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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Gypsy Moths are coming, but Carbon County will be somewhat better protected from these green-gobbling insects, thanks to more money out of Harrisburg for preventive spraying.

Thomas Bast, area forest pest management specialist with the state's Bureau of Forestry, spoke of the infusion of new funding as part of an Option 2 statewide allocation of $1.9 million.

Monday, February 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A water line break on Bowe Street in Tamaqua early Saturday morning made for a very long day for employees of the Tamaqua Area Water Authority. Just hours before the line broke shortly after midnight Friday, the crew and equipment were busy removing snow from borough streets. Repairs took approximately six hours to complete. The crew finished the repairs and then went back to the job of snow removal. Tamaqua Public Works Director Rob Jones notes there is a water boil advisory issued for the residents of Bowe Street, in the area of the leak.

Monday, February 24, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lansford police officer Jeff Ohl, left, and Nesquehoning officer Dane O'Brien stand on porch at 439 W. Patterson St., Lansford, where two people were shot on Saturday night. The shooting reportedly was the result of a domestic dispute. Both victims are hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

An apparent domestic dispute in Lansford Saturday night turned violent, and two people were shot.

According to Lansford police, the shooting victims are Melissa Price, 37, and Levi Zagata, 36. Both are fighting for their lives from the injuries sustained at the residence they share at 439 W. Patterson St., police said.

Monday, February 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  The former Blue Ridge Country Club, at 2230 Fireline Road, Palmerton, has been sold to Blue Ridge LLC, and has been renamed Blue Shamrock Golf Club.

Several months after its closure, the former Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton has been sold.

Tim Nagle, president of Blue Ridge LLC, based in the Lehigh Valley, said the company purchased the 315-acre property from First Northern Bank and Trust Co., Palmerton.

The property, located at 2230 Fireline Road, will now be called the Blue Shamrock Golf Club, said Nagle, who declined to comment on the actual purchase price.

Nagle said the golf course could be open by the end of March, weather permitting. The indoor facility could be open by early April, he said.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Family-owned and locally operated Koch's Turkey Farm will end the year-round operations of its Lewistown Valley retail store on March 31. The former retail space will be converted to administrative offices for the company's rapidly growing wholesale business.

Koch's Turkey management team will offer innovative retail locations during the holiday seasons to provide the community with Koch's products. In addition, Koch's continues to offer their products, year-round at the Hometown Farmer's Market, Tamaqua, and is continuously working on partnerships with regional grocery chains.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Parents of the Lehighton Area High School Class of 2014 will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the high school in room D126.

All parents of seniors are invited to participate.

Monday, February 24, 2014
Participants do the line dance during the Penn State's Dance Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the Bryce Jordan Center, in State College, Pa. The 46-hour dance marathon is the culminating event to the year long fundraising efforts for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Abby Drey)

Bronson Ford of Jim Thorpe started his first day of kindergarten in 2000, on the very day his best friend, Kenny Bird, died of cancer.

The childhood loss was the driving force behind Ford's involvement with Penn State University's annual 46-hour marathon dance event known as THON to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

THON dancers cannot sleep or even sit down during the two-day event.

Ford, now a freshman economics major at Penn State, served on the Rules and Regulations Committee for THON, held Feb. 21-23 at the university's Bryce Jordan Center.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A timeline of the former Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton, which was sold over the weekend to Blue Ridge LLC:

Founded by the New Jersey Zinc Company, BRCC was established in 1915. From there, a farmhouse was rented, and the first nine holes were laid out as the club started with 52 active members.

In 1928, the club purchased 138 acres of land from the Palmer Land Company.

In 1958, the club purchased 169 acres from the New Jersey Zinc Company.

Around 1957-58, the old farmhouse was renovated.

Monday, February 24, 2014
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This year's gold medal winners included, front row from left, Cory Beaber, seated; Jean O'Connor; Vincent Kalgar; Delina Rodrigues; Margaret Ruscavage; and Ciarah Smyth. Back row, Dan Kurtz, Shane Ahner, Chris Schweibinz, Thomas Brink and Barbara Richards.

Haja Lanes was the site of this year's Carbon CountySpecial Olympics Bowling Competition. Approximately 50 bowlers of all ages participated in this year's event, which was held on Sunday, Feb. 23 at thefacility in Palmerton. Thirty-threeparticipants received either gold, silver,or bronze medalsfor their scoring achievements.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Carbon County Association of Realtors is hosting an informational roundtable on State Bill 76 and the elimination of school property taxes in Pennsylvania at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lehighton Annex building, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton. All Carbon County area taxpayers are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend.

Chairing the event are Sen. David Argall, Rep. Doyle Heffley and Chuck Liedike of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.

Anyone with questions should call Kathy Henderson of the Carbon County Association of Realtors at 610-377-8121.