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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The recount of the votes cast for the office of district attorney in Schuylkill County, which was to take place this morning at the courthouse in Pottsville, was postponed until Wednesday morning.

Hearings on the petitions to recount the vote for supervisor in Schuylkill Township and mayor of Mahanoy City proceeded this morning as scheduled.

The delay in the DA recount was caused by a last minute petition filed by another group of Democratic voters. President Judge William E. Baldwin scheduled a hearing to be held on this petition this morning.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Weatherly Area School District Holiday Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, in the middle school gym, 602 Sixth St., Weatherly.

The evening of musical entertainment features all musical ensembles in the district, from elementary band and chorus through middle school band and chorus to high school band and chorus. Refreshments will be served following the concert in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Polk Township supervisors are still working on the 2014 proposed budget.

"No one wants to hear about taxes being raised. But we're kicking it around," Supervisor Chairman Brian Ahner said at Monday night's supervisors' meeting.

There has been no tax increase in Polk taxes since 2005. It has been at 3.3 mills for the last eight years.

Currently the amount of tax money Polk receives is $219,296. If the township adds 1 mill, it will realize an increase to $285,749. At a 1.5 mill increase, it will realize $318,976 and a 2 mill increase will realize $352,202.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Some changes are coming regarding parking in Lehighton's downtown, including extending hours for metered parking.

Councilman Scott Rehrig said the effective date hasn't been determined. Changes include:

Ÿ Meter parking will be from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with the price being 25-cents-per-hour, except at marked locations where it will be 25-cents per 30 minutes.

The present rate is 25 cents per hour, but meter parking ends at 5 p.m.

Ÿ Parking for casino buses and route buses will be moved to in front of the former PNC Bank Building on South First Street.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Colder temperatures have enabled several local ski areas to get an early start to their season.

Blue Mountain Ski Area, in Lower Towamensing Township, plans to open on Black Friday, while Jack Frost and Big Boulder, in Kidder Township, have already been open for several weeks.

Blue Mountain Ski Area will open at 8:30 a.m. Friday with seven trails.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The number of townships in Schuylkill County which have enrolled their land in Agricultural Security Areas now stands at 14. Two more farms in Washington Township have enrolled, according to a report at the monthly meeting of the Schuylkill County Planning Commission.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In addition to approving its annual budget, the Slatington Borough Authority expressed concerns about the borough's sewer plant at its meeting Monday morning at borough hall.

The authority unanimously approved its 2014 budget at $55,000.

Earlier, visitor Stefan Myers, the sewer plant operator, said a pipe at the sewer plant's primary digester that had needed emergency repair was fixed last Thursday by Rapid Pump and Meter. However he noted that, in the course of that repair, a six-foot "mat" was found on top of the primary digester lid.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996 and Aquashicola Fire Company are again sponsoring a full course dinner for veterans, low income families and individuals and elderly people who reside in the Palmerton Area School District.

Those who want to take part in this outreach are invited to the Holiday Dinner which will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Aquashicola Fire Company, Aquashicola. The fire company is located one-quarter mile east of Palmerton on Little Gap Road.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Coaldale Borough Council chamber was packed last night. People were backed up all the way down the hall and to the front door of the building.

There were all there to protest a proposed one-mill tax increase dedicated entirely to funding a demolition project.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Stacey SolT/Times News Chris Botek with one of the trees headingto the state capitol.

When visitors to the Pennsylvania Capitol Building visit the rotunda this holiday season, they will be treated to a spectacular view two finely decorated Douglas fir Christmas trees, each 21 feet tall, grown and harvested in Carbon County.

The trees, which will grace both the Capitol Rotunda and the steps leading to the Capitol Building, were grown by Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton. This is the 18th year that Crystal Spring has supplied the state tree. The farm also supplied the White House Christmas tree in 2006 and 2010, and trees for Rockefeller Center in New York.