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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/FILE PHOTO Paddlers enjoy the Lehigh River during the Lehigh Sojourn. A moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed is planned to end next week. The Lehigh River is part of the Delaware River Watershed, although the Lehigh River watershed itself is not expected to have sufficient gas deposits to immediately attract exploration.

A moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed, a 13,000 square mile drainage area encompassing New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, is planned to end next week. The Lehigh River is part of the Delaware River Watershed.

On Nov. 21, the Delaware River Basin Commission will be voting on lifting a three-year moratorium on natural gas development, which includes the hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus shale deposits.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On Tuesday evening, the Jim Thorpe Planning Commission Committee discussed current projects, including organizing flow charts for application processes. The flow charts are to aid in the application process for such things as zoning hearings and land usage.

The committee has been working with Borough Manager, Wesley Johnson, on organizing the application process.

An updated application has been drafted along with filing deadlines. The list of filing deadlines will help residents know when things are due for the application process.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Western Pocono Community Library offers more than just books to read.

The library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and NiteLite groups meet on the second Wednesdays each month at 6:30 p.m. TAB is for young people grades 7-12 and NiteLite is for students in grades 3-6. They are hosting a "Give Thanks Food Drive" the month of November and ask for food item donations to be brought to the library by Nov. 17, to be distributed to local food banks and missions.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. A 44-year-old Carbon County man is the first person to face criminal charges stemming from the riot that broke out last Wednesday after the Penn State board of trustees announced the firing of coach Joe Paterno.

State College police said Patrick M. McLaughlin, of Albrightsville, lit a shirt and garbage on fire on the 200 block of East College Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 9. He's charged with causing or risking a catastrophe, a felony, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He also was issued a citation for dangerous burning, a summary offense.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Coaldale borough council has embarked on its journey toward a 2012 budget, and the road promises to be a rocky one.

"It's going to be rough this year," said Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak. "The borough bills are being paid by the elderly and the working class."

Currently, property owners pay a real estate levy of 22.54 mills. That means the owner of a home assessed for taxes at $25,000 pays $563.50 in property tax $50 more than in 2010.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Parryville UMC will host a free luncheon, weather permitting, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the church, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, in Parryville.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Bruce Frassinelli

A 1957 graduate of Summit Hill High School has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University.

Bruce Frassinelli was presented with the award during Homecoming Weekend activities at the college this fall.

The award is presented to an ESU graduate "whose exceptional achievements or contributions in a field or profession have distinguished him or her on the national or international level bringing honor to the university and pride to its alumni."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Coaldale councilman Joseph Hnat wants a seat on the beleaguered Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority.

Hnat was one of three people who have sent letters of interest to the borough in being appointed to the position. The others are borough residents Ted Bortnick, the town's former mayor, and water authority officer Robert Demyanovich, whose term ends Dec. 31.

Hnat, Bortnick and Demyanovich are the first people to apply. Council expects to make a decision next month, so applicants are still welcome.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Rush Township board of supervisors' 2-1 decision to advertise the 2012 budget for public review was met with disagreement involving raises at Tuesday's meeting in the municipal building.

Vice Chairman Shawn Gilbert voted an emphatic no. He's against the budget, which will be voted on next month, because of a four percent raise for township employees.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

At Monday's Nesquehoning Water Authority meeting, James J. Rhoades, Jr., a representative from Alfred Benesch & Co. presented his firm's proposal to identify and design what will be the most efficient and cost effective new water storage tank to be constructed in the Hauto area.