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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Coaldale mayor Richard Corkery, who violated conditions of his bail on charges of downloading child pornography, will be placed on home electronic monitoring beginning Monday.

Until then, Corkery, 72, of 249 Early Ave., will remain in Carbon County Correctional Facility, where he was taken on Monday after admitting to twice being around a child, a violation of the conditions.

Friday, September 23, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news Gathered around Steven Hutta at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor in Jim Thorpe are, left to right, his father Mike; Father Francis Baransky, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church; his mother Monique; Troop 555 Scoutmaster Ray Attewell; and Steven's brother Daniel.

Steven Hutta, a member of Boy Scout Troop 555 in Jim Thorpe was honored recently with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe for earning his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Scouting.

The rank of Eagle Scout is reached by only two out of every 100 boys in Scouting, and some older recipients even rank their Eagle Scout badge above their college degree.

Steven's Eagle Scout Project was to build a large structure called a "Flight Rehabilitation Pen" at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center (CCEEC) located at Mauch Chunk Lake.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Work at Palmerton's new wastewater treatment plant continues to progress at an efficient rate.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson told borough council on Thursday that the treatment plant could be operational by spring.

"Start up could begin next April," Danielson said. "We're moving right along."

Earlier this month, council adopted an ordinance to authorize the issuance of bonds to finance the $10 million treatment plant and related costs. The borough will borrow $10 million through a 30-year loan to pay for the new plant.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club will hold its monthly meeting at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St., at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 26.

Anyone who would like to join the club and is a member of the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines and is either on active duty, reserves or is a veteran, is welcome to join.

Also, anyone over 21 and would like to join but is not a service member can become an associate member.

All are welcome to attend the upcoming meeting.

Friday, September 23, 2011

A joint workshop to update zoning, subdivision and land development plans will be held in Towamensing Township.

Towamensing and Lower Towamensing townships will hold the joint workshop at 6 p.m. Monday at the Towamensing Township Municipal Building.

The two townships recently formed an implementation agreement in conjunction with the Palmerton Area Comprehensive Plan.

Friday, September 23, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

The student body of Carbon Career & Technical Institute and Skills USA (a career, technical, and academic organization) have been promoting Alzheimer's disease awareness through several student activities during this month. The student body and staff have collected over $300 to date for Alzheimer's disease. Student representatives from each of the 14 shops at CCTI are front, left to right: Brianne Reeser, Samantha Steigerwalt, Cara Shebeck, Rebecca Barnhart, Krystal Dunlap, Taylor DeLoatch, and Sabrina Dalessil.

Friday, September 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Sue Schafer, a volunteer with the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue, goes door to door in the Dutch Hill section of Tamaqua in hopes of finding the owner of a lost dog. Schafer and other volunteers routinely provide care and sanctuary for lost, abandoned, abused and neglected animals in Tamaqua and surrounding areas. The organization also lists photos of lost animals on their Facebook page. Anyone with information on the female (mixed breed) dog pictured can call Schafer at (570) 527-6808.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Panther Valley School Board on Thursday rescinded a drug testing policy that sparked a lawsuit against the district.

The board voted 5-3, with David Hiles, Anthony DeMarco and President Jeff Markovich opposing and Koreen Nalesnik absent, to rescind the policy.

Friday, September 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Regular members installed from front left are Jack Anderson, Commander; Herman Elias, Sgt at Arms; Tom Garrett, service officer; Ernie Kresetes, chaplain; and Larry Wagner, treasurer. From back left are Dave Padora, First Vice Commander; Joe Shamonsky, historian; Bill Coll, Second Vice Commander; Jim Wentworth, adjutant; and Richard Pogwist, judge advocate.

The Garland-Manak-Boyle American Legion Post 123 in Lansford held the 2011-2012 installation of officers during a ceremony recently at the post.

A buffet-style meal was also provided to members and attending participants.