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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lehighton Dunkin' Donuts was one of the local franchise Dunkin' Donuts which helped raise $19,700 to support St. Joseph's Center in Scranton.

It is Dunkin' Donuts or Northeastern Pa.'s second consecutive year working with St. Joseph's Center, donating in total more than $42,000 since last summer's initial fundraising program.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Amidst all the colossal fire trucks and marching bands during the Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania parade held in Lake Harmony Saturday, smaller things, like this monarch butterfly, always seem to stand out. Junior firefighter Tyler Michael, 14, Albrightsville Fire Company, holds still as the butterfly lands on his patch, while fire police volunteer Stephen Kanyuck, Albrightsville Fire Company, gives a slight smurk as the butterfly perches on his hand prior to the start of the parade.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Between 70 to 80 military vehicles ranging from WWII to present day filled a large section of the parking area outside of the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert during the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show which was held there last Friday and Saturday.

Once again, last weekend, the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show brought history back to life at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

Whether for a youngster curious to see some of the vehicles that Grandpa may have told them about from his service days, or a veteran searching for memories, the rally did not disappoint.

A wide variety of military vehicles filled a large section of the parking area outside of the fairgrounds while inside there was just about every spare part for them that one could ever need.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fifteen area residents entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County Court.

Betty J. Dolly, 39, of 418 E. Patterson St., Lansford, on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison, fined $1,500, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and shall receive outpatient treatment. Dolly was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Bynon.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

McCann School of Business and Technology has announced the implementation of an articulation agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology. This agreement allows graduates of McCann, from any of 13 different degree programs, to enter Central Pennsylvania College at third year status and complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Technology Management. This newest agreement compliments the existing articulation agreement between the two educational institutions for the Paralegal program.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The very prospect of a program that aims to strengthen families and help children succeed may seem too good to be true.

Yet, that's exactly what families can expect when they sign up for a free program for parents and caregivers and their middle school-age children.

Back by popular demand, the Strengthening Families Program will be available in the Northern Lehigh School District over a seven-week period.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Although some of the activities of United Way's Day of Caring in Monroe County had to be changed, good work for various community institutions was still being done during the heavy rain of Sept. 24. David Rodriguez, vice president of Citizen's Bank and manager of the Tannersville branch, as well as Lucille Lama, also a vice president and and assistant manager at the Brodheadsville branch, worked for several hours helping the Brodheadsville Head Start organize its collection of books instead of doing the pre-weather scheduled painting.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Barry Issett, engineer, with Barry Issett Associates, Trexlertown, right, explains to Mike Grant, left, the steps Parryville Council will have to take to comply with Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan.

Parryville's sewage problems will not be an easy fix, but Parryville Borough Council finally has taken the first step to comply with Act 537, a community-wide sewage facilities plan. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ordered communities to adopt an official plan to provide sewage services for areas within its jurisdiction in 1968.

Barry Issett, engineer, with Barry Issett Associates, Trexlertown, met Tuesday night with Parryville Council to discuss the steps Parryville must take.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Local Board for Carbon County would like to make known that funds for Carbon County agencies are now available. These funds can be used for food pantries, mass shelter, rental and utility assistance. Interested agencies can visit www.efsp.unitedway.org to learn more about this grant.

This year, the board did not qualify for EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program) funds from the National Board. The national formula was changed and the unemployment rate set by the National Board was 11.5 percent. the rate of unemployment was only 9.3 percent for Carbon County.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A house auction was held at 220 North St. in Jim Thorpe. The house was built by plumbing/HVAC, electrical, and carpentry students of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute. The auction was hosted by Houser Auctioneers. According to Houser Auctioneers, after the auction a sale on the home looked promising. The living area features hardwood floors and a fireplace. The house also features three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a full unfinished basement, back deck, and detached garage. The house is a 2,000-square-foot, two story framed home.