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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The North Central Regional DUI Program have announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted between Sept. 29-Oct. 4 on Routes 209, 248, 443, 902, and 903 in Carbon County. Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911.

To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A motorcycle rider was injured at 2:20 p.m. Saturday on route 443 near Fegley's FastFil. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet, according to scanner reports, and suffered head injuries and a broken arm, but was awake and alert. He was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning and Conservation Club member Mayor Sam Kitchko saws a fallen tree along Nesquehoning Creek Saturday morning.

Three members of the Nesquehoning Conservation Club spent a balmy fall day Saturday clearing debris from the creek that runs between the Panther Valley Elementary School and Maple Shade Meadows Senior Living center.

Nesquehoning Mayor Sam Kitchko, along with Bob Dunstan and Joe Drozdak, pulled branches from the water, sawed fallen trees and picked up litter along the way.

Kitchko said most of the debris was from a violent storm that swept through the borough in August.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

From 1997-2013, the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission has received $1,658,110 in recreational/grant funding. Here's how the monies were dispersed:

Tamaqua

Little Schuylkill River Walkway $120,000

Bungalow Park Playground $100,000

Bungalow Park Baby Pool $90,000

Skid Steer Loader $80,000

Dutch Hill Playground $56,000

North & Middle Ward Basketball Court $30,000

Owl Creek Community Park $30,000

Owl Creek Boat Launch $20,000

Beautification/Tree Planting on Route 209 $18,000

Saturday, September 27, 2014
FILE PHOTO Jason Boris

There's a sign that graces the walls of many locker rooms, "There is no I in Team."

Jason Boris, who worked as executive director of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission for 14 years, will leave that post at the end of the week to take a position with the Blue Mountain Recreation Commission. The ESRC board will be seeking candidates for the position.

Although as executive director he ran sports programs and recreation in seven municipalities, Boris is quick to point out that he didn't do it alone.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The picture painted by a report from the Center for American Progress released Wednesday is a gloomy one.

Here's how costs have grown in some key categories:

Health care

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania State Police One of the many caves in Barrett Township where police believe accused trooper assasin Eric Frein may be hiding.

Authorities say accused cop-killer Eric Frein used a computer to research how to avoid police manhunts and use law enforcement technologies and skills related to survival.

That leads authorities to believe that he planned his Sept. 12 ambush attack on two state troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County for at least two years.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Lisa Bleicher, president of United Way of Carbon County, left; and Greg Bott, incoming president of UWCC, right; introduce Joe Krushinsky, chairman of The American Cancer Society's Carbon-Tamaqua Unit, during the group's recent annual Campaign Kickoff luncheon.

United Way of Carbon County recently held its annual Campaign Kickoff luncheon at The Blue Shamrock Restaurant at 2230 Fireline Road in Palmerton.

Guest speaker Joe Krushinsky, chairman of The American Cancer Society's Carbon-Tamaqua Unit, spoke about his roles with the ACS and his career in broadcasting with PBS.

Each year, partner agencies of the United Way of Carbon County help thousands of residents. These local agencies provide basic needs to low-income individuals, work to strengthen families, ensure that children succeed in school and promote self-sufficiency.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS  This beautiful view of Little Gap is seen from the deck of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the nature center with its 2014 Excellence in Site Reuse Award. For more photos of the center and the ceremony Friday, see our photo gallery at tnonline.com. Go directly to the gallery from this page by scanning the photo with your smartphone, using our Ads R Live app. To download the app, text "ADS" to Ads R Live at 40691.

Its role in the redevelopment of a formerly contaminated site has netted the Lehigh Gap Nature Center a highly distinguished honor.

A full capacity crowd converged on the nature center in Slatington Friday, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the nature center, along with Executive Director Dan Kunkle, with EPA's 2014 Excellence in Site Reuse Award.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

HARRISBURG Proponents of eliminating school property taxes cheered a win last week, but it might have been a hollow victory.

State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester, recently told a Delaware County business group Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate the unpopular tax, "will not become law" even though it cleared a key committee vote, according to a Chadds Ford Live report from over the weekend.