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Friday, December 20, 2013
 J. Michael Malay Jr

Lehighton Area School Board reluctantly accepted the resignation of Business Administrator J. Michael Malay Jr. this week.

"Our school district is very fortunate to have had Mike as our business administrator," said Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver. "We are very solvent because of what he has done for us the past five years."

Malay, who joined the district in 2008, is moving on to Whitehall-Coplay School District, where he has been approved for a five-year contract to serve as business manager there.

Friday, December 20, 2013
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Robert Deifenderfer of Walnutport reads the label on a margarine container at Giant Food Stores in Lehighton. The FDA recently announced that they will consider phasing out partially hydrogenated oils from our food supply. PHOs are the main source of trans fats in most diets.

As people are thinking about all the fat they are consuming this holiday, the FDA is targeting some bad fats.

Partially hydrogenated oils, once a popular ingredient in baked goods and foods such as frozen pizzas, margarine and ready-to-use frostings because of its ability to increase shelf life, may soon disappear from grocery stores and restaurants for good.

The FDA now believes that PHOs, a man-made oil that was created in the 1930s, pose a serious health risk and can no longer be considered "Generally Regarded As Safe."

Friday, December 20, 2013

Chartwells, a school dining service that serves the Lehighton Area School District, has been keeping a "close eye" on the FDA's tentative decision to phase out trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils.

"Chartwells is completely on board with this," said Margie Saidel, the vice president of nutrition and sustainability at Chartwells. "We have removed trans fats from our students' food supply, and have done this for many years."

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Carbon County Court of Common Pleas cordially invites members of the public to attend the annual swearing-in ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 2, in Courtroom 1, Carbon County Courthouse, Jim Thorpe.

All interested parties who wish to have their Oath of Office administered by the judges of Carbon County should contact Roberta L. Brewster, district court administrator, at 570-325-8556 ext. 3200 so that a list of participants can be compiled and instructions can be given.

Friday, December 20, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Preschool students at Schuylkill County Child Development in Tamaqua were filled with excitement Thursday as they mailed their letters to Santa Claus. Santa's special mail box is located at Depot Square Park in Tamaqua, sponsored by the Owl Creek Reservoir Commission. Helping the children with their letters were Jennifer Puckette and Julie Fufla.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Plans submitted to the Schuylkill County Planning Commission to subdivide land in the agriculture zone into lots for private homes must now place a "Agriculture Nuisance Disclamer" clause on the deeds as a "buyer beware" notice to eliminate complaints filed by the new owners of noise and smell from nearby farm lands.

Friday, December 20, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

All is quiet late Wednesday in Weatherly, where the historic train station has been decorated for the holiday season. The depot is now used for borough offices. The snow will likely melt this weekend as temperatures are expected to go up to 60 degrees on Sunday.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Past-due bills for sewer and garbage total about $189,000 in Rush Township, and supervisors plan to crack down on the delinquents.

"I have the numbers here," Chairman Shawn Gilbert said during a meeting Thursday. "It's scary."

Gilbert said that delinquent bills for customers on the Hometown sewer system (where quarterly bills are $140) total $113,134 and $12,559 on the Lake Hauto sewer system, where quarterly bills are $172.

Friday, December 20, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) applauded the governor's signature of legislation that would establish the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act.

Senate Bill 607, sponsored by Senator Pat Browne (R-16), would require carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in most residential properties that burn fossil fuels as a heating source or have an attached garage.

The bill would also require a disclosure regarding the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in the statement about a property during the time of sale for residential properties.

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Nesquehoning resident is asking council to look into creating a safe zone near state game lands following an accidental shooting incident near businesses on the edge of town.

On Thursday night, John McArdle explained to council that on the morning of Dec. 2, on Locust Street near Maple Shade Meadows, Blue Mountain Health System's Nesquehoning office and the Nesquehoning Medical Center his wife, who is employed in one of the businesses, was alerted by a patient that there was damage to her vehicle.