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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mooring permits will be made available for the Mauch Chunk Lake Park on Saturday, March 31.

Boat mooring is permitted at the park between April 1 and December 1.

Powered (electric motor only for Mauch Chunk Lake) or non-powered boat registration is required for all watercraft that are moored at the lake.

Anyone wishing to apply for a 2012 mooring permit must provide a copy of a current boat registration.

The park office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends during camping season.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

After listening to residents' concerns and questions about why it furloughed its three full-time police officers on Feb. 14, Coaldale Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak explained.

"We were $150,000 in debt," she said. "We cut everywhere we possibly could."

Lorchak said that the borough, which was negotiating a new contract for the three police officers, asked that they accept a two-year pay freeze and concessions on health care. That contract had yet to be settled as of Feb. 14.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library offers more than books to check out for reading.

Preschool Story Hour, free and open to the public, is every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Tail Waggin' Tutors Kids, free, let's kids read to dogs the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Parents must preregister for a time slot by calling the library at 610-826-3424.

Watercolor Painting Classes is offered two days a week. Call the teacher at 610-824-4962 for more information.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left to right, Kathy Stewart, Kristen Carbrey, Megan Margretta, Denise Margretta, Stacey Correll and Michele Houston wore their best rainbow fashions for Rainbow Night at the West End Relay For Life meeting. Denise says she will be walking because she wants to fight cancer. Kristen has had several family members pass away from the disease, Megan's grandfather and aunt died from cancer, and they will be walking in honor of their memories. Kathy had leukemia, which has been in remission for seven years.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) is offering free motorcycle safety classes for Pennsylvania residents.

Locally, the course is offered at Keystone Harley-Davidson, Route 248, Parryville.

There are numerous dates the course is being given. For information and registration, go to www.pamsp.com.

Students who successfully complete the knowledge and skills test through the PAMSP will receive a motorcycle license from PennDOT.

PAMSP ha been training Motorcyclist since 1984. Last year, over 23,000 students were trained through the program.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lower Towamensing Township supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to award a contract to Livengood Excavators, Walnutport, to complete its recreational facility.

The bid to finish work at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road was for $138,885.

That bid was $66,579 less than the next lowest proposal of $205,465, from Bruce George Construction, Kunkletown. Other companies that bid were Nimaris Construction, LP, of Bath, $238,578; Lonzetta Trucking, $276,000; and M&J Excavation Inc. of Bloomsburg, $354,385.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The driver and passenger of this car were injured after colliding under a tractor trailer. Temporary car paint can be seen on the hood pointing out the couple's recent marriage.

A young couple was injured late Tuesday morning after their vehicle collided into the side of a tractor trailer along SR309 near Tamaqua Truck and Trailer Company in West Penn Township.

The incident occurred after a tractor trailer, driven by James Ward III of Michigan, pulled out from an unnamed dirt road onto the northbound side and drove straight across SR309 towards the Tamaqua Coal Pockets.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Matt Bynon, a former Tamaqua police officer, is under investigation for providing alcohol to a 20-year-old woman.

"I received a criminal complaint regarding one of my officers," Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson said this morning. "Due to a possible conflict of interest, I forwarded the investigation to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's (AG) office.

"The AG then assigned the investigation to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Special Investigation Division, Eastern Task Force of the Pennsylvania State Police."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Coaldale resident Joe Zonca (in a red plaid shirt) makes a point at a borough council meeting Tuesday, as dozens of others wait their turn to speak about council's Feb. 14 decision to furlough the borough's three full-time police officers.

At least 55 Coaldale residents crowded the borough hall meeting room, spilling out into the hallway and onto the sidewalk, on Tuesday to vent their fury and frustration at council's Valentine's Day decision to furlough the town's three full-time police officers in order to avoid an additional tax increase.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Discount airline Direct Air is suspending all flights for two months after it abruptly cancelled its schedule at the height of spring break.

The airline's shutdown following its apparent failure to pay a fuel bill left stranded passengers wondering how and when they'll get home.

Direct Air, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., says it will not fly until May 15. Ticket holders were told to contact their credit card companies for refunds.

The airline has flights from Lehigh Valley International Airport to Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, Fla.