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Thursday, March 7, 2013

If the Jacob Arner Memorial Airport in Mahoning Township is going to continue to be an asset for Carbon County with regard to its economic development efforts, capital expenditures will have to be made in the near future in order to clear the way for expansion of the existing runway there. Terry Eckert of Palmerton, a member of the Carbon County Airport Authority, told the county commissioners that the project would cost between $17,000 and $20,000. Otherwise, he said, the runway would be shortened, a move he called "a step backwards."

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Palmerton Area School District plans to alter its summer reading program at its elementary level.

The school board was apprised of the change to the program by school psychologists Meghan Garrett and Robert Palazzo at a workshop meeting on Tuesday.

Garrett explained that the district had utilized the Summer Skills Sharpener Program the past several years.

Due to cuts in grant funding, the district plans to instead use reading requirements with a recommended book list, as well as a book bag to encourage summer reading.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
JUDY KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Christian Fields, of Lake Harmony, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, talks to students about the importance of reading in sports. Fields, who participates in cross country and track represented the high school at this year's state finals in cross country.

BAMMM Books are magical, magnificent & marvelous; at least according to the teachers and students at the Penn Kidder Campus K-8 School in Albrightsville.

The school holds its BAMMM week every year to coincide with the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel, who is better known as Dr. Seuss.

The week kicked off with a celebration of Dr. Seuss' 109th birthday. Children in kindergarten through third grade were read to by Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bill Marks of Brodheadsville, instructor for the Hunter-Trapper education course mandated for all beginning hunters, but no younger than 11, has announced a course will be held Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, as hosted by the Indian Mountain Rod & Gun Club at its site in Kresgeville on Route 534. Each course will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch being available on site for a cost. To make the required online registration for the course, go to: www.pgc.state.pa.us.

For more information contact Marks at billmark@ptd.net.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These eager athletes participated in the local Special Olympics Pennsylvania Carbon County Floor Hockey Skills Competition which was held in the skating rink at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.Participating in the event which tests their skills in passing, shooting, agility, and defensive play were front, left to right : Jose Karnish, Coach; Ryan Lee; Margaret Ruscavage; Brian Haselden; Gabrielle Saini; Dylan Saina; and Josh Brown, Coach. Rear, from left : John Karnish, Head Coach; Shane Ahner; Nicholas Boone; Dale Lloyd; Carl Klager; andDelina Rodrigues.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Lehighton Area High School Jazz Band performs "Birdland" on Tuesday night during the 2013 Music in Our Schools Month Concert held at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Students in classes at the Lehighton Area Middle School and Lehighton Area High School performed in a music concert Wednesday at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Performing first was the fifth and sixth grade chorus singing, "Slumber Song," and "Boomwhacker Boogie." under the direction of Thomas Weidner, director. Calvin Maholick was at the piano and Daniel Devitt, Joshua Pickerin and Jaden Scherer were the instrumentalists.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A proclamation designating the month of March as, "Red Cross Month" , throughout Schuylkill County was adopted by the county commisioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The commissioners ask all residents of the county in recognizing as well as celebrating the many outstanding accomplishments of the county Chapter of the American Red Cross and encouraged every citizen to join in continuing support the efforts and mission of the Red Cross throughout the year.

Other business

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mahoning Township supervisors participated in the first annual hearing for their Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal year 2013 as well as a hearing to revise the funding for 2012. The hearing was conducted by Carbon County Director of Planning and Development Judy Borger.

"Mahoning Township was awarded $46,444 in fiscal year 2011 by the County Commissioners to resurface Beaver Street which resulted in us conducting a survey of the street to make sure it was eligible. Both the eligibility and fundability have been met," said Borger.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Jim Thorpe Area High School's guidance department will hold scheduling information meetings for parents on Tuesday, March 12, in the high school auditorium.

Parents of students entering 10th through 12th grades are asked to attend at 6:30 p.m. Parents of students entering ninth grade are asked to attend at 7.

The meetings are being held to inform parents/guardians of the courses available to students in the 2013-2014 school year. The programs will include question and answer sessions.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A couple accused of stealing a New Jersey police car Tuesday led authorities on a wild, two-state chase that injured one officer, wrecked several vehicles and led to the theft of a second cruiser in Philadelphia, law enforcement officials said.

"I've never heard of anyone stealing two police cars in the same incident," said Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross.