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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

On Monday Towamensing Township Supervisors met to reorganize for 2014.

Penny Kleintop returned as chairman of the supervisors with Tom Newman as vice chairman.

The road master is Scott Mosier with Phill Costenbader as his assistant.

Lora Nothstein continues as secretary with Kleintop as treasurer. The treasurer's bond is for $550,000. Brenda Drew is the office clerk.

Tom Nanovic of Nanovic Law Offices will continue as the solicitor.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Angela Krapf was elected Monday to preside over Coaldale Borough Council in 2014.

The wife of a furloughed borough police officer was elected to head Coaldale Borough Council at Monday's reorganizational meeting.

Angela Krapf captured the votes to step in as president, with one negative vote cast.

Krapf's husband, Sgt. Keith Krapf, was one of three officers and two borough workers furloughed in 2012 in what council called a cost-cutting move.

Krapf was nominated to the president's slot by councilwoman Linda Miller. The lone negative vote was cast by member Michael Doerr.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Penn Forest Township Supervisors are, seated from left, Judy Knappenberger, Scott Lignore, Christine Fazio and Philip Shedaker. Standing is Warren Reiner, who was appointed chairman at the board's reorganization meeting Monday.

Penn Forest Township held its yearly reorganization meeting on Monday evening.

Newly elected supervisor, Philip Shedaker made a motion to appoint supervisor Warren Reiner as chairman for 2014. Shedaker was then appointed Vice Chairman of the board for 2014.

Mary Ann Lewellyn was reappointed as secretary. Lewellyn was also reappointed as treasurer.

Shedaker was appointed as primary delegate and Christine Fazio was appointed as alternate delegate to represent Penn Forest Township at the Carbon County Tax Collection Committee.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Carbon County Fair will hold a monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten Campus, community room located on the ground floor. Members are reminded of the PSACF Convention being held Jan. 22-25.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2014 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at 570-325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, is a popular warm weather destination.

As the temperatures plummet to record lows this winter, people begin dreaming of white, sandy beaches; clear waters and tropical drinks with tiny umbrellas.

For many, this vision of warm weather locales is only a dream.

But some decide that they've had enough of the arctic and book that once-in-a-lifetime trip to some place where summer never seems to end.

Ann Kline, a travel agent at AAA's Tamaqua branch, said that at AAA, January and February are typically the busier months for winter travel.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
LIZ PINKEY/TIMES NEWS  Members of the 2014-2015 Tamaqua Borough Council are (seated, left to right) John Trudich, President Micah Gursky, Justin Startzel, and Tom Cara, (standing, left to right) Secretary Treasurer Georgia Depos DeWire, Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt, Brian Connely, Mayor Christian Morrison, David Mace, and Police Chief Rick Weaver. Missing from the photo is councilman Dan Evans.

Tamaqua Borough Council welcomed new member Justin Startzel last night. Startzel, as well as returning members Micah Gursky, David Mace, and John Trudich were all sworn in at last night's meeting.

Mayor Christian Morrison will also be serving another term.

Gursky was re-elected as council president. Brian Connelly will continue to serve as vice-president and Trudich was selected to serve as president pro tem. Councilman Dan Evans was absent from the meeting.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Baby, it's cold outside

People in the TIMES NEWS coverage area woke this morning to howling winds, sub-zero temperatures and wind chill factors of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

Cars growled their protests at starting, windows were coated with ice, water pipes burst, and school superintendents decided hours earlier to cancel classes so that students would not have to risk frostbite as they waited for buses or walked to school.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members who will compose the Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors include (From left) Ron Walbert, vice chairman, Brent Green, chairman, and Jesse Mendez.

Lower Towamensing Township has re-upped its board chairman, and selected a new vice chairman.

The township's board of supervisors unanimously agreed at its reorganizational meeting on Monday to reappoint Brent Green as chairman.

Meanwhile, Supervisor Ron Walbert was appointed as vice chairman. Supervisor Jesse Mendez had previously served in that capacity.

Also as part of its reorganization, supervisors:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

We asked area residents where they would go if they could escape to someplace warm. Here's what they said:

Frank Walton, Tamaqua: I would go to the place we discovered nearly 20 years ago. My wife Lois and I tried many of the beaches in Florida until we discover Key West Florida. The Florida Keys are coral islands that actually do not have beaches like they do on the Atlantic Coast.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Walnutport Borough Council newcomer, Patrice D. Hunsicker, sits on council for the first time Monday night after having defeated Laura J. Stauffer last November.

Both Walnutport and Slatington borough councils held their 2014 reorganization meetings Monday night at their respective borough halls.

During Walnutport's special meeting of the council, and with about two dozen spectators in attendance, Magisterial District Judge Robert Hawke swore in elected borough council members and newly elected Walnutport Mayor Wayne Weidner.

Weidner, who ran unopposed, has served as Walnutport's mayor in the past and replaces mayor Henry Kline, who retired at the end of 2013 after 40 years of public service.