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The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

Council tables support request

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bowmanstown officials uncertain about plan for new fire training center

During Tuesday's meeting, the Bowmanstown Borough Council voted unanimously to table the request by the Carbon County Commissioners in showing support for the new fire and emergency services training center.

Councilman Darren Thomas started the discussion with a concern. He said, "I can't see making a bigger deficit to the county budget."

Council President Kara Scott said, "If we are not getting funding to our communities that is needed, how can the county spend the amount they are seeking."

East Penn looks to fill vacant seat

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A vacant seat exists on the East Penn Township board of supervisors.

That's after the township's board of supervisors on a 4-0 vote Monday accepted the resignation of Supervisor Cory Smith, effective April 4.

Annual ambulance subscription drive held in Nesquehoning

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Nesquehoning Ambulance Corp. is conducting its 2015/2016 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. In addition the Ambulance Corp. will provide one free lift assist per subscription year; the remainder will be billed at a flat rate.

Tamaqua OKs pool details

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

With the onset of nicer weather, it's time to start thinking about summer. Tamaqua Borough Council approved several motions related to the Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Tuesday night's meeting.

The pool is tentatively set to open June 3 and close Aug. 23. Adrian Bumbulsky will be returning as the pool manager for the third season, at $15 per hour. Recreation and Youth Chairman David Mace said more staff hirings will be done later this month.

Get Fit event set

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Get Fit in Carbon County event will take place from 6-8 p.m. April 16 in the Lehighton Area High School gymnasium. The event is free through the district to promote health and fitness throughout Carbon County.

St. John Neumann students excel in several competitions

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  St. John Neumann Regional School students were recognized recently for their excellence in various competitions. Pictured are, front row, from left: instructor Fran Lenahan, Tim Hillanbrand, Caitlene Santos and Hannah Sarmir. Back row, from left: Tom Zukowksi, Gabe Bauer, Jake Martinez and Madison Martinez.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS St. John Neumann Regional School students were recognized recently for their excellence in various competitions. Pictured are, front row, from left: instructor Fran Lenahan, Tim Hillanbrand, Caitlene Santos and Hannah Sarmir. Back row, from left: Tom Zukowksi, Gabe Bauer, Jake Martinez and Madison Martinez.

The academic merits of St. John Neumann Regional School students continue to abound.

Further proof of that was evident when the students were recognized recently for their excellence in various competitions.

Several students participated in the annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition at Easton High School.

Students who took first place were Jake Martinez, Maximum Heart rate Output Test (Biology); Madison Martinez, Soccer Field Science (Physics); Hannah Sarmir, How long will Jack last (Biology); and Caitlene Santos, Bugs be Gone! (Microbiology).

Hunger Weekend planned in Tamaqua

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participants in the 2014 Tamaqua Community Hunger Walk raised $2,652 and boxes of food which were distributed to food banks in the community. This year's Community Hunger Walk is set for May 3.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participants in the 2014 Tamaqua Community Hunger Walk raised $2,652 and boxes of food which were distributed to food banks in the community. This year's Community Hunger Walk is set for May 3.

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network, an affiliate of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, is sponsoring its second annual "Hunger Weekend" to help provide food for families, living in the boundaries of the Tamaqua Area School District, that are in need of a helping hand.

Penn Forest Township Light project to save money

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Let there be light at a cheaper price in Penn Forest Township.

Supervisors unanimously voted Monday night to participate in PPL Electric E-Power direct discount program, which could result in $3,000 in energy savings over a one-and-a-half year period.

Chairman Warren Reiner said the contractor would replace all the lights inside the township building and Penn Forest would only be responsible for part of the cost.

Students learn about careers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gary Higgins, director of Rehabilitation Services at Blue Mountain Health System, left, talks to students about procedures that are used in physical, occupational and speech therapies at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gary Higgins, director of Rehabilitation Services at Blue Mountain Health System, left, talks to students about procedures that are used in physical, occupational and speech therapies at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton.

Fifteen aspiring Health Career students studying at the Schuylkill Technology Center, Frackville campus, recently participated in a full day "Job Shadow" event at the Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton.

The event, which focused on various career pathways in the medical field, included instruction, explanations and employment opportunities of various departments within the facility. Departments that students visited and learned about included the laboratory, imaging departments, rehabilitation services and cardiac services.

Marian students receive science awards

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Five Marian High School students received awards during the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Competition held at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, including Aaron Srinivasan, right, who was awarded the Junior Excellence Plaque for having the highest score in microbiology. Other award winners were: Barry Fulton, second place in chemistry; Patrick Darrough, first place in biology; Aiden Hinchey, first place in chemistry; Henry Hinchey, first place in chemistry.