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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Charlotte Bubon, auxiliary trustee; visitor Mike Erbe; and Norm Whetstone, Post's First Vice Commander, accept donations for the Beers family.

Regular and auxiliary members of the Coaldale VFW Post 6982 held a dance benefit recently to help the Beers family, whose Coaldale home suffered damage in an accidental fire last Thursday.

"My heart goes out to all who responded," Henry Beers stated.

Beers lived in the three-story home, which suffered major damage in one bedroom and minor water, smoke and heat damage in other parts, with his girlfriend MaryAnn, and their four children, ages 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

HOKENDAUQUA, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say a woman who escaped a burning home but went back to try to retrieve a pet died in the blaze.

Officials in Lehigh County say the blaze was reported in the Whitehall Township home at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire Chief Robert Benner said the woman, her husband and their adult son escaped, but the woman re-entered the building to search for the family cat.

She was later found in the second-floor hallway. First Deputy Coroner Paul Hoffman said she was pronounced dead at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Running low on funds, Summit Hill borough has taken out a $75,000 tax anticipation note.

The tax anticipation note is a one-year loan, but the intention is to repay it when tax revenue arrives within the next few months.

It was reported the borough contacted six banks for rates, and only two responded.

The council agreed to loan the money from Mauch Chunk Trust Company, which offered an annual interest rate of 1.25 percent. The other bank to give a quotation was Jim Thorpe National Bank which offered a 2.99 percent interest rate.

In other business:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Penn Forest Township Municipal Building will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 20; however, the Transfer Station will be open this day.

Transfer Station/ Garbage Fees for 2012 are now overdue, please make your payments as soon as possible by mail, in person at the municipal building or at www.pennforesttownship.org.

The next board of supervisors meeting will be held on Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal building.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Carbon County Animal Response Team will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, 1264 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning (located on the Broad Mountain, off Route 93).

The meeting is open to anyone who wishes to help animals.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rush Township Sgt. Duane Frederick talks to students on a school bus about changes to Act 81, known as Lacey's Law.

A number of police departments throughout the area are taking part in multiple outreach and awareness efforts to raise awareness about the state's teen driver law that went into effect in December.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dr. Robert R. Frantz, of Mahoning Valley, was honored by the Pennsylvania Medical Society for devoting 50 years to the medical profession. Frantz, who has an office in the Mahoning Valley Medical Center, was presented with a plaqua by Dr. Edward Miller, president of the Carbon County branch of the Medical Society, during the dinner program at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Dr. Frantz has been practicing medicine in the Lehighton area for 22 years. Frantz, 77, announced he is closing his office March 1.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Larry Neff/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from Lower Towamensing Township and Aquashicola responded to an out-of-control control burn Tuesday afternoon along Walnut Drive. The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. Personnel were on scene for a half hour extinguishing the flames.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Carbon County's Packerton Yards project cannot move forward without the waivers the commissioners are seeking from Mahoning Township. And it could cost the county grant money which could lead to a loss of jobs and usability of the property, County Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein told supervisors at their meeting last night.

He divulged that two prospective tenants have approached him since last month's appearance, an industrial prospect and a possible commercial one.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Tamaqua Salvation Army has partnered with Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries to offer a variety of exciting, informative, educational classes for people over the age of 50. Diakon Living and Learning Over 50 offers sessions for active adults interested in learning new skills, enhancing current interests and enjoing life more. The curriculum is diverse and focuses on spiritual, educational, physical, social and emotional wellness. Courses include, but are not limited to, computer skills, online selling, stress reduction, musical instruction and art.