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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Lansford Coaldale Joint Water Authority is amenable to borough council's efforts to build a handicapped access ramp to its offices at 1 E. Ridge St.

The water authority's offices are next door, in an attached building, which has its own ramp.

Council President Rose Mary Cannon had written to the water authority on March 5 about the borough's plans, enclosing a copy of a letter from Keystone Consulting.

At a public meeting Wednesday, Cannon read aloud Water Authority solicitor James R. Nanovic's April 2 reply:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Kidder Township EAC held its monthly meeting Wednesday evening. The most significant item on this month's agenda was the upcoming annual Spring Workshop.

Every year Kidder Township's EAC holds a spring workshop for township residents as well as residents of surrounding area. Each year the council brings in speakers and demonstrations which keep with the spirit of sound environmental practices and conservation. This year is no exception.

The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, and will run from 9 a.m. to about noon. This year there will be two programs featured.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Slatington Public Library will be presenting the second program in their Community Wellness Lecture series entitled, "Alcohol Use and Abuse: Just the Facts."

The lecture will be presented by Howard Cook Jr. R. Ph, on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the library, 650 Main Street, Slatington.

It will focus on the public health impact of alcohol use and abuse, and provide insight into methods of avoiding abuse and confronting its use.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Two men were jailed late last night after an apparent drug deal went bad and shots were fired.

State police at Lehighton said the incident began about 10:10 p.m. in the area of the Chestnuthill Diner, at SR209 and Old Route 115, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Troopers said Ronald Angle Jr., 25, of Mount Bethel, and Blake Stires, 24, of Kunkletown, agreed to meet at the diner for a drug transaction. Upon meeting, Stires took Angle's money and took off in a vehicle which was occupied by three females and a male, ages 22-26, troopers said.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Three proclamations were adopted by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

One was to call attention to the high standard of service provided by the 9-1-1 staff; the second to urge citizens to participate in the annual "duck" run sponsored by Vision, a non-profit organization, providing programs for children and adults; and the third is to call attention to the spread of sexual violence.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Jermaine Thomas Sr. of Brockton, fills out an information sheet while visiting the Horsehead Corporation booth during the third annual Carbon County Job and Career Fair in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday.

Hundreds of potential employees filled the ballroom at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall Wednesday during the third annual Carbon County Job and Career Fair.

The event, sponsored by Pennsylvania CareerLink Carbon County and the Carbon County Economic Development Corp., was open to anyone looking for a job.

Shannon Eidem, veterans employment representative at Pennsylvania CareerLink Carbon County, explained that it was a good turnout from the time the doors opened at 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Due to extremely dry conditions, a burn ban has been put in place effective immediately for Washington Township, Lehigh County.

This means that there is to be no burning of any kind in the township.

Outdoor cooking is not included but should be done with extreme caution.

The burn ban will be in effect until further notice.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Carbon County municipalities affected by the closing of the blue bin recycling program are weighing their options.

During a special meeting of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee on Wednesday morning, representatives from a number of municipalities in the county listened to what four recycling haulers have to offer. Presenting were representatives from Berger Sanitation Inc., Waste Management, Kreitzer Sanitation, and Solomon Container Services.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sign-up sheets were available at the April 1 meeting of the Polk Township Historical Society for people to volunteer to help at the 250th anniversary celebration to be held at the West End Fairgrounds on Sept. 7.

Committees include planning, publicity, book review, sponsor solicitation, games, parking and the parade.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Darlene Smith will serves as both Activities Coordinator and new Facilities Director for the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center.

Darlene Smith, from Barnesville, was promoted to new Facility Director for the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center.

In addition to serving as facility director, Smith, who has worked at the center about 5 years, will also continue to serve as activities coordinator.

"I've always enjoyed working with elderly and listening to their stories," said Smith, who's mother, Arlene Yoder, 82, is also a participant at the center. "My reward is making them happy."