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Monday, April 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police closed a portion of SR209 near Sisters Cantina for a short time Saturday evening while good samaritans worked in the rain to clean up a large trail of garbage strewn on the road. Sisters Cantina donated garbage bags and cleaning supplies during the cleanup. Officers pointed out that, in addition to littering, this could have caused an accident. Police encourage anyone with information about the litterbug to call them at (570) 668-5000.

Monday, April 23, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left: Carbon County Commissioner Tom Gerhard; Carbon County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees president Marjorie K. Balliet; community service chair Janet Hall; member Charles Uhler; public relations chair Josephine Strausser; Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein and Commissioner William O'Gurek.

After putting in years in the classroom, doing their best to spark interest and a love of learning to sometimes recalcitrant children, a group of Carbon County teachers and other school employees could have spent their hard-earned retirement basking in sweet sloth.

Instead, they devote hours of work to local libraries, churches, environmental centers, civic organizations and hospitals for no pay save the good feeling of helping their communities.

Had the work been paid, it would have totaled $983,568 for the 46,047 hours of volunteer work performed in 2011 alone.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton State Police, Troop N, will have a new, much larger barracks next year. The present station shown at 5730 Interchange Road, Lehighton, has become too cramped for police activities.

Planning has begun for a new State Police barracks Troop N of Lehighton.

The present station at 5730 Interchange Road, Lehighton, has become too small and cramped for normal day-to-day activities.

Members of the Carbon County Planning Commission reviewed plans to build a new 8,235-square foot facility at a new location in Towamensing Township, approximately four miles east of the present station. It would be located at the intersection of Sei Pike Lane and Interchange Road, Route 209, which is presently a horse pasture.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club will meet at the VFW in Nesquehoning, on April 30. Please note the meeting will be held at 7 p.m., which is a new time.

The club welcomes any one who might be interested to come and check it out, including civilians.

Scott Reinhart, commander, will be in charge of the meeting.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

According to a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, the numbers of babies born to girls between the ages of 15-19 are dropping. Here are the numbers of births per thousand girls for each state, in descending order, as of 2010:

The rates in the southern states, Missisippi, Arknsas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, had the highest rates (50 or more per thousand). Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisiana and Arizona were in the second-highest tier (40-49.9 per thousand).

Saturday, April 21, 2012
No smoking regulations continue to increase. In California, smoking is not permitted within 20 feet of areas where people may be living, working or shopping.

Perhaps the greatest battle of our lifetime has been the war between the cigarette lobby and the health lobby.

The cigarette lobby has largely avoided a national tobacco ban, but in the trenches, state-by-state, sometimes town by town, restrictions have been placed, and are likely to continue to expand.

While tobacco sales are profitable to the point that the U.S. tobacco industry spends over $16 million a year to lobby Congress, the outcry from health and environmental advocates, both in Congress and on a state level, have caused the industry to retrench.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua students are preparing for their Independent Film Festival next month. Organizers state the event gives a chance for students to express their creative ideas and thoughts via theatre and film. Organizers also encourage the public to come, as well as for all visitors to dress in 1970's cinema attire. They pointed out that wearing 70's attire is not required, but would make the event even more enjoyable. The festival will be held in the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium on May 18 starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Kid's Party Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21 at St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township). Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to participate in crafts, games and songs. Refreshments are also served. Everyone is welcome.

For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $642,835 in environmental education grants to 147 schools, universities, nonprofit organizations and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.

As part of the grant, Palmerton Area School District will receive $3,000, and is the only district in Carbon County to be awarded the funding.

In Monroe County, the Pleasant Valley School District will receive $3,750; Stroudsburg Area $7,500; and Brodhead Watershed Association, $3,000.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

In preparation for Lehighton's new fire station complex, Lehighton Borough recently was granted a lot line revision for five parcels along South Third Street in Lehighton by members of the Carbon County Planning Commission.

The lot line revision consolidates five lots on South Third Street to create one parcel of approximately .70 of an acre.

Carbon County Planning Commission also approved construction of a 8,665 square foot firehouse complex that will house Lehighton Fire Department.

The subdivision will be served by municipal sewage and water.