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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On Monday, the Carbon County Salary Board set salaries for county employees covered under collective bargaining units. The rates are effective from Jan. 1.

AFSCME Union Positions and Rates

Commissioners' Office

Ÿ Established the position of one mail/postage coordinator at $14.77 per hour

Tax Assessment Office

Ÿ Established the position of one assessor at $17.38 per hour;

Ÿ Established the position of two clerks at $15.21 per hour;

Tax Claim Office

Ÿ Established the position of one clerk at $15.21 per hour

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

As we say goodbye to 2010, AccuWeather.com takes a look at the unusual and extreme weather events that hit the United States over the past year.

Worldwide, 295,000 people were killed in natural disasters in 2010, according to Munich Re, the world's top reinsurer. This includes massive flooding in Pakistan and the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Winter

Following heavy snowfall in December and an early winter blast in October, the new year brought a lot of the same, and then some.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Those who will comprise the Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors this year include (l-r) Todd Solt, vice chairman, Ron Walbert, chairman, and Jesse Mendez, supervisor.

Lower Towamensing Township will continue to run under the same leadership.

Supervisor Ron Walbert was reappointed chairman, while Supervisor Todd Solt was reappointed vice chairman at the township's reorganizational meeting on Monday.

Also as part of its reorganizational meeting, supervisors:

Ÿ Appointed Christine Wentz as secretary/treasurer at a salary of $35,700 for the year 2010. As part of her benefits, Wentz will receive 10 days paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, pension, and no paid lunch time.

Ÿ Appointed Jillyan Sterling as part-time assistant secretary.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A 78-year old woman was injured Tuesday evening when involved in a crash along SR209 in Franklin Township. The crash occurred just after 5 p.m. at the intersection of with Maple street. The woman's car apparently collided with a pickup truck located at the scene. The woman was extricated from the wreckage by members of the Franklin Township Fire Company.The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics then transported to an area hospital. Franklin Township fire police maintained traffic control at the scene reducing the northbound lanes to one lane.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On his last day on the Schuylkill County bench, Judge Michael D. Stine signed an order granting a belated Christmas gift to a Frackville restaurant.

Ristorante Paparazzi Inc., which operates a restaurant/bar/ night club at 47-40 N. Lehigh Ave., Frackville, filed an appeal a few weeks ago from a ruling by the Pennsylvania Liquor Board which refused to renew its amusement license.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Weissport Council is well on its way to purchase a brand new dump truck with a plow that will be used to keep the borough streets clean in snow storms and for borough maintenance.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Christopher Lopez, left, a second grader at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, his sister, Juliana Lopez, center, a PVE third grader and Jodi Custard, right, a PVE third grader, took a trip around the world. Well, a trip around PVE that is. Here they stopped to visit the display for Mexico with beautiful handmade paper poinsettias at PVE's Winter Holidays Around the World event. The hallways featured 15 countries and visitors saw samples of how different cultures celebrate various winter holidays in decorations and food.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured taking part in the Liberty Tax Service grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony are from left Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Yulanavage, Liberty Tax Service mascot "Lady Liberty", owners Deborah and Rodney Wertz, general manager Rocco Arruzzo, Seasons Change Financial marketing analyst and Vice President Russell Stellfox, and Liberty Tax Service assistant manager Celena Bamford.

Visitors, patrons, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce members and Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison were on-hand during the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony held Monday for Liberty Tax Service located at 111 East Broad St. in historic downtown Tamaqua.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lower Towamensing Township continues to have issues with its garbage collection.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert informed the board of supervisors of the situation on Monday.

"I had (township secretary) Christine (Wentz) conduct a cursory review of our garbage collections," Walbert said. "We have another large outstanding balance."

Walbert said the matter needs to be addressed in a timely manner.

"I think we need to do something drastic," Walbert said. "I don't think it's fair to those who pay."

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

West Penn Township appointed officials at the supervisors' reorganization meeting Monday:

*Fire Chief:Dennis Fritzinger Jr.

*Assistant Fire Chief: Kevin Mengel

*Assistant Fire Chief: Clint Schock

*Vacancy Board Chairman: Harry Barron

*Emergency Management Coordinator: Dennis Fritzinger Jr.

*Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator: Kevin Mengel

*Earned Income Tax, Occupational Privilege Tax and Delinquent Tax Collector: Berkheimer Associates

*Property Maintenance Appeals Board: Theodore Bogosh and Delroy Haas