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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Carbon County Fair will hold a monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten Campus, community room located on the ground floor. Members are reminded of the PSACF Convention being held Jan. 22-25.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2014 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at 570-325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, is a popular warm weather destination.

As the temperatures plummet to record lows this winter, people begin dreaming of white, sandy beaches; clear waters and tropical drinks with tiny umbrellas.

For many, this vision of warm weather locales is only a dream.

But some decide that they've had enough of the arctic and book that once-in-a-lifetime trip to some place where summer never seems to end.

Ann Kline, a travel agent at AAA's Tamaqua branch, said that at AAA, January and February are typically the busier months for winter travel.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
LIZ PINKEY/TIMES NEWS  Members of the 2014-2015 Tamaqua Borough Council are (seated, left to right) John Trudich, President Micah Gursky, Justin Startzel, and Tom Cara, (standing, left to right) Secretary Treasurer Georgia Depos DeWire, Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt, Brian Connely, Mayor Christian Morrison, David Mace, and Police Chief Rick Weaver. Missing from the photo is councilman Dan Evans.

Tamaqua Borough Council welcomed new member Justin Startzel last night. Startzel, as well as returning members Micah Gursky, David Mace, and John Trudich were all sworn in at last night's meeting.

Mayor Christian Morrison will also be serving another term.

Gursky was re-elected as council president. Brian Connelly will continue to serve as vice-president and Trudich was selected to serve as president pro tem. Councilman Dan Evans was absent from the meeting.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Baby, it's cold outside

People in the TIMES NEWS coverage area woke this morning to howling winds, sub-zero temperatures and wind chill factors of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

Cars growled their protests at starting, windows were coated with ice, water pipes burst, and school superintendents decided hours earlier to cancel classes so that students would not have to risk frostbite as they waited for buses or walked to school.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members who will compose the Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors include (From left) Ron Walbert, vice chairman, Brent Green, chairman, and Jesse Mendez.

Lower Towamensing Township has re-upped its board chairman, and selected a new vice chairman.

The township's board of supervisors unanimously agreed at its reorganizational meeting on Monday to reappoint Brent Green as chairman.

Meanwhile, Supervisor Ron Walbert was appointed as vice chairman. Supervisor Jesse Mendez had previously served in that capacity.

Also as part of its reorganization, supervisors:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

We asked area residents where they would go if they could escape to someplace warm. Here's what they said:

Frank Walton, Tamaqua: I would go to the place we discovered nearly 20 years ago. My wife Lois and I tried many of the beaches in Florida until we discover Key West Florida. The Florida Keys are coral islands that actually do not have beaches like they do on the Atlantic Coast.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Walnutport Borough Council newcomer, Patrice D. Hunsicker, sits on council for the first time Monday night after having defeated Laura J. Stauffer last November.

Both Walnutport and Slatington borough councils held their 2014 reorganization meetings Monday night at their respective borough halls.

During Walnutport's special meeting of the council, and with about two dozen spectators in attendance, Magisterial District Judge Robert Hawke swore in elected borough council members and newly elected Walnutport Mayor Wayne Weidner.

Weidner, who ran unopposed, has served as Walnutport's mayor in the past and replaces mayor Henry Kline, who retired at the end of 2013 after 40 years of public service.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
LIZ PINKEY/TIMES NEWS The newly reorganized Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors includes (from left) Vice Chair Christine Verdier, Charles "Chuck" Fayash, and Chairman Charles Hosler.

Charles Hosler will serve as the new chairman of the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors following Monday night's reorganizational meeting. Newcomer Charles "Chuck" Fayash and Christine Verdier round out the rest of the board, with Verdier serving as vice chairman.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

After decades of discussion, a deal was finally struck Monday to provide sewage treatment to residents in Lower Towamensing Township.

The township's board of supervisors unanimously approved a wastewater treatment agreement with the Tuthill Corporation, the operator of Blue Mountain Ski Area, now known as Blue Mountain Resort.

The action by supervisors comes after no overtures were received in consecutive months to provide sewage treatment to township residents, which prompted the township to negotiate privately with the Tuthill Corporation.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Newcomer Martin Ditsky was elected president of Lansford Borough Council at Monday's reorganizational meeting, joined by newcomer Colin Jones and a new mayor, James Romankow.

Lansford Borough government has a few new faces in key positions for 2014.

One of those new faces is Mayor James Romankow, who presided over the initial phase of Monday's council reorganizational meeting held at Lansford Borough Hall, 1 W. Ridge St.

Romankow called for nominations for president and new names emerged.

Newcomer Martin Ditsky was voted into the top slot, replacing outgoing president Rose Mary Cannon who will remain on board. Member Colin Jones, another newcomer and the top vote-getter in November's election, nominated Ditsky for the post.