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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The 14th Annual Pocono Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at Hennings Pond, Albrightsville.

Participants must preregister at Robert Christian's Restaurant, Route 940, Pocono Lake or by calling 570-646-6600 by Feb. 9. Participants must also sign a liability waiver. There is a fee.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to April Schaefer, who is fighting a serious illness. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the Schaefer family.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

St. Peter and Paul School, 307 Coal St., Lehighton will kick off Catholic Schools Week with an open house Sunday, Jan. 26 beginning with Mass at 11 a.m. followed by tours, registrations, refreshments and an academic fair featuring the history of Carbon County, to be held until 2:30 p.m.

A Middle States Accredited school in the Diocese of Allentown, SSPP offers full-time preschool though eighth grade classes.

St. Peter and Paul offers a Robotics Club, Student Council, newspaper, yearbook, service opportunities, CYO sports activities, and before and after school care.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Palmerton Area Library located at 402 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton will be offering a new series of Computer Classes beginning in March.

Classes offered will include beginners, advanced (which will cover word processing and excel), basic digital camera operation and photo editing and learning the iPad/tablet and other mobile devices. Classes are taught at the library on Thursdays evenings. Class size is limited and the classes fill up quickly so call the library at 610-826-3424 or stop by if you wish to sign up.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Carbon Builders Association will host an Electronics and Universal Waste Recycling Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, at Blue Mountain Ski Area at the lower lodge, 1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton.

Advanced Green Solutions, Inc. offers a no charge service at the site for items, excluding televisions and freon appliances which require a fee.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Lehighton man has been charged with pulling a knife and threatening to kill a man at a Lehighton pizza shop.

Richard Michael Roberts has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, making terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another person and possessing a prohibited offensive weapon.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Carbon County prison officials are looking into ways to cut down on the inmate population.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board Wednesday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein discussed the group's recent visit to a day reporting center in Luzerne County. A day reporting center allows non-violent offenders, such as DUI charges, who meet certain requirements, to serve part of their sentence outside the prison walls.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) voted this week to pass a bill which would provide Pennsylvania taxpayers greater access to information on public school spending.

Heffley is a co-sponsor of House Bill 1411, which would create the Public School Web Accountability and Transparency (SchoolWATCH) Act.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Carbon Builders Association installed officers and board members for 2014 during the January meeting held Tuesday at Trainer's Inn, Lehighton. Installing officer was Kevin Coutts, president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association. Installed were, from left, front row, Coutts, Mike Troutman, president of T&T Contracting; and Steve Ohl, vice president of RF Ohl; and back row, board members, Jake Arner, Awesome View Properties; Bob Merkel, Pencor Electric; Mary Lorah, National Penn Bank; Roland "Ron" Fritz, RA Fritz Plumbing; and Joseph Thomas, J. Thomas Safety First.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

All 67 tax collectors in Schuylkill County are now mandated to utilize the county tax collector computer system, computerized duplicates, and new compensation system in making tax returns to the treasurer's office at the courthouse in Pottsville, according to action taken by the county commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday.

County Treasurer Jacqueline McGovern reported she has updated the county's taxpayers policy manual to bring it to include modern technical standards. McGovern estimated under the new commission plan the county will be saving around $64,000.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Schuylkill County Commissioners and Salary Board approved personnel changes in various departments on Wednesday.

Newly elected District Attorney Christine Holman made changes in her office. She announced the resignations of Thomas Campion, Norwegian Township, who served as first assistant under former District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, Douglas Taglieri, Minersville, a full-time assistant district attorney, and Michael O'Pake, a part-time assistant district attorney, resigned.