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Saturday, March 19, 2011
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Mooring permits will be available for the Mauch Chunk Lake Park beginning Monday, March 21.

Boat mooring is permitted at the park between April 1 and Dec. 1.

A powered (electric motor only for Mauch Chunk Lake) or nonpowered boat registration is required for all watercraft moored at the lake. Anyone wishing to apply for a 2011 mooring permit must provide a copy of a current boat registration.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carbon County will present "Spring is in The Air," a program designed to help educate residents about cooking, fitness, and various other topics, on April 28.

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association building, 902 Mill Rd., Lehighton. The building and room are handicapped accessible.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Amy Miller/Times News The Carbon County Economic Development Corporation Building 1, located at 600 Industrial Road, Nesquehoning, may become the hub for a German manufacturing company if Carbon is successful in its attempt to attract the company to the area. Dawn Ferrante, executive director for the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, will travel to Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday to present the company with a proposal to expand its operations into Pennsylvania.

Carbon County is hoping that a location in Green Acres Industrial Park in Nesquehoning will attract a German-based automotive business to the area.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Candidates for the Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas and two state courts drew for positions on the ballot at the State Election Bureau in Harisburg.

The lineups on the ballots for the May 17th Primary Election will be:

Saturday, March 19, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The 2011 appointed Carbon County Election Board members, from left, Gabriel A. Fritz, Charles E. Wildoner, and Lee G. Becker, get ready to cast lots for the primary election.

The lots have been cast in Carbon County.

On Thursday afternoon, the appointed Carbon County Election Board members drew lots to determine the position of the candidates on the ballots for the upcoming May primary election.

Lisa Dart, the county director of elections, explained the process to Charles E. Wildoner, Lee G. Becker, and Gabriel A. Fritz, the current election board, prior to beginning the casting of lots.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Rush Township board of supervisors announced that a Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in the township municipal building, 104 Mahanoy Avenue, on Tuesday, April 5, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Additionally, the township bicentennial committee welcomes all interested persons to attend their next meeting on Wednesday, April 13, at 6 p.m.

The board also gratefully acknowledged the receipt of two floral arrangements in commemoration of the bicentennial. One was sent from Guy's Flowers in Hometown, the other from Marian High School.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Carbon County officials are urging educators to teach children about gun safety.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to adopt a resolution urging "school districts and local law enforcement agencies to teach the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program to the children in Carbon County in an effort to save lives by showing children that guns are not toys."

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Once uponce a time, some people in England got tired of religious persecution, having their homes raided and being imprisoned. So they fled to the Netherlands, where everybody knows, anything goes. And that was back in 1609!

They lived there for a few years but when their children started talking Dutch, (vell, vhat's vrong about dat? you might ask) and marrying some Dutchmen, they decided to head out of Dodge. Well, actually Leiden.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Carbon Career and Technical Institute's proposed budget for 2011-2012 was passed this week as all five county school districts approved the proposed budget.

The five Carbon County school districts – Lehighton, Panther Valley, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe and Weatherly – have an active share in the CCTI budget but only four out of the five school districts needed to pass the budget for it to be confirmed.

The total budget expenditures for 2011-2012 were proposed at $6,929,806. That represents an increase in next year's overall budget of about $228,000 or 3.7 percent.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Graphic by David W. Rowe

Local school officials are scrambling to figure out how they would make ends meet if Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed $23.7 billion state budget, which would drastically cut education funding, is adopted as-is on July 1.