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Thursday, March 17, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was injured Wednesday afternoon when two cars collided along SR309 in Rush township. The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. in the north bound lanes about a half mile north of the intersection with SR54 in Hometown. One person was treated by members of the Tamaqua Community ambulance and transported to an area hospital. The occupants of the second car appeared to have escaped injury in the mishap. The north bound lanes were reduced to one lane during the investigation. Rush township police are investigating the incident.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dr. Dennis J. Bonner, Summit Hill physician, was honored as the 11th Shamrock Award winner. The presentation was made by Thomas J. McCall of Summit Hill, president of the Irish American Association. The banquet was held in the Lansford Elks. Dr. Bonner spoke of notable accomplishments made in the field of medicine by Irishmen, notably Blessed John Neuman, founder of the University of Dublin. "He represented the beginning of a great era of medicine in Ireland," Dr. Bonner told the more han 300 people in attendance.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Phase three of a subdivision in Kidder Township received approval from the Carbon County Planning Commission recently.

During the commission's monthly meeting on Tuesday, the members voted to recommend plan approval for the Split Rock Country Club Section "H" phase 3A subdivision project.

Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county planner, said the proposed subdivision is located at the intersection of Wolf Hollow Road and Woods End, formerly Kent Clark Road, in Split Rock Country Club, Kidder Township.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lansford Borough council is asking any Boy or Girl Scout leaders who held meetings in the community center at 1 W. Ridge St. to please call the borough office at (570) 645-3900 to arrange to remove all equipment and supplies from the building.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Operation Touch of Home is hosting an Afternoon at the Race on Sunday, April 10, at Polk Township Firehall, Route 209, Kresgeville. Doors open at 2 p.m. and dinner is at 2:15 p.m. Post time is 3:30 p.m. For tickets contact Grace at (570) 977-4437 or Connie at (610) 681-4157. Proceeds benefit troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Tamaqua Area High School Band is hosting the 36th annual Schuylkill County Band Festival this week.

The honors band festival will culminate in a concert open to the public on Saturday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the school district's Center for The Performing Arts on the secondary campus.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area Library is starting a scrapbook about the history of the library. They have tons of newspaper clippings and pictures. The Palmerton Area High School Girls' Soccer team have volunteered to take on this project. They will be working every Saturday in March and April at 10:30 a.m. at the library. The Friends of the Library have supplied the materials for the book. The library is looking for anyone who may have old pictures to donate or who might be able to come to the library to identify people in some of the pictures.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Changes to a program at the Carbon County Correctional Facility will affect municipalities and inmates alike.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, Frank Shubeck, the prison work release/treatment director, announced changes to the current inmate work program, which was implemented in 2007, because of funding issues. The program was costing the county $24,473 to operate annually.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mr. Tim McCutchan, a Pleasant Valley High School social studies teacher, has been nominated for the Star Award for the program he developed on his "Constitution Wiki." His nomination was the result of his students' success in understanding the Constitution. Mr. McCutchan presented the development of the Constitution project with his students.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The former Dime Bank in Lansford is being considered as a new borough hall.

Lansford council has set it sights on buying the former Dime Bank building at 7 West Ridge St. as a possible new borough home.

At a special meeting Wednesday, council discussed making an offer $10,000 to $20,000 was mentioned for the three-story red brick building.

There was no discussion of how the borough would pay for the building. Members tabled the matter until council's next public meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 13.

Council members have toured the building, which has no elevator, but does have a zoned oil heating system.