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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Members of Weissport Council opened the meeting Monday by discussing applications of applicants who want a part-time job doing maintenance work for the borough.

Tim Rehrig, council president, said that all of council should be included in hiring the worker or workers.

Council then went into executive session to discuss the applications and after a brief meeting, two men will be offered employment. They will share working up to 32 hours a week.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Tamaqua man went on trial this week in Schuylkill County court.

Ricky C.Nelson, 33, of 103 N. Lehigh St., went on trial before Judge Jacqueline Russell on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm into an occupied building, terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment as brought by Rush Township Patrolman Adam Sinton, following alleged firing of a 38-calbre pistol at 665 Pine Creek Drive, Barnesville, on Nov. 14, 2010.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Left to right are: Row 1: Joshua Shelton, Joshua Graham, Rebecca-Lynn Graham, Connor Rehnert, Dylan Rocchetti, Anthony Hess. Row 2: Stephen Puza, Jacob Shelton, Corey Rehnert, Julia Jurick, Max Vermillion. Row 3: Colin Rehnert, Bryan Smith.

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, recently held a picnic to get past, current and new families together before the start of the new school year. More than 75 students and parents attended representing more than 25 families. The weather was perfect only exceeded by the food which was served. Students and parents had plenty of char-broiled ham/cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sweet and onion/green pepper sausages, with a wide selection of desserts. Attendees enjoyed horseshoes, water balloon tosses, volleyball, football, baseball and plenty of swimming.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
UFCW Local 1776 Director Michele Kessler read excerpts from the "Autobiography of Mother Jones" who was an early labor-activist in the late 1800s, while listening to her are (left to right) : Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek; Michael Schirra, Carpenter's Local 600 (retired); President of the No.9 Mine Museum, Dave Kuchta; and President of the Carbon County Labor Chapter, Terry Whiteman.

The No. 9 Mine and Museum celebrated the past holiday weekend with it's annual Labor Day - Old Fashioned Miner's Picnic held at the Mine and Museum site in Lansford on Sunday.

In addition to tours of both the No. 9 Mine itself as well as the Museum, the picnic offered festival goers a wide selection of delicious homemade ethnic foods including halupki, halushki, and perogies as well as hot dogs, barbecue, and homemade cakes and pies.

Other activities included music from a local disc jockey, live Blacksmithing demonstrations all day long, and Civil War reenactors.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Stonehedge Gardens, located at 51 Dairy Road in South Tamaqua, will be holding an art gallery open house as part of its annual members' picnic this Saturday from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

The appreciation picnic will consist of socializing and good food, as well as music by Fats Walker. The day will also launch the reopening of Stonehedge's Art Gallery.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A project born of the growing popularity of the Lake Harmony area as an all-seasons vacation and recreational site attained full reality with the formal dedication and consecration of St. Peter the Fisherman Church, a mission of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Jim Thorpe. The Most Reverend Thomas J. Welsh, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Allentown, conducted the impressive ceremony before an overflow congregation.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

HARRISBURG State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and Representatives Jerry Knowles (R-124) and Mike Tobash (R-125) applauded Senator Pat Toomey and Secretary Ray LaHood for removing unnecessary and costly federal requirements for new local street signs. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimated the cost to be approximately $10 million for the entire state.

The federal government was requiring local governments to replace all local street signs based on reflectivity and increasing the size of letters for easier viewing at night by 2018.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Lehighton woman admitted in Carbon County court on Tuesday to her part in the theft of two vehicles and the endangerment of her children and was sentenced to a prison term. She was one of seven defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Drug problem

Melissa A. Pankevitch, 28, entered guilty pleas in three pending cases. She admitted her part in the theft of a Chevorlet Blazer from the lot of 443 Auto Sales in Mahoning Township and a Honda Civic from a resident in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Could organizations be charged for the use of buildings, facilities and equipment in the Palmerton Area School District?

The matter was deliberated at great length as part of a 3-hour workshop meeting that was held prior to the start of a special school board meeting.

At the crux of the debate is whether the board wants to consider revisions to Policy 707: Use of school buildings, facilities and equipment.

Superintendent Carol Boyce told the board it was their task to decide whether it wanted to charge a fee, to whom, how much, and whether it should be a variable fee.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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Personnel from the Jim Thorpe Fire and Police Departments responded to an alarm at the Carbon County Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe Tuesday morning and where discharged when a thorough investigation of the building turned up no problems.