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Monday, November 21, 2011

The next meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Billy O'Gurek, Chairman of the Carbon County Democratic Party will speak about the election results.

The group's annual Feliz Navidad Party will be held at Pepperjack's Restaurant in Jim Thorpe on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Arrive at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be off the menu and "Karaoke by Helen" will be the after-dinner entertainment.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighter Jason Hannon, Citizens Fire Company, Mahanoy City, comforts a wet kitten rescued from a fire that burned a woman and destroyed a two story home last Saturday in Mahanoy Township. Despite a quick response from firefighters, most of the 14 cats perished in the blaze. The cats and birds are being cared for and treated by the Schuylkill County Animal Rescue Team and Hillside SPCA.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Lehighton Area School Board will meet on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Administration Building, Conference Room A.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Attaining the Principal's List for the first quarter at L.B. Morris Elementary School are the following outstanding students: Third grade, Caiden Hurley, Brandy Montemuro, Bryan Carter, Preston Trower, Abigail McGinley, Raven Wallace and Haile Weaver; Fourth grade, Nolan Rehrig, Teegan Kunkel and William Locke; Fifth grade, Ethan Konklin, Dominick Bierman, Brooke McElmoyle and Nathan Rosahac.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters placed mulitple exhaust fans at the entrance to expel the smoke.

An oven fire in the bakery section of the Boyer's Food Market in Lansford resulted in the evacuation of customers and employees for over an hour Friday morning.

Boyer's employees were quick to limit the damages to one section of the bakery, which is located in the rear of the market.

Area firefighters who responded placed multiple exhaust fan at exit and entry points to expel the smoke from the market.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Mauch Chunk is featured in the Anthracite Model Railroad display.

Scenes from old Mauch Chunk comprise a large portion of this year's custom-built model railroad display located on Hanover Court in Hazleton.

Members of the Anthracite Model Railroad Society began constructing the 21 foot-by-48-foot layout in 1997. The two interconnected levels of track contain about 1,200 feet of HO gauge track, which is made up of roughly 600 feet of flex track and 575 feet of hand-laid track, and includes more than two miles of low voltage electrical wiring.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

HARRISBURG The Department of Environmental Protection announced today the preliminary process it will use for authorizing the use of acid mine drainage water for oil and gas operations, including Marcellus Shale wells.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Last month's inaugural Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Marathon and Half-Marathon attracted 525 runners from 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Chris Bauer, 24, of Sea Cliff, NY, was the overall winner of the 26.2-mile marathon held along the D&L Trail, with a time of 2:53:14.

The top time in the half-marathon was turned in by Sean Robbins, 42, of Shavertown, Luzerne County, who completed the 13.1-mile course in 1:17.05.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Carbon County is seeing the effects of state cuts.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the cooperative block grant agreement with the state Department of Aging. The term of the agreement runs from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained the figures presented in the agreement $683,002 for Jan. 1 through June 30, 2012 and $1,346,511 for each fiscal year until 2016 are not the amounts the county can expect to receive annually from the state.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

"Mocha" is a diluted tortoiseshell cat available for adoption from the Carbon County Friends of Animals in Jim Thorpe. She is a 1 1/2-year-old spayed female and is up to date on all her shots. She is easygoing and playful. For more information, call the CCFOA at (570) 325-9400.