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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Are you willing to transform yourself as the walking dead, ghost or scary monster in support of those affected by the recent fires in Brockton, Coaldale and Tamaqua?

Members of the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group are organizing their first annual Walking Scared For Charity event this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. in each community affected recently by house fires.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Navy Club of Carbon County members enjoy refreshments after the services honoring the Navy Birthday. Seated is Robert Siesputowski, junior executive officer. Standing, from left, are Scott T. Reinhart, commander; James F. McHugh; Stanley Jaroszewski, senior executive officer; Richard C. Tamplin; and Phillip C. Parsons, ships writer.

The Carbon County Navy Club recently took part in two celebrations.

On Sept. 28, the Carbon County Veterans dinner was held at the American Legion Post Hall in Lehighton. Robert "Ski" Siesputowski received one award from Navy Club commander Scott Reinhart.

On Oct. 9, the Navy Club held a birthday service at St. John Slovak Lutheran Church, Lansford. At the service, Reinhart presented a check for $200 to the Rev. Marjorie Keiter for the Panther Valley Food Bank.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Carbon PASR members Cindy Sabol, left, and Marjorie Balliet, right, were recently honored for their volunteer service. Sabol was named volunteer of the year, and Balliet was inducted into the John J. Dillon Service Hall of Fame. With them are Mary Ann Ashner, second from left, community service chairwoman; and chapter President Janet Hall.

Carbon PASR (Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees) awarded four educational support grants and honored two chapter members for outstanding service during a recent meeting.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Taxes are once again projected to remain stable next year in Lower Towamensing Township.

As part of the 2014 budget, township employees will receive a 2.5-percent increase in their salaries, as agreed upon during a nearly three-hour budget workshop session conducted by the board of supervisors Monday morning.

Supervisors agreed to increase the recreation fee $500, from $1,000 to $1,500; accept proposals for a new stenographer for the zoning hearing board; purchase a DeWalt 14-inch chop saw for $145; and purchase wrenches.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Carbon County Veterans Council will be holding a "Show of Patriotism" rally from 1-3 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Palmerton Veterans Memorial, Palmerton Town Green, Delaware Avenue.

All veterans are welcome to attend. Wear your uniform, hat and bring a flag.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Property tax relief advocates, elected officials, real estate agents, and school leaders will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday for a roundtable discussion of how best to lessen the increasingly heavy burden of school taxes on the elderly, business owners and homeowners.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS S.S. Palmer Elementary celebrated the Walmart Teacher Rewards Program with a cake. From left are Mary Brumbach, principal, S.S. Palmer Elementary, (middle) Megan White, front-end supervisor, Lehighton Walmart branch, and (right) Jamie Sutcliffe, assistant manager, Lehighton Walmart branch.

The Walmart Teacher Rewards Program isa dream come true for educators, and for goodreason.

Recently, 20 teachers in the Palmerton Area School District received $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies to help offset their expenses.

The rewards cards were given out to educators as part of an award ceremony at the S.S. Palmer Elementary School library during a faculty meeting.

Teachers from both S.S Palmer Elementary, as well as the Parkside Education Center, received the reward cards.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A mortgage burning program was conducted on Saturday night at the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, only five years after the mortgage was obtained.

Harry Solt, a trustee of the fire company, placed a cigarette lighter beneath the mortgage envelope and set it on fire, indicating fulfillment of the $90,000 mortgage.

More than 250 persons attended the impressive program.

After the mortgage was burned, Hattie Leyer, a trustee of the ladies auxiliary of the fire company, presented a check to Erwin Wentz, fire company financial secretary, in the amount of $4,088.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tensions were apparent at Monday night's Slatington Water/Sewer/Highway Workshop Committee meeting, with many people present being called into the fray.

Though the mood seemed decidedly strained from the start, the real back-and-forth dispute began when the topic of sewer laterals came up on the agenda. Water/Special Sewer Committee Chairman Bryon Reed mentioned that, at last Monday night's monthly borough council meeting, some visitors had discussed the topic of private sewer laterals.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation is offering a free Entrepreneurship Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the chamber office at 137 South St., Lehighton. The topic is "Accounting, Bookkeeping and Taxes." Sessions are designed to create a stronger culture of entrepreneurship in Carbon County.

Participating agencies include the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University, the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, Sebelin Law Offices and Rick Grant Associates.

The session on Nov. 7 is "Legal Issues," and on Nov. 14, "Hiring Employees."