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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Coaldale Borough is considering holding an annual community festival.

Councilman Andrew Girard on Tuesday broached the idea, and won council's approval to form an exploratory committee to see if enough business owners and organizations would be interested.

Girard suggested the borough charge groups and businesses, say $100, to have a booth at the festival. Whatever they take in over that amount would be theirs to keep. The borough would use its share of the proceeds to improve the town.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Palmerton Area School District must decide how to make use of additional money it received from the state.

Exactly what capacity the district plans to utilize the extra state funds figures to be determined when the school board holds a special meeting today at 5 o'clock.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the disposition of the additional state funds.

"It's PlanCon money from construction," Boyce said. "The state is reimbursing us."

However, Boyce cautioned that the funds are a once-and-done compensation.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley School District maintenance supervisor George Krajnak, right, and a Ritter & Paratore Inc. worker watch as an excavator bites into the deteriorated brick industrial building on W. Bertsch Street.

Early Tuesday morning, a bright yellow excavator bit into the mounds of debris from the partially demolished red brick industrial building at 401 W. Bertsch Street in Lansford, neatly depositing the rubble into the four-foot-deep hole beneath the remaining structure.

The Panther Valley School District, which bought the massive building for about $800 at a June 2010 Carbon County tax sale, is tearing it down. The debris is being put into the excavated foundation of the building as fill, said school district maintenance supervisor George Krajnak.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
 Ron Hood

Lansford Mayor Ron Hood Jr. has had it with borough council's infighting, and will stay away from council meetings, at least for the time being.

Council appears to be split into two factions, with Lenny Kovach, Danielle Smith, Andrew Snyder and council president Adam Webber on one side, and Rosemary Cannon, Mary Kruczek and Tommy Vadyak on the other. The animosity seems to be escalating, with some council members saying they are being kept out of the decision-making loop. Hood has increasingly found himself in the position of having to break tie votes.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Ed Smith, left, officer of the Tamaqua American Legion, and Sherrie Linkhorst, president, Ladies Auxiliary, congratulate Tamaqua's Andy Leibenguth, 2011 winner of the Pennsylvania American Legion's John C. 'Ace' Mann Blue Cap of the Year Award to be presented Friday in King of Prussia.

The Pennsylvania American Legion has announced that a Tamaqua man will be accorded the state association's top honor.

Andrew Leibenguth, a member and historian of the C. H. Berry Post 173, Tamaqua American Legion, will receive the John C. 'Ace' Mann Blue Cap of the Year Award. Leibenguth beat out tens of thousands of members of the Pennsylvania American Legion in achieving the prestigious honor.

The award recognizes a legionnaire who exemplifies the goals and objectives set forth by the American Legion.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Aluminum Overcast," the experimental aircraft association's restored B-17 bomber, will descend upon Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown on Aug. 16 and 17. This is one of 70 tour stops scheduled for the aircraft during the EAA's 2011 Salute to Veterans national tour.

During the two-day event, visitors can learn about the history of the "Flying Fortress" and this type of aircraft, used during the World War II era; as well as take part in a unique opportunity, a flight in the bomber.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Ron Gower/times news

Nineteen students graduated from the Little Angels Pre-School in Lansford. The pre-school is held at Our Lady of the Angels School. The graduates are, front l-r, Kylie Eidle, Talon Cambria, Julia Romankow, Cael Heaney; second row l-r, Colleen Knepper, Angelo Greek, Isabella Miller, Michael Williams, Robert Elli-Williams, Megan Reaman, Taylor Crampsie, Riley McArdle; back l-r, Alexander Thomas, Courtney Rickert, Tyler Black, Melania Brown, Elijah Feisel, and Oleksa McAndrew. In back are teachers Stephanie Alexander, left, and Connie McLaughlin.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Penn State Extension's annual summer professional horticulture program will meet at East Stroudsburg University from 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. July 28.

The program focuses on plant pests, diseases, integrated pest management (IPM), turf nutrient restrictions and now to develop a compost operation.

Penn State speakers include: Dr. Gary Moorman, Dr. Kerry Richards, Dr. Pete Landschoot, Linda S. Wiles and Dr. Casey Schlar.

To register visit http://www.cvent.com/d/2dqh8v or class 1-877-489-1398.

For more information, call 1-570-421-6430.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Heavy equipment rolled onto the Panther Valley High School property to begin work to remedy the ongoing mine subsidence problem at the parking area, according to an official with the federal Office of Surface Mining in Wilkes-Barre. Civil Engineer Pat Acker of the Anthracite Reclamation Programs Branch said a crew of workers began backfilling sink holes caused by subsidence from an old strip-mining operation.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Carbon Model Railroad Society of Bowmanstown held its Christmas in July open house last weekend. The roundhouse, pictured, is where engines could be turned around. The annual holiday open house begins Thanksgiving weekend and will continue through the end of the year.