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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Three proclamations were adopted by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

One was to call attention to the high standard of service provided by the 9-1-1 staff; the second to urge citizens to participate in the annual "duck" run sponsored by Vision, a non-profit organization, providing programs for children and adults; and the third is to call attention to the spread of sexual violence.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Jermaine Thomas Sr. of Brockton, fills out an information sheet while visiting the Horsehead Corporation booth during the third annual Carbon County Job and Career Fair in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday.

Hundreds of potential employees filled the ballroom at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall Wednesday during the third annual Carbon County Job and Career Fair.

The event, sponsored by Pennsylvania CareerLink Carbon County and the Carbon County Economic Development Corp., was open to anyone looking for a job.

Shannon Eidem, veterans employment representative at Pennsylvania CareerLink Carbon County, explained that it was a good turnout from the time the doors opened at 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Due to extremely dry conditions, a burn ban has been put in place effective immediately for Washington Township, Lehigh County.

This means that there is to be no burning of any kind in the township.

Outdoor cooking is not included but should be done with extreme caution.

The burn ban will be in effect until further notice.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Carbon County municipalities affected by the closing of the blue bin recycling program are weighing their options.

During a special meeting of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee on Wednesday morning, representatives from a number of municipalities in the county listened to what four recycling haulers have to offer. Presenting were representatives from Berger Sanitation Inc., Waste Management, Kreitzer Sanitation, and Solomon Container Services.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sign-up sheets were available at the April 1 meeting of the Polk Township Historical Society for people to volunteer to help at the 250th anniversary celebration to be held at the West End Fairgrounds on Sept. 7.

Committees include planning, publicity, book review, sponsor solicitation, games, parking and the parade.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Darlene Smith will serves as both Activities Coordinator and new Facilities Director for the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center.

Darlene Smith, from Barnesville, was promoted to new Facility Director for the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center.

In addition to serving as facility director, Smith, who has worked at the center about 5 years, will also continue to serve as activities coordinator.

"I've always enjoyed working with elderly and listening to their stories," said Smith, who's mother, Arlene Yoder, 82, is also a participant at the center. "My reward is making them happy."

Thursday, April 11, 2013

They did their best to get a more accurate population count, but Lansford officials were disappointed to learn that the U.S. Census believes the borough's population is below 4,000.

The low figure means a loss of about $100,000 a year in Community Development Block Grant entitlement grants that could be used to improve streets and repair and maintain the infrastructure. The grant cutoff number is 4,000, and Lansford's count comes in at 59 people below that, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
In a picture dated May 10, 1916, members of the Tamaqua Borough Council pose around a motorized 1916 Boyd fire truck for the Citizen's Fire Company. It was later replaced by the 1922 Seagraves pumper fire truck.

Preserving an important piece of Tamaqua's firefighting history, members of the Tamaqua Historical Society are arranging to transport a 91-year old Tamaqua fire truck exactly 999 miles from Ocala, Fla. to Tamaqua.

The historical society will bring the 1922 Seagraves 6WT pumper fire engine back to Tamaqua as soon as arrangements for shipping are finalized.

"This is the oldest surviving motorized fire truck from Tamaqua," said Dale Freudenberger, president, Tamaqua Historical Society. "We are very fortunate to be able to bring this truck back home."

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Blue Ridge Cherry Valley Rod & Gun Club, located on Smith Road in Sciota, will be sponsoring a Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) Hunter-Trapper Education course on Sunday, May 19, Sunday, June 23 and Sunday, July 21. The Sunday class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

You must preregister online at www.pgc.state.pa.us/. No walk ins will be allowed due to limited seating. Minimum registration age is 11 years old.

There is an online four-hour home study session that must be completed before attending the actual class.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The West End Rotary Club and Pocono Family YMCA Eldred Division will sponsor a free program on how to prevent bullying on May 18. The program will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the YMCA extension building in Kunkletown, formerly Eldred Elementary School.

The program will feature David Keller Trevaskis, an attorney and former third-grade teacher, who also has a master's degree in education. He is an Olweus-certified bullying prevention trainer.