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Saturday, November 15, 2014

A call has gone forth for a meeting of the Dimmick Library Committee in Mauch Chunk to meet at the office of Mr. Bertolette this evening. The gentlemen of the committee owe it to themselves and their townspeople to take some action, at once, that will prevent a large bequest from passing out of town.

A borough official said, "We need a good library here as elsewhere and the sooner the building is procured the better. So, a full attendance tonight, if you please, gentlemen of the committee."

Saturday, November 15, 2014
ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS  On Aug. 21, 2002, eight years after Tamaqua began a push for renewal, a fountain symbolic of new vitality was unveiled at the center of town.

Tamaqua's rebirth was launched in the quiet stillness of a January snowstorm.

It went on to generate a 20-year avalanche of activity.

It was January 1994.

A newly fallen blanket of snow covered the town. Haberdasher Ted Block peered out of the doorway of his West Broad Street men's store. The town appeared to be in slumber. A downtown shouldn't be asleep, he thought; it should be vibrant and humming.

Truth was, Tamaqua's glory days had long since passed. The community was in perpetual hibernation.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Opinions vary over a proposed $1 billion Marcellus gas pipeline that would pass through several townships in Carbon County.

This month, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, is hosting a series of open houses to discuss the proposed pipeline that would extend from Luzerne County to New Jersey.

One of those sessions will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company, 290 Little Gap Road.

The roughly 108-mile, 36-inch diameter natural gas pipeline could be built as early as 2017 and be in service later that year pending regulatory approval.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Juliann Longhi, a financial services professional in Hometown, recently attended the Elite Retreat conference hosted by HD Vest Investment Services in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

HD Vest is a leading independent broker/dealer, empowering holistic tax and wealth management-based financial advice through a network of independent advisers across the country.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Breakfast

Members of the Jim Thorpe High School class of 1967 will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Boulevard Drive-In Restaurant, Route 443, Lehighton.

Turkey Feast

St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church on Race Street will host a free community turkey feast from 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the church.

If you have questions, call 570-325-2241.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Two decades after the community defined goals to improve the quality of life, it'll happen once again.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, residents of Rush, Schuylkill, Walker and West Penn townships and Tamaqua borough will unite and strategize. The event, coordinated by Micah Gursky, partnership executive director, will take place inside the Art Center at 125 Pine St.

Argall said it'll be a moment to look back and then look forward. Greater achievements are on the horizon.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanks to a strong support system, the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce remains financially sound.

A financial report for 2013, along with a proposed budget for 2015, were shared with members at their monthly luncheon on Tuesday.

At that time, Peter Kern, chamber president, explained where the chamber has been and where it's headed.

"Although we ran a slight deficit in 2013, we expect that we will make that up in 2014," Kern said. "Some of our expenses were a little less in 2014."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

KidsPeace is offering a free community training on parenting children with mental health disorders.

The training will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at KidsPeace Advances, 704 Hay Road in Temple. A certificate for two hours of training will be provided to all attendees. The presentation will be led by Chris Ferry, executive director of Pennsylvania Community Programs. Light refreshments will be served during the training, but there is no child care available.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Thursday set salaries for its elected officials. Any increases won't happen until the Consumer Price Index is released in September, and won't take affect until January 2016. Then any increases will be capped at 3 percent.

These are the current salaries. They're set from Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2019, because state law bars elected officials from changing salaries while they are in office:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

As a member of the House Majority Policy Committee's initiative to combat poverty in Pennsylvania, Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike, is continuing her efforts to authorize and regulate savings promotion raffles in the state.

Savings promotions raffles are financial products offered by banks or credit unions that give depositors a chance to win prizes as they build savings. These financial products are sometimes called "no-lose lotteries" because the depositor's balance is never at risk.

The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association recently voted its support for Brown's bill.