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Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors held a bill paying and bid awarding meeting on May 19, with supervisors Harry Miller and Chris Eckert attending.

They approved the FOB materials bids, 2-0, totaling over $400,000.

Hanson Aggregates was the only bidder for #8 stone with 1 percent loss for $13,500 and for cold patch $46,250. It won the bids for #8 stone for $12,750; #57 stone, $9,250.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved a number of amendments to contracts between the Office of Senior Services and providers for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Ÿ An increase of $8,975 to the contract with Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries of Allentown due to the allowance of a 1 percent increase through agingcategorical funds-block grant supplement and $34,676.99 for Bravo awards, Basic Grant SpecialInitiative and $679.94 for MIPPA grant Community Initiative Funding for a total of $43,651.99.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Salvation Army kicked off the 2014 Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program by registering 375 participants. Theregistration session was a cooperative effort between the Salvation Army, Diakon Services, STS, Apprise, Catholic Charities and the Penn State Cooperative Extension. SFMNP provides low income seniorcitizens with vouchers to be used at farmers' markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs. It is afederal program, created in an effort to provide fresh, nutritious, locally grown produce to low income seniors.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Earlier this year, Tamaqua Borough Council voted to offer longtime employees a once in a lifetime opportunity to take early retirement.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, two more borough employees notified council of their intentions to take advantage of the deal.

Mark Sinn will take his retirement as of July 29. He is currently employed at the Tamaqua Water Authority's treatment plant in Still Creek.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III on Wednesday rejected a Schuylkill County official's attempt to challenge his May 20 ruling that struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same sex marriage as unconstitutional.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ahoy. Calling all Treasure Seekers.

That is the theme for this year's Vacation Bible School at Cornerstone Community Church in Kresgeville, which will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 13-17.

Use a compass and follow the treasure map to Son Treasure Island VBS.

Children ages 4 to those entering sixth grade this fall will discover a colorful island where gems of buried treasure await them.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Children living inCarbon and Lehighcounties, going into first through sixth grades, are invited to attend Good News Club Day Camp at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe.

Camp activities include crafts, games, singing, swimming, Bible verses and lesson time, as well as a missionary story time.

There are three sessions to choose from: July 7-11, July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8. Each session runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The cost for campers is $26.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Special to the times news Receiving Melvin Jones Fellowships were Lisa Sharpe and Melissa Kistler. Presenting the recognitions were Past International Director Robert Miller and District Governor-Elect Sharon Kimmel.

The West Penn Township Lions Club and West Penn Township Lioness Club held their installation banquet June 4 at Knepper's Inn in New Ringgold. At the banquet, the officers and directors of each club were installed by Sharon Kimmel, district governor-elect.

During the evening both clubs also presented special awards to deserving members.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Lioness Club recently awarded three scholarships to Carbon County graduating seniors.

Gavrielle Mele, a graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, James Riley McHugh of Marian Catholic High School, and Shane Sutch of Carbon Career & TechnicalInstitute all received $150 from the club.

In addition, it was announced Christmas in July will be hosted by the Jim Thorpe Lionessat Kimmel's PersonalCare Home at 6 p.m. July 14.

The club will becelebrating its 15th anniversary in August.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Joyce Hinkle from Allen Township and Lorraine Smith of Lehigh

Township, enjoy homemade strawberry shortcake with ice cream at St. Matthew's UCC, Kunkletown's Strawberry Festival. "I come for the homemade ice cream," says Smith.