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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS R.F. Ohl Fuel deliveryman Brent Schoenberger delivers propane to a house in Weissport Friday afternoon. Schoenberger, who started working for the company in 1998, started delivering propane three years ago.

Home heating fuel cost hikes are hurtling toward the northeast like a midwinter blizzard.

It's going to cost people more to keep their homes toasty, or even barely comfortable, this winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.

EIA is projecting a colder winter and higher prices for natural gas and propane. The cost of fuel oil will be a smidgen lower, but still high.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) on Tuesday thanked the Senate Finance Committee for its public hearing featuring testimony from the state's Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) regarding legislation he has sponsored to eliminate school property taxes across Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions Inc. Slatington native Chris Gaiman with "Jeopardy!" show host Alex Trebek

Clue: The 1979 Slatington High School graduate who appeared on the TV show "Jeopardy!" Monday and Tuesday.

Answer: Who is Chris Gaiman?

Better known in this area by her maiden name of Christine Cunfer, Gaiman not only appeared on the game show Monday but went on to win it, pocketing $14,401. She returned Tuesday, but her run ended there.

Her parents, Dean "Chubby" Cunfer and Dorothy "Dolly" Cunfer of 1070 Pine Tree Drive in the borough, are both born and raised in Slatington.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Stained glass windows depicting Saint Cyril, left, and Saint Methodius, adorn the apse of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Coaldale.

The massive red brick SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic church, Coaldale, one of 47 churches closed by the Allentown Diocese in July 2008, stands a little emptier today.

On Monday, trucks hauled away the pews, which have been sold to a church in Zachary, La. On Tuesday, workers for Beyer Studio Inc., a Philadelphia online auction house, painstakingly chipped away at the frames holding the vibrantly-hued stained glass windows at the front of the church, one of just three windows left.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The president of the union representing 36 service workers in the Tamaqua Area School District has responded to the school board's attempt to outsource custodial services.

Manual Rosa, president of the Educational Support Personnel union, issued a statement Sunday in regard to comments attributed to Tamaqua School Board President Larry A. Wittig in reference to the school district's negotiations with its service personnel.

The workers have been without a contract since June 1999, but have continued at their positions without interruption.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC in Penn Forest Township will host a free meatloaf and mashed potato dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

The church is located at 40 Church Road, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at (570) 325-9151, or visit the church website at www.gracestpaulsumc.org.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This past Thursday, Jim Thorpe Borough Council appointed Curtis Jackson to the fill a vacancy on council. Jackson was sworn in by Mayor Michael Sofranko. The vacancy was left by Jay Miller, whose letter of resignation was accepted at the last meeting.

Letters of intent for the vacant seat were submitted to council and reviewed. Jackson will serve until the elected members start their terms in January.

"I would like to thank everyone who put a letter of interest in for the council seat," said John McGuire, council member, who also congratulated Jackson on his appointment.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kayla Wolf of Pleasant Valley High School's Leo Club and the PVHS student body watched and cheered as PV's football coach Jimmy Terwilliger became the school's first human ice cream sundae at the pep rally.

"The outcome was awesome," said Kayla.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Briana Morrison, 13, Tamaqua, sings 'Face Down" by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, during the event.

Guests were encouraged to take part in the Tamaqua Community Art Center's free open stage event Thursday evening at the center.

Visitors and participants were encouraged to sing or perform any type of talent.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, will conduct an informal question and answer session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The session will be held in the school library. Parents and students interested in visiting the school campus and learning more about the programs offered at Marian are welcome.

Faculty, staff and administration will be available to answer questions regarding registration, academics, financial aid, athletics and extra-curricular activities. Registration is currently open.