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Saturday, March 10, 2012

In a story, published earlier this week in The TIMES NEWS, it was reported that cleanup week will be observed in Washington Township, Lehigh County, on April 16.

The correct date of the cleanup is June 16. The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
FILE PHOTO The Carbon County float passes in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol during Gov. Rendell's inaugural parade in 2006.

In 1812, the capital of Pennsylvania was relocated to Harrisburg, then a Susquehanna River jumping-off point for westward expansion.

Harrisburg, the ninth largest city in Pennsylvania, which has recently been rated by Forbes Magazine as the second best place in the U.S. to raise a family, started its life as the 3,000-year-old Native American crossroads village of Paxtang, a location where trails leading from the Delaware to the Ohio rivers, and from the Potomac to the Upper Susquehanna, intersected.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that several internships are available in both his Washington, D.C., and Northeastern Pennsylvania district offices during the late spring and summer months.

"This is a very exciting time in our nation's history, and students wishing to participate in an internship in my office have an unprecedented opportunity to take part in making history," Rep. Barletta said. "I encourage anyone with an interest in political science and government to consider applying for an internship in my office."

Saturday, March 10, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Towamensing Elementary student Brayden Kline receives his awards from Carbon County Director of Solid Waste Duane Dellecker (left) and Carbon County Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein (right) for collecting the most phone books (4,903) in the Carbon County Outdated Telephone Directory Recycling Program.

Just because something may appear to have outlived its usefulness doesn't mean it's past its shelf life.

Take, for example, the 27,225 old phone books that were collected as part of the Carbon County Outdated Telephone Directory Recycling Program.

About 600 students in 14 elementary schools participated in the endeavor. The phone books weigh in at about 45,765 pounds, or 22.88 tons.

In recognition of that feat, Carbon County Commissioners and the Carbon County Department of Solid Waste visited the participating schools on Friday to personally award prizes.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Application period for the 2012 Troop N Camp Cadet program is now open and applications are being accepted.

This week-long camp is designed to give young people a better understanding of law enforcement activities in an atmosphere of an actual State Police training school.

Once accepted, the cadets will reside at the camp for six days under the direct supervision of state and local police officers.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call, email or fax the host agency.

PEMA Municipal Elected Officials Seminar: March 19, at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA at (570) 325-3097 to register.

FEMA G-290 Basic PIO: March 24 and 25, at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

EVOC/EVDT: March 24 and 25 at the L&L Fire Company. Contact Rob Hill for details at rob@firepoliceinstructor.com.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
 LIZ PINKEY/Special to the times news Members of the Tamaqua Blue Raider swim team were honored by the Schuylkill Township supervisors at their March meeting. Members on hand to receive recognition were, front, left to right, head coach Ashley Stanek, Carly Trovinger, Danielle DeCindio, Joanne Butkus, Miranda Amey, and back, left to right, Tyler Butkus, Emily Bumbulsky, Assistant Coach Adrian Bumbulsky, Caroline Kanaskie, and Jake Kropp.

TN Correspondent

editor@tnonline.com

The Schuylkill Township supervisors paid tribute to the Tamaqua Blue Raiders swim team at their monthly meeting.

Chairperson Linda DeCindio expressed how proud the supervisors and the community are of the recent success that the team had during the regular league season and league and district meets. DeCindio also wished the swimmers well in the state competition.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Chestnuthill Elementary School as it is today.

First Eldred Elementary School in Kunkletown closed. Now, Chestnuthill Elementary in Brodheadsville will meet the same fate.

By a vote of 6-0 Thursday, the Pleasant Valley School Board made the difficult decision to close the doors of this 86-year-old institution. School directors MiChelle Palmer, James Spinola and Steve Borger were absent.

Dr. Douglas Arnold, school superintendent, prefaced the reading of the resolution with heartfelt words of his own.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Chief of Police Joseph Fittos of Summit Hill stands next to barrels allegedly used by burglars to store fuel oil taken from tanks inside the burglarized houses.

Police say the modus operandi of a three-member burglary team that allegedly operated throughout the area was pretty simple.

Two members – one who worked for a trash collection firm and the other who delivered newspapers – looked for vacant houses. The third member utilized a computer to determine if the houses were up for sale.

Then, they allegedly broke into the homes, stealing anything from furniture to tools to pictures off the wall to copper wiring. They even stole heating oil from the fuel tanks in the empty residences, police said.

Friday, March 9, 2012
Submitted photo

Weatherly Area High School's top 20 math students participated in the American Mathematics Competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. The competition is divided by grade level. Top students in the competition included: Lucas Rinker, Michael Embick, Chris Hunt, Dominique Adamczyk, Stephanie Jamgochian and Cassidy Piskorick.