Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Local News

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Leiby’s Ice Cream House as it appears on a 1960s postcard.

It’s easy to drive by and not notice anything. The exterior walls are silent.

But behind the doors of the once-famous brick house, little elves are hammering out work akin to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Floor plans are finalized and electrical conduit is being laid for the return of some of the sweetest things this side of heaven — the legendary Atomic sundae and maybe even those sweet lemon pies with mile-high meringue.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Carbon County officials are taking a hard look at their spacing issues.

On Thursday, the commissioners voted to advertise a legal notice to refinance the county’s bond to free up money for more space.

“We have space issues and maintenance issues we need to address,” Commissioners’ Chairman Wayne Nothstein said.

The bond is also being refinanced because of near all-time low interest rates.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bowmanstown Borough Council met the fire company’s request for a dedicated tax with a $2,000 donation for the next three years.

On a 4-2 vote at a special meeting this week, members agreed to a donation in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In favor were council members Burdell Steigerwalt, Norman Engle Jr., Pam Leiby and council President Kara Scott, with Rob Moyer and John Domant opposed. Councilman Darren Thomas was absent.

Council’s decision came after it held a meeting to discuss the 2017 budget.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees presented its annual Practitioner Grant awards, helping four local teachers to “enhance, support, and educate students.”

Cecilia Enama from Panther Valley Intermediate plans to use her grant to purchase a robotic ball and tablet, which will help the students comprehend programming computers.

“My project is actually a Sphero ball, it’s a robot and it’s controlled with a tablet,” Enama said.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

An addiction can destroy families as much as it destroys individuals.

Fortunately, there is help out there for families and loved ones of addicts, as was expressed during Monday’s “Night of Hope” sponsored by STEP-Up Tamaqua.

Wayne Smith and Layne Hinderliter, co-directors of the HOPE Initiative of Faith Church, Orwigsburg, gave a PowerPoint presentation to the audience at Trinity Founders Hall.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

When it comes to the SHINE Afterschool program, Jim Thorpe Area School District Superintendent Brian Gasper says 1+1=3.

While the answer is not correct mathematically, Gasper explains that the equation is a true example of synergy, which is the cooperation of two or more organizations producing a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center is hosting a talk on fall mushrooms from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Mycologist Laura Weishaupt and botanist Rick Bortnick will team up to present the indoor lecture. The pair will include an outdoor hike in the program, weather permitting. The program will focus on the role of fungi in the environment.

The program is open to all ages. The program is free to EEC members and a $5 donation is requested of nonmembers. For more information, call 570-645-8597.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

NEPA Alliance announced the appointment of Noble C. “Bud” Quandel as the new chairman of the board of directors for 2016-2018.

Quandel serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Quandel Enterprises Inc. in Minersville. He assumed the position of CEO from his father in 1976, but began his career as a laborer and carpenter apprentice while attending Bloomsburg University.

Quandel is currently working on constructing and/or managing in excess of 100 projects worth more than $1 billion.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Seven defendants in pending drug cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday. Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Two sales

Philip V. Pecora Jr., 37, of Albrightsville, entered guilty pleas to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, both stemming from drug sales.

Nesquehoning police set up the sales on Aug. 5 and 6, 2014, using a confidential informant. Pecora sold heroin to the CI in the first sale and suboxone in the second sale. The sales occurred in the area of 152 Coal St.