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Friday, July 8, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has scheduled summer programs for children.

Both reading programs are going strong. Story time for 3-5 year olds is being held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug 22. Kerry Dowd of WMGH, Barney Sheridan of Kelly's Pub and Dave Midas of the County Sheriff's Department have all participated in the programs.

To enroll in the Story Time programs or Summer Reading Club, call the library at (570) 645-3780.

Preschool story time

Friday, July 8, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Traveling along SR534 in Kresgeville, passers-by have noticed pretty purple "boxes" around the Polk Township Nature Park entrance. They look like some kind of Japanese lanterns. No, there was not a party at the park and no, they are not Japanese lanterns. They are insect traps. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is deploying 4,000 of the traps as part of a statewide survey of the emerald ash borer-a small, green beetle that has been devastating ash trees throughout the Northeast United States.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Gillingham Charter School in Pottsville has become Schuylkill County's first brick and mortar charter school under the Pennsylvania Charter School Law.

The school received approval from the Harrisburg Charter Appeal Board on June 7. This new, tuition free, public school will open this fall with classes from kindergarten through ninth grade. High school grades will be added in subsequent years.

Friday, July 8, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Diane Danielson, director of the Palmerton Area Library, holds a spinner as Valerie Solt spins as Ron Schmick waits his turn to find out which country's table they are to sit at the first day of the Summer Reading Program.

Diane Danielson, Palmerton Area Library director, held a spinner and each child of the Summer Reading Program took a turn spinning it.

If it landed on the United States, that child sat at the US table. If it landed on the Europe space, that child sat at the European table. The third space was for Ethiopia and that child sat at the Ethiopian table.

Then Danielson gave each table a plate with M & Ms. The U.S. table got lots of M & Ms. The European table, not quite as much and the Ethiopian table's plate didn't have enough for each child.

Friday, July 8, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shane Kratzer and son Noah, left, and Joe Schatz with his son Ben, right. The boys are two of the five Cub Scouts who advanced to Webelos.

Cub Scout Pack 82 recently celebrated a year of fun and adventure during its annual Blue and Gold Banquet.

Cubmaster Wil Hoffman was the emcee for the evening.

All of the Cub Scouts crossed over to their next earned rank and were given scarves and slides, which signified their new ranks. They were placed on each boy by their Akela, or Scout leader.

Excitement, fun and a sense of pride were shared by each Cub Scout, their leaders and family members in attendance.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Weissport Council members pondered the photographs of a property that needs cleaning up before discussing the continuing need to update the property maintenance ordinance.

Council is hoping to adopt an ordinance that will give police a tool to force property owners to clean up.

The photographs of the rear of the home showed a disgraceful mess, but the worst part is that the pile also has a pungent odor.

The home discussed is on White Street.

Council members said the new ordinance will prohibit debris from piling up.

Friday, July 8, 2011

An article concerning hearings in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, published Wednesday, contained information concerning a bad check charge that had actually been withdrawn earlier.

Katherine Miller, of 107 E. Moser Ave., Coaldale, was not cited for passing a bad check to the Evans Oil Company. The citation was actually withdrawn when Miller made payment in full.

The TIMES NEWS regrets any inconvenience the article caused.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Changes are coming to the Carbon County K-9 Shelter.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to hire Rebecca Bailey and Howard Cotton as part-time K-9 officers, effective July 11. That action made a total of four employees one full-time and three part-time at the shelter.

The commissioners agreed that additional workers will help make a series of changes that will be implemented beginning July 11, easier on all parties.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Eldred Township supervisors received two letters of Alpine Rose updates.

In a letter from Alpine Rose's attorneys, Fitzpatrick Lentz and Bubba, it stated that "on the proceedings before Judge Labuskes of the Environmental Hearing Board in regard to Alpine's NPDES Permit were concluded but for posttrial submissions. The posttrial submissions have now been completed and on June 16 there was a view of the Alpine property by Judge Labuskes, his Law Clerk and the attorney involved with the case. Judge Labuskes has not given any specific time frame when his decision will be rendered."

Friday, July 8, 2011
Lauren Crampsie

The daughter of a former Panther Valley couple has been named to a top executive position in New York City with the renouned advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather North America.

Lauren Crampsie, who grew up in the Lehigh Valley and graduated from Lehigh University, has been appointed to the position of Chief Marketing Offices of the firm, one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world.