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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Carbon County is looking to save big by making changes to its lighting.

On Thursday, the county commissioners opened bids for the installation of lighting equipment that was purchased through state contract. The new lights will be installed in the county courthouse, courthouse annex, prison and 76 Susquehanna St. offices.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holiday luncheons, family dinners, work parties, neighborhood get-togethers and festive feasts! 'Tis the season for gatherings, so why not use them to your benefit? Networking opportunities are all around you during the busy holiday season.

After-hours business mixers are not the only avenues available for networking opportunities. As you attend holiday festivities, be sure to have your business cards in hand!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Carbon County Salary Board approved a number of actions in various county departments on Thursday.

Public defender

Ÿ Change the salary of one full-time assistant public defender from $54,636.35 per year to $51,500 per year, effective Dec. 4.

Ÿ Abolish the position of one assistant public defender at $25,750 per year, effective Dec. 4.

Corrections

Ÿ Establish the position of two temporary sergeants at $18.69 per hour, effective Dec. 4. The positions are excluded from the retirement plan as they are not anticipated to work 1,000 hours.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
TN FILE PHOTO Shrine to St. Therese

The narrow valley of Nesquehoning will be alive with the sounds of church happenings during the first Nesquehoning Historical Society Church Tour on Dec. 20.

The historical society has planned the event since the summer. The event, which will include church tours of seven churches in the borough, as well as the site of the former Sacred Heart Church, located along West High Street, will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Historic Hotel Bethlehem will host the Largest Small Office Party from 6-10 p.m. Thursday in the Grand Ballroom so the Lehigh Valley's many small businesses can all party together. Guests can reserve a full table or just a couple of seats.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Carbon County commissioners approved a number of reappointments on various committees.

Dennis Yenser of Lehighton will again serve on the Airport Authority. The term is a five-year term, ending Dec. 31, 2019.

Robin D. Cressley of Lehighton will serve as a public director in the Carbon County Conservation District for a four-year term.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein will serve as the commissioner representative on the Carbon County Conservation District. The term is for one year.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
FYI

"A Family Holiday Gathering" that was to be hosted by Penn State Extension and Carbon County 4-H on Dec. 13 has been canceled.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

On Nov. 1, 2013, the employees of Penn Forest Township voted unanimously to join the Teamsters Local 773 out of Allentown. It seems that it has been all downhill for the employees since then.

Three of the key personnel involved in the organizing effort have either resigned or been terminated since the vote. Two have filed lawsuits; one was recently settled and one is still in litigation.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  These St. John Neumann Regional School students engage themselves in the new Google Chrome Books donated to the school's Palmerton campus by The Lafayette Council No. 2522 Knights of Columbus. Pictured are, from left, eighth-graders Gabe Bauer, Brennah Bates, Natalie Matsko, Madison Martinez and Jacob Martinez.

Upgraded technology, along with a new stage curtain, are recent additions to St. John Neumann Regional School.

The augmentations were made possible thanks to a recent $25,000 donation courtesy of the Lafayette Council No. 2522 Knights of Columbus.

In turn, the money was used to purchase 17 Google Chrome Books, as well as a new stage curtain, for the school's Palmerton campus.

On Thursday, students at the Palmerton campus extended their appreciation to members of the Knights of Columbus.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Special to the Times News Hellenmerie Walker will be honored Dec. 10 in Washington, D.C., with a Congressional medal for her service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

A Jim Thorpe woman will head to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to accept a Congressional medal for her mother, a retired Civil Air Patrol member.

Karliene "Korki" Vack, 62, said her mother, 89-year-old Hellenmerie "Rie" Walker, is excited for the honor.

Congress passed a bill this summer honoring CAP members who assisted the United States during World War II.

Walker joined the CAP at 16, and actively participated from 1942-44.