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Monday, March 21, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Oscar Santizo, employment specialist with Human Resources Center Inc., Stroudsburg, talks to representatives of Carbon County service agencies Thursday.

A full house at Thursday's meeting of the Interagency Council of Carbon County listened as Oscar Santizo, employment specialist with Human Resources Center Inc., Stroudsburg, described his organization's efforts to help folks with disabilities find and keep jobs and homes.

People who are referred to the agency are assessed to "see if the referral that we have is accurate, that this person is qualified for employment or schooling of some kind. That takes about 20 or 30 hours, he said. After the assessment, "we look for a job for them," Santizo said.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Adventures to the Ancients are free open space hikes. The next hike will be Sunday, March 27.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Tamaqua Public Library's hours are:

Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.

Friday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please note that the library will be closed Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 for the Easter Holiday.

Spring Storytime

Monday, March 21, 2011

A 73-year-old Kunkletown man is dead following a skiing accident he sustained earlier this month at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Lower Towamensing Township.

Brian Lock, of 165 Douglas Lane, died on Saturday at St. Luke's, Fountain Hill. He was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. by Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Contacted this morning, Grim told the TIMES NEWS the cause of death is attributed to a head injury Lock sustained from a skiing incident that occurred at about 12:15 p.m. March 4.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Dr. Ian Ackroyd-Kelly visited Antarctica to retrace a journey his father, W. Howard Ackroyd-Kelly participated in with Rear Admiral Richard Byrd's 1928-29 expedition to the South Pole. He presented a slide show for the West End Rotary Club of his trip. He said they saw a lot of penguins.

Antarctica.

It is one of the earth's seven continents.

It is the coldest place on earth. The coldest natural temperature ever recorded was -128.6 degrees F at Antarctica's Russian Vostok Station on July 21, 1983. Temperatures reach a minimum of between -112 degrees F and -130 degrees F in the interior in winter and reach a maximum of between 41 degrees F and 59 degrees F near the coast in summer. It is a frozen desert with little precipitation – only eight inches along the coast and far less inland.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Carbon County Interagency Council (IAC) has announced that the agency is currently accepting applications for a $500 Social Services grant. The grant application is open to all agencies who meet the guidelines of the council's mission statement and who serve any population of Carbon County.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Carbon County Friends of Animals will hold a rabies clinic on Sunday, March 20, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall skating rink from noon until 3 p.m. The skating rink is located on the lower level of the hall, located at 10th and Fern streets, Jim Thorpe.

Also available during the clinic will be distemper vaccinations, heartworm and Lyme disease testing, and FIV/FeLV testing. Dr. Karen Hess will be providing the vaccinations.

All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a pet carrier, or they will be turned away. Carriers are available upon request. No early birds please.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Timetable of the California Zephyr train line, which runs between San Francisco and Chicago, and was inaugurated on March 20, 1949. A 30-minute color and sound film showcases this famous western train.

Railroad Film Night returns for its first presentation of its fourth year with a series of vintage 16-mm movies presented by Mitch Dakelman, film curator for the National Railway Historical Society.

A highlight of the program is "Thundering Rails." Universal-International produced this exciting, action-packed 18-minute, black and white sound film in 1950, as a theatrical release short subject.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The name of William Boyer, 105 Ryan Avenue, Rush Township, was removed from the Primary Election ballot by President Judge William E. Baldwin after a hearing Friday in the Schuylkill County Court.

Boyer had filed on the Republican ballot as a candidate for a six-year term as auditor for Rush Township. The petition to remove him was filed by Walter Taylor.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Here's the breakdown of Gov. Tom Corbett's $5.2 billion education funding: (Dollar amounts in thousands):

Basic Education Funding $5,226,142

Career and Technical Education $62,000

Authority Rentals andSinking Fund Requirements $299,190

Pupil Transportation $546,758

Nonpublic and Charter SchoolPupil Transportation $76,640

Special Education $1,026,815

Tuition for Orphans and Children

Placed in Private Homes $57,227

Payments in Lieu of Taxes $194

Education of Migrant Laborers' Children $907