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Friday, September 9, 2011

When you visit the Palmerton Community Festival, one of the biggest draws is the delicious food. So there is no reason to cook Sept. 9, 10, 11.

Be sure to patronize all the many wonderful local favorites from the various organizations of Palmerton.

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Mahoning Creek, ordinarily only eight to 10 feet wide, raged through West Penn Township Thursday, covering nearby fields and St. Peter's Road.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Outdoor service

St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church will hold an outdoor worship service on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Food pantry

The Shepherd House Food Pantry at Ebenezer E. C. Church will be open on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9-11 a.m. Recipients must reside within the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

The pantry is located at 441 Center Ave. in Jim Thorpe. Call (570) 325-2855 for more information or to volunteer.

Community supper

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township officials closed Grist Mill road just north of SR443 after the raging waters of the Mahoning Creek covered nearby woodlands and the roadway.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Mayor Michael Sofranko, of Jim Thorpe, declared an emergency for rising water levels due to the heavy rains at Thursday evening's Borough Council Meeting. Concerns were raised about the water levels near the water plant and sewage plant.

The water levels are currently being monitored.

"For the purpose of manpower and anything else that might come up with levels changing, we'll have a disaster emergency declared in both those plant areas," stated Sofranko.

The declaration of emergency officially began Thursday and it will last for the next 30 days.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Part-time Walnutport police officer Jason Nothstein asked Borough Council the status of his employment. Nothstein has the least seniority and a funding issue is threatening to take his job.

Council made it clear that there was no issue with Northstein's performance; as a matter of fact they said he's doing a "great job." It's purely a matter of seniority and funding. The council motioned to allocate funds from other sources to cover the officer's salary for the time being.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Penn Forest board of supervisors met earlier this week and considered whether or not a business operator driving commercial traffic in and out of a private development in Penn Forest Township warranted township intervention.

Supervisor Alan Katz said that there was no ordinance to prohibit commercial vehicles. Katz said that a homeowner can go to the council in their development and have them bring a private lawsuit against any violations committed. The township should not have to litigate these matters within private areas.

"What has zoning got to do with it?" Katz asked.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Palmerton has agreed to spend nearly $150,000 to purchase a home it will demolish and eventually use to house its new fire station.

After about a 70-minute executive session, council, on a 5-1 vote, with one abstention, agreed to acquire the home at 509-511 Lehigh Avenue. Councilman Randolph Gursky was opposed. Councilman Richard Nothstein abstained.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the homes have been appraised at $70,500, and $75,500, respectively.

"One [homeowner] is very anxious to sell," he said. "The other, not so much."

Friday, September 9, 2011

A chicken barbecue dinner planned for Saturday afternoon at Ben Salem UCC has been canceled. No date has been set to reschedule.

Friday, September 9, 2011

This month's local TV report by Senator David Argall takes an in-depth look at the Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad in Port Clinton. The conversation highlights the launch of the business, the current state of the railroad industry and future plans for expansion.