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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lansford Borough council on Wednesday reappointed Richard Pogwist to a 4-year term on the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority board.

Pogwist, who is the authority's treasurer, was among eight applicants for the post. The new term ends on Dec. 31, 2015.

Council, with no discussion, voted 6-1 to name Pogwist to the office.

Council members Danielle Smith, who nominated Pogwist, Mary Kruczek, who supported her motion, Adam Webber, Lenny Kovach, Rose Mary Cannon and Andrew Snyder voted in favor of appointing Pogwist.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Consultants from different areas of the 903 bridge project, in Jim Thorpe, met Wednesday to discuss possible historical and cultural sites that could be impacted with the project. There are numerous historical sites in Jim Thorpe and the proposed new bridge would be constructed near all of these sites.

Representatives from URS, A.D. Marble & Company, PennDOT, Jim Thorpe Borough Council, Carbon County Commissioners, Lehigh Gorge State Park, and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor discussed this project and its impact on these sites.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carbon County is offering a Nature Start program for area youth. Participants involved in Nature Start will participate in monthly "gatherings," which encourage children to connect with nature through exploration, discovery and fun hands-on educational activities and events.

Nature Start programs promote environmental awareness and knowledge of the natural world and are developed to inspire and encourage youth to spend more time outdoors.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Jim Lavelle

Jim Lavelle, an attorney from East Penn Township, is seeking election to the office of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County. He will pursue the Republican and Democratic nominations.

He is an assistant district attorney in Carbon County and has prosecuted criminal defendants since his appointment by District Attorney Gary F. Dobias in January 2006. In addition to carrying a full caseload of adult defendants, Lavelle is responsible for the prosecution of all cases of juvenile crime that arise in Carbon County.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The coal boiler which heats the county prison continues to cause problems was the report Warden Eugene Berdanier gave members of the Schuylkill County Prison Board at their monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young man escaped serious injury Wednesday morning after rolling his pickup truck along Lower Nis Hollow Road in Carbon County. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. as the driver was traveling east on the ice covered roadway. The truck went onto the south berm and a snow bank rolling onto its roof. Area residents and passers-by are confused where the Mahoning and East Penn townships borders are along the roadway claiming many times there is little to no maintenance on the road possibly due to the confusion. Both township police responded to the scene.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It appears as though students in the Palmerton Area School District will be required to take a Keystone Exam that will count as one-seventh of their final grade.

Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, informed the school board at a committee workshop on Tuesday of her recommendation for the new Pennsylvania Department of Education graduation requirements.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Elementary School hosted The Brain Show at its school in Nesquehoning. The show, created by Jeff O'Lear, celebrates education and communicates to children that learning can be fun. Hosts of the show have extensive backgrounds in entertainment, education, and diversity training. Here contestants Ronald Distler, Jessica Buccili, and David Conde respond to a question. Distler, who answered the most questions correctly, was the winner in this segment and was awarded a T-shirt and medal.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
ALICE GINDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brian Wawrzynski, 7, of Ms. Boyle's Polk Elementary 2nd grade class holds a finished bird feeder he made during the first event of activities the school will be doing with residents from Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home.

Polk Elementary School and Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home have decided to team up to for a community partnership that will connect senior residents with the youth of the community.

On Jan. 31, residents from Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home visited Polk Elementary School for the first in a series of events to connect the youth of the community with the experienced of the community.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mahoning Township police have charged a former Lehighton woman, now living in Palmerton, with having crack cocaine, which she had hidden in a police cruiser.

Amy Luise Blocker, 25, formerly of the 200 block of South Street Lehighton, the 2100 block of North Lehigh Street Whitehall, and now currently residing in the 700 block of Lehigh Street Palmerton, was charged after being arrested for retail theft and giving false information to police stemming from an incident at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Oct. 31, 2010.