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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tensions between the township engineer and the West Penn Township board of supervisors grew during last evening's monthly meeting at the municipal building when supervisors became reluctant to pay Rettew Engineering $14,671.08 for additional expenses to fix Barry Road Bridge.

The board claims the design plans for the project were not carried out as they were supposed to be, which resulted in a bridge being built that didn't meet code. By the time the engineer inspected it, the missteps were already made that cost taxpayers the extra money.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gathered at Fairway Subaru in Hazleton (main sponsor of the Weatherly Hill Climb), where the Weatherly Hillclimb Association met with representatives of local charities and donated 225 T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts to be distributed locally by them were, left to right : Wayne Gettig, Weatherly Hillclimb Association; Fred Grant, DBI Services; Richard Kane, Vice President Weatherly Hillclimb Association and cosponsor Richard Kane General Contractor; Joe Cyburt, President Weatherly Hillclimb Association and Town Councilman; Al Corazza, Sales Manager Fairway Subaru and hillclimb driver; Rachel Kulsa. United Children's Home; and Nicole Delazio, United Charities.

For the Weatherly Hillclimb Association it's not just about planning racing events, as the group stays active all year by donating to and supporting the surrounding communities.

The newest organizations to benefit from the Hillclimb Association, United Charities and United Children's Home received boxes of shirts from them.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Lehighton Rotary Club and Lehighton Area Pool Pals are once again teaming up to host the annual Community Indoor Yard Sale and Chinese Auction on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 South Eighth Street in Lehighton. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

All proceeds from the event will benefit community programs of the two organizations.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the first marking period of the second semester of the 2012-13 school year has been announced by Kathleen A. Egan, principal.

High Honors: 3.75-4.0+ GPA in all subjects

Seniors: Shaniqa Desocio, Bradley Ehret, Courtney Getz, Amy Hudock, Amanda Mann, Jonathan McCabe, Morgan Mummey, Jessica Pereira, Katie Pielmeier, Ryan Reitz, Kyla Rodrigues, Ryan Saylor, Laurel Seemiller, Spencer Shigo, Tyler Snyder, Alexis VanHart, Alex Vignone,

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Despite complaints to the contrary, the condition of Palmerton Area Junior High School's renovated gymnasium floor is of no concern.

Superintendent Carol Boyce made the announcement Tuesday at a workshop meeting of the board of school directors in response to a concern expressed last month.

At that time, resident Kelly Bollinger questioned how it was decided to pick the particular floor. Bollinger said his son has played on it for the past four months, and its condition was poor.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A number of municipal elected officials gathered Tuesday evening to learn about what they should do to plan for emergencies in their municipality.

During the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's annual elected official seminar, held at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency in Nesquehoning, Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County EMA coordinator; and Patrick J. Flynn, emergency management specialist for PEMA, educated the people on rules and regulations, hazard mitigation, and procedures that need to be done during and to help prevent emergency situations.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Lehigh Gap Nature Center Director Dan Kunkle announced that the Center is instituting a prescribed fire on its refuge. A one-day prescribed fire is planned for April 13, but the timing is highly weather, wind and moisture dependent and the burn may need to be delayed if conditions for the fire are not acceptable. The possible time range for the test burn is from April 13 to April 27. The fire will encompass a 10-acre section of the grassland and be visible from Palmerton and from Route 248 just above the old Lehigh and New England Railroad bed.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

HARRISBURG- Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today issued a consumer alert about an apparent scam concerning the Affordable Care Act. In recent days, people across the country have received calls asking for personal information, in order to obtain a "national medical card" from the government. No such card exists.

"Do not ever give out personal, health care or bank account information over the phone, unless you initiated the call and you know who is on the other end," said Kane.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is conducting a state-wide inventory of all osprey nests in Pennsylvania and is requesting help.

If you see or know of an osprey nest anywhere in the state, send the information to Don Dewtiler at ospreypa@gmail.com.