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September 2011

A $600,000 savings

Friday, September 30, 2011

Carbon County officials refinance $7,375,445 worth of bonds

Carbon County officials are expecting to save around $600,000 in the county's debt payments over the next 17 years.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted on four motions that outlined the refinancing of four bonds, totaling $7,375,445. The county last refinanced the bonds in 2008, when it needed to free up funds for the new judge's chambers in the courthouse.

Eldred column

Friday, September 30, 2011

St. Matthew's UCC

This Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m., the guest preacher at St. Matthew's UCC will be the Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks Cope, director of Pastoral Care-Phoebe Ministries.

Also, if you would like to make food donations to PVEN, please bring items to the church on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or Sundays from 8-11:30 a.m.

Weatherly PTA meeting slated

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its first annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

Among the items for discussion will be the 2011-2012 PTA budget, homeroom parent notification, PTA calendar of events, announcement of the November speakers, by-laws amendment, reflections and more. Childcare will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

PTA meetings will be held on the second Monday of every month unless otherwise noted.

On this date

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30, 1977

The age of nuclear medicine arrived at Coaldale State General Hospital, with test calibrations on the Ohio Nuclear Scanner conducted by Dr. William Maroun, director of the department, and Dennis J. Ockenhouse, neclear technologist. It can be used to scan the brain and is the best way to investigate tumors, find the cause of strokes, and discluse the reason of mygraine headaches. It will be useful in thyroid, lung, heart, and bone scans, as well as for other organs.

Cub Scouts camp out at Becky's Drive In

Friday, September 30, 2011

There will be plenty of action this weekend at Becky's Drive In, Route 248, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport, Berlinsville area.

The Cub Scouts from North Valley District (Minsi Trail Council) are camping out at the drive-in. A double feature will be shown: "Spy Kids 4", and "The Smurfs".

Activities will include a rope bridge, scouting displays, moon bounce, and roasting marshmallows before the features begin at 7:30 p.m.

Modern day gandy dancers in Jim Thorpe

Friday, September 30, 2011
This machine, known as a "Tie Exchanger", also worked in pairs, with one unit working out in front of the tie cranes pulling the old ties out from under the rails while the unit behind the tie cranes were pushing the new ties back in place beneath the rails.
This machine, known as a "Tie Exchanger", also worked in pairs, with one unit working out in front of the tie cranes pulling the old ties out from under the rails while the unit behind the tie cranes were pushing the new ties back in place beneath the rails.

Work crews and machinery from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad have been busily working on the railroad tracks passing through the Jim Thorpe area for the last few days. The track maintenance workers, using 26 pieces of equipment, have been putting in new ties, surfacing, and aligning the tracks at a rate of about a mile and a half a day. This piece of equipment known as a "Tie Crane" was being used in pairs together, with one crane removing the old ties from alongside the tracks while the following crane dropped off new ties to be installed by another pice of machinery.

Traversing flood waters

Friday, September 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured is a group of people traversing flooded waters just off East Phillips Street between Lansford and Coaldale.

Explosive times

Friday, September 30, 2011

Internet purchases, info make it a scary period

America is far from being the envy of the world that baby boomers were used to hearing while growing up in our Ozzie and Harriet world in the 1950s.

The reality today is that many outside – and some even inside our own borders – want to see this country, along with its democratic freedoms, crash and burn. More evidence of this emerged earlier this week when federal authorities arrested Rezwan Ferdaus, a Muslim American, near Boston for plotting to attack federal buildings with remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives.

Proposed sewer project will cost each homeowner $104 a month

Friday, September 30, 2011

A hearing took place on Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Middle School auditorium for the public to voice their comments about an $11.5 million project to install sewage facilities in 306 homes in Walker and West Penn Township, and only five people had anything to say about it.

Panther Valley news

Friday, September 30, 2011

Summit Hill

Shade Tree news

The Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission will be conducting the fall tree plantings on Oct. 28-29. The commission is also planning to continue its maintenance program on existing trees in the parks.

Volunteers are always welcome on planting days, as well as helping with maintenance.

Teen nabbed for theft, is illegal

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Schuylkill County teen nabbed for retail theft was later found to be in the country illegally.

State police at Frackville were called to the Sears store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township, about noon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for a person in custody for retail theft.

Store security identified the suspect as Ramiro Olayo, 19, of Shenandoah. He was charged with taking five shirts valued at $116 from the store without paying for them.

Things that go bump in the night

Friday, September 30, 2011
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Paranormal Society founder Bob Schaeffer of Lehighton demonstrates a K-2 meter which is a tool ghost hunters use to check for unusual electromagnetic fields in an environment. Schaeffer presented his lecture on ghosts and ghost hunting at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Friday evening.
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Paranormal Society founder Bob Schaeffer of Lehighton demonstrates a K-2 meter which is a tool ghost hunters use to check for unusual electromagnetic fields in an environment. Schaeffer presented his lecture on ghosts and ghost hunting at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Friday evening.

Ghost hunters investigate strange cases of the paranormal

Ever wonder what goes bump in the dark of the night? Blue Mountain Paranormal Society founder Bob Schaeffer not only wonders about that but with the help of his group of 20 area ghost hunters, they investigate strange cases of the paranormal in an effort to gain knowledge and help families and on Friday evening Schaeffer educated and entertained over fifty people about ghost hunting at the Summit Hill Heritage Center's fall lecture series.

PV School Board rejects MCTI Articles of Agreement

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted to not approve the Proposed Amendment to the Monroe Career and Technical Institute Articles of Agreement dated Aug. 2011 with a 7-0 vote. Directors Harvey Frable and Russ Gould were not in attendance.

Carbon Children and Youth Services faces $400,000 deficit in budget

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Carbon County agency is looking for creative solutions to close a $400,000 gap in its 2012 budget.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the Carbon County Children and Youth Services needs based budget. The budget totals $4,026,006, which represents a $400,000 decrease from last year's budget. The cut is a result of funding that was cut from the upcoming state budget.

Marriage licenses

Friday, September 30, 2011

Schuylkill County

Destany D. Delp and Trevor J. Krisak, 20 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale.

Nicola H. Homa, 95 S. Linden St., Mahanoy City, and Randall B. Clawson Jr., 9A Fourth St., Rear, Kelayres.

District's dress policy not working, panel told

Friday, September 30, 2011

Could Palmerton Area School District be headed for a standardized uniform policy next school term?

That was one of the options that was explored at a Palmerton Area School Board Policy Committee meeting on Thursday.

Several district administrators, school directors and building principals gathered to review the district's current dress policy.

Mary Brumbach, principal of S.S. Palmer/Parkside Education Center, said the dress code hasn't been an issue in either of her buildings.

West Penn reviews two subdivision plans

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The West Penn Township planning commission reviewed two plans on Tuesday evening at the municipal building to add subdivisions on Thomas W. Smith's property on Penn Drive on Route 443 and on Cynthia and Steven Hatton's property on Mush Dahl Road near Route 309.

Last month, the commission accepted a set of preliminary plans to add a trailer, which will serve as offices, on Smith's lot. At this month's meeting the plans were formally reviewed. Issues such as parking, a trash holding area and lot access were worked out with Township Engineer Ronald B. Madison, PE.

State Firemen's Parade results, appreciations

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the Lake Harmony Fire Company march in step during the state parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the Lake Harmony Fire Company march in step during the state parade.

The New Jersey State Fire Chief's Parade Judges Association released the results of the 132nd Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania convention parade held on Saturday in Lake Harmony, and hosted by both the Lake Harmony and Albrightsville fire companies.

Firefighters busy again

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent rainfall has again kept volunteer firefighters throughout our area busy clearing drains and pumping out basements. Pictured is Coaldale volunteer firefighter Tom Polischak clearing borough drains, which routinely get clogged with debris.

Support group

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fibromyalgia

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Guest speaker will be attorney Jacqueline Zabresky of Wilkes-Barre, who will explain Social Security Disability, SSI and what you must know to apply.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Lehighton couple wed 50 years

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nace Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nace Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nace Sr. are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were married Sept. 29, 1961 in Lehighton.

Mrs. Nace is the former Naomi Smith, daughter of the late Jonathan D. Smith Jr. and Ellen S. Smith of Lehighton. Her husband is the son of the late William T. Nice and Catherine E. Nace, Lehighton.

Carbon Navy Club offers flag program

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260 is available to all schools in the Carbon County area to present their flag program. The club performed this program at a number of schools earlier this year. Officials are limited to two presentations in the morning. This is a free program to schools.

For more information or to set up a program at a school, call club historian Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.

ARAACA donates to local organizations

Thursday, September 29, 2011
From left are Shawn Frederickson, cruise chairman, ARAACA; James Laub, judge advocate, SCMCL Det. 626; Cheryl Laub, coordinator, Toys For Tots, SCMCL Det. 626; and John LaRose, assistant cruise chairman, ARAACA.
From left are Shawn Frederickson, cruise chairman, ARAACA; James Laub, judge advocate, SCMCL Det. 626; Cheryl Laub, coordinator, Toys For Tots, SCMCL Det. 626; and John LaRose, assistant cruise chairman, ARAACA.

Ride the rails

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Contractors recently completed upgrades to the High Bridge in Hometown, such as replacing the wood walkway with a metal one, as well as removing the walk way and walk rail on one side of the track.
Contractors recently completed upgrades to the High Bridge in Hometown, such as replacing the wood walkway with a metal one, as well as removing the walk way and walk rail on one side of the track.

Heritage Festival to feature third oldest railroad route

Tamaqua's long railroad heritage will be celebrated during the 27th Annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Former Summit Hill man must go to court over charges he had sex with a young girl

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A 13-year-old girl was the only witness against a former Summit Hill man during a magistrate hearing yesterday.

She kept composed, speaking just above a whisper in explaining how the man, Nicholas D. Molino, 42, now living in Wilkes-Barre, would have sex with her, sometimes twice a day. She said he had been assaulting her since she was just six years old, and it came to a halt when she went to live with a different relative during the summer of 2010 – when she was 12.

Carbon bus involved in Mahoning accident

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Carbon bus involved in Mahoning accident
Copyright 2011

Two persons were injured Wednesday afternoon in a rear-end collision at the intersection of Jamestown Road and SR209 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred at 4:15 p.m. as a car with two occupants was attempting to make a left turn off of SR209 south onto Jamestown Road when it was struck by a Carbon County Community Transport bus also traveling south. The force of the impact drove the car up onto a private lot. The two victims were treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Hubbs-Danielson

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Eric Danielson and Shanna Hubbs
Eric Danielson and Shanna Hubbs

Bill and Denise Hubbs of Odessa, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shanna Leigh Hubbs of Port Allegany, Pa., to Eric Marshall Danielson, also of Port Allegany.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, N.Y.; a 2008 graduate of Mansfield University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in music education; and is currently enrolled at Edinboro University, where she is working toward a master's degree in education leadership.

She is employed by the Cameron County School District in elementary band.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, September 29, 2011

JROTC meeting

A JROTC meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 17 in the JROTC classroom. Election of officers will take place. All parents are invited.

Summit Hill

Meetings changed

The Summit Hill Water Authority has announced two changes in meeting dates.

The October meeting of the board will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and the November meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Both sessions will begin at 7 p.m.

Louis Alexander, chairman, will be in charge of the meetings.

SHCIO to meet

Panther Valley approves several personnel changes

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Panther Valley School Board has approved personnel changes.

The board accepted the retirement of high school cafeteria head cook Lennora Goida, effective May 12, 2012; the immediate resignation of varsity girls softball coach James Gilbert; the retirement of high school Special education teacher Joan Kennedy, effective Dec. 23, 2011.

Celebration marks kickoff of 100th anniversary of Palmerton's incorporation

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS J. Brooks Joyner, president of the Allentown Art Museum, spoke to the guests of the kickoff for Palmerton's centennial at the Blue Ridge Country Club. He invited all to the reopening of the museum on Oct. 14.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS J. Brooks Joyner, president of the Allentown Art Museum, spoke to the guests of the kickoff for Palmerton's centennial at the Blue Ridge Country Club. He invited all to the reopening of the museum on Oct. 14.

On Sept. 20 members of the Palmerton business community, Palmerton Area Historical Society and individuals met at Blue Ridge Country Club for a kickoff dinner for Palmerton's 100th anniversary.

Palmerton, begun in 1898 by New Jersey Zinc Company, was incorporated in 1912 and will be officially 100 years old in October 2012. The Society was host for the event.

Run meets pass on center stage

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Heading into its matchup with Lehighton last week, Pleasant Valley's defense had to prepare for the Indians' aerial attack.

This week the Bears will have to get ready for the complete opposite, as Tamaqua's run-heavy offense comes to town.