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Friday, October 14, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Randall Smith, county administrator, second from left, accepts the plaque he received from the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau earlier this week from Carbon County Commissioners Charles Getz, left; William O'Gurek, second from right; and Wayne Nothstein. Smith received the Valued Partner Award from PMVB on Oct. 12 for his commitment to the tourism industry in Carbon County.

Carbon County's administrator was recently recognized for his work with the tourism industry in the county.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, announced that Randall Smith, county administrator, received the Valued Partner Award during the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's annual meeting on Oct. 12.

The award recognizes Smith's commitment to the tourism industry and the visitors to the region.

O'Gurek thanked Smith for his dedication to Carbon County.

Friday, October 14, 2011
Carbon Chapter of PASR President Marjorie Balliet (left) introduced guest speaker Dr. Louis Sportelli (right) during the recent fall general membership meeting of the organization, which was held at Mahoning Valley Country Club. Dr. Sportelli's address was entitled "Times Are Changing."

During the recent fall general membership meeting of Carbon Chapter of PASR (Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees), five Carbon County teachers received educational support grants. The dinner meeting was held at Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Friday, October 14, 2011

American Legion Post 314, Lehighton, will host a Flag Etiquette Program for the youth of the community at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. Any youth organization in the Lehighton area interested in attending this activity should call the Post at (610) 377-1549 to let them know how many will be attending.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Palmerton Area School District employee accused of theft and receiving stolen property will have his case heard in Carbon County Court.

Todd Mertz, 54, of Lehighton, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

A district groundskeeper in the PASD, Mertz faced two counts each of theft of unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property.

One count each of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property were dismissed. Mertz still faces one count each of both charges.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Council members from Coaldale and Lansford will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss whether they want to sell the boroughs' water system operations to a private company.

The meeting will be held at Coaldale's borough hall on Third Street.

Lansford council has been asking for months for Coaldale to agree to schedule the meeting. On Tuesday, Coaldale Councilman Joe Hnat broached the subject, but wanted it to be closed to the public.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lansford council president Adam Webber can't use the state's Right-to-Know law to get access to audio tapes of meetings made by a colleague, the borough's solicitor said.

Responding to a Right-to-Know Act request filed by Webber on Sept. 21, solicitor Michael Greek wrote on Sept. 29 that Webber cannot use the law to obtain personal recordings or notes.

The Right-to-Know law protects peoples' ability to access and obtain public records held by government agencies.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Carbon County man who admitted to firing several gun shots into his neighbor's home will have his case heard in Carbon County Court.

Daniel Kleintop, 38, of Lehighton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on charges of discharge of a firearm onto an occupied structure, a felony three; criminal mischief, and two counts of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor two.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

It's Fire Prevention Week and Chelsea Archer, a Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. firefighter, explains to Dominick Desario, 7 and his brother, Christian, 4, what some of all the bells and whistles are on a fire truck at the company's Fire Safety Day.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

PA State Reps. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) and Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Hanover Elementary School, 3890 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem, to provide the latest information on the debate over school property taxes. The members will be presenting a Power Point presentation which show the history of the issue, as well as updating constituents on the challenges facing the state Legislature in attempting to reduce or eliminate school property taxes. A question and answer session will follow.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Friends of the Library, Janet Serfass, left, and Sharon Jadick, right, were selling tickets for the Western Pocono Community Library's "Taste of Fall" at the First National Bank of Palmerton in Gilbert. All proceeds will benefit the library.

The Western Pocono Community Library is cordially inviting everyone to a first time savory event. "A Taste of Fall" will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the library, which is located on Pilgrim Way, off Rt. 115, Brodheadsville (across from Pleasant Valley Middle School.)

This fundraiser is being hosted by local restaurants, businesses and friends so that you may enjoy a sampling of delectable foods and beverages as you walk around the main floor of the library. Music will be available for your listening pleasure.