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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club is changing its meeting date for this month only.

Instead of meeting on May 28, the club will meet at 7 p.m. on May 21. The change is due to the parade on the 28th. The meeting will be held at the Nesquehoning VFW.

Scott Reinhart, commander, will be in charge of the meeting. New members are welcome.

For more information call Bob at (570) 645-3642.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A hike to explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and to visit Silver Creek fire tower is planned for 1 p.m. on Monday, May 28.

The hike is five miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. Participants should meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park located before the contact station.

All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets. For additional information, contact Robin at 570-467-2506. Shine only.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gov. Tom Corbett signs Nurse Title Protection into law (front): Senator Dave Argall, Governor Tom Corbett, Representative Jim Cox (back) PSNA Director of Government Affairs Kevin J Busher, PSNA Chief Executive Officer Betsy M. Snook, PSNA President Christine Alichnie, PSNA Immediate Past President Patrick Kenny, PSNA Deputy CEO & Director of Membership Wayne Reich

Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed two House bills into law which were introduced by the State Nurses Association (PSNA) to Rep. Jim Cox and Sen. David Argall, who sponsored the legislation.

The legislation assures quality patient care by licensed professionals by protecting the title of "Nurse" to those educated and holding a license to practice in the Commonwealth. In addition, it avoids misrepresentation among the public from individuals who are unlicensed, and avoids inaccurate or even dangerous advice that could be given to a patient by an unlicensed professional.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Writer Susan Bulanda with Gus, her 14-year-old border collie who was previously a search and rescue dog. Bulanda's nonfiction book "Faithful Friends" won an award from the National League of American Pen Women.

Susan Bulanda of Penn Forest Township was recently honored with an award for her heart-wrenching book "Faithful Friends," about dogs and cats left behind during the Holocaust.

The book was awarded second place in the nonfiction category by the National League of American Pen Women in their 2012 contest. The contest is held every two years and draws professional writers from across the United States. Bulanda has been a previous recipient of this award.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A handful of candidates have applied to fill a vacant seat on Palmerton Borough Council.

Five applications were received by the borough as of 3 p.m. Friday, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson.

Danielson said he was pleased with the level of interest expressed in the open seat.

"It's nice, considering that in the last election, people ran unopposed," Danielson said. "There was some interest here."

Danielson said the individuals who applied were Phil Binder, Gerald Robertson, Jereme Barkanic, Michael Ballard, and Holly Sell.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

In Summit Hill, if someone complained about high weeds in a yard or accumulated dog feces, it's likely that property owner who was the subject of the complaint – or the borough – would have faced a hefty fee just for an inspector to look at the situation.

That's because some of these complaints were being turned over to the borough's Property Maintenance Code inspector, Barry Isetts and Associates of Trexlertown.

The borough's zoning officer, Larry Marek, this week asked if the borough was being billed for some of Isett's inspections.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee awarded $100 to Jacob Vargson of Lehighton, for his winning design on the back of the Lehighton Bike Night t-shirt. From left are, Maritza Reinbold, LDIC artist; David Reinbold, administrator at Carbon Career and Technical Institute; Vargson, and Todd Zimmerman, president of LDIC.

Lehighton Community Days opened Friday night with a special presentation to Jacob Vargson, for his winning design on the back of the Lehighton Bike Night T-shirt.

Vargson, a student at Carbon Career and Technical Institute and Lehighton Area High School, was awarded $100 by the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee. Vargson's graphic arts teacher at CCTI is Michele Klock.

Second place winner was Steven Rodriguez for designing the front of the T-shirt while Trese Merkel was awarded third place and $50 for the design on the lady's T-shirt.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabiliation Disposition (ARD) probation progam on Thursday morning by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending chargs. A person does not admit guilty in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 18, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ray Heiser, known as "Biggy" to the thousands of people he trained in CPR and First Aid, guided down the Lehigh River, or over a 43-year period helped prevent worksite accidents, was presented with the William Werkheiser Community Service Award for 2012 by Teamsters Local 773.

Ray Heiser, known as "Biggy" to the thousands of people he trained in CPR and First Aid, guided down the Lehigh River, or over a 43-year period helped prevent worksite accidents, was presented with the William Werkheiser Community Service Award for 2012 by Teamsters Local 773.

On April 28, 2012, as the Penn Forest Township resident was about to start his 44th year as a maintenance mechanic at Nestlé-Purina Pet Care, formerly Alpo Pet Foods, Heiser was surprised to receive the award. "I didn't have a clue what was going on," he said.

Friday, May 18, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Students of the Carbon County SHINE STEM Career Academy get ready to push Hal Resh, technical teacher, down the hall in the race car they built during the recent six-week session of the academy. Students are, from left, Zachary Tongue; John Halada and John Deibert, CCTI students who helped with the project; Owen Mahoney and Malik Zver.

Sixty-five Carbon County middle school students are now auto technician pros, at least when it comes to race cars.

During "The Cars of the Future," the first six-week course of the Carbon County SHINE STEM Career Academy, held at Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe, students learned how to design, build, paint and power a vehicle using both technical and academic skills.

On Wednesday evening, the students showed off their new skills to their parents during the big reveal ceremony at the school.