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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lehighton is a final holdout for the $52 services tax that other area municipalities had adopted several years ago.

That changes for 2014.

The borough council plans to adopt an ordinance at its Nov. 25 meeting enacting the local services tax.

The new tax will replace the current $10 occupational privilege tax.

If adopted as advertised, exempt will be residents earning less than $12,000 per year and honorably discharged veterans with a military connected disability.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Summit Hill residents, l-r, Bernard Markey, 77; Paul McArdle, 69, and Mario Iezzoni, 80, were all members of the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Division at different times.

Paul McArdle of Summit Hill is a roofer. He's had his business a long time.

He's always had an insignia on his truck for the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Division, the unit he served in during the Vietnam era. He was stationed in Germany.

He was installing a roof on a West Amidon Street residence a couple of years ago when Mario Iezzoni, a neighbor to McArdle's customer, noticed the sticker. Iezzoni also served in the 24th Infantry Division, but during the Korean War.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
FROM THE COLLECTION OF CONRAD A. STHARE

Lehighton's old passenger station, which served patrons on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, was photographed in the late '50s or early '60s by Conrad A. Sthare of Lehighton. The station was located behind what is now the Lehighton Hi-Rise. It was torn down when the hi-rise was constructed. After being utilized as a railroad station, it was used by the former Bright's Department Store for storage.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Forgay

Former Lansford native Rick Forgay has been selected from a nationwide search to be featured in Words of Wisdom; a book series from Tennessee-based Insight Publishing.

The book features best-selling authors Dr. John Gray, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus; and Brian Tracy, Million Dollar Habits. Forgay, Gray, and Tracy are joined by other well-known authors and experts in their fields, each offering time-tested strategies for success in frank and intimate interviews.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Filmmaker Noah Berlow, a Palmerton native, on the red carpet at a movie premiere.

Female genital mutilation is a taboo subject that affects tens of millions of women throughout the world.

The documentary "Our World: Dropping the Knife – Kurdistan" produced by BBC Arabic TV and "The Guardian" and for which Palmerton filmmaker, Noah Berlow, served as producer and editor, began airing on BBC World News and BBC Arabic TV on Oct. 25 reaching a potential global audience of 30 million viewers.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners have logged hundreds of hours in the program. They include, front l-r, Julie Foley, 500 hours and five years; Maryann Serafini, 500 hours; and l-r, Slate Altenburg, 1,000 hours; Diane Giffles, 250 hours; and John Kupec, 500 hours. Master gardeners were also recognized for creating the table centerpieces for the annual awards banquet held Thursday night at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance building.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
al zagofsky/special to the times news "We spotted only three wild Monarch butterflies this year in Carbon County-and zero eggs in the field," said Mari Gruber, director of Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, where Monarchs are raised in captivity. "The numbers are way down. I think they are in trouble as a species."

Where have all the pollinators gone?

First the bees, then the bats-now the butterflies

"In Carbon County this year we spotted only three wild Monarch butterflies-and zero eggs in the field," said Mari Gruber, director of the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary. "Their numbers are way down. I think they are in trouble as a species.

"I raised over 1,600 Monarch butterflies at the sanctuary," she continued. "More and healthier Monarchs than I ever raised before." Unfortunately, she fears that her good luck is but a sign of a looming disaster.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Carbon County Veterans Day Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 (rain date, Sunday, Nov. 17) in Lehighton.

The parade, honoring all those that have served in the United States Armed Forces for their service and sacrifice, will have five divisions.

The reviewing stand will be in front of the Clyde R. Houser Borough Annex on North Third Street.

Free American flags sponsored by the Lehighton United Veterans Organization are available at the reviewing stand for all children while supplies last.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Dillan Johnson, left, and Luke Eggert, bothjuniors at JimThorpe Area High School, sign abanner pledgingto end bullying. The school recently adopted the Olweus Bullying Prevention

Program, which emphasizes a school-wide"systems-change." The program doesn't stop at thestudents. All adults in the school, and even parents,are active inintervening when bullying occurs.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Carbon County Environmental Education Center honored Miranda Clark with the Educator of the Year Award; and Kent Jackson of the Standard Speaker, with the Media Award. From left are, Jeannie Carl, naturalist; Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist; Clark, Audrey Wargo, district secretary of the Carbon County Conservation District; Jackson; and Franklin Klock, naturalist.

A high school student was among those honored during the annual awards banquet Thursday, sponsored by Carbon County Conservation District, Carbon County Environmental Center, Natural Resource Service, Penn State Extension Carbon County and USDA Farm Service Agency. The event took place at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association.

Danadee Miller-Boyle, USDA Farm Service executive director, served as master of ceremonies.