Concealed weapons requests down
Concealed-weapon permit applications have leveled off in the county, interim Sheriff Jack Robshaw told county council in a recent update.
A total 497 permits were issued by the sheriff’s office in May, or about half the number processed in both January and February, he said. The stabilization of requests, which Robshaw predicted, has reduced applicant wait times and eliminated crowds of citizens waiting to be processed, he said.
During the first five months of this year, 3,882 permits were issued, generating $73,758.00 in county revenue, Robshaw said.
Budget topic of work session
Luzerne County Council will hold its second public work session to discuss the budget at 7 p.m. July 16 in the council meeting room at the county courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.
This session will focus on human services divisions, including children and youth, aging and mental health.
Eckley to return to the ’40s
Eckley Miners’ Village will hold a 1940s weekend July 27 and July 28. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, sheds light on mining life circa 1944 and will include Big Band era music and military encampments, firing demonstrations and vehicles.
Holocaust survivor Severin Fayerman also will recount his life in Poland and experience in concentration camps.
The event also will include a 1940’s swing dance at 6 p.m. July 27 at the Freeland Public Park Pavilion. Admission is $10 at the door — $8 for people in 1940s uniform or attire.
Information is available at (570) 636-2070 or www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com.
Uses for gas funds sought
County officials are researching potential uses for natural gas funding awarded to the county through Act 13.
The county Recreational Facilities Advisory Board said the money can be used for recreation and has asked the county to deposit allocations in a special recreation budget line item.
The county received $272,267 for 2011, and at least that much was expected for 2012 and 2013.
Workshop on gardening set
The Penn State Extension will conduct a free workshop on raised bed gardening from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce building, 20 W. Broad St., Hazleton.
The event is part of the third annual downtown Hazleton farmer’s market, which starts Saturday and will be held every Saturday through Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Citiscape upper parking lot behind the chamber headquarters.
Contact the chamber at 455-1509 for additional information.
Gate station construction ready
UGI Penn Natural Gas will begin construction of a gate station in the borough today.
When connected to the “Auburn II” gathering line, the West Wyoming gate station will deliver locally-produced Pennsylvania gas to the Transco system and be equipped to receive gas from the Transco system to serve existing and future customers, a company release said.
The West Wyoming gate station will allow UGI to expand its distribution system in the future - if needed - to meet local demand, the company said.
The station facility will include metering equipment to measure gas delivered to or received from the pipeline, filters to remove any solid material from the delivered gas, electronic control equipment allowing remote operation and management of the facility and piping above and below ground.
This will be the 13th gate station in UGI Penn Natural Gas’s system. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Utilities, Inc.
UGI Penn Natural Gas serves approximately 160,000 customers in 13 counties throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania, including customers in and around Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. Additional information about UGI’s Penn Natural Gas is available at www.ugi.com.
Convention Center meeting set
The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, which oversees the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at the arena. The meeting is open to the public.