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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Carbon County Animal Response Team (CART) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

The meeting will include a slideshow and CART orientation; as well as discussion about upcoming training sessions.

New volunteers are welcome to attend to learn about the organization.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a year in jail on Tuesday for driving under the influence (DUI) and other counts.

Joseph Thomas Ruzicka, 44, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to one to five years in the county prison. Ruzicka was arrested on April 9 by state police at Lehighton along Cherryhill Road, in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result was .21BAC. He had also pleaded to one count each of recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

An area church that plans to expand its existing facility received the green light from the Carbon County Planning Commission.

On Tuesday, the planning commission voted to recommend plan approval for Blue Mountain Community Church's building expansion project. The church is located at 25 Oak St., Towamensing Township.

According to the plans, the church is proposing to construct a 5,000-square-foot addition to the existing church facility.

Officials briefly discussed the plans before voting on county planner Ivan O. Meixell's recommendation for plan approval.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Rose Barachie of Franklin Township, recovering from knee surgery at Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten campus, likes the hospital's newly expanded Acute Rehabilitation Center.

Rose Barachie sits on the edge of her bed in the newly expanded Next Step Acute Rehabilitation Center at the Gnaden Huetten campus of Blue Mountain Health System.

Barachie, of Franklin Township, was in the center recovering from knee replacement surgery. She's happy with the large therapy area, and with her private room, which features bright colors and a layout that allows her to do simple things on her own while still having the safety of medical staff close at hand.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Bob Lengle, left, a member of the Kidder Township board of supervisors, and Ralph Lennon, Lake Harmony Fire Chief, stand in front of the newly-constructed Lake Harmony Fire House. Lake Harmony Fire Company and Albrightsville Fire Company are co-hosting the annual Pa. State Firemen's Convention, which opens tomorrow and concludes Saturday with a parade at 1 p.m. The two fire companies will hold open house events tomorrow in conjunction with the convention.

Tomorrow, the 132nd Firemen's Association State of Pa. Convention opens in Lake Harmony with a full slate of special events.

The three-day convention concludes on Saturday with a 10-division parade featuring apparatus, bands, and marching units representing every corner of the state.

The parade begins at 1 p.m.

This marks the first time ever the convention is being held in Carbon County. It has never been held in Schuylkill County.

"We've been working on this for over three years," said Ralph Lennon, Lake Harmony fire chief.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A free children's' trick or treat party will be held by Lansford Alive's Community Improvement Committee.

The festivities are planned for 5-7 p.m. Oct. 22, with a rain date of Oct. 23.

Registration for children in costume will be from 3-4:45 p.m. the day of the event at the Lansford Community Center. Judging will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from front left are Rob's wife Carrie Marrero holding daughter Gabriella, 20-months, Tyler Fritz-Marrero, 10, and mother-in-law Judy Fritz. In back are Joseph Butrie, left, and Larry Wagner.

Over 50 motorcycle riders took part in the Lansford American Legion Rider's 50-mile ride recently to benefit Rob Marrero, who suffered a paralyzing neck injury in May while playing for the semi-pro football team Mountain Top Reapers.

Marrero is a 2000 graduate of Panther Valley High School and still resides in Coaldale.

"We were surprised to see the great response despite only having two months to put this together," said Larry Wagner, vice president of the Legion Riders.

"We've never had a turnout like this before," added Joseph Butrie, president.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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The recent heavy rains caused a washout to the truck runoff on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning, forcing it to be closed. A sign at the top of the

mountain warns of the closure. Before the runoff was built, the mountain road wasthe scene of many accidents in which trucks lost their brakes, careened down the road, and crashed at the intersection of busy Route 209.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

There may be a temporary solution to sewage backing into basements in some Summit Hill homes, but permanent solutions will cost $3-to-$10 million.

That's what residents were told who attended a special meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council last night.

The repairs could mean an eventual increase of $640 per year in annual sewage rates.

Anything less than the major repairs will amount to the equivalent "of a Band-Aid for a cancer patient," said borough engineer Ronald Tirpak.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Did you know that what children learn before kindergarten affects how well they will do in school and maybe even what career they will have?

Because quality early learning opportunities are vital to a child's success in school and in life, the Pennsylvania's Promise for Children campaign and Carbon County Early Care and Education's LEARN Team are recognizing October as Pennsylvania's Promise for Children Month.