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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Faculty and students at the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua stressed their great appreciation to the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation (EPSF) for providing 10 years of need-based scholarship assistance to children attending or wishing to attend the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Allentown.

The mission of the EPSF, which was founded in 2001, is to provide financial assistance to families within the diocese of who want to pursue a Catholic school education for their children, but does not have the financial means to pay full tuition.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Former Rush Township Police Chief Robert Romanick was officially terminated at Tuesday night's meeting of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors, following a two-year legal battle.

The dispute began Jan. 5, 2009, when then supervisors Stephen Simchak and Shawn Gilbert voted to terminate Romanick, saying he abandoned his position by failing to accept an offered demotion to the position of patrolman.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mary A. Labert, a member of McAdoo Borough Council, was sworn in as president of the Pennsylvania Borough Councils Association, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Lewistown Mayor Deborah Bargo, right, conducted the swearing in ceremonies, which took place during the PBCA's 100 Annual Conference in Hershey. The PBCA assists council members in networking and building leadership skills to better perform their council duties and help ensure their communities will be stronger and more vibrant places to live.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Legislation to provide special vehicle plates for recipients of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Bronze Star with Valor unanimously passed Tuesday in the State Senate. The legislation, Senate Bill 468 was introduced by Senator David G. Argall and now moves to the House of Representatives for its consideration..

Thursday, May 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Local Lioness clubs presidents recently got together with the coordinator during the Lioness Spring Rally, held at JD Citro's in Lehighton. Present for the photo were, from left, Western Pocono Lioness President Arlene Mullery, West Penn Township President Becky Zehner, Coordinator Nancy DaCosta and Jim Thorpe Lioness President Sandy Gallagher.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
TIMES NEWS file photo Renee Slakoper

Beleaguered Lansford secretary-treasurer Renee Slakoper has quit, submitting her letter of resignation the same day as council in a split vote, agreed to allow her to work from home due to a mold problem in the borough offices.

In a letter to council president Adam Webber, Slakoper wrote that she would be resigning as of May 25.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Dawn Ferrante, second from left, steering committee chairwoman for Leadership Carbon, discusses the revised program with other committee members, from left, Elissa Garofalo Thorne, Sandy Duda, Carleen Ladden, and Wayne Nothstein. The program, which develops leadership skills, is under the auspices of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce. Duda is the program coordinator.

Leadership Carbon, a leadership-training program in which dozens of individuals have participated since its inception in 2005, is returning with a new look after a one-year absence.

Dawn Ferrante, a Leadership Carbon graduate herself who is steering committee chairwoman, said one of the big changes is that each month the program will begin and end at the same location. In previous years, the program met at different locations each month.

Sandy Duda of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors Leadership Carbon, is the program coordinator.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

On Wednesday, Lansford borough council voted 4-3 to send a letter to state Department of Environmental Protection opposing any strip mining operations near the residential area of West Ridge Street.

Council took the action because DEP has recently transferred a 7,500-acre surface mining permit to BET Associates to renew mining operations on the former Lehigh Coal and navigation grounds spanning Tamaqua, Coaldale, Lansford, Summit Hill and Nesquehoning.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Join naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow and Lake View Trails at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011. The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty.

The trails cross through two creeks and run parallel to the lake. There is a spectacular view from the dam.

Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

Pre-registration is required. Please call Robin at (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or register online at dcnr.state.pa.us under calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A crowd of over 260 turned out for Wednesday's regular meeting of the Tamaqua Area School Board, including parents, taxpayers and students. Many offered ideas, opinions and advice on ways to trim the budget while maintaining a quality education for students. Due to the number of attendees, the meeting was moved to the Tamaqua Area Middle School cafeteria. For individual budget reactions, see page 2.