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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The October meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Inn at Jim Thorpe, located at 24 Broadway. The guest speaker will be Gregg Potter, President of the Lehigh Valley Central Labor Council, who will talk about the organized attack on labor in statehouses around the country and in Pennsylvania and what this means to non-union workers. The Lehigh Valley Central Labor Council represents 40,000 union workers in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

At a Halloween party at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Clare Kubik brought a friend. It was a large rose-haired tarantula that was bigger than the palm of her hand. She said if it touches any other part of her body except the palm it causes itching. Kubik is doing research on spiders and just before the party she was out in the field checking spider traps at the center.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Below are communities who've provided Trick Or Treat dates to the Times News. They are:

BANGOR BOROUGH: Oct. 30, 2-5pm

BEAVER MEADOWS BOROUGH: Oct. 31, 6-8pm

BOWMANSTOWN BOROUGH: Oct. 26, 6-8pm

CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP: Oct. 31, 5-8pm

COALDALE BOROUGH: Oct. 31, 6-8pm

EAST PENN TOWNSHIP: Oct. 26, 6-8pm

EAST SIDE BOROUGH: Oct. 31, 6-8pm

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP: Oct. 26, 6-8pm

HOMETOWN: Safe Trick or Treat at Hometown Nursing Home, Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30pm

JIM THORPE BOROUGH: Oct. 26, 6-8pm

KLINE TOWNSHIP: Oct. 31, 6-8pm

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Seven defendants who previously entered guilty pleas were sentenced on Monday in Carbon County court by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Leroy Stevens, 46, of Weissport, was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail on a charge of driving under suspension-DUI related, and one year probation on a charge of false identification to law enforcement. The terms run concurrent to each other.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A driver of a truck escaped injury Monday morning when he rolled his truck along SR209 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County. The crash occurred at 7 a.m. as the driver was traveling south. For some unknown reason he lost control of the truck, crossing into the northbound lanes then apparently over reacted and swerved the truck back to the southbound lanes where it slid broadside and rolled onto its side. The entire contents of corn spilled onto the berm of the roadway. For a period of time the roadway was closed until the truck could be uprighted.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Citizens of East Mauch Chunk will vote on the acquiring of Memorial Park at the general election Nov. 5. The voters will be asked if the borough should purchase the real estate at a price not exceeding $11,000. The property is owned by the Memorial Park Association. If purchased, it would be maintained as a public park, playground, and swimming pool.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Department of Environmental Protection announced emergency funding that will help flood-affected small businesses in 33 counties, including Schuylkill, Northampton, Lehigh and Monroe counties, to make energy efficiency and pollution prevention improvements.

Projects eligible for 50 percent reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 could include high-efficiency lighting systems, building insulation, air sealing, recycling and reuse systems, and new water-conservation technologies.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Carbon Career and Technical Institute Joint Operating Committee voted to use an averaging formula for the budget. The averaging formula will use averages of student enrollment to figure a percentage of what each school district would pay.

CCTI's overall budget is split up with the five Carbon County school districts in an active district share based on student enrollment from each district.

Now with the averaging method, CCTI will average each district's enrollment for the past two years and use that number to figure out the percentage each district would need to pay.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

After considering several alternatives over the better part of the past year, Mahoning Township supervisors voted unanimously to purchase a new 2011 Crown Victoria police cruiser from Milham Ford at a cost of $30,919, which includes an extended warranty and additional assorted equipment.

"I think these would be extra costs no matter which car we chose," said Township Chairman John Wieczorek regarding the warranty and the options package which includes a laptop computer mount, a flashlight mount, a trunk organizer, a gun mount and a dome light at an additional cost of $600-$1000.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tamaqua Borough employees are accepting donations of baked goods and soup items for a soup and bake sale this Friday to benefit the Schuylkill United Way campaign. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Tamaqua Borough Hall.

For more information, or to donate an item, see Karen at borough hall or call (570) 668-3444. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.