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Thursday, April 19, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Alex Kalista, Carbon County mason, left; and Mindy Graver, chairwoman of Carbon County Safe Kids, center; hold a scooter, donated by Tractor Supply in Lehighton for the upcoming Fifth Annual Fun-N-Safety Fair in Jim Thorpe on May 5. Looking on is Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard. The Fun-N-Safety Fair is free and open to families in Carbon County and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge, Fifth and Center streets. It is hosted by Carbon County Safe Kids and Carbon Masonic Lodge 242.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to the Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Area School District Superintendent Carol Makuta proposes cuts to sports, music and other programs at a budget meeting Tuesday at Tamaqua Area Middle School as directors, left, review specifics.

Facing a $1.3 million budget shortfall, the Tamaqua Area School District is looking to take drastic and dramatic cost-cutting measures across the board.

The cuts might even include elimination of school busing for students living within 1.5 miles of a school, which essentially includes every student in the Borough of Tamaqua with the exception of Owl Creek.

The moves are largely the result of budget pressures caused by state funding cutbacks and unfunded mandates, say directors.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Pleasant Valley School Board approved (8-0) Business Manager Susan Famularo's request to advertise the 2012-2013 proposed budget. (Director Harvey Frable was absent.)

The proposed 2012-2013 budget is $95,126,234, an increase of $2,614,797 from last year's budget of $92,511,437.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The youth group of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, recently visited the Carbon County Environmental Center to build bird boxes. The children are involved in a church curriculum that stresses taking care of "God's world and all His creatures in it." After an opening prayer, the youths were entertained by an educational discussion given by Franklin Klock about the regions birds and which ones may nest in their boxes. Klock directed the youths in nailing the wooden pieces together to complete the houses. A tour of the center and grounds completed the event.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Weissport Council is closer to adopting an amendment to manage and protect parks in the borough.

Council said on Monday that more suggestions will be added to the amendment that will regulate hours of use, who can gather in the park and the permitting of the park for use by nonprofit organizations.

Council hopes to adopt the amendment at the next meeting.

Council has been discussing the concept of having groups apply for permits to use the park since it is becoming very popular for nonprofit groups to use for fundraising activities.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, has announced its third quarter honor roll for the 2011-2012 school year.

Effort Award

Grade 1: Alfred Collevechio, III, Ethan Gardiner, Joshua Shelton, Andre Velez, Valerie Blasko, Rebecca-Lynn Graham

Grade 2: Brayden Feisel, Rilan Gombert, Edward Mullen, Matthew Rehrig, Gavin Tischler, Logan Willing, Sierra Bauer, Hannah Soberick, Emilia Tenisci, Sadie Trubilla

Grade 3: Corey Rehnert, Dylan Rocchetti, Jacob Trubilla, Sara Collevechio, Erika Dubosky, Gabriella Greek, Ava Kosciolek, Tatianna Zeleniak

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Magisterial District Judge Edward M. Lewis was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the education program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A total of 33,053 persons in Carbon County are eligible to vote in the April 24 Primary Election, according to voter registration totals that were recently certified by the county's elections board.

Of that total, 18,765 are Democrats, whereas the remainder, 14,305, are Republicans. Only persons registered to the two major parties are eligible to vote in the primary.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A group of Franklin Township residents on Tuesday night were able to sway Franklin Township supervisors as to where grant funds will be spent.

The April township meeting opened with a public hearing to discuss the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding allocation which was conducted by Judy Borger, director of Carbon County Office of Planning and Development.

Borger began her presentation by explaining why Franklin Township is eligible for entitlement funding. She said that over the course of 10 years that Franklin Township has been awarded about $1 million.