Friday, October 28, 2016

Local News

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Pennsylvania State Senate took a baby step forward in efforts to provide local law enforcement officers with the ability to use electronic speed detection devices, such as radar, on Monday. While Senate Bill 535 passed by a large margin, 47-2, there isn’t much time left to get the bill before the State House of Representatives and Gov. Tom Wolf before the legislative session ends.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A fire hydrant line in the Lake Hauto private development that has been the subject of recent concerns regarding adequate fire protection may soon be updated.

The Carbon County Planning Commission on Tuesday submitted a letter of support for the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority’s request for Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development funding under the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer program for the private development’s water system improvement project.

Monday, October 24, 2016
Aubree Selby feeds “Mindy,” one of the horses at TP’s Crunch N Munch shelter. Selby is one of the members of Girl Scout Troop 30470 who visited the shelter recently. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A group of Jim Thorpe area Girl Scouts recently got hands-on experience helping rescued horses.

Nineteen members of Girl Scout Troop 30470 collected various supplies including horse treats, fly spray, carrots, apples, salt blocks and more, and delivered them last week to TP’s Crunch N Munch, a local rescue shelter in its eighth month of operation.

While there, the Scouts learned how to interact with the horses, feed them, figure out their weight and size and learn about the different parts of the animal.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Lansford police have charged three borough residents with crimes.

Travis M. Brideson, 28, of Cortright Street, Lansford, was charged with possession, use, sale or display of documents, and traffic violations on Aug. 13.

Officer Shawn Nunemacher at 8:45 a.m. stopped a car with an inspection sticker that had expired in April.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The developer of a planned Gerrity’s store in the Mount Effort Plaza in Effort questioned stipulations for conditional use plan by the Chestnuthill board of supervisors last week.

Michael Kaspszyk, attorney for the Mount Effort Development Company, said his client would file an appeal to the Court of Common Pleas if needed.

The board cited concerns that the applicant did not address the existing retail space in the land development plan.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tamaqua Council last week discussed a lack of projects in neighboring municipalities for the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission to pursue.

Director of Community Development Mary Linkevich said she met with ESRC director Sarah Connelly to discuss other projects.

Councilman Micah Gursky said the cooperative organization could be in jeopardy if projects are not developed in the future.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Carbon County’s retirement fund is performing well, officials report.

On Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the county retirement board, said that the retirement portfolio value as of Sept. 30 was $72,019,982, bringing the end of the third quarter rate of return to 6.8 percent.

“We’re pretty close to the assumed 7.5 percent rate of return,” he said.

Crampsie added that the investment performance for the year is about $4.7 million.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, will hold its monthly soup social from 4-6 p.m.Nov. 5. The free meal, which is open to the general public, will be served in the social hall, located to the rear of the church.

For more information, or to volunteer, stop by the church or call 570-668-4139.

Monday, October 24, 2016
The Girl Scouts Troops of Albrightsville pass by on its “Alice in Wonderland” float. JARRAD HEDES/TMES NEWS

Children, and some adults, in costumes of all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Jim Thorpe on Sunday for the town’s 22nd annual Halloween parade.

Kicking off the parade was the family of the late Doug Rontz, riding down Center Street in a trolley. Rontz was a Jim Thorpe businessman who passed away earlier this year.

Jim Thorpe Lions Club parade committee chairman Jim Trainer called Rontz a “great friend to the parade over the years.”

The 2016 parade had 497 people, 71 vehicles and nine floats registered to participate in it.