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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday night, Franklin Township Board of Supervisors terminated the engineering firm for the public sewer system by the end of this month.

Spotts, Stevens and McCoy, which has offices in the Lehigh Valley and Reading, was in charge of overseeing the installation of the sewer system in Franklin Township.

Following completion of the multimillion-dollar project, supervisors had asked the firm to stay on as the township's engineers for any future sewer concerns.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thursday evening, Aug. 18, the Lehighton Band will present its final "Concert Under The Stars" for the 2011 season in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater beginning at 8 p.m.

The same concert will be presented in Eurana Park, Weatherly on Sunday, Aug. 21st beginning at 3 p.m.

If there is rain, the Lehighton concert will be held in the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall, Sixth and Cypress Streets while the Weatherly concert will be cancelled.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The treasurer for a Monroe County church has been charged with stealing funds.

State police at Lehighton said Sharon Eleanor Getz, 50, of Effort, has been charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

Troopers allege that Getz, treasurer of Salem United Church of Christ in Gilbert, Polk Township, stole about $10,788.84 by writing unauthorized checks for personal reasons and failing to deposit funds from the weekly collections. The thefts occurred during the period of March 2010 and July 2011.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joe Weber, left, president of Summit Hill Borough Council, conducts a special meeting Tuesday while next to him is the borough's secretary-treasurer Kira Michalik. She announced her resignation last night after serving as secretary-treasurer for eight years. She said she found other employment.

Kira Michalik, Summit Hill's secretary-treasurer, last night submitted her resignation from that position.

She told the borough council she has found other employment and that the resignation becomes effective 4 p.m. on Sept. 2.

Michalik has held that position for the past eight years.

The resignation was accepted during a special meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council.

Council President Joe Weber thanked her "for the many years of dedicated service."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Planning Commission Committee continues researching and discussing possible noise ordinance ideas. The main noise concerns in Jim Thorpe are outdoor amplified music, vehicular noise, and construction noise.

At last month's Planning meeting, committee member Jerry Hoare, presented the noise ordinance of New Hope, Pennsylvania. The committee members researched the ordinance and discussed it at Tuesday's meeting.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce is reminding people of their weekly farm market held twice a week in downtown Tamaqua. The first market is held downtown in front of 204 East Broad St., every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the second is held every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The weekly markets feature fresh produce and other products from Leiby's Farm Market, My Nana's Kitchen, and much more. Anyone interested in participating in the market can get more information by calling the Chamber office at (570) 668-1880, or via their website

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS/FILE PHOTO Pictured are veterans, their families and friends, socializing during the Andreas VFW All Veterans Picnic held last year.

Attention all veterans! The General George S. Patton Jr. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 5069 of Andreas is hosting its 3rd Annual All-Veterans Free Picnic at Cheese's Grove in Andreas this Sunday, August 21, from noon to 6 p.m.

All veterans, not just combat veterans or VFW members, are invited to attend the picnic. Families and guests are welcome.

The social event will consist of music, food, games and veteran benefit information. Post Commander Ernest Daubenspeck said, "This a time for veterans from all over to come together, socialize and just hang out."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Legion Post 269 recently installed officers for the 2011-2011 fiscal year. From left are, front row, Al Kohler, chaplain; Steve Vlossak, judge advocate; Ed Moyer, commander; and Bob Solt, Sgt. at Arms; and back row, Victor Jahelka, adjutant; Bruce Reiner, service officer; and George Duell, second vice commander. Also installed were Joe Uhnak, first vice commander; and Harry Brown, historian.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

At a recent meeting of the Summit Hill Water Authority, officials learned the solar field project they have been undertaking and is now at the construction phase continues to occur slower than they expected. As a result Authority Engineer Mike Tirpak applied for an extension to the half million dollar PPL Rebate Reservation grant to give the authority until December 14, to use the funds although Tirpak said he was doing so just to be cautious and that it may not be needed.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Concourse Club of Palmerton is once again holding its annual Art and Photography Show on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11 from 1-4 p.m.

It will be held at the Sacred Heart Church Hall at Third and Lafayette Ave., across the street from the Palmerton Borough Park during the Palmerton Community Festival.

They are looking for people to enter recently done orginal art and photography.

There are two categories: Category 1: Painting (allmedia); Category 2: Photography (color and black/white.)