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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Volunteers with the local chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation are holding their annual Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday at Deer Lake in Deer Lake from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will also consist of a bake sale, chili cook off and chinese auction. There will also be hot food and drinks for sale.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jessica Ohl, (standing, center) a member of Girl Scout Troop 31106, and other members of her troop, requested Tamaqua Borough Council's approval for several community cleanup projects they are planning for the spring.

Two groups of young people are organizing and planning events to help make the Tamaqua a healthier, cleaner place.

Last night, the borough council heard from members of Girl Scout Troop 31106 and members of the junior class at Tamaqua Area High School. Both groups were seeking approval for upcoming projects that will benefit the community.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Footnote: DS is county debt service; RE, county real estate; BOROUGH, municipalities' tax rate; MILLS, school districts' tax rate; DISTRICT, the school district of each municipality; and TOTALS, combined tax rate charged in the municipality in which a property is located.

The 2012 tax rates have been established by Carbon County's 23 municipalities, which finalized their new year budgets in recent weeks, setting the millage rates charged to real estate in the county.

The county's 11 townships and 12 boroughs operate on a fiscal year that runs from January 1 through December 31, as does the county budget, whereas school district budgets are more consistent with the typical school year.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Mike Ahrensfield distributes ashes this morning at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Lehighton.

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lenten season.

While yesterday millions celebrated "Fat Tuesday," "Mardi Gras" or "Doughnut Day," today begins a 40-day period of prayer, fasting and sacrifice that leads to the great vigil of Easter, which this year will be celebrated on April 8.

On Ash Wednesday in many churches, statues and crosses are covered in purple a color that not only symbolizes the pain and suffering of Jesus Christ as he was crucified it is also the color of royalty, and symbolizes the coming Resurrection to be celebrated on Easter Sunday.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Federal inspectors are making a survey of the anthracite region for the establishment of an industry that will tend to relieve the acute unemployment situation.

A survey was believed to have been made in the vicinity of Hacklebernie, as several men were observed making a visual survey there. It is said that the L. C. and N. Co. favors a site in the Bloomingdale Valley where there is an abundance of water and convenient accessibility to anthracite.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A proposed ordinance that would require people who feed stray cats to become responsible for those cats was tabled at last night's Tamaqua Council meeting. Cathy Miorelli, a resident of Owl Creek, and former councilwoman, asked council why they wanted to adopt the ordinance. She said that in essence, the ordinance will punish people for committing acts of kindness. Citing herself as an "expert in the field," she said that the ordinance is not going to help the current feral cat problem in Tamaqua. "If you think they're doing property damage now, it is only going to go up," she said.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Carbon County planners voted on eight subdivision proposals within the county recently.

During the monthly meeting of the county planning commission, the board reviewed the proposals and provided their recommendations on the plans. Their recommendations are as follows:

Ÿ Glenn Mayer and Debra Orban; and Andrea A. Brown, owner, received conditional plan rejection until all comments are adequately addressed and mitigated for their proposed subdivision at 2430 Little Gap Road, Lower Towamensing Township.. The plan calls for subdividing 34.8872 acres into two lots.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Today's parent meeting to be held at Tamaqua Elementary at 6:30 p.m. has been moved to the evening before the DARE Challenge.

The Challenge Committee feels that it has everything in order for the DARE Challenge and is asking parents and volunteers to stop by the Tamaqua Elementary School on Friday, March 2 from 6-9 p.m. to help setup for the challenge, which is set for March 3 at the school.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Essroc Cement Corporation has agreed to pay a $82,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of toxic chemical reporting requirements at its manufacturing facility located at 401 West Prospect St., Nazareth. According to EPA, Essroc failed to submit three years of required reports on a regulated toxic chemical (lead) which was processed at this facility.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Weissport Council announced on Tuesday night that it is in the process of developing a park ordinance that will include an application form for use of borough property for fundraising events by the public.

For a small borough, Weissport has a very picturesque town park that is ideal for holding events to raise funds for charities. The park is the focal point for the Weissport Redneck Festival that will be hosted for the fifth year on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, plus it is used two times a year, in May and September by Weissport Recreation Committee to hold community yard sales.