponsoring its Fall Railroad Film Night at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, 101 E. 10th St., Jim Thorpe. The presentation, "Afterlife Images of the LNE at LV Diesel Assignments" by Paul Carpenito. Admission is free. Refreshments available. For more information, call (610) 824-7730 or email trolleys@fast.net.