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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The number of births per thousand people in the United States. The blue segment is defined as the Baby Boom by the United States government.

In 2011, the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation reaches its 65th birthday – the age of Aquarius meets the age of retirement.

The Baby Boomers are people who were born between the end of World War II in 1946, and the popularization of the birth control pill in 1964. An estimated 76 million Americans who were born during this period that the Bureau of the Census' calls the "demographic birth boom."

After hovering at around 2.8 million annual U.S. births during the WWII years, births climbed to 3.5 million in 1946, rocketing to a peak of 3.9 million in 1947.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Five area people were among 38 who were admitted into the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitated Disposition) Program, Tuesday afternoon at the Schuylkill County Courthouse. The program is reserved for first offenders who committed non-violent crimes and by accepting the terms imposed by a judge they can clear their criminal record by completing the sentence. Distirct Attorney James P. Goodman made the motion to admit them into the program which was granted by President Judge William E. Baldwin who imposed the sentences as follows:

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rep.-elect Doyle M. Heffley (R-Carbon) will be opening his first district office on Wednesday, Jan. 5, in the Lehighton Borough Annex (former Lehighton High School), second floor, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton, Pa. 18235.

"I want to ensure residents of the 122nd District that I will have my district office open as soon as possible to help with any questions that may have concerning state government or the legislature," said Heffley. "I plan to hold office hours or set up satellite offices across Carbon County so I can be available to the residents I serve."

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Bilardo of Jim Thorpe is removed from the Lehighton paramedic unit in preparation to be flown by the Penn Star helicopter to a Lehigh Valley trauma center.

Jim Thorpe resident Robert Bilardo was airlifted to St. Luke Hospital's Bethlehem Campus Tuesday evening after sustaining injuries during an ill-fated hike on the Glen Onoko Falls.

Bilardo fell from a height of roughly 50 feet into the waters of the creek at the bottom of the falls, according to published reports. He struck his head upon impact, lacerating the right side.

Fellow hiker Kris Cozad called out for assistance, and was helped by John Spanogle, a trained EMT, and other hikers. The men on the scene called police around 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Parryville Council formally adopted the 2011 budget on Tuesday night with no tax increase.

Millage will remain at 10.5 mills. For general purposes, residents will be assessed 6.75 mills, street repairs will be two mills, for fire safety purposes, one mill and for street lighting purposes, quarter mill will be assessed.

The borough has a surplus of $4,965, which helped maintain the tax base for 2011 at the same rate. The borough plans to bring in and expend $202,900 in 2011.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Quint Snyder, left; and his wife, Virginia Snyder of Palmerton, right, are assisted with their first blood donation by Miller-Keystone phlebotomist Francesca Malone. The blood drive was held at Country Inn and Suites, Lehighton, in honor of Brian Snyder, who has a rare form of cancer.

Family and friends of Brian Snyder of Palmerton came together Tuesday to take part in a Miller-Keystone Blood Drive in honor of him. The blood drive was organized by his sister, Roseann Lesher, and was held at Country Inn and Suites, 1619 Interchange Road, Lehighton. Lesher and her husband, Fred, are owners of the hotel. More than 40 people took part in the drive.

His sister said that the Brian's illness has taken a toll on him and the entire family. Back in September, he was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, Philamorphic Lipo Sarcoma, which is a cancer of the soft tissue.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Wayne Nothstein

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, entering his 12th year as a county commissioner, has announced his candidacy for re-election on the Republican ticket.

Nothstein is a 1967 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 1981 graduate of Northampton Area Community College with an associate degree in applied science.

He was previously employed by BOC Industrial Gases in Bethlehem for 23 years and was a shop steward for Teamsters union 773 before the plant closed in 1996.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Oliva Sipler, center, is the winner of the National Geography Bee held at Weatherly Middle School earlier this month. From left, Summer Peck, Morgan Mengel, Sipler, Seth Harkins and middle school Principal Sandra Slavick.

Olivia Sipler is the winner of the National Geography Bee competition held at Weatherly Middle School on Dec. 15.

This year's competition was the closest race in recent years. As the end of the competition, four students remained in the race to become Weatherly's champion.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A request to install a dry hydrant near the Pine Run area of Beltzville State Park was discussed as the Towamensing Township supervisors held their end-of-year meeting on Dec. 27.

Richard Bachert of the Towamensing Fire Company talked to supervisor Tom Newman about the matter and Fire chief Wayne Knirnschild reportedly agreed to the request.

The park manager said he would have to clear it with the Army Corps of Engineers, so Newman went and talked to the Army Corps directly.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Coaldale Borough Council on Tuesday adopted a 2011 budget fueled by a trimmed-down property tax increase of 2 mills.

The proposed budget had called for a 2.5 mill increase.

The additional 2 mill levy brings the tax rate from 20.54 to 22.54 mills.

That means the owner of a home assessed for taxes at $25,000 will pay $563.50 in property tax next year. That's $50 more than this year's bill.

The spending plan anticipates about $1.5 million in expenses. Each mill generates about $20,000.