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Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet at Lengyel's Restaurant in Nesquehoning on Monday evening at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be devoted to a discussion of Labor's role in the upcoming election.

Lengyel's Restaurant is located at 83 W. Catawissa St.

The Labor Chapter welcomes Labor Union members, both retired and active, who live in Carbon County.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer a free educational seminar on Weight Loss Surgery on Thurs., Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Ground Floor Community Room at the Gnaden Huetten Campus at 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Those in the United States government, by their own admission, borrow 40 cents of each "dollar" that the National government spends. The deficit has been over $1.29 Trillion each year since 2009. The total reported debt is over $16 Trillion. There are additional unfunded liabilities of over $123 Trillion.

Friday, October 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Mark and Samantha Leiby were surprised to see three goats in the yard of their South Tamaqua home yesterday. "I looked outside and saw three goats in my yard," said Samantha. Worried for their safety, they corralled them into their fenced-in yard. They called numerous animal organizations, but none could help. If you know who these goats belong to, please call the Leiby's at (570) 952-4511.

Friday, October 12, 2012
STACY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Suzi DeMara, left, the director of Care Net of Carbon County, and Debbie Balch, administrative assistant, stand with a poster for the movie "October Baby." Care Net will host multiple screenings of "October Baby" in our area this month.

Care Net of Carbon County will host screenings of the award-winning "October Baby" in our area this month.

Care Net director Suzi DeMara first heard of "October Baby" online. After watching the movie in its entirety, she knew that she would need to bring its message to our area.

"It's a wonderful movie and based off of a true story. It's entertaining, but it will definitely tug at your emotions," she said.

Friday, October 12, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Councilman Jason Behler was appointed vice president on Thursday to replace Chris Olivia, who had served in that capacity until he was appointed mayor earlier in the evening.

A vacant seat exists on Palmerton Borough Council after a move to select a former councilman as mayor led to a chain reaction.

The post opened after council on Thursday selected Chris Olivia, who had served as Vice President of council, as the town's new mayor. Afterward, Olivia resigned his seat on council.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson then announced that interested candidates who would like to fill the seat should submit a short letter of interest to the borough by Oct. 19.

Friday, October 12, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County commissioners adopted a proclamation Thursday that declares October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Accepting the proclamation is Devon Fritz, Carbon County counselor of the Domestic Violence Service Center, second from right. She is receiving the proclamation from Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Wayne Nothstein, chairman, second from left; and William O'Gurek. A hotline is in place for victims of domestic violence and is available 24 hours a day. If you or anyone you know has been abused and needs help, call the center hotline at 1-800-424-5600.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Carbon County.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board adopted a proclamation in honor of raising awareness about domestic violence. Domestic violence is a serious problem all over the world and the Domestic Violence Service Center has worked diligently to offer support and help to women who have been victims of abuse.

The proclamation recognizes the Domestic Violence Service Center, which began as the Women Center task force in 1977.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fire trucks, dump trucks, tractor trailers, farm tractors and ladder trucks will all be part of the West Penn Fire Company's Touch-A-Truck show this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event, to be held at their fire house, 21 Municipal Road, encourages both children and adults to stop by, learn and enjoy all the different types of heavy duty trucks.

Organizers are hoping to have many types of vehicles on-hand, to include firetrucks, tow trucks, helicopter, tractors, tractor trailer, dump trucks, garbage truck and Smokey Bear.

Friday, October 12, 2012

At the Oct. 2 Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors' meeting, township engineer Chris McDermott said he submitted background material to David Albright, township manager, to submit for financial aid for work on Bonser Drive that involves moving water via piping to the stream. The estimated cost is $472,625.

Albright said he looked into two programs for long term loans. PennVEST requirements would be that the area would have to be shovel ready and it must have an infiltration system. The township wanted to use piping.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Pottsville man admitted in Carbon County Court on Thursday that he sexually assaulted a then-6-year-old girl over a two-year period from January 2008 to December 2010.

Lawrence Scott Danforth, 27, pleaded guilty before Judge Steven Serfass to sexual assault and corruption of a minor.

Serfass deferred sentencing pending a Megan's Law determination.

Others entering guilty pleas before Judge Serfass were: