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Friday, September 14, 2012

Penn Forest Township supervisors and staff have been working on a number of changes to a handful of ordinances.

On Wednesday evening, the supervisors met in an open workshop to discuss changes to ordinances related to an amusement tax, creating a parks and recreation board and the disposal of solid waste.

Friday, September 14, 2012

This summer's Lehighton Outdoor Farmer's Market has been a boon to Lehighton.

That is the belief of Frank Potoczak, who is director of the fledgling project to bring attention, revitazation and fresh fruits, vegetable and baked goods to the bypass area in Lehighton each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Potoczak said that farmer's markets bring economic revitalization.

Friday, September 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Some of the 16 performers were, from front left, Kathleen Quinn-Farber, Rebecca Wilder, Amy Hadesty, Cathy Johnston and Brendan Bennett. From back left were Gretchen Rockwell, James Balogach, Jeffrey Beauvais, Briana Morrison, Tanayha Hay and Andrea Whitley.

A total of 16 performers drew in a crowd of 60 visitors during the Tamaqua Community Arts Center's free open stage event held last night at the center. "This was a record setting day for the number of attending performers," said Leona Rega, center coordinator.

Friday, September 14, 2012

For the third straight year, Martin Kane of Summit Hill is having "the time of his life" at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. A senior at Panther Valley High School, Martin and his cousins, Ambrose O'Donnell Jr. and Richard O'Donnell are serving as aides and escorts for participants in the annual beauty extravaganza. Through his uncle, Ambrose O'Donnell Sr., formerly of Summit Hill who now lives in Linwood, N.J., Martin's official role is serving as assistant to Eve Plum, president of the pageant committee.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board handed down rulings on 30 property appeals in the Tamaqua Area School District.

After a hearing in the county courthouse the market value and assessments were increased for the 2013 tax year. The school district increased its assessment value in the district by $593,783, which will mean additional tax revenue in 2013, not only for the school district, but also the borough and townships located in the school district boundary.

New values were placed on the following properties:

Friday, September 14, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Two dozen World War II veterans and their guests attended the "Glenn Miller Orchestra" concert on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Hometown Proud.

Two dozen World War II veterans from Carbon County, along with their guests/caregivers, attended a luncheon concert show that was fittingly held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The show featured the "Glenn Miller Orchestra", and was sponsored by Richard and Darlene Nothstein of Palmerton, goodwill ambassadors who have been the driving force behind numerous veterans events over the years.

Glenn Miller and his orchestra died during World War II as they were traveling Europe entertaining our troops, noted Richard Nothstein.

Friday, September 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Enjoying a quick snap

of comfortable weather, Sam Caley and Eileen Kellkis of Tamaqua, take to the lake at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville. The couple routinely spend time

fishing

at the lake.

Friday, September 14, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Conflicting interpretations of the state constitution drove the discussion before Pennsylvania's high court Thursday, as the justices considered a new redistricting plan that would govern legislative elections for most of the next decade.

The state Supreme Court rejected the Legislative Reapportionment Commission's original plan in January, after citizen challengers presented spreadsheets that convinced a majority of the justices that the plan split up too many municipalities and produced districts that were not sufficiently compact.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Franklin Township Lions Club will present Picnic in the Park and Franklin Township Senior Day from 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Phifer Ice Dam Park. Free food will be offered to Franklin Township senior citizens from 12 to 2 who are preregistered. Other people can purchase food. There will be bingo from 2 to 3 p.m., cake walk from 3 to 4 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m., the Mudflaps will perform. Everyone should bring lawn chairs. For information to preregister for food, Franklin Township senior citizens can call 610-377-5593 today until 5 p.m. or on Saturday morning.