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Thursday, October 4, 2012
DINA DEPOS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Salvation Army Majors Sharon Whispell and Margaret Johnson provided the TIMES NEWS with a Salvation Army Media Appreciation Award during their recent volunteer appreciation dinner. Whispell stated, "The TIMES NEWS has always come to the aid of both the community and the Salvation Army." Receiving the award from Whispell for the TIMES NEWS is reporter Andrew Leibenguth of Tamaqua. Leibenguth also serves as a board member and disaster volunteer with the Salvation Army.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Carbon County officials are working toward creating countywide comprehensive and greenway plans to help municipalities in the future.

During a recent public hearing of the Carbon County Planning Commission, members of the commission listened as Charlie Schmehl, vice president of Urban Research and Development Corp. of Bethlehem, who is working with the county planning staff to create the plans; and Judy Borger, director of the Carbon County Planning and Development Office outlined the main points of the plans. The project is funded mainly through state grants.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The unveiling and dedication of a stone and granite Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Pfc. Clyde R. Houser Jr. Borough Annex Building on North Third Street in Lehighton will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Keynote speaker will be George Duell, Army Reserve Ambassador to Pennsylvania, and also making remarks will be state Rep. Doyle Heffley. Becky McFadden will lead the national anthem and there will be a rifle salute by the United Veterans Organization. Reds O'Donnell will offer the invocation and benediction.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Norman Burger, president of the Chestnuthill 250th Anniversary Committee, went to the Ross Days celebration in Ross Township. He was asked how to start a historical society, he said at the Sept. 20 meeting of the committee.

Three people expressed interest in starting one. Burger told them if they come up with two more people he will attend a meeting to help formalize a society.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Bangor High School Marching Band lines up prior to their performance.

Twelve high school marching bands entertained a lively crowd during the 16th Annual Land of Running Water Marching Band Adjudication held over the weekend at the Tamaqua Sports Complex.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall.

The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

For more information or to volunteer, stop by the church, 22 Lafayette Street, or call (570) 668-4139.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Rob Christman, left, of 273 Bankway St., Lehighton, holds his dog, Oreo, after the pet was rescued by firefighters. Front, center, is his stepson Cody Hunsicker, 12, who tried to put the fire out and then alerted his family and the other five families living in the apartment building. The woman on the right is one of the residents of the apartment building.

Traffic on Bankway Street was tied up this morning when fire trucks blocked the main artery through Lehighton to halt a smoky basement fire at 273 Bankway St. The apartment is in a row home that houses six families.

Rob Christman, his girlfriend and their five children, were displaced by the fire.

Pat Mertz, assistant fire chief for Lehighton, said the fire started in the basement and was under investigation.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

On Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Ruhe will present a program titled "Helping the Herps" at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington.

Ruhe is president of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation. He is an original recipient of the Nature Center's prestigious Student Ecologist Award for 1997.

MCHC is the keeper of all data on the range and population of Pennsylvania reptiles and amphibians for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hearings were held Tuesday by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board on appeals from individual property owners seeking reductions or exemptions on properties for tax purposes instead of dealing with a basketfull of appeals brought before the board by school districts seeking higher assessment ratings.

On the appeal of Romie B. Searle, 948 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, the board ruled no change keeping the market at $114,520 and assessment at $57,260.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ A statewide initiative announced recently by Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges will help provide critical training to displaced workers in Pennsylvania, equipping them with the skills they need to get back to work in high-demand, family-sustaining jobs.