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Thursday, January 27, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Junior Girl Scout Troop 34101 teamed up with Brad McMillan from Ma-Luk Sled Dog Adventures to earn their Dog Sledding Badge. Girls learned about different types of sleds, how to care for the sled dogs and how to hitch them up to the sled. Each girl got a chance to ride on the sled. The girls were particularly impressed with tow dog "Peaches" who had raced in the Iditarod in Alaska. The girls who attended and earned their badge are from left to right Jocilyn Steigerwalt, Mya Jefferson, Tabitha Marsh, Haley Karnish, Courtney Kovatch, Kassidy Doolittle, and Talie Arner.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was presented to the Schuylkill County Commissioners on Wednesday, which they will review and will take action at a public meeting in March. The county has received $488,206 for the program

Gary Bender, director of the county CDBG, presented the funding applications selected by the committee for the commissioners' approval. They were:

The county will continue the demolition program at locations throughout the county which will be selected for a later date. A budget of $56,378 was allocated.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center will conduct its 15th annual Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch on the weekend of Feb. 11-13. Sixty volunteers participated in the 14th annual survey last February and sighted over 3,000 birds of 41 different species. Over 33,000 birds have been tallied in 14 years of counting.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Action was taken by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to enter into an agreement with Entech Engineering Inc., Pottsville, for professional services to evaluate the waste water pumping station facility at the state correctional facility (SCI) at Frackville in action taken at its meeting Wednesday in Pottsville.

The firm will study viability of the Frackville Area Municipal Authority taking over the SCI pump station and tying the proposed pre-release center into the system. The cost of this professional engineering study is $9,500.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS

Damian Strausburger, top, and Cassie Deifer, both 10 and both from Summit Hill, play on mountain of snow at Hazard and Market Street in Summit Hill. "We have a lot of snow piles," laughed Cassie, as they slid down the huge, white mound, referring to similar piles in Ludlow Park, near the Ginder Field, and throughout the community, all from previous snowstorms with the snow remaining because of continued cold temperatures.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A $1 million project to repair the Carbon County-owned High Bridge in Hometown is going full-steam ahead now that Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad has promised to contribute the required local matching funds to obtain a government grant.

The $700,000 Capital Project grant is through the state Department of Transportation's Rail Freight Assistance Program. The railroad will provide the $300,000 local match, county commissioners said Tuesday.

"There will be a million dollars worth of work done on the High Bridge," said Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Making way for a Lowe's

Demolition has begun on theformer Wal-Mart store along Route 443 in Mahoning township. Ademolition crew has already brought down the portion of the structure which housed the auto maintenancecenter. A large crane is in the process ofremoving the air handling systems from the roofof the building. Another group has begunremoving the fence from around the job site. The site is owned by Lowe's, which anticipates starting construction on a new home improvement center shortly after the demo work is done. The Lowe's is expected to open by the end of the year.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Varying temperatures and snow fall play tricks with the roads as travelers learn to adjust with changing surfaces. The female driver of this Honda wound up in a ditch after she lost control around 7:30 a.m. this morning while traveling on Summer Valley Road, SR-895, in Snyders, New Ringgold. No seriously injuries were reported.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A feared upper cut from Old Man Winter turned out to be nothing more than a glancing blow as our area dodged a snowstorm that dumped up to a foot of snow in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Forecasters had warned the Carbon/Schuylkill area could receive six or more inches of snow.

That forecast was changed early Wednesday to three to six inches.

The snow began sifting down Wednesday morning and continued throughout the day, tapering off in the late afternoon before beginning again.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Line officers are Chris Overpeck, chief engineer; Christian Lenway, lieutenant; Matt Schessler, captain; Rich Beck, safety officer; Bill Thompson, captain; Aaron Keller, second assistant chief; Terry Jacoby, fire chief; Billy Tippet, assistant chief and Rick Scherer, safety officer.

Members, friends and spouses of the Polk Township Fire Company met at the firehall on Jan. 22 for dinner, awards and entertainment.

President Matt Schessler opened by thanking people from the community who support the fire company. From the township were Nancy May, Brian Ahner and Mike Herley.

Tommy Whitmore is good at fixing anything around the firehouse such as the steam table that needed repair in the past year. Jackie Whitmore calls bingo.