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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

At Monday's board meeting, the West Penn Township board of supervisors agreed with a suggestion by RETTEW, township engineer, to reissue an earlier March 8 notice to proceed with work on the proposed West Penn Park East, to be located off Route 443, not far from the Schuylkill-Carbon border.

The move is prompted by weather delays.

The document will be reissued on April 5 in order to close out the project before the June 30, 2011, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant period.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Weissport is back in the business of selling equipment.

Back in December 2008, Weissport Council purchased a yellow 1997 Ford F-350 dump truck at a cost of $7,500 to replace a 1988 blue Ford F-350 dump truck with a rotted out floor.

Since then the blue truck was sold for $1,500 and now the yellow truck is on its way to the scrap yard because of failed brakes that occurred soon after purchase and the truck was never able to be put on the road because of one mechanical failure or another.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

After many months of negotiation it took the speech by Governor Tom Corbett several weeks ago on his budget proposals of freezing salaries which resulted in a contract agreement reached between the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board and members of its Exceptional Children's Program Education Association.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Since the beginning of this year, there have been six traffic accidents at the intersection of Broad and Spruce streets in Tamaqua. Five injuries resulted, according to police reports. Following the most recent accident on March 28, Tamaqua Police Chief Ron Sassaman ordered the officer on duty to "sit" at the intersection and observe traffic through it. In a span of an hour and 15 minutes, the officer cited three people for going through the red light and issued warnings to three others.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Among those on hand for the International Rotary's 4-Way Test Speech Contest held recently at Northern Lehigh High School were (l-r) Aileen Yadush, principal, junior Kirsten Leskowich (first place), sophomore Anthony Connell (third place), senior Nicole Czarnecki (second place), and Nicholas Sanders, Interact Club Advisor/teacher.

A career in community service could one day be in the cards for several Northern Lehigh High School students.

The students competed in the International Rotary's 4-Way Test Speech Contest sponsored recently by the Slatington Rotary Club.

Within five to seven minutes, the students had to speak on a personal topic that addressed questions of the things we think, say, or do.

Those questions were: Is it the truth; is it fair to all concerned; will it build goodwill and better friendships; and will it be beneficial to all concerned.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The state House of Representatives on Monday voted unanimously to add the potent methamphetamine-like substance known as bath salts to the list of controlled substances.

The legislation, which would also add synthetic marijuana, salvia divanorum and a synthetic cocaine called 'blizzard" to the list, will now come before the state Senate.

If the Senate passes the bill, it would become law after being signed by Gov. Tom Corbett. The Senate convenes today, but as of early this morning, the bill was not listed on the calendar.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The West Penn Township board of supervisors will change their communications provider and save about $2,500 over three years.

At Monday's board of supervisors meeting, Chairman Alfonso Martinez said it's a matter of cost.

"We're looking into phone service. We're currently paying $400. Blue Ridge will come in at $331 for phone and cable. We'll be saving about $71 a month."

The township's current provider is Line Systems, Inc., providing the township with phone service for $350 per month, Internet access for $50 and cable TV for free.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In front of his wood pellet burning stove, Stephen Kew-Goodale, executive director of the Weatherly Institute For Robotics and Engineering discusses his upcoming Alternative Energy Solutions workshop.

So, you're determined to make a difference. Sure, everyone has their only reasons - some want to save money heating and cooling their home, some want to reduce the pace of global warming, others want to help the U.S. to move towards energy independence. You want to do something, but you're not sure what is it that you want to do.

That's just the problem, and the solution is a series of hands-on workshops in alternative energy solutions offered by the Weatherly Institute For Robotics and Engineering.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Ted Bogosh, West Penn Township Sewage Facilities plan chairman, asks the township engineer on Monday for an update of the project timetable.

Despite making progress, West Penn Township might not meet a state-designated deadline for its updated Act 537 Sewage Facilities plan.

At Monday's board of supervisors meeting, township engineer Ronald B. Madison, P.E., senior project manager with RETTEW of Schuylkill Haven, said there are still some hurdles, such as the 30-day and 60-day review periods for Schuylkill County planning and township planning, plus the fact that "not meeting soil testing deadlines" is throwing a snag into the best made plans.

"I do not think we'll meet our June 30 deadline," said Madison.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting on Monday night was filled with about 50 residents and employees of the township listening to some changes passed affecting its personnel in to the remainder of the year.