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Carbon Conservation District to be awarded $3,000 grant

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

HARRISBURG Governor Tom Corbett on Monday announced that he is awarding $334,074 in environmental education grants to 92 schools, universities, non-profit organizations and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.

Of that, Carbon County Conservation District will be awarded $3,000.

"Education is the basis for fact-based environmental protection," Governor Corbett said. "On Earth Day and every day, I am pleased to support efforts aimed at increasing environmental awareness and protection through learning."

Lehighton considers a second rec center

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lehighton Borough Council will look into the possibility of constructing a second recreation center.

Noting that the present center is used nearly at capacity, council members said a second one could be utilized for such things as banquets and parties, as well as sporting events with seating for spectators.

It was stressed that no formal decision is being made on such a structure; that it is only in the consideration phase.

However, Councilman George Kogut was directed to discuss the matter with borough engineer Bruce Steigerwalt "to come up with a cost figure."

Lansford street sweeping slated

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lansford borough is getting ready to spruce up its streets. The street sweeping schedule begins April 29, and work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed in the areas to be cleaned during those hours.

Here's the schedule:

April 29: The north sides of Patterson, Ridge, and Bertsch streets, and both sides of Edgemont Avenue and Oak Street.

April 30: The south sides of Patterson, Ridge, and Bertsch streets, and both sides of Andrewsville and Front streets.

May 1: The north side of Abbott Street.

Senators Argall and Teplitz on PCN today

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Senators Dave Argall and Rob Teplitz to appear on the Pennsylvania Cable Network at 7 p.m. today to discuss the Property Tax Independence Act as well as other important proposals before the State Senate.

To watch on your computer, please visit: www.pcntv.com.

Jury commissioners not on Primary ballot

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Proposed bill would allow Pa. counties to abolish the office

The office of jury commissioner will not be on the May 21 primary election ballot. Instead, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, each political party will decide which candidates for the office will appear on the general election ballots in November. Counties that still have jury commissioners must have one from each party.

Carbon 4-H Livestock Club slates meeting

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at the Big Creek Grange. Members will be cleaning around the grange, and should bring rakes, shovels, gloves and wheelbarrows. The meeting will follow the cleanup.

This club is for livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8 and 19 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2013.

4-H is a youth program of Penn State University.

Lehighton 9/12 Project meets Thurs. in Mahoning

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Two speakers will be present during a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 project Thursday evening.

The meeting will be held in the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building at 7 p.m. Coffee and dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Ronnie Delbacco, vice chairman of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party, will speak about Common Core, the socialistic take over of our schools which came in the stimulus package.

Also, Paul Saunders, an executive board member of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party and the Leader of their Energy and Environment Action Committee, will offer remarks.

Where have all the children gone?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With Earth Day being celebrated this week, Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center wonders if there is a loss of interest in environmental education and wonders where have all the children gone?
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With Earth Day being celebrated this week, Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center wonders if there is a loss of interest in environmental education and wonders where have all the children gone?

Field trips to environmental center have diminished

With Earth Day being celebrated this week, a discussion with the folks at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center brought to light a curious question: Where have all the children gone?

"The schools are not as supportive of getting kids outside in field trips as they have been in the past," said Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. "At least not here."

Nesquehoning Ambulance Corp conducting subsciption drive

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Nesquehoning Ambulance Corp is presently conducting its 2013/2014 subscription drive. The subscription is for unlimited emergency transports along with paramedic services provided by Lehighton Ambulance Association. Subscription is for anyone 18 years or older. Family members under the age of 18 and residing in the same household as the subscriber will be covered for out of pocket expenses.

CCTI Nurse Aide course graduates six

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon Career & Technical Institute Adult Education State Approved Nurse Aide Program has graduated six individuals from the program. Pictured at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where graduation ceremonies were held are, left to right : Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN; Anita Hunadi, Jeannine Viola, Jamie Reph, Kim Boyer, Jess Eshelman, and Deanne Mullen.