On Jan. 7, 1986, the day Jim Thorpe native Thomas D. Rodgers, all of 18 years old, enlisted in the U.S. Army, then-President Ronald Reagan imposed economic sanctions on Libya amid growing tensions between the United States and Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy.
"I needed to find a job," he said.
Twenty-four years, three foreign countries and four medals later, Staff Sergeant Rodgers retired, on Nov. 1, 2010.
Twenty-four people recently took volunteer training to help out at the Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford. Volunteers will be helping with library programs, shelving books, checking books in and out, helping with fund raisers, filing, cleaning, and using their talents to promote the library.
Beginning in March, a homework help desk will be manned by local teachers who will volunteer on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings.
Anyone wishing to volunteer at the library should call (570) 645-3780.
Members of the choir at St. Matthew's UCC, Kunkletown, tried out a different kind of a fundraiser. They took orders to deliver Singing Valentines. They visited two local personal care homes, Getz's and Mrs. Bush's, a couple of houses and delivered 10 Singing Valentines by phone. Here they are singing "You are My Sunshine" to a former choir member, Becky Klotz, who is now living in Florida.
Franklin Township supervisors are alerting township residents that they may see trees cut down on their property by PPL workers this summer to keep tree-related power outages to a minimum.
Supervisors received a letter from PPL nothing that two years ago PPL Electric Utilities had started a program that involves clearing high-voltage transmission right-of-ways across their service territory.
A recreational park plan in Penn Forest Township received the green light from the Carbon County Planning Commission on Tuesday.
During the board's monthly meeting, the members voted to recommend plan approval for the Penn Forest Township parcel plan, which names the Jim Thorpe Area School District as the owner of the land and Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisors as the developers. The plans call for subdividing a 179.33-acre lot.
A chemical leak forced a section of Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County to be shut down for several hours Tuesday which resulted in a major traffic jam for area roads and four state troopers being exposed to the material.
State police at Frackville said the incident began about noon when a team of troopers were performing truck inspections along the southbound lanes at a weigh station in Delano Township, just south of the McAdoo-Tamaqua exit.
Lansford council will seek another round of bids for the job of replacing the oil burner in the borough hall, this time casting a wider net.
The new bids are needed because council believed the sole $80,000 bid submitted from the last solicitation was too high. Council will follow the recommendation of borough engineer Eric Snyder and publish the bid solicitations in a wider area. "This is a pretty specialized thing. There are not a lot of companies that do this," he said.
The Jim Thorpe Planning Commission Committee will look into utilizing the current 903 bridge for walking and bicycling after the new 903 bridge is completed. The 903 bridge project is projected to begin in 2013 and take approximately 2 years to complete.
Last week, consultants of the bridge project met to discuss the impact of historical resources due to this project. Members of the Jim Thorpe Planning Commission and Borough Council attended this meeting. Committee and board members were given the chance to ask questions and share ideas.