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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Breakfast

Members of the Jim Thorpe High School class of 1967 will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Boulevard Drive-In Restaurant, Route 443, Lehighton.

Turkey Feast

St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church on Race Street will host a free community turkey feast from 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the church.

If you have questions, call 570-325-2241.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Two decades after the community defined goals to improve the quality of life, it'll happen once again.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, residents of Rush, Schuylkill, Walker and West Penn townships and Tamaqua borough will unite and strategize. The event, coordinated by Micah Gursky, partnership executive director, will take place inside the Art Center at 125 Pine St.

Argall said it'll be a moment to look back and then look forward. Greater achievements are on the horizon.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanks to a strong support system, the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce remains financially sound.

A financial report for 2013, along with a proposed budget for 2015, were shared with members at their monthly luncheon on Tuesday.

At that time, Peter Kern, chamber president, explained where the chamber has been and where it's headed.

"Although we ran a slight deficit in 2013, we expect that we will make that up in 2014," Kern said. "Some of our expenses were a little less in 2014."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

KidsPeace is offering a free community training on parenting children with mental health disorders.

The training will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at KidsPeace Advances, 704 Hay Road in Temple. A certificate for two hours of training will be provided to all attendees. The presentation will be led by Chris Ferry, executive director of Pennsylvania Community Programs. Light refreshments will be served during the training, but there is no child care available.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Thursday set salaries for its elected officials. Any increases won't happen until the Consumer Price Index is released in September, and won't take affect until January 2016. Then any increases will be capped at 3 percent.

These are the current salaries. They're set from Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2019, because state law bars elected officials from changing salaries while they are in office:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

As a member of the House Majority Policy Committee's initiative to combat poverty in Pennsylvania, Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike, is continuing her efforts to authorize and regulate savings promotion raffles in the state.

Savings promotions raffles are financial products offered by banks or credit unions that give depositors a chance to win prizes as they build savings. These financial products are sometimes called "no-lose lotteries" because the depositor's balance is never at risk.

The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association recently voted its support for Brown's bill.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS Janet and George Green receive the Historic Preservation award from Karl Rolappe, president of the Towamensing Township Historic Commission.

Karl Rolappe attended the Nov. 6 meeting of the Towamensing Township supervisors to present the annual Historic Preservation award. Rolappe is president of the Towamensing Township Historic Commission, which has created a list of structures and buildings that are 100 years old or older within the township.

Each year an award is presented to the person or people who have done the most to preserve and maintain or rehabilitate these old structures.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Special to the Times News Mauch Chunk Trust Company Announces New Board Members. Charles E. Wildoner, left, chairman of the board of directors for the Mauch Chunk Trust Company, and Patrick H. Reill, far right, president and CEO, announce the three newest members of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company board of directors, from left: James R. Nanovic, Dr. Edward C. Beckett III and Thomas R. Lisella.

Mauch Chunk Trust Company announces the appointment of three new board members.

"The current board and staff of Mauch Chunk Trust are happy to welcome the new board members. MCT has been providing the local community with financial solutions since 1902 and relies upon the firm leadership provided by the board of directors. We welcome these three new leaders to our existing team and look forward to the continued growth and success of our bank," said Patrick H. Reilly, CEO and president of Mauch Chunk Trust Company.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Plummeting temperatures appear to be a surefire sign that ski season is just around the corner.

With the drop in temperature, Blue Mountain Ski Resort planned to make snow as early as Friday evening, when it's expected to complete a full test of its advanced snowmaking system.

As temperatures begin settling into the low 20s at night, it figures to create an ideal snowmaking environment at Blue Mountain.

So much so, that guns are projected to begin dusting trails on Blue Mountain as early as this evening, temperatures permitting.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"When you buy from a small business, you are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom put food on the table, a dad pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college. Our customers are our shareholders, and they are the ones we strive to make happy." Unknown

This is a powerful message from an unknown small-business owner to consumers on how their purchases affect the daily lives of those in our communities. That message could have easily come from one of the many businesses right here in Carbon County, and it's true.