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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Discussing the 25th annual rabies clinic of the Mahoning Valley Lions Club, which will be held noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at McCall's Farm in Mahoning Township, are, l-r, Tom Zimmerman IV, president of the Lions Club; Dr. Mary Lombardo, who has been the veterinarian at all 25 clinics; Harvey Fogel of East Penn Township, whose dog encountered a rabid raccoon in 1989, and Bob Hayman, who was president of the Lions when the first clinic was held 25 years ago. It was noted that it was because of the Fogel incident that the annual rabies clinic was started.

Harvey Fogel of East Penn Township attended a meeting of the Mahoning Township Lions Club and told about the frightening incident involving his dog.

It happened back in 1989. Fogel said his dog got after a raccoon. It was daylight so Fogel knew things weren't right; raccoons are nocturnal.

He shot the raccoon, took it to Dr. Mary Lombardo at the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, and had it tested for rabies. It proved positive.

Dr. Lombardo also attended the Lions meeting. A member of the club, she also told stories of local incidents of rabid animals.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Carbon County prison inmates will literally be making their own beds.

At a Prison Board meeting Wednesday, Warden Joseph G. Gross said he had looked into purchasing an additional 18 bunk beds.

"Unfortunately, that's a cost of over $11,000, because they are $700 apiece," he said.

After some research, Gross found that "for approximately $3,400, we could purchase the raw materials from (the) Kovatch (Corporation), and we could make our own bunk beds because we have an inmate here, assigned to work release, who is a welder."

Thursday, April 18, 2013

On Wednesday afternoon, the Panther Valley Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, moving with confidence and looking sharp in neatly pressed uniforms, raised a magnificent new American flag at the Coaldale Complex.

Hours later, the Panther Valley school board's Education Committee debated whether the JROTC program should continue in light of efforts to cut costs ahead of a property tax increase.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carl Stevens Jr., of Nesquehoning, is shown being escorted byLansford Police Chief JohnTurcmanovichto his preliminary hearing before District Judge William Kissnerof Palmertonon Wednesday. Stevens waived his right to the hearing, and the charges will be bound over to the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

Charges against a Nesquehoning man who went on a window-smashing spree in Lansford last month have been bound over for court.

Carl Stevens Jr., 33, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

But, instead, Stevens waived his right to the hearing, and will appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas for a pretrial status conference on June 18.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured during the shelter simulation at the Blue Mountain High School in Schuylkill Haven are PEMA member Pam Weeks and Schuylkill EMA coordinator John Matz.

Three Mile Island Nuclear Generation Station (TMI) held it's first "hostile-action" emergency drill at it's site and surrounding areas Tuesday.

Three Mile Island was the first to include such a shelter preparedness scenario as part of their annual and bi-annual emergency preparedness and evacuation drills monitored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of Panther Valley's JROTC unfold a large American Garrison-sized flag in preparation for it's ceremonial raising at the old Coaldale High School.

Remembering the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War and all Americans injured or killed in war, members of the Panther Valley JROTC and members of the "Friends of Coaldale High" held an impressive flag raising ceremony outside the Coaldale Complex (old Coaldale High School) Wednesday afternoon.

"Vietnam was America's longest war," said Korean War veteran William Gaddes of the "Friends of Coaldale High," who purchased the large 15-foot by 25-foot flag. "It cost the lives of nearly 60,000 men and women."

Thursday, April 18, 2013

HARRISBURG - A crystal methamphetamine ring, which stretched from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley, and allegedly distributed $7 million worth of crystal meth over the past five years, has been broken up by state narcotics agents. Twenty-three suspected drug dealers and traffickers are charged as a result of the 15-month investigation.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Good news for residents in the Pleasant Valley School District there will be no tax increase for 2013-2014.

The PVSD board of supervisors approved a proposed final budget with a zero increase, 6-0. Board members MiChelle Palmer, Charles Hoffman and Harvey Frable were absent. The millage will remain the same as last year's 146.016 mills because $6.96 million in the fund balance was used to balance the budget.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Weissport Council members recently discussed placing school zone and no parking signs on Bridge Street to accommodate a request from a school.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Evan Serfass, 3, was extremely proud of his catch, a beautiful 15-inch trout. His dad, Wayne Serfass of Kunkletown, enjoyed seeing his son's expression of pure joy when Evan realized he had a fish on his line and when he saw how big his fish was. "This is great for the kids," said the senior Serfass.

At 8 a.m., almost every inch surrounding the pond at the Kunkletown Rod and Gun Club in Kunkletown was occupied by children, parents, grandparents and onlookers on the first day of trout season, April 13.

It was also the Fishing Derby, open until noon to club members' children, who are 15 and under.

Few, if any, walked away without their limit of three fish.

Judging from the smiles, all walked away having had a good time and with a good memory.