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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rush Township Supervisors are continuing their push to clamp down on residents who are late paying the sewer and garbage fees.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jane Borbe, president of the Palmerton Area Historical Society has expressed her gratitude to everyone who participated in the Palmerton Area Churches Christmas tour. It was a self-guided tour and for a donation of nonperishable food items or money to Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC), visitors received a color book that features all of the churches.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

They were about as welcome as a fox in a henhouse, but Louis Beltrami and Nolan Perin had every intention of staying at last night's SOLE II news conference at the Weatherly Borough Building.

"This is a public building," said Perin, operations officer of Tri County Sanitation, "and I'm a taxpayer."

SOLE II is the environmental citizens group that has been waging a war of opposition for almost a year against Tri County's proposed 3,400-acre landfill atop Buck Mountain.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pamela McCullion, Tamaqua's new tax collector, takes the oath of office from Tamaqua District Judge Stephen Bayer on Friday. McCullion's new office will be located at 6 S. Lehigh St.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Senior parents

The Weatherly Area High School Senior Parents group will hold a bake sale during the Hall of Fame Weekend basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 18. The girls games start at 1 p.m. and the boys games start at 6 p.m.

The group is looking for donations of baked goods for both games; as well as volunteers to work at the sale. If donating please have your items at the middle school by 12:30 p.m. for the girls games or by 5:30 p.m. for the boys games.

All proceeds benefit the All Night Party held on graduation night.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Amid bone-chilling temperatures Tuesday morning, Blue Mountain Resort ski patrol members Ed Kupillas and Marc Lemoi conduct their daily check of the trails for conditions and hazards.

From pouring rain, to fog, to ice, to sub-zero temperatures.

Despite the uneven weather conditions experienced in recent days, local ski areas haven't missed a beat.

Over at Blue Mountain Resort in Lower Towamensing Township, it's business as usual, according to Barbara Green, president.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gretchen Gannon Pettit will lead Eldred Township for 2014. Newly-elected Mary Anne Clausen is now vice chairman and supervisor Sharon Solt remains as secretary/treasurer.

Michael Kaspszyk will continue to serve as township solicitor.

Roadmaster is Keith Kuehner, administrative assistant is Darcy Gannon with Dawn Barankovich as interim assistant and the Zoning and Codes Officer is Ellerslie Helm.

The following rounds out the other township positions and appointments.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Action taken by Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday is as follows:

Ÿ Approved the retirement of Bonnie Vito, instructional assistant at Parkside Education Center, and S.S. Palmer Elementary, effective Jan. 2.

Ÿ Approved the retirement of Betty Kleintop, cafeteria server at the high school, effective Nov. 18, 2013.

Ÿ Approved the resignation of Kelly Recker, instructional assistant at Towamensing Elementary, effective Dec. 13, 2013.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Franklin Township supervisors plan to adopt an ordinance that authorizes Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company to be reimbursed for costs of materials and services.

The ordinance will be advertised. Supervisors plan to adopt the ordinance at the Feb. 18 meeting and the ordinance will become official five days after adoption.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the release of an audit that questions why the Lehighton Area School District paid its superintendent to stay home with no official duties while it paid a consultant to run the district's day-to-day operations.

Auditors found that the arrangement to pay two people for the same position cost taxpayers $46,490 -- $29,840 to the former superintendent and $16,650 to the consultant.