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Saturday, November 15, 2014
AP Photo/Pizza Hut This product image provided by Pizza Hut shows the restaurant chain's new specialty pizzas, from left, Sweet Sriracha Dynamite, Cherry Pepper Bombshell, and Pretzel Piggy. The atypical flavors and new ingredients are part of a menu overhaul set to be hit stores Wednesday.

NEW YORK Pizza Hut is letting customers play mad scientist, giving them the freedom to make pies with honey Sriracha sauce or add curry flavor to the crusts.

The reworked menu is one of several major moves at old-standby restaurant chains, including Red Lobster and Olive Garden, as they try to adjust to changing tastes. Many customers, especially millennials, have turned their backs on chain restaurants and are demanding more variety, exotic flavors and higher-quality food.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Palmerton will spend nearly $40,000 to replace screening at its wastewater treatment plant.

Borough council on a 5-0 vote on Thursday agreed to award a bid to Westech Corp. of Aston, Delaware County, in the amount of $39,545. Councilmen Jason Behler and Jeremy Barbosa were absent.

Westech was the lone company to turn in a bid for the project, which borough Manager Rodger Danielson said was no surprise because it's a very specific type of equipment.

The bid came in about $10,000 less than the borough had originally anticipated.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Help may be available for businesses in Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties that may have been impacted by the manhunt for Eric Frein last month.

Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, told the Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday, the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management has been collecting data from businesses in the four-county region to show the economic impact that the seven-week manhunt had on the businesses' revenue streams.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A look at the aged playground equipment in the Palmerton Borough Park. On Thursday, borough council agreed to apply to the Pace-Makers Association of Palmerton for an $11,135 grant for a new tot lot play structure.

Aged playground equipment in the Palmerton Borough Park could eventually be overhauled.

To take steps in that direction, borough council on a 4-0 measure on Thursday agreed to apply to the Pace-Makers Association of Palmerton for an $11,135 grant for a new tot lot play structure.

Council members Kris Hoffner, Richard Nothstein, Michael Ballard and Holly Sell, were in favor. Council President Terry Costenbader abstained from the vote because of his affiliation with Pacemakers. Councilmen Jeremy Barbosa and Jason Behler were absent.

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.