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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lansford resident Rita Klekamp on Wednesday vowed to continue her fight against blight in the borough.

Klekamp spoke before council at a public meeting, pressing the board to become more aggressive in dealing with neglected and abandoned properties.

She cited properties at 238 E. Bertsch St. and at 224 W. Abbott St. The Bertsch Street property owner was cited 100 times, she said. But the citations are dropped when the owner cuts the grass or cleans up debris.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lehighton Area High School class of 2012 all night party planning meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in the high school cafeteria. This is the first meeting to form a committee. Anyone who needs additional information, should call Anne at (610) 377-8875.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A gated community proposed for Lower Towamensing Township has caused angst among several property owners fearful of major water runoff.

A trio of residents aired their concerns with the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday over the Boulder Oaks Development planned to be built by Brian Stroup.

Resident Joann Banas said she had "disapproval" for one portion of Stroup's gated community.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lower Towamensing Township will continue to receive monthly payments from its former secretary/treasurer who stole over $81,000 in township funds.

The township's board of supervisors unanimously agreed on Tuesday to adopt a stipulation whereby Dorothy Achey must make monthly payments to the township to pay off the $81,067 she took from it.

Township solicitor Jim Nanovic said he has been in contact with Achey, who had been employed by the township for over 20 years before she was sentenced to a prison term in April 2010 after she previously admitted to the crime.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This year marks the 15 edition of the Tamaqua Land of the Runing Water Marching Band Adjudication. This year's event will be held Sept. 24 at the Tamaqua High Sports Stadium. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the performances will begin at 6:30 p.m.

One dozen high school marching bands have committed to performing their Fall field shows to be judged by a panel of present and former music educators. Trophies will be presented.The Tamaqua Raider Band will also perform, but will not be eligible for judging/trophies.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/TIMES NEWS Members of the State Firemen's Parade Committee stand next to the Platt/Button hand pump engine. They include, l-r, Mario Alonso, Albrightsville Fire Co., vice chairman; Steve Lilick, Deputy Chief, Lake Harmony Fire Co., chairman; Ralph Lennon, Chief, Lake Harmony Fire Co., vice chairman, and Al Blew, Albrightsville Fire Co., committee member.

The most spectacular annual state event for firefighters is being hosted in Carbon County next week.

The Firemen's Association of Pennsylvania is holding its 132nd convention in Lake Harmony on Sept. 21-24.

The Albrightsville and Lake Harmony Fire Companies are hosting the event, which will be highlighted by a multi-division parade on Saturday, the 24th, beginning at 1 p.m.

The parade forms at Lake Harmony Fire Company along Lake Drive and proceeds to the Galleria. The march is 1.8 miles long.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District was one of three local districts to be reimbursed for its learning centers and Robert Betz, Tamaqua Area School Board Director who represents the local district on the IU Board, was appointed as the IU voting delegate to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association 2010 Legislative Policy Council, in action taken by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board at its monthly meeting held Monday evening in the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In conjunction with "National Child Passenger Safety Week," Sunday, Sept. 18, through Saturday, Sept. 24., the Pennsylvania State Police Troop N, Hazleton will be conducting a Child Passenger Safety Seat Check-Up Event along with the Carbon County Safekids from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Wal-Mart, 1731 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East, Lehighton.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel from throughout Carbon County were called into service Tuesday to rescue a young man injured after he fell at Glen Onoko Falls between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe. The call came in just before noon for a man who fell, suffered a head injury and was unconscious. Fire companies from Jim Thorpe, Nesquehoning, Lehighton and Penn Forest responded. A special all-terrain vehicle equipped with an on board litter was dispatched from the East Penn Fire Company.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A charter school in Pottsville found its way on to the agenda of last night's meeting of the Tamaqua Area School Board. The committee meeting was held in the Tamaqua Senior High School Library instead of the middle school.

Board members discussed a request to provide student transportation to the Gillingham Charter School, the first state certified charter school in Schuylkill County.

The daily van run will encompass an 84-mile round trip. The district is responsible for the transportation because the charter school is considered to be in Tamaqua's district.