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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pleasant Valley School District board of director Steve Borger received some good news at the last PVSD school board meeting. In a new vote, concerning the girls' softball volunteer coach for the 2011-2012 year, he was voted in as a volunteer coach for the Varsity/JV girls' softball team.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Feed the People is a mobile community cafe that provides a free, hot meal for any community member regardless of where you live. No registration is required. On Wednesday, April 11, Feed the People will be serving at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 East Abbott Street in Lansford. Doors open from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A welcoming atmosphere to meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in the community, play some checkers, chess or dominoes. Volunteers are welcomed.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue group will host its Fifth Annual Dog Walk on May 5, following along the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail.

The walk will begin at the Newkirk Tunnel Environmental Education Area along SR209, just west of Tamaqua. Participants will head west for one mile, then return to the registration area.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the walk starting at noon. Registration is required. All participants will receive a free pet bandana.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

At the April 16, 7 p.m. meeting of the Central Labor Chapter, State Representative Doyle Heffley and Democratic candidate Gerry Strubinger will attend to provide an opportunity for union members to "meet the candidates."

Democratic candidate Ron Rabenold attended the March meeting of the Chapter.

President Terry Whiteman stated that the Labor Chapter is non-partisan and is committed to speaking for the interests of working people.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Three quotes were presented to Washington supervisors on Tuesday for the cleaning of the pond across from Friedens' Church. The pond is used as a water supply for the Friedens Fire Company.

Dirt Works Solutions quoted $4,150 which included using the township trucks to haul the muck. JMC Excavating quoted $4,100 with the township hauling the muck and Livengood Excavating quoted $8,000 which included doing its own hauling. Since it is required to use the lowest quote, it went to JMC Excavating.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Penn Forest Township residents will be asked to respond to a survey to determine how close homes are to fire hydrants and other water sources. The results will help determine how much homeowners' insurance companies charge for coverage.

Penn Forest Fire Chief David Klitsch spoke about the survey at a public township supervisors' meeting Monday. The classification ratings are determined by ISO, an advisory organization that collects property/casualty insurance risk. Many insurance companies draw on ISO information when writing policies.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thirteen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Prison incident

Katrina Marie Vandling, 22, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on Dec. 1, 2011, at the county prison in Nesquehoning. She was brought to the jail on a bench warrant.

During the processing of her into the jail correction officers found illegal drugs in her purse. She admitted to a heroin addiction.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Rep. Doyle Heffley

Republican state representatives in Monroe and Carbon counties are planning a lawsuit aimed at overturning the decades-old formula Pennsylvania uses to determine school funding.

Doyle Heffley, who represents Carbon County, has joined with Monroe County representatives Mario Scavello, Rosemary M. Brown, and Mike Peifer (who also represents Pike and Wayne counties) to file the suit in Commonwealth Court to have the state's 1991 funding formula ruled unconstitutional.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A number of dedicated volunteers spent numerous hours over the past few days painting the large downstairs wall and ceiling of the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Volunteers were successful in completing it in preparation for tomorrow's first weekly arts and crafts class to be held at the center, 125 Pine St. The class, which lasts from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., is open to children in grades kindergarten through third grade and will continue each Thursday through the summer as well.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The public is invited to a flag raising ceremony to be performed by the Panther Valley Junior ROTC at the Coaldale Complex (former High School). The ceremony will begin precisely at noon on April 12. The large 12-feet by 16-feet American flag will be folded in the prescribed manner by the JROTC at the Panther Valley High School.