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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corp. will hold a business card exchange and networking event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Asa Packer and Harry Packer Mansions. Those attending will have the opportunity to tour the first floor of the Asa Packer Mansion, then head over to the Harry Packer Mansion where sleek cars, great wine and networking are on the agenda. Get a sneak peek at the hottest new Jaguar before it's available to the public, courtesy of Bennett Automotive Group, Allentown.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A workshop about the efforts of the American Chestnut Foundation to restore the American Chestnut to our eastern woodlands will be held on Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Tremont Borough Community Center, 139 Clay St., Tremont. The benefits that chestnuts provide our environment, wildlife and society will be discussed.

Feature presenter is Sara Fitzsimmons, coordinator for the American Chestnut Foundation and a research technician at Penn State.

There is a fee, which covers refreshments, bus transportation to a chestnut plantation, and a group tour at the site.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday on drug related charges on Monday. He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Multiple counties

James Richard Jones, 33, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Serfass to serve a total of 21 to 60 months in a state prison on two counts each of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and theft by deception.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Heavenly bunnies, beach baby sheep and super cows and goats were at the Carbon County Fair. In the annual dress up contest for 4H animals, (left to right) Felicia Mertz's Hemi cow won 1st in the Dairy Beef category, Avery Keller's Going to the Beach sheep won Grand Champion, and Megan German's Angel Rabbit won Reserve Grand Champion. Morgan Hetherington of Ringtown and Penn State University student, second from left, was the Fair-E Godmother who did the judging.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CCD classes for students who attend Tamaqua area Catholic churches will begin at 8:55 a.m. on Sept. 8. St. Jerome's Religious Education Director Jane Habel reminds parents of CCD students of a parent meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. today, in St. Jerome's Church, Tamaqua.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It will cost Northern Lehigh School District nearly $14,000 more to complete its middle school door replacement project than originally anticipated.

By an 8-0 measure, with Director Natalie Green absent, the school board on Monday agreed to authorize administration to enter into a contract with Weiss Construction, of Easton, at a cost of $71,038, to be paid from the capital projects account.

That amount is $13,718 more than the not to exceed amount of $57,320 that the board in May authorized administration to enter into contracts with the successful bidder for the project.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Carbon County man, who struck a county fire chief as he was directing traffic at a charitable event and seriously injuring him, was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday.

Steven M. Schock, 37, of Lehighton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve eight to 16 months in prison on a charge of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI). Schock previously pleaded to the charge and one count of DUI. Nanovic ruled the DUI charge merged with the first count for sentencing purposes.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Panther Valley School Board agreed, with member Roy Angst opposed, to purchase 32 cameras and six audio recording devices for school buses. Angst said he voted against the $10,770 purchase from Zentinel, because it was an "unnecessary expense."

The action was taken Thursday.

School board President Jeff Markovich said the equipment includes "added security" measures, but would not say what they were.

Kistler Transportation has agreed to reimburse the district for half the cost, or $5,385. The cost will be paid through the district's maintenance budget.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Palmerton residents can expect the holiday season to arrive a little early this year.

That's because a Christmas in the Park event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the borough park.

The event will be hosted by the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee, which plans to decorate the park with new lights in time for Christmas.

Committee member Michele O' Neil said the goal of the event "is to have families, businesses, and various organizations sponsor live Christmas trees in the park."

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a hike on the Christman and Cove Ridge trails, Beltzville State Park, on Aug. 14.

The hike is 6 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trails transverse through an evergreen forest and run parallel to the Beltzville State Park lake.

Hikers will meet in the Christman Trail parking lot, located on Pohopoco Drive, at 10 a.m. Bring a lunch or snacks.

Call Tracey at (570) 467-2506 for more information or weather conditions. All pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.