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Saturday, April 13, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County officials mingle with police after the Carbon County Courthouse was evacuated at about 11:45 a.m. yesterday. Among the officials are, standing next to vehicle l-r, Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein (with tie), Tom Gerhard, William O'Gurek, and Dave Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Department, and at far right, Carbon County Emergency Management Director Mark Nalesnik.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Lisa Altemose, Gilbert "Yes. We follow the New York Mets. I've liked them since I was a little girl. I guess because my dad (Wayne Hulsizer, former Pleasant Valley football coach) liked them."

Major League Baseball season is under way. Do you follow the game? What's your favorite team?

Saturday, April 13, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/TIMES NEWS

Police surround Carbon County Courthouse after a bomb scare was called in yesterday morning, resulting in the evacuation of the building as well as the courthouse annex, which stands next door. Route 209 was also shut down for several hours.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS During a special Lehighton Area School Board meeting this week, the board approved the contract between the school district and Lehighton Area Education Association. Officially signing the new four-year contract are LAEA President Annette Boyle (seated center) and School Board President Rocky Ahner (seated right). Looking on are LAEA Secretary Kimberly Lusch, (seated left) and, standing l-r, LAEA president-elect Matt Fisher; member of the LAEA negotiating team Jim Blakeslee; LAEA past president Bruce Koch; and School Board member William Hill, Jr.

During a special meeting this week, the Lehighton Area School Board approved a contract between the school district and Lehighton Area Education Association.

The teachers had been working with a contract that expired August 31, 2012.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will host a "New To Medicare" session at 1:30 p.m. April 23 in the Community Room of its Gnaden Huetten Campus at 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The session is to help people entering Medicare for the first time, and their caregivers, to understand this comprehensive healthcare program.

Topics will include a general introduction to Medicare (Medicare Parts A-D), Medicare supplemental insurance (Medi-Gap policies), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D).

Saturday, April 13, 2013

One of the primary purposes of the County Sheriff Brigades of Pennsylvania is to encourage all Citizens to learn and understand the law. One common source of initial confusion for a modern student of law is the many pitfalls in the path toward true comprehension of the law.

These include semantic and language difficulties; words having one meaning in common usage often have differing, contrary or multiple meanings in legal usage. But probably the largest single obstacle to comprehending law is the complexity and malleability of the truth today.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Carbon County Commissioner Bill O'Gurek will be the speaker at the next meeting of Democrats for Change and the county tax increase will be the topic.

Also speaking will be Ronnie Sheehan, County Treasurer and Judy Moon, Clerk of the Orphan's Court and Registrar of Wills.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe.

Democrats who live in Carbon County are welcome to attend meetings. For more information, call Club President Linda Christman at 610-377-0235.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
D&L Trail 2012 User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis, a study by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy concluded that the Delaware and Lehigh Trail injected over $16 million into the local economy.

A study by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy concluded that the Delaware and Lehigh Trail injected over $16 million into the local economies.

The 2012 study, performed by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - Northeast Regional Office in Camp Hill, PA used a combination of automatic counters and trail survey forms to study visitation, usage and economic activity along portions of the 165-mile Delaware and Lehigh Trail.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Care Net of Carbon County is hosting the Care Net Walk for Life on Saturday, April 27 at the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

The walk has a spin on it. At the conclusion of the walk, those who participated in the Care Net Mystery Business Scavenger Hunt will be awarded prizes.

Those who want to participate in the walk can get a pledge form at http://www.carenetcarbon.org/calendar.shtml.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Bob Ford/Times News Carbon County's newest assistant district attorney, Seth Miller, addresses those in attendance after being sworn in at the Carbon County Courthouse. Watching how Carbon County District Attorney Gary Dobias and his staff handled the trial of the man who murdered Miller's best friend moved Miller to leave his teaching career for law.

Seth Miller sits in silence in the cavernous elegance of Carbon County courtroom No. 1 on a warm June day in 2000, tears stinging his eyes as he thinks for six silent minutes about the brutal attack that left his best friend, Erin Pindris, dead on the floor of her Jim Thorpe apartment.

Six minutes. That's how long killer Stephen Heller stabbed, kicked and beat Pindris, 24, a slight, quiet woman, the mother of his then 8-month-old son, until she died in the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 1999.