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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Carbon County Fair board monthly meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Blue Mountain Health System Community Center, Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton. Members are reminded that this is a change in date. Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2012 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at (570) 325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com. The fair will be held on August 7-11, 2012 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners William O'Gurek, Wayne Nothstein and Charles Getz, standing at right, met with Henry Desrosiers, Carbon County's director of veterans affairs, second from left, and volunteer driver Bill Womack, left, on Wednesday to see the veterans van that the county will use to transport veterans to the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. The service is free of charge to veterans.

Transportation is now available for Carbon County veterans who need to get to the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Henry Desrosiers, Carbon County's director of veterans affairs, announced that the county has a 12-passenger van to transport veterans from Jim Thorpe to Wilkes-Barre for their appointments. The transportation is free to all veterans.

Currently, the van operates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and leaves at 8 a.m. from the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall rear parking lot, located by the skating rink entrance on 10th Street.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Merwinsburgh Hotel is a joint township-historical society restoration project. It is expected it will become a museum for the society.

The Chestnuthill Township Historical Society met Sept. 21 in the park building. The theme of the evening's program was the 50th anniversary of Pleasant Valley School. Books of photographs of students and faculty from the 1961 Bruin yearbook were passed around for everyone to see.

Julie Kresge, a Monroe County Educator of the Year, presented a power point presentation that began with the first graduating class of Pleasant Valley in 1961 and ended with photographs from the anniversary celebration.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Alzheimers Family Fun Festival & Walk will be held at the Koch Wildoner pavilion from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park along Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe this upcoming Saturday, October 8th.

The Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimers Association is sponsoring a Walk to End Alzheimers Saturday, October 8th as part of the Altzheimers Family Fun Festival & Walk.

All Walk to End Alzheimers donations benefit the Alzheimer's Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

The mission of the Alzheimers Association is to eliminate Alzheimers disease through the advancement of research and to provide and enhance care and support for all affected.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua is hosting a Community Conversation, Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Zion's Gathering Room.

What would you like to see Tamaqua become? What things would make Tamaqua a better community? What roadblocks would have to be overcome to make that community vision a reality?

The public is invited to share its thoughts in a conversation that will last no longer than 90 minutes.

The conversation is being hosted by one of the teams working on a mission statement for Zion.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter "Meet the Candidates Night" has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Lansford AMVETS, 215 W. Ridge St. (downstairs). Republican candidates for local office are expected to attend.

The regular meeting date is the third Monday of each month but because of a conflict with a candidate forum on that date, the Labor Chapter meeting was rescheduled.

Both retired and active members of Labor Unions and their families are invited to attend this meeting.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Unleashed dogs are becoming a nuisance in Schuylkill Township.

Code enforcement officer Daniel DeCindio alerted township supervisors that he has had several calls about dogs roaming throughout the township. "It's the law that all dogs must be on a leash or contained," he said. "They cannot be roaming the streets at large." DeCindio said that owners will be cited and could face fines.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS IPDG Robert Kelsey, left, presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship to Nancy DaCosta, center, a member of the Penn Forest Lions Club. She was presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship pin by her husband, Manny DaCosta, right. The presentation was made Sunday during the District 14-U Rally held at East Penn Social Hall.

District 14-U Lions International hosted the District Rally on Sunday at East Penn Social Hall. The event celebrated 32 years of Lionism in 14-U.

PDG Ed Dudley welcomed Lions from District 14-U and began the program where four stations were set up to educate Lions about projects that are close to Lions' hearts.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lazarus the Hawk greets guests at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, including the Leadership Carbon Class who visited yesterday. Susan Gallagher, left, chief naturalist at the center, told the story of Lazarus and how he came to the center, to Elissa Garofalo Thorne, center, a member of the Leadership Carbon board of directors, and Monica Marshall of Summit Hill, a member of Leadership's Class of 2012.

The revitalized Leadership Carbon Class heard about environmental and conservation issues in the county during a program held yesterday at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

Leadership Carbon took a one-year hiatus last year to restructure itself after five successful years. The leadership program is operated by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Tamaqua man has been named new superintendent of schools for the Weatherly School District.

Thomas W. McLaughlin, who has been acting superintendent, was elevated to the top spot by the school board at a special meeting held last night. McLaughlin has been with the school district for the past six years. He began as an assistant principal and supervisor of special services. He was named high school principal in his second year at the school and served until August when he was named acting superintendent when Superintendent Frank Victor retired.