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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS OLOAA students, from left, Jakub Kantyka, Paige Frace, Angelo Greek and Rachel Chuma, are joined by school Principal Sr. Regina Elinich, left, and fifth grade teacher, Sr. Judith Ann Geschke, during a prayer service in observance of the 10th anniversary of the terrorists' attack on America.

On its website, Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, proclaims, among other things, one of its goals is to meet the "responsibility of building a truly Christian community." So when the 10th anniversary of the terrorists attack on America rolled around, it was only natural the school's administration scheduled a prayer service as part of its ongoing mission.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Mobile Vet Center Van will visit Lehighton from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the American Legion Post 314, 314 Veterans Ave., according to Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon).

"We are pleased that the demand for the Mobile Vet Center has meant it will continue to visit Lehighton once a month," said Heffley. "I am honored to be able to facilitate this service coming into our community on a regular basis and helping veterans to connect with the counseling services they need."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

For the past three months colorful flags and paper chains have decorated the Palmerton Area Library. Over 400 participants in the "Read Around the World" Contest have been reading books and adding links to the chain in their team colors. The contest concluded Sept. 1 and the following winners have been selected: Adults (Team Israel) 1st place-Kay Goodhile; 2nd place-Michael Blichar, 3rd place-Leslie Meckes. Grades 7-12 (Team Brazil): 1st place-Lila Goodhile, 2nd place-Vithusla Selva, 3rd place-Aaron Bowman.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left, Carbon County Commissioners Charles Getz, Chairman William O'Gurek and Wayne Nothstein, along with secretary Marianne Butrie and Jason R. Ulshafer of GreenPointe Energy watch Tuesday as companies bid on providing electricity to the county via the Internet.

Carbon County Commissioners watched intently Tuesday as real-time bids from energy companies vying for contracts to provide electricity to county buildings flashed onto the wall, projected from a laptop computer.

After the fast-paced bidding for six categories of service, conferring with solicitor Michael Ozalas and listening to advice from two energy consultants, commissioners decided on a two-year contract with the county's current provider, Houston, Texas-based Champion Energy Services.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

State Rep. Doyle Heffley's Lansford office opened at 10 a.m. today.

The office, at the American Legion at 3 W. Ridge St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday. The satellite office hours are being held so that "residents will have a local place to go to ask legislative questions and learn about services and programs offered by state government," a press release distributed Tuesday afternoon said.

In addition to his Harrisburg office, Heffley has offices in Lehighton, at 110 N. Third St., and in Albrightsville, at 2681 Route 903, Unit 3.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Ron Kehl of 134 W. Ridge St., pleads with Coaldale council on Tuesday for help in getting the house adjoining his cleaned.

Coaldale council will seek bids to tear down two dilapidated, burned-out houses in the Seek section of the borough, pending their acquisition at a Schuylkill County tax sale. A 75-25 grant program will help pay for the demolition of the homes, at 119-121 and 127 Greenwood St.

In a related move, council also accepted the resignation of part-time code enforcement officer Mark Richards and hired resident Debbie Hatmaker in his place.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Carbon County jury panel of 11 men and one woman found a Luzerne County woman guilty on Tuesday of two of three criminal counts following a one day trial.

Christine M. Sosnak, 42, of Dupont, was found guilty of persistent disorderly conduct and resisting arrest but not guilty of simple assault. A second simple assault count was withdrawn by the Commonwealth at the conclusion of its part of the case.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Meet the Teacher Night will be held at Weatherly Area High School on Wednesday, Sept. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. Parents are invited to attend an opening presentation in the gym and then follow the student schedule. A copy of the class schedule will be available that evening from a PTA representative, located outside the gym doors.

Each teacher will speak on the following: Curriculum, discipline, conferences, subject scheduling, grading, homework, and student expectations. The schedule will allow for about 10 minutes per classroom visit.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sights like this one in Pine Grove are very common in areas affected by recent floods. Affected Boroughs and townships are also increasing trash pickup and allowing for removal of almost anything.

Torrential, sustained rains struck the northeast last week, dumping inches of water that closed roads, washed out bridges and even swept away homes.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District said he thought the opening week of school went very well.

He commended the staff, students and parents for making the opening as smooth as possible. He also thanked the board of directors for "setting the tone and giving us the tools to make that happen. Sometimes we overlook that the tempo is set here. We're very proud of the way it went."

Susan Kresge, the PVSD board president added that she "I truly believe we have a great team here."