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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Volunteers are being sought to become members of a proposed Marcellus Shale Task Force the Schuylkill County commissioners are planning to form.

Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier asked business people, educators, trades people or any one concerned about the future of the county, to send in their name to become a member of the task force.

The duties of the task force will be to form guidelines in case in the near future an exploration will reveal that pockets of gas exist and can be extricated for commercial use.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Louis "Chip" Alexander

For the first time in several years there is a new face on the Summit Hill Water Authority as Summit Hill resident Louis "Chip" Alexander took his seat on the board after having been appointed earlier in the week by the borough council.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Brian Oram, director of the Center for Environmental Quality, demonstrates how plugs are removed from plastic rain barrels at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center on Lentz Trail in Summit Hill. The center held a rain barrel workshop on Wednesday.

Folks in our area woke one recent morning to the sound of rain pattering on the roof. Unlike the days-long deluge that drenched the region earlier this month, the rainfall was gentle and not expected to last long.

At most homes, the water runs off the roof and through rainspouts that empty out onto lawns.

Enough rain, and that running water will carve out deep ruts in those lawns.

There is a solution, and it's an easy one that was a common feature at most homes a few generations back: Rain barrels.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

While spring has officially begun, some Pennsylvania consumers still may be struggling to pay winter home heating bills.

PPL Electric Utilities reminds anyone in need of help that LIHEAP applications are now being accepted until April 15.

The company said it offers a number of options to assist customers who need help with their utility bills.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pa. Senior Corps RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is looking for people who want to make a difference in the lives of people in Carbon County. Volunteers can attain this goal by using their spare time and talents and live a life that matters.

Volunteer help is needed to provide transportation to doctor visits, grocery shopping and other appointments in Lehighton, Palmerton and Panther Valley areas. Mileage reimbursement and insurance are provided to those volunteers who like to help people who need help now and then.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Kelayres man has been charged with stealing almost $5,000 from an elderly man who resided at the White Owl Manor Nursing Home in Mahanoy St.

James F. McGill Jr., 58, who owns the nursing home, allegedly used a stolen ATM card to remove $4,926 from the bank account of William J. Barlow Jr., 80, between Aug. 16 and Aug. 30, 2010. McGill withdrew the money at the Sovereign Bank Branch in Hometown.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Continuing problems with the heating boiler in the Schuylkill County prison took up much of the discussion of the county Prison Board at a meeting held at the prison Wednesday.

Warden Eugene Berdanier gave a chronology of the problems.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Palmerton man has pleaded guilty to passing fake money at various businesses throughout the borough.

Christopher A. Poplin, 32, of 407 Lehigh Ave., agreed on Wednesday to plead guilty to one count of theft for passing five counterfeit $100 bills.

The second degree misdemeanor puts Poplin on probation. He has also agreed to pay $500 restitution to the victims.

Poplin is scheduled to appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas on April 19.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by borough patrolman Christopher Ritter:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The go-ahead was given by the Zoning Hearing Board of Adjustments in Lehighton for the construction of the first subsidized family apartment complex in Carbon County. The six-building complex will be built in the vicinity of Gypsy Hill Road and Mahoning Street, across the street from Meadowcrest Park. The complex will consist of a dozen one-bedroom, 38 two-bedroom, and 16 three-bedroom apartments. There will also be four two-bedroom apartments included for the handicapped.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The 36th Annual County Band Concert was held recently in the Tamaqua Area School District Center for the Performing Arts. Guest conductor was Dr. O. Richard Bundy, (pictured) professor of music education at the Penn State School of Music. Host director was John F. Potlunas. Thirteen Schuylkill County schools consisting of more than 120 selected students participated in the concert. Special appreciations were given to all the participating schools and administrations, board of directors, band boosters, all music teachers and other notable volunteers who helped put the concert together.