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Saturday, May 18, 2013
The 460 acre Christman farm was last and largest of the Big Creek Valley properties acquired as part of the Beltzville Dam, and later, Beltzville State Park project.

On May 23, 1966, Elwood Christman learned that the family farm that he shared with his brothers Marvin and Leon, and had been in the family since Elwood's grandfather, Hiram, settled it in 1883, was to be taken by the U.S. Army Engineer District, Philadelphia. It was to be the last and largest of the Big Creek Valley properties acquired as part of the Beltzville Dam, and later, Beltzville State Park project.

The letter read, "The property to be acquired from you has been designated Tract No. 703, Beltzville Reservoir, Pennsylvania, and comprises 436.51 acres of land."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A patient at Weatherwood Nursing Home in Weatherly, reportedly suffering from dementia, was charged yesterday in the death of a fellow nursing home guest, who also had dementia.

Carl Louis Smith, 52, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr. of Weatherly on charges of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, all misdemeanors.

He was unable to post the $150,000 bail that was established in the case.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Harrisburg, PA - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Friday that criminal charges have been filed against Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith. Griffith faces three counts of Interception of Wire, Electronic or Oral Communications.

Investigators say Griffith recorded three conversations without the permission or knowledge of the other party or parties. That is a violation of the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A patient at Weatherwood Nursing Home in Weatherly, reportedly suffering from dementia, was charged yesterday in the death of a fellow nursing home guest, who also had dementia.

Carl Louis Smith, 52, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr. of Weatherly on charges of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, all misdemeanors.

He was unable to post the $150,000 bail that was established in the case.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

We're nearing the end of the school year and no doubt students and teachers alike are quite anxious for it to be over and for summer to begin.

I imagine that by now, our area seniors are suffering from a raging case of "senioritis."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Divorces granted

Daniel S. Moore, 224 Pine St., side apartment, Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Rachel B. Moore, 34 Greenwood St., Apt. 2, Tamaqua. They were married Nov. 22, 2008.

David A. Hauptly was granted a divorce from Charlene M. Hauptley, both of Pottsville. They were married Nov. 16,1986.

Corey Freed, Orwiigsburg, was granted a divorce from Carla Kalymun Freed, Frackville. They were married June 2, 2007.

Retirement fund

Saturday, May 18, 2013
fyi

St. Mark's Episcopal Church will host this month's free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 19. It will be a picnic style meal. For more information call the church at (570) 325-2241.

Saturday, May 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Art League members and artists pictured are, from left, Margie Long, Linda Christman, Christine Eubanks and Paula Zelienka.

A mural, titled "The Art of Healing", was recently unveiled by members of the Carbon County Art League in the lobby of the St. Luke's - Miners Campus in Coaldale.

Four members of the league, who spent a combined 120 hours painting the 4-by-6 foot mural, said they made the mural to highlight the many different aspects of the St. Luke's University Health Network and its new connection with Temple University in Bethlehem.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Claire:

There's yet another article disparaging my generation making the rounds these days, this one written by Joel Stein for Time Magazine. The title? "The Me Me Me Generation: Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents." The cover is emblazoned with a picture of a young woman taking a photo of herself with her iPhone. Ouch.