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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Chestnuthill Township Historical Society's next meeting will be on Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at the Chestnuthill Township Park Building.

CTHS's quest is to preserve the history of our township, which will celebrate 250 years in 2013. In addition, our group enjoys local field trips, speakers and events.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among those taking part in the Service of Remembrance at the Lehighton Amphitheatre were from left, State Rep. Doyle Heffley; Barry Shupp of Zion United Church of Christ and the Rev. Anthony Pagotto of Dinkey Church.

A Service of Remembrance was held Tuesday night in the Lehighton Amphitheatre. The service was sponsored by LIFE, Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship.

Several members of the fellowship offered prayers and readings. The program concluded with a candle light ceremony. The program included songs sung by the Ecumenical Choir, with music on the keyboard provided by Robert Fatzinger. The keynote speaker was State Rep. Doyle Heffley.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

There was no shortage of criticism toward Carbon County commissioners by Mahoning Township supervisors during Monday evening's meeting as they voiced their feedback on the article in Friday's TIMES NEWS, in which commissioners claimed the township discriminated against them and that the commissioners made every attempt to comply with township ordinances, only to have the Packerton Yards plan rejected.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Panther Valley School District administrators are doing their best to keep middle school students under control at bus stops.

But Coaldale residents have had such bad experiences that they still don't want the kids waiting for the school bus in front of their homes or businesses.

At a public meeting Tuesday, borough business owner Maury Rutch asked council to not have a bus stop in front of his business on East Phillips Street.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Following in the footsteps of the St. Clair school directors, Panther Valley School Board member Manny Roman strongly recommended at a meeting of the directorate, that all school district employees be required to be tested for drug and alcohol use. Roman had high praise for the action taken by the St. Clair board earlier this week and stated that he feels drug and alcohol tests should be discussed during future contract negotiations. Roman said members of the school board should also submit to the tests. No action was taken.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The new sewer needs assessment survey for areas of West Penn Township and Walker Township have been completed, revealing that the call for a large public sewer option for the Act 537 plan may no longer be necessary.

The project had been previously estimated to cost $11.5 million, but the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) felt that because the data from the first survey was nearly a decade old, a new one should be done.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Several persons were injured late Saturday night, one seriously in a single vehicle crash along SR443 in West Penn township. The crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. but first responders were hampered in locating the accident scene due to the fact the injured did not know their whereabouts plus there was a language barrier in their reporting the incident to the Schuylkill County Communications Center. Emergency personnel did find the scene several hundred yards east of the intersection with Archery Club road.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center will open its speakers' series on Sept. 16 with a program on "Mountain Lions and Other Seldom Seen Creatures of Pennsylvania." It will be at 4 p.m. . There is no charge.

The presenter will be Gene Odato, a forester with 37 years of experience. He currently serves as district forester at the Tuscarora State Forest District. He has a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.

Come hear what might be in your back yard.

Act 48 credit is available for teachers who attend a minimum number of programs and complete a curriculum project.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

William Cohen, owner of Cohen's Department Store in Lehighton, has very generously given $3,500 to the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Building Fund in the name of himself, his wife, Minnie Cohen, and his son, Samuel Cohen. Also, William Peters, Peter Gatanis, and Tony Aslanis, operating the Keystone Restaurant in Lehighton, pledged a $2,000 memorial in the new building.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Pictured at the National 9/11 Memorial is the North Pool, one of two 30-foot deep reflecting pools, with cascading waterfalls set within the one-acre footprints of the original twin towers.

Even though 11 years have past since the tragic actions of Sept. 11, 2001, most of us can't forget the tragic events that occurred that Tuesday morning.

New York resident Marijo O'Grady, MD, who spent time on Sunday visiting the World Trade Center Memorial, witnessed both planes crash into the towers.

"While at work, I heard a loud noise outside the window," said O'Grady, who works on the ninth floor of an office building located next to the trade center towers. "The next thing I saw was a big fire ball."