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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pittsburgh author, Lisa Spahr, will be appearing at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home, Friday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. to talk about her book, "WWII Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion."

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The chapter of the Navy Club of the United States under the U.S.S. Carbon County (PA) Ship 260 organized with election of officers at its meeting at the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008. Newly elected oficers consist of Scott Reinhart, commmander, sitting in the middle. Other officers, are left to right: seated Ken Stoudt, past National Commander and installing officer; Ed Clausius, junior executive officer; Reinhart, Stanley Jaroszewski, senior executive officer.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The House Transportation Committee voted this week to send to the full House a bill introduced by Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Northampton/Lehigh) to designate a portion of State Route 145 in Northampton and Lehigh counties as "The Battle of the Bulge Veterans Memorial Highway."

The bill would make the intersection of State Route 145 and Long Lane Road in Lehigh Township south to the intersection of Route 22 in Whitehall Township as part of the already existing commemorative highway.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Trout Creek Water Main Crossing project could cost Slatington just under $200,000.

The borough received 11 bids from companies on Tuesday for the project, with Wexcon, Inc., of Mohrsville, Berks County, turned in the apparent low bid of $197,420.

That bid was $10,980 less than the next lowest proposal of $208,400 submitted by R-III Construction of Nazareth.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Palmerton Area School District has approved a pair of contracts for Internet access and connections to the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit.

The school board, on a 7-0 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday, approved the contracts with PenTeleData. Directors Carol Dwyer and Michael Ballard were absent.

Approved by the board were the Ethernet Contract at the cost of $1,500 per month, effective July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014; as well as the Transport Contract at the cost of $1,808 per month, effective July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2016.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/special to the times news Culinary students Rebecca Doerr and Rachel Mills make shamrock cookies.

Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) opened its doors Tuesday night for the Unlock Your Dreams Expo. The expo featured an open house, trade show, and art show. Guests of the expo also got to experience the new renovations and additions to the building.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured with mascot dog Breezy and some of the donations collected, from front left, are Sarah Panetta, Hillside SPCA Group Coordinator Janine Choplick, Itinerant Learning and Emotional Support teacher Krystal Schmauch, Stacey Wallace, Brianne Curvey, Rachel Confer, Natalie Davison. From back left are Neal Strausser, Devin Michlousky, Aaron Jennings, and Kayla Kerstetter. Pictured holding Breazy's leash is Life Skill's student Kyle Hacker.

Leadership Council students from the Tamaqua Area High School held a dress down for Tamaqua students to raise pet food and monetary donations for the Pottsville Hillside SPCA during their Feed Furry Friends in February drive.

The students were also treated to Breezy, a well-behaved border collie dog and Hillside SPCA mascot. In addition to $868 raised , students collected dozen of bags and boxes of pet food donations. Students from the Tamaqua Life Skills class also took part in the donation presentation.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Although no new home permits have been issued in Polk Township since the beginning of the year, some new ventures may well be underway. Among them is a commercial solar facility on a 7.2 acre plot in Gilbert on Horseshoe Drive and Route 209 in an R3 Village Center.

The plan was submitted as a conditional use application by Robert Coleman to Polk Supervisors in December. A public hearing was held on Monday, Jan. 24, and the township Planning Commission has recommended approval with a 4-0 vote.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office said that a 48-year-old Monroe County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury for wire fraud in connection with an alleged fraudulent investment scheme.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, the grand jury alleges that Jeffrey Olson, of Blakeslee, used wire transmissions to help further a fraudulent investment scheme related to his businesses, Northco Investments and Northco.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Anatomy and Physiology class at Marian High School witnessed a live knee replacement surgery on February 25. The program was offered through COSI (Center of Science and Industry) from Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The Marian students, along with six other schools from across the country, were able to ask questions of the surgical team as they worked. The surgery was preceded by and followed up with related classroom activities that included constructing a hinge, joint, tying a suture knot, examining X-rays, and maintaining sterile conditions.