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Monday, April 14, 2014

Two Carbon County municipalities have placed bans on open burning because of the dry conditions of outdoor vegetation. Carbon County Communication Center has confirmed that two communities within Carbon County, Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning, are under burn bans.

Monday, April 14, 2014

There is a vision for Carbon County.

Kathy Henderson, director of the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development, revealed several of those strategies with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Before her presentation, chamber president Peter Kern noted the recent consolidation of the Carbon County Chamber with the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Approximately 14 children could ride at one time in the Easter basket rig, driven by the Easter Bunny himself.

Nearly 50 children participated in the Dream Come True egg hunt, sponsored by Blue Mountain Kodas Motorcycle Club and Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996 on Saturday.

The day's activities included not only an egg hunt, but refreshments, games, prizes, a ride in the Easter Egg side car and trolley and a visit with Mr. Bunny, who drove the motorcycle rig.

The event was held at Towamensing Fire Company, Palmerton.

Kindergarten children attending Towamensing Elementary School were also invited to take part in the activities.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS MMI Preparatory School sophomore Nash Wenner of Palmerton competed in a national snowboard event in Colorado this week.

Nash Wenner, a sophomore at MMI Preparatory School, competed in a national snowboard event in Colorado this week.

Wenner, the son of Darren and Tracy Wenner of Palmerton, ranked 55th nationally in his category and qualified to compete in the boardercross event in the 25th annual United States of America Snowboard Association's National Championships, a World Snowboard Tour four-star event, at Copper Mountain, Colo.

Nearly 2,000 snowboarders took part in the competition, which includes boardercross, superpipe, slopestyle, slalom and giant slalom snowboarding events.

Monday, April 14, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Participants in a meeting about bullying held Sunday in Tommy's Restaurant, Coaldale, are, from left, Karmyn Clifford, 13, of Summit Hill, a victim of bullying; her friend, Cassie Deifer of Summit Hill; Kathleen Quinn-Farber of Tamaqua; Jenn Fox, who is Karmyn's mother; and Dawn Sharrer of Freeland, a certified guidance counselor.

Jenn Fox of Summit Hill warned people Sunday about the effects of bullying.

"What happened to my daughter can happen to any child," Fox said.

Fox spoke at a meeting she conducted on bullying at Tommy's Hoagies in Coaldale. About 30 people attended.

"We came to show support for Kamryn," she said, "but we came so close to holding this in memory of her."

Kamryn, 13, is Fox's daughter. She also spoke at the session, and said she was a victim of bullying and had attempted suicide.

"The thing I went through was horrible," the teenager said.

Monday, April 14, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Ancient Order of Hibernian members Matthew P. Stinson Jr., left, and Dr. Clement McGinley help fill baskets Saturday morning at Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse. The baskets, which contain all that is needed for an Easter dinner, get distributed to Catholic churches in Carbon County to be given to a needy family in the parish.

The Carbon County Ancient Order of Hibernians is in the Easter spirit, and it's spreading.

Six members of the club got together Saturday morning to put together Easter baskets for needy families in Carbon County. The baskets contain everything needed for an Easter feast, including a ham, vegetables, potatoes, dinner rolls and even dessert.

The AOH put together 10 baskets that were delivered to all of the Catholic churches in the county. The churches then distribute them to a needy family in their parish.

Monday, April 14, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Frank Rudy, Committee Chair, and Dale Osenbach, Scoutmaster, far right, both of Clamtown Boy Scout Troop 755, present a certificate of appreciation to West Penn Township Police Officer Glenn Laninger, an Army Reservist who returned in March from a one-yeardeployment to Afghanistan.

It's a long way from Clamtown to Afghanistan, and back.

Clamtown Boy Scout Troop 755 convened a Court of Honor Sunday for West Penn Township Police Officer Glenn Laninger, an Army reservist who returned last month from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

"As a Boy Scout you're taught respect for the flag and our country," said Scoutmaster Dale Osenbach. "Those that live in the township are proud of him, and we are lucky to have him as a police officer here."

Monday, April 14, 2014
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A Tamaqua man has admitted in Schuylkill County court that he raped a 5-year-old child, and took inappropriate photographs of another, even younger, child in 2001.

Robert L. Raeder, 46, will serve 10-20 years in state prison for his crimes.

Judge John E. Domalakes sentenced Raeder on April 2 on charges of rape of a person under age 13; aggravated indecent assault, incest and two counts of corruption of minors.

Monday, April 14, 2014
John Bush of Flagger Force directs traffic at the railroad crossing in Weissport during the reconstruction of Bridge Street today. Bush said that Flagger Force was contracted by J.D. Eckman to provide flagging services.

Weissport is asking the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to refrain from using a vibratory compactor when workers resurface Bridge Street in anticipation of the McCall bridge detour.

"We're worried about broken lines," said council member Brenda Leiby.

She said she spoke recently with project manager Calvin Ulshafer, who told her that if Weissport is concerned about water lines or gas lines, officials need to send an email asking PennDOT not to use the tool, which would compact the ground but could break pipes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A free "Maximizing Your Social Security" workshop will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at SS. Peter and Paul School Hall, 307 Coal St., Lehighton. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Registration is at 6:30 p.m.

The program will conclude with a question and answer period. Free refreshments will be served.

The program will be presented by Joe Henry, a member of the Beltzville Lions Club, who will share information prepared by Allianz Insurance Co.

The seminar is sponsored by the Beltzville Lions Club