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Saturday, September 3, 2011

HARRISBURG – Based on Pennsylvania Drought Task Force recommendations, the Department of Environmental Protection lifted drought watch declarations for 40 counties and reclassified four counties to drought watch status.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tamaqua Police are investigating a report of criminal mischief resulting in damage to a teen's insulin pump.

The 13-year-old male victim was reportedly playing basketball at the North/Middle Ward Playground Thursday, when he detached his insulin pump. The teen forgot about the pump and went home. When he realized his mistake, he returned to the playground, only to find the pump had been destroyed.

Anyone with information may contact police at 668-6100.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
Carbon County seniors hold end-of-year outing

Despite overcast skies, a group of Carbon County Senior Citizens gathered at the Lehighton Swimming Pool to enjoy comradery, games, and food.

This was the end-of-the year outing at the pool for all of the seniors. Seated above are Dorothy Svadlenka (PV Center), Marge Banta (PV Center), Theresa Marzen (PV Center), Francis O'Donnell (PV Center), and Bill Boscia (JT Center). At right, Mary Krieger and Tom Ward, both of Weatherly, enjoy a game of dominos.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's over already?

That's what many local residents are asking as we head into the Labor Day weekend.

Summer is unofficially over, and Americans can take one more long weekend to celebrate.

In order for its employees to enjoy the Labor Day weekend, The TIMES NEWS will not publish on Monday, Sept. 5. All departments of the operation will be closed.

Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Kevin Christman attended the Thursday meeting of the Towamensing Township supervisors to ask if he could run a drain pipe under Lakeside Drive. He owns the property on both sides of the road.

It is to drain water from his basement. The pipe under the road has been crushed in the middle and has to be replaced. Roadmaster Rodney George said the township does not have a road-opening permit. He also talked to Christine Meinhart, zoning officer, who told him to attend the meeting.

Friday, September 2, 2011
fyi

Due to the Labor Day holiday, Franklin Township board of supervisors announced that a change in garbage collection will be made for Franklin Township residents whose collection is normally on a Monday. Collection will be changed to Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Stanley Zabo, 725 E. Ridge St., Lansford, complained about debris on his neighbor's property in a unique manner. He attended a meeting of Lansford Borough Council and presented, to the council, a jar containing a brown garden type snake. He said the snake "nearly bit my young daughter." Another neighbor, Martin Janis of 721 E. Ridge, said the property of which Zabo was complaining was also infested with rates. Janis substantiated the snake story.

Friday, September 2, 2011

A propane explosion on Wednesday injured at least one employee at Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living/Personal Care Home in Lansford.

Details were sketchy as of early Friday, but sources said the incident happened in the facility's kitchen on Wednesday.

Neither the extent of the explosion nor its cause were clear. Facility Administrator Corey Perry did not immediately return a telephone call Friday morning.

The injured employee, who did not want to be identified, confirmed an incident occurred, but declined to discuss it.

Friday, September 2, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Margaret Kuhet, Palmerton Concourse Club chairwoman of publicity and Venita Horinko, chairwoman of the club's Art and Photography Show, display the prizes some lucky winners could take home with them. They invite all to the club's 2011 Annual Palmerton Community Festival Art and Photography Show.

Wanted: Artists and photographers for the 2011 Palmerton Concourse Club's Annual Palmerton Community Festival Art and Photography Show. They need you to help make it another smashing success.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11, 1-4 p.m. It will be held at St. John Neumann School at Third and Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton.

The category divisions are for youth and adults. They include all media paintings and black/white and color photographs.

Friday, September 2, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tony Walck, left, president of the Carbon County Citizen Corps Council, and Megan Fredericks, administrative assistant at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, show just a few items that should be in an emergency supply kit. Members of the county Community Emergency Response Team will be at the Palmerton Community Festival next weekend to provide information on being safe during emergency situations and will give away this supply kit to one person who visits that booth.

The Carbon County Citizen Corps Council and Community Emergency Response Team wants people to be prepared during emergency situations.

That's why, Sept. 9, 10, and 11, the group will have a free informational booth set up at the Palmerton Community Festival to provide people with information and checklists on what they should know in case of an emergency. They will also give away one emergency supply kit on Sunday evening.