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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Specialist William J. McMichael of Nesquehoning was wounded today as a result in Vietnam. This is the second time the soldier was injured, the first time being Aug. 18, 1968 in Vietnam. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. McMichael, West Railroad Street, were notified he was given partial surgical amputation of the right foot below the ankle due to fragment wounds. He is a 1967 graduate of Panther Valley High School, where he was a member of the football and track teams. He and his wife, the former Mary Mitzen, are the parents of an infant daughter, Jennifer.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

At the Jan. 26 Schuylkill County Commissioners' meeting, it was announced that Rush Township is expected to receive $60,000 in funds through the Community Development Block Grant Program.

The county expects to receive a grant of $443,206. The county had received a total of 23 applications to consider for funding. A total of 10 projects were awarded CDBG funds by the commissioners.

Chairman of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors, Stephen W. Simchak gave a brief summary about the project.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It's all systems go for an outdoor recreational water park scheduled for construction in Lower Towamensing Township.

The township's board of supervisors this week unanimously agreed to grant conditional final plan approval to Blue Mountain Waterpark, L.P., to construct a recreational water park at the Blue Mountain Ski Area.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Pleasant Valley School Board approved the 2011-2012 preliminary budget of $94,037,252 with a millage rate of 156.333 mill. This is up from last year's 2010-2011 budget of 143.290 mill. Business manager, Susan Famularo stated that there is uncertainty of what federal funding the district will receive until sometime in March.

The surrounding walls of the Pleasant Valley School District's adminstrative building's meeting room was covered in the creative artwork of its students in observance of School Board Appreciation Month, thanking the board for all they do for them.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

McAdoo Catholic Elementary School will host an Open House this Sunday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Teachers, staff members, students and parents will be on hand to answer the question "Why We LOVE McAdoo Catholic," and the students have decorated the classrooms with displays of homework assignments and more. All are welcome to attend this fun and informative afternoon.

Light refreshments will be served.

The school is located at 35 N. Cleveland St., McAdoo, and is accepting students in grades Pre-K through 8. For more information, call (570) 929-1442.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lansford Borough council on Wednesday reappointed Richard Pogwist to a 4-year term on the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority board.

Pogwist, who is the authority's treasurer, was among eight applicants for the post. The new term ends on Dec. 31, 2015.

Council, with no discussion, voted 6-1 to name Pogwist to the office.

Council members Danielle Smith, who nominated Pogwist, Mary Kruczek, who supported her motion, Adam Webber, Lenny Kovach, Rose Mary Cannon and Andrew Snyder voted in favor of appointing Pogwist.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Consultants from different areas of the 903 bridge project, in Jim Thorpe, met Wednesday to discuss possible historical and cultural sites that could be impacted with the project. There are numerous historical sites in Jim Thorpe and the proposed new bridge would be constructed near all of these sites.

Representatives from URS, A.D. Marble & Company, PennDOT, Jim Thorpe Borough Council, Carbon County Commissioners, Lehigh Gorge State Park, and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor discussed this project and its impact on these sites.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carbon County is offering a Nature Start program for area youth. Participants involved in Nature Start will participate in monthly "gatherings," which encourage children to connect with nature through exploration, discovery and fun hands-on educational activities and events.

Nature Start programs promote environmental awareness and knowledge of the natural world and are developed to inspire and encourage youth to spend more time outdoors.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Jim Lavelle

Jim Lavelle, an attorney from East Penn Township, is seeking election to the office of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County. He will pursue the Republican and Democratic nominations.

He is an assistant district attorney in Carbon County and has prosecuted criminal defendants since his appointment by District Attorney Gary F. Dobias in January 2006. In addition to carrying a full caseload of adult defendants, Lavelle is responsible for the prosecution of all cases of juvenile crime that arise in Carbon County.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The coal boiler which heats the county prison continues to cause problems was the report Warden Eugene Berdanier gave members of the Schuylkill County Prison Board at their monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.