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Friday, January 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Officials look over an engineering map showing new traffic lights during an informal meeting held at the office of State Representative Jerry Knowles, seated. Looking over details are, l-r, Dave Mattson, Tamaqua Police Chief; Alfred Picca Jr., assistant District 5-0 executive for construction, PennDOT; Joe Yodis, construction supervisor; and Mike Robert, District 5-0 executive for construction, PennDOT.

Officials look over an engineering map showing new traffic lights during an informal meeting held at the office of State Representative Jerry Knowles, seated. Looking over details are, l-r, Dave Mattson, Tamaqua Police Chief; Alfred Picca Jr., assistant District 5-0 executive for construction, PennDOT; Joe Yodis, construction supervisor; and Mike Robert, District 5-0 executive for construction, PennDOT.

Friday, January 6, 2012

East Penn Township supervisors elected a new chairman during their annual reorganization meeting.

Dean Kercsmar will head the board, replacing Herb Truhe in the position.

Other supervisors, besides Kercsmar and Truhe, are Jacob Nothstein, vice chairman; John Strockoz, and Cory Smith.

The secretary for the township and planning commission is Deanna Cunfer. Susan Rhoads-Procina is the treasurer.

The road master for 2012 will be Cory Smith.

Michael Hudson was named to the vacancy board.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Eldred Township's board of supervisors held its annual reorganization meeting Jan. 3 with few changes.

Clair Borger was reappointed as chairman, Gretchen Gannon Pettit as vice chairman and Sharon Solt as secretary/treasurer. Michael Kaspszyk remains the township solicitor.

Other appointments that were approved 3-0 include:

Ÿ Hanover Engineering Inc., specifically Brien Kocher and Chad Peters as township engineers, at the rate specified in their Dec. 16, 2011 letter

Ÿ Russ Kresge as alternate township engineer

Ÿ Borger as road master

Friday, January 6, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The state auditor general says the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has seen its long-term debt more than double since state lawmakers approved legislation requiring the commission to provide infrastructure funding to PennDOT.

Auditor General Jack Wagner says the agency's debt has ballooned from $2.6 billion to $7.3 billion since Act 44 was passed in 2007.

Friday, January 6, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Carbon County Bar Association recently presented a donation in the amount of $3,000 to the Palmerton Area Library. From left are attorney David Shulman, chancellor of the Bar Association; Diane Danielson, Palmerton Area Library director; and attorney Jenny Cheng, Bar Association board member.

Friday, January 6, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The West End Rotary Club (WERC) held its annual Holiday Card Design contest in conjunction with Pleasant Valley Intermediate School students. The winners were recognized at the Pleasant Valley School District board meeting. Melinda Ludwig, PVI art teacher introduced the winners. They are, from left, runner up Brian Kagel, sixth grade; first place, Kallie Romascavage, eighth grade; and runner up Marina Ghin, seventh grade. Kallie's design was printed up as the holiday cards that the WERC has been selling as a fundraiser.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Pennsylvania Farm Show will take place Jan. 7-14 in Harrisburg. The event is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibits.

The farm show is the culmination of hard work and dedication of many, but most importantly, the exhibitors.

More than 100 fairs across the state have offered cash prizes as part of the Hershey's Cocoa Classic contest, PA INCREDIBLE Angel Food Cake contest, and the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie contest.

Friday, January 6, 2012
larry neff/special to the times news

A Monroe county family is homeless after a fire ripped through their Eldred Township home Thursday evening. The fire was first reported just after 5 p.m. when family members reported the smell of smoke in the home in the 3600 block of Lower Smith Gap Road. When firefighters arrived on scene flames were shooting from the two-and-a-half story wood-frame, single-family dwelling. The family managed to escape the flames safely. Due to the remote location water had to be tanked into the site. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Concerns about increased traffic on the ground and in the air, and the environmental impact a cargo airport would have on the residents of East Union Township, were voiced by two experts who are employed by township supervisors.

The two testified at a hearing held Thursday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville before the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Thomas J. McCall, 53, Lansford, has been appointed acting postmaster in Lansford, it was announced by J. M. Donaldson, postmaster general in Washington D. C. He will begin his new duties at midnight tonight, succeeding to the post made vacant by the recent death of William J. Cannon, who had served in that capacity for 13 years. The salary pays $5,790 a year. He will be obliged to withdraw from all political activities as a result of the appointment.