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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Students in the Palmerton Area School District will not have classes on Friday, March 2, due to a teacher in-service day.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Entrance into the Schuylkill County Commissioners quarters at the courthouse in Pottsville is now open to the public. Locks installed by the past board of commissioners were removed Thursday afternoon, it was reported by Commissioner George Halcovich.

Halcovich and Chairman Frank Staudenmeier had campaigned for an open door for the public to the commissioners' department and the campaign promise Halcovich said has been fulfilled.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

NEW RINGGOLD, Pa. (AP) – State police say more than 600 trees were damaged by vandals who drove through a tree farm.

The cost of the agricultural destruction in East Brunswick Township reportedly could total more than $107,000.

DPS Trees of New Ringgold reported the damage to police on Wednesday after discovering a vehicle had run over and damaged 639 trees.

According to police, the trees were worth more than $43,000 before they were damaged, but would have sold for more than $107,000 at harvest.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Carbon County municipalities should see a lower bill for new radios through the Local Share grant

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, explained that due to a lower number of radio equipment needed to comply with the Federal Communications Commission's narrowband mandate, municipalities should see more of the equipment covered under the $907,000 Local Share grant.

He noted that this lower number is due to some fire companies and other emergency services receiving grants to upgrade their radio equipment.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, Nigeria's Art Ambassador and arts consultant, spent time recently talking to visitors about various types of art work at the Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua as part of his American tour. His artwork is also on display at the gardens.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Damien Council # 598 of the Knights of Columbus recently held the local 2012 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at Saint John Neumann Regional School in Palmerton. Pictured front row left to right are Emma McClafferty; Lauren Miller; Jasmine Mooney; and Lila Goodhile. Back row left to right are Lafayette Council # 2522 Past Grand Knight Albert Kohler; Nicholas Papay; Stephen Heery; Sean Heery; Brendan Carroll; Jericho Burger; and Damien Council # 598 Grand Knight Francis O'Donnell and Youth Director Christopher Heery. The local champions earned the right to compete at the District # 41 competition.

Grand Knight Francis O'Donnell and Youth Director Christopher Heery of Damien Council # 598 have announced the champions of the local 2012 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The competition was recently held at Saint John Neumann Regional School in Palmerton. All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate.

Friday, February 24, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Park Rangers Gene Sheard, center, and Gerard Healy, right, stand with park director Dave Horvath. Sheard and Healy were recognized on Thursday by the Carbon County Commissioners for saving the lives of two boaters who fell into Mauch Chunk Lake after their boat capsized last October.

Two Carbon County park rangers were recently commended for their heroic act that saved the lives of two people last year.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board of commissioners recognized Gerard Healy and Gene Sheard, rangers at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, for their bravery during a boat rescue at the lake on Oct. 15, 2011.

According to reports, the rangers received a notice that a boat had capsized on the lake. Two individuals were in the boat.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Naturalist Becky Cunfer will conduct a winter hike and maple syrup making workshop Saturday at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

The winter hike begins at 10 a.m.

Cunfer says to dress warm and wear appropriate foot gear for an easy hike.

There will be a scavenger hunt afterwards. In addition, hot chocolate will be served.

Beginning at 1 p.m., a maple syrup producer, Slate Belt, will lead a program on maple syrup.

Families and small groups are welcome.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Paul Kocher, a Franklin Township supervisor, has been appointed to a committee of the Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors.

He will serve on the "townships with populations greater than 2,000 but less than 5,000" committee.

This committee identifies common problems and needs unique to these medium-sized townships, proposes solutions through state and federal legislation and administrative initiatives, and facilitates the exchange of information through discussion, training, and technical assistance.

Friday, February 24, 2012

This is a correction by the Palmerton Area High School for its honor roll for the third marking period of the first semester of the 2011-12 school year that was announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

HIGH HONORS (3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)