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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Seven first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record his wiped clean. However, if the fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Refinancing a 2007 bond issue will save the Panther Valley School District about $150,000.

The board on Thursday agreed to refinance the bonds, taken out to help pay for the district's middle school.

In other matters, the board:

Ÿ Hired Steven Kachmar, M.A., Ph.D., NCSP, to provide a psychoeducational evaluation of a student for a sum not to exceed $3,500;

Ÿ Approved Kim Burkett as Culturefest adviser for $650;

Ÿ Appointed seventh grade reading teacher Pauline Davis as middle school newspaper adviser for $950;

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Eleanor Morton, author of "Josiah White - Prince of Pioneers," will autograph copies of her book in the Windsor Store, Mauch Chunk, when the copies go on sale today. The authoress, Mrs. Elizabeth Gertrude Stern, writes under the pen name of Eleanor Morton. She devoted the past two and a half years in research to the book, which is dedication to the people of Lehigh and Panther Valleys. Josiah White was the founder of Mauch Chunk.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
John Maranuk, Kunkletown - "Our daughter, Nicole. She's a nurse. She's such a caring, compassionate person. She's always there for you."

The United States Postal Service is now allowing living persons to appear on postage stamps. Who would you like to see placed on a stamp and why?

Saturday, October 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Democrats for Change Club recently received an award for its work on a video. Mike Morrill, executive officer of Keystone Progress, right; presented the Video of The Year award to the organization's president Linda Christman during the club's September meeting. The video that won was filmed on the Christman farm in Lehighton and was produced and directed by club member Rene Calvo, and featured Linda and Roy Christman, along with chicken co-stars. The CCDC club meets on the fourth Tuesday, monthly at the Inn at Jim Thorpe at 7 p.m., unless otherwise published.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS These old walls are intended to be included in Rosemarie C. Peiffer's new castle that she's hoping to build.

Most of us are familiar with the proverbial expression, "A man's home is his castle."

A former Tamaqua area woman is hoping to create and build a miniature castle of sorts of her own in Jim Thorpe, on the site where a real castle once stood many years ago.

Although she has been planning the project for several years, Rosemarie C. Peiffer's dream is fading "further and further away."

Saturday, October 15, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Trina Moyer, a registered mammographer, explains how this new digital mammography unit at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus works. The mammo suite has been renovated as well.

New, state-of-the-art equipment has been unveiled at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.

A new digital mammography unit at the Palmerton campus opened on Thursday in the newly renovated mammo suite.

Other additions include a new 32-slice CT scan that replaced a 16-slice CT scan, as well as a new Ultrasound unit that opened this past Monday at the Palmerton campus.

In addition, a new bone density Dexa scan unit is in operation at the Gnaden Huetten campus in Lehighton.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

PennDOT reminds residents living along rural state and local roads that now is the time to prepare mailboxes for the winter months. Snow thrown from plows can easily damage mailboxes that are not prepared.

Mailboxes are normally placed within the state's legal right-of-way; however, mailbox damage is the responsibility of the property owner.

If a mailbox is placed as far from the edge of the road as the carrier can reach from a vehicle and the mailbox is placed on a sturdy support, it should be able to withstand the force of snow thrown from a plow.

Friday, October 14, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Kathy Carpenter, TIMES NEWS circulation manager, presents the second place Interstate Circulation Managers Association (I SCMA) Carrier Recognition Contest to Tom Melochick. Member newspapers represent Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington D.C. compete for this recognition.

Pencor Services Inc. has good reason to be proud of one of its adult TIMES NEWS carriers.

After earning a second place this past summer in the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association (PNA) 2011 Newspaper Carrier of the Year competition, Tom Melochick, a carrier for the TIMES NEWS in Brockton, had his entry forwarded to the Interstate Circulation Managers Association (I SCMA) Carrier Recognition Contest where he took another second place in the adult division.

Friday, October 14, 2011
This looks like it should fit here ...

Vera Sage Reinhart, 14 months old, looks like a budding architect as she plays with her building blocks. She's always busy and loves being in the outdoors. She is the Grandest Kid of Melanie and Dan Adamski, Saylorsburg, Bill and Jacqueline Yaich, Bethlehem and Jean and Larry Reinhart of Slatington. She is the Great-Grandest Kid of Barry and Barbara Burns, Palmerton and Claire and Harvey Miller of Jim Thorpe. She is the daughter of Dustin and Blair Reinhart of Slatington.