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Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Northumberland County company will repair two bridges in Schuylkill County, including one in Rush Township, for $116,766.

Kevin E. Raker, Sunbury, was the lowest, most responsible bidder of six for the repair costs of both bridges combined.

The project will be paid for through liquid fuels money.

The bridges are in Barnesville and Pine Grove. County bridge 42, built in 1929, is on Orchard Road over Pine Creek in Rush Township.

The repair work includes removing a parapet joint where water had been eroding it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dawn Miller, president of Take Off Pounds Sensibly Group 1643, recently presented a check in the amount of $100 to PathStoneCarbon County Head Start. TOPS meets monthly and raises fundsto be donated to a local organization. From left are Jeanette Triano-Sinn, center administrator of PathStone in Coadale; Miller; and Mary Comensky Williams, center administrator of PathStone in Lehighton.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lehighton Borough Council will hold a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The meeting is for general purposes.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It goes without saying. We humans have a lot of stuff, and lots of it doesn't belong in our houses. Before man caves, we had……the garage.

But what if you've outgrown your 1,400-foot rancher and you want to build a big garage, 20 x 40, or 800-square feet?

According to an existing ordinance in West Penn, you can't do it, at least, not without getting a variance from the zoning hearing board.

According to the ordinance, an "accessory structure" such as a garage can't be more than 50 percent of the size of the home, or principal structure.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Last year's scholarship winners from the annual Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run got together to promote this year's race. Front row, from left: Wayne and Pat Truskey; Kirsten Lebo; Conrad Weiser; Abigail Warner, North Schuylkill; Stefanie Gensure, Tamaqua; and Wendy Dunkelberger. Back row: Tyler Ravert; Conrad Weiser; Drew Gantert; Conrad Weiser; Zachary Oliveria, Tamaqua; and Stuart Blair, Blue Mountain. Paige Stoner, Pottsville, and Benjamin Ronemus, Lehighton, were unable to be present for the photo.

Fittingly, the annual Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run, scheduled for Aug. 23 at Tuscarora State Park, serves as a benchmark for the area's high school cross country teams. The course may be the most scenic runners will see during the season, and it's also one of the most challenging.

If anyone knows about facing challenges, it's Wayne and Pat Truskey of West Penn Township. Their son, Chris, who often trained at Tuscarora, passed away as the result of a car accident in September 1990.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Family caregivers in northeast Pennsylvania had a chance this week to air the struggles and concerns they share with nearly 30 percent of the nation's adult population.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, called for the meeting to learn more about the situations of family caregivers, particularly those in the "sandwich generation" people who are raising children, caring for aging parents and trying to hold down a job and plan for their own futures.

According to a story in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A financial adviser presented Lehighton Area School District's finance committee with three potential borrowing scenarios Tuesday night to pay for $52.5 million in planned building projects.

The work includes construction of a new elementary center housing K-5 students and renovations to the current middle and high schools.

Options include taking out one big bond or staggering the money over two or three smaller bonds.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved a number of contracts for county agencies. They approved:

A rate agreement with Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Minersville, for medical assistance transportation services from July 1 through June 30, 2015. The rates per trip are $40 each way, with $2.50 per loaded mile and a sitting fee of $25 per hour.

For the Children and Youth Services Agency, they approved agreements with the following providers from July 1 through June 30, 2015:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners have hired Heather Brown as full-time director of clinical reimbursement/coordinator of restorative nursing and medical records at the county nursing home at Rest Haven.

Brown, of Pine Grove, will earn $62,000 a year at the job.

Commissioners on Wednesday also accepted the resignation of Lisa Reese of Shenandoah from her job as assistant director of nursing at the home. She earned $54,992.

They also hired Maria Quinn of Seltzer as a full-time registered nurse/head nurse, at $21.95 an hour.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In need of a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria?

If so, Lehighton has one up for grabs with 109,050 miles on it.

The borough will accept bids for the vehicle until noon Aug. 25. A bid opening will follow that day at 12:30 p.m.

The vehicle is being sold as is, with all faults, and without any warranty whatsoever.

All successful bidders are responsible for all transfer costs involved.

Any prospective bidder who wishes to view the vehicle may contact Al Steigerwalt at 610-554-5123, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.