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Friday, March 4, 2011

Tourism is a priority in Carbon County.

That's why county officials created the tourism grant fund after they implemented the 3 percent hotel tax in February 2007.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board unanimously voted to approve a memorandum of understanding between Carbon County and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau that supports the grant initiatives in Carbon County. The memorandum of understanding also authorizes the release of $47,750 from the Hotel Room Excise Tax fund for the county's tourism grant.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Seven persons in pending criminals cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb. The seven were:

Ryan Sean Cebrosky, 29, of Palmerton, pleaded guilty in two pending cases. He pleaded to one count of possession of marijuana for an incident on Oct. 12, 2010, at Third and Franklin in Palmerton, and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police for an incident on June 4, 2010, along Delaware Avenue, in Palmerton.

Friday, March 4, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Olivia Ecke, 14, of Saylorsburg, worked on perfecting her monologue in front of the West End Rotary Club, that she will be presenting at her audition for the Lehigh Valley School of Performing Arts (grades 9-12). She also blew the members away with her a cappella rendition of "Walking After Midnight." As part of her audition, she has to dance, sing and act. A student of ballet, tap, lyrical and jazz, she is required to dance 1 1/2 minutes in something she has choreographed herself.

Friday, March 4, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Kelsey Ann Fisher, 17, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, was named the first runner-up in the regional competition of the Poetry Out Loud contest held at the Baum School of Art in Allentown. She gave her recitation of "The Canonization" written by John Donne (1633) at a PVSD school board meeting and received rousing applause. After graduation, Kelsey will be majoring in English at Marlboro College in Vermont where she plans on receiving a MFA in poetry. She says of her Poetry Out Loud experience that it wasn't about winning.

Friday, March 4, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Bee Man, Clifford Wright-Sunflower, talks to students at Panther Valley Elementary School about honeybees. His program is entitled "Dancin' with the Honeybees". The two day program was held at PVES and gave the students a good look at honeybees. He used storytelling, poetry, prose, puppetry, music, and dance for the show. The follow-up program called "Bee Touch Me Museum" reinforces the science concepts and everyone makes a beeswax candle to take home. PVES teacher, Ceil Enama, helps fourth grader Emily Devonshire try on a bee keepers hat during the assembly.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Carbon County residents can now purchase dog licenses through the Carbon County website.

County Treasurer Ronald J. Sheehan announced yesterday that the new option is active and ready for residents to use.

Dog owners can license new dogs or renew a license by going to www.carboncounty.com/doglicense.htm. Residents age 65 or older still qualify for a discounted license. The license fees remain the same. A service feel will also be charged by the secure online payment processor. Residents can use a debit card or major credit card during the license purchase.

Friday, March 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kenneth Weis, chairman of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Carbon and Lehigh counties, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. He discussed the children's camps and programs that the faith ministry organization offers to the community. Pictured left to right are Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President Rev. Leon Morgan, Weis, and Rotarian Becky Wanamaker. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The monthly meeting of the Ranger Rick Club will take place on Saturday, March 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, Summit Hill. The club meets on the first Saturday of each month and is open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Each month's meeting focuses on some aspect of the natural world. This month's topic, "Science Detectives," will introduce children to the science of wildlife forensics. Participants will collect "clues" to solve a wildlife mystery.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Carbon County officials have reached a collective bargaining agreement with a new union within its employees.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to ratify the collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) AFL-CIO, who represents 15 Carbon County court-related employees. The agreement is effective Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2013.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained this is the first union contract ever for this 15-person union.

Friday, March 4, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Harry J. Wynn III, left, Vice Chairman Eastern Sectional Oratorical, presents Francis C. O'Donnell of American Legion Post 304 in Jim Thorpe with certificates from the American Legion Department of Pennsylvania for over 10 years of participation the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest.

Francis C. O'Donnell of American Legion Post 304 in Jim Thorpe was honored by the American Legion Department of Pennsylvania for his "participation and service in the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest in the state of Pennsylvania for over 10 years".

A "Certificate of Participation" was awarded to him in "appreciation of, and recognition for, active participation in the formation, planning, and overall success of the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest".