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Thursday, June 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Robert Eggstein, left, new owner of Keystone Harley Davidson, purchased the Harley-Davidson division from Blocker Enterprises, while Dennis Blocker has retained the Kawasaki and Yamaha line. For the present time, both businesses are operating at 770 State Road, Parryville. Dennis Blocker has announced his retirement.

A Parryville businessman has announced his retirement, which has given a new comer to the area the opportunity to own his own business.

Dennis Blocker, president and owner of Blocker Enterprises, 770 State Road, Parryville, has announced that the new owner of the Harley-Davidson division of the business is Robert Eggstein, who has named the business Keystone Harley-Davidson.

Blocker started in the business in 1971 with Yamaha, adding Harley-Davidson in 1976. The dealership grew from 3,000 square feet to over a 50,000 square foot state of the art facility in 2005.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Spring scorcher!

It's going to be a scorcher.

Summer doesn't officially start until June 21, but the region's second soggy spring heat wave has plopped down over the region like a wet wool coat. The first blistering blast was over the Memorial Day weekend.

The heat could reach as high as 100 degrees in some parts of the state today. Yesterday, the mercury climbed to 97 degrees in some areas.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Panther Valley School board hired Joseph A. Jordan, SFC, as a full-time permanent JROTC non-commissioned officer army instructor at the high school.

Jordan replaces SFC Steven Caddy, who will retire as of July 1. Jordan's salary will be determined based on U.S. Army guidelines.

During the meeting, resident John Barna asked why he has been the only person limited to three minutes during the public comment sessions.

"People have talked for 10 to 15 minutes. I alone have been limited to three minutes," he said. "I want an explanation right now."

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Abby Masenheimer/Times News Some of the eighteen students who helped raise money proudly present the check to librarian Becky Wanamaker (center), of the Lehighton Public Library. The students are (left to right): back row, Hannah Schappell, Tyler Motzkus, Emma McClafferty, Kelsey Knappenberger, Emma Schappell, Lily Hutton; front row, Katherine Halenar, Emily DeKorte and Madylin Woller.

Students at Mahoning Elementary School presented a check to the Lehighton Public Library Wednesday, the result of a challenge from reading specialist, Marsha Long.

Long challenged the students at Mahoning Elementary School to read as many books as they could during the month of April.

"April is family and reading month," said Long.

Students accepted her challenge and ended up reading a total of 900 books during the month.

Because of their work, they were rewarded with a hat and shades dress-up day.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

More than 300 citizens attended a meeting of Mauch Chunk Town Council and stated they want the trolley lines phased out in favor of good roads and motor buses. The meeting was called by E. J. Mulhearn, council president. A communication from the State Highway Department requested that town council assume the Trolley Company's obligation on Lehigh Avenue. It was explained that no taxpayer money will aid the trolley company, which now owes the borough over $5,700 for resurfacing Broadway.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Tamaqua man charged with reporting a number of false fire alarms had one charge dismissed last week when he appeared before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, for a preliminary hearing.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Rd., Lehighton (Franklin Township) will hold an Afternoon of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. There will be a musical smorgasbord of selections, with various instruments, singing and readings. Following the program, a light luncheon will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Forced to make cuts in the face of a projected shortfall of $1.3 million in state funding, the Panther Valley School Board adopted its final budget for the 2011-2012 school year at last night's meeting.

The budget stands at $22,984,872 and reflects a zero mill real estate tax increase. The vote to approve the budget was unanimous, although director Anthony Pondish was not in attendance.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Eldred Township supervisors opened seal coating and material bids at the June 1 meeting. The seal coating bid was awarded with a 2-0 vote with supervisor Gretchen Gannon-Petit absent, to Pocono Spray Patching upon the township's engineer's review to be responsible and responsive for seal coating at $40,962.48 for Bollinger Road and $9,075 for Wes Flo Road for a total of $50,037.48. It was the lowest bid for both roads out of the five bids received.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Carbon County organizations are continuing to work toward helping students with behavioral health issues get the help they need.

During the meeting of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board, held Wednesday morning, members of the collaborative provided updates on the progress of getting out-patient therapy in the five Carbon school districts and Carbon Career & Technical Institute.

Earlier this year, the board created a task force to find solutions and combat behavioral health issues and drug and alcohol issues in students.