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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Trash Collection

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, trash will be collected throughout the borough a day later. Trash should be curbside by Friday morning to be picked up.

American Legion news

Members of the American Legion Post 304 are reminded that their 2015 dues are now payable. Please mail the renewal form to Adjutant Bill Diehm American Legion, 20 W. Sixth St., Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School students who participated in a recent Knowledge is Power seminar at LCCC's Scheller Student Center in Tamaqua included, front: Amanda Champion, Annette Ritzko, Rachel Meier; rear: Sadie Kosar, Faith Befano, Alison Walck, Kathryn Healey, Cecelia Koerbler and Elizabeth Simone. The program was hostedby LCCC's Business Enterprise Center and the Tamaqua AreaBusiness and Professional Women. The students were accompanied by Patricia Patton, Marian's business education teacher and FBLA adviser.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Each time the Tamaqua School Board met, its members, district administrators and people who attended walked away with a sheaf of paper.

This month that changed as the meeting agenda and other information is now provided electronically.

As the meeting proceeds, the sections of the agenda are projected on a screen. District Superintendent Carol Makuta said that at a minimum, the cost of paper used for past meetings could approach $36, depending on the items for discussion and the projects for the month.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia, left, is seen with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter during the Lehigh Valley Mayors' and MunicipalOfficials' Annual Reception at the ArtsQuest Steel Stacks in Bethlehem on Veterans Day. Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia, Jim Thorpe Mayor Mike Sofranko, Bowmanstown Mayor William Ravert, Lansford Mayor James Romankow and Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors attended the event.Nutter and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski joined host Tony Iannelli in a round-table discussion on business matters.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What are you thankful for this year?

Tell us, in 150 words or less. Send your replies to tneditor@tnonline.com and include your name, address and contact information.

We'll print as many responses as we can in Wednesday's edition.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Do you know your way around Lehighton?

Can you easily navigate the streets of Jim Thorpe?

If so, the Tamaqua Salvation Army needs you.

For more than 20 years, the Salvation Army has been providing a free Thanksgiving Day feast. This year's dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army's Broad Street, Tamaqua location.

Major Sharon Whispell said that the organization has enough volunteers who are lined up to prepare, serve and clean up after the meal.

But drivers to deliver the meals are sorely needed.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Emergency crews were on the scene Monday night in Franklin Township where Agnes Szpak, 89, of Nesquehoning was struck by a car.

An elderly Carbon County woman was struck by a car and killed Monday evening in Franklin Township.

Township police identified the victim as Agnes Szpak, 89, of Nesquehoning.

Police said Szpak got out of her car about 6:30 p.m. while parked along the shoulder of the northbound lanes of Route 209 and attempted to cross the northbound lanes, which she did successfully.

However, she was struck while crossing the southbound lanes by a vehicle operated by Nicole Iannone, 22, of Kunkletown, who was southbound on 209.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Beltzville Lions Club has set up an online fundraising campaign to help a local homeless man.

Terry Wentz, who most recently lived in a truck along the Weissport Canal, was the subject of a complaint at November's Weissport Borough Council meeting. A Lehighton couple, Woodrow and Joanne Nace, said Wentz was seen urinating in front of passers-by and chasing people off the trail.

Since the meeting, numerous area residents have come to Wentz's defense.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will host a Breakfast with Santa at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Lehighton Recreation Center, Eighth Street, Lehighton.

The event will include breakfast, candy, a gift from Santa, and a DJ.

Children are asked to bring a letter for Santa's mailbox, and to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for his reply.

Santa will be there, so bring your camera.

Deadline for tickets is Friday. For more information call Barb at 610-377-8132, Betty at 610-379-4284 or Alicia at 570-325-8685.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lehighton continues to gain steam on a spending plan that calls for no municipal tax increase next year.

Borough council on a unanimous measure Monday agreed to adopt the proposed 2015 budget with no tax increase.

Councilman Darryl Arner praised borough Manager Nicole Beckett for her work on the budget, as well as borough council for its support of the budget.

If council were to approve next year's budget with no tax increase, it would leave the tax rate in check at 7.5 mills.