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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Ronald and Sharon Klein of northeastern Pennsylvania visit the balcony of the Harry Packer Mansion during Sunday's Jim Thorpe Victorian House Tour.

On Sunday, hundreds of visitors enjoyed the unique opportunity of touring Victorian homes in the Historic District on Jim Thorpe.

Many of these buildings are private homes generally not open to the public. The last open house tour was three years ago.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

During the September meeting of Nesquehoning Borough Council, members of the borough's Cadette Girl Scout Troop 4096 received approval to clean up litter in the New Columbus and Nesquehoning playgrounds. If they have time this fall they will also do Hauto's play area. If not, they will return in the spring to pick up litter.

Samantha O'Donnell also attended the meeting for a class at school.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Tamaqua Historical Society is seeking volunteers for their annual Ghostly Spirits of Tamaqua tour set for Saturday Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The society will have a tour planning meeting on Tues. Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, 114 W. Broad St. Costumes will be provided. Call Dale Freudenberger, Historical Society President, at (610) 597-6722 for more information or to volunteer.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Could Palmerton Area School District be headed for a standardized uniform policy next school term?

That was one of the options that was explored at a Palmerton Area School Board Policy Committee meeting on Thursday.

Several district administrators, school directors and building principals gathered to review the district's current dress policy.

Mary Brumbach, principal of S.S. Palmer/Parkside Education Center, said the dress code hasn't been an issue in either of her buildings.

Friday, September 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Work crews and machinery from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad have been busily working on the railroad tracks passing through the Jim Thorpe area for the last few days. The track maintenance workers, using 26 pieces of equipment, have been putting in new ties, surfacing, and aligning the tracks at a rate of about a mile and a half a day. This piece of equipment known as a "Tie Crane" was being used in pairs together, with one crane removing the old ties from alongside the tracks while the following crane dropped off new ties to be installed by another pice of machinery.

Work crews and machinery from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad have been busily working on the railroad tracks passing through the Jim Thorpe area for the last few days. The track maintenance workers, using 26 pieces of equipment, have been putting in new ties, surfacing, and aligning the tracks at a rate of about a mile and a half a day. This piece of equipment known as a "Tie Crane" was being used in pairs together, with one crane removing the old ties from alongside the tracks while the following crane dropped off new ties to be installed by another pice of machinery.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Count the Palmerton Area Education Association among the many detractors of the school district's revamped dress code policy.

In a letter directed to the school board and read aloud by Superintendent Carol Boyce at Thursday's Policy Committee meeting, the PAEA urged the board to revise the policy.

Signed by PAEA President Brad Landis, the letter expresses the PAEA's position.

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Tamaqua area man was one of four defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced as follows:

Joseph Franz, 24,of 190 Lincoln Drive, Tamaqua R.D., on two counts of simple assault and one count each of criminal trespass, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve 17 days to 23 months in the county prison, however, since he served the minimum time was released on parole.

Friday, September 30, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left, Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center Director of Outreach Vicky Benack, Executive Director Jonathan M. Rodgers, Attorney Kim Christie and building owner Janet Sager answer questions from Lansford Zoning Hearing Board solicitor Greg Mousseau, foreground, members Bob Gaughan, Jermaine Thomas and Joe Orsulak, and Code Enforcement Officer Katheryn Labosky.

Lansford's zoning hearing board on Wednesday granted approval for a new business, the Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center, to operate out of a former voice and dance studio on East Ridge Street.

The board also approved a new sign for the enterprise, to be placed above a wooden fence that marks the property.

The business owners needed a change of use variance. The site was originally granted a variance to operate a voice and dance studio in a residential section of town in July 1998.

Then, it was The Studio, owned and operated by Janet and Joel Sager.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted to not approve the Proposed Amendment to the Monroe Career and Technical Institute Articles of Agreement dated Aug. 2011 with a 7-0 vote. Directors Harvey Frable and Russ Gould were not in attendance.

Friday, September 30, 2011

A hearing took place on Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Middle School auditorium for the public to voice their comments about an $11.5 million project to install sewage facilities in 306 homes in Walker and West Penn Township, and only five people had anything to say about it.