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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The proposal involves 676 solar panels to be placed east of the Rush Elementary School.

Officials with MetroTek Electrical Services, Kunkletown, recently gave a turn-key solar proposal presentation to Tamaqua School board and other District officials in the LGI room of the Tamaqua Middle School.

According to the proposed agreement, the District would allow MetroTek to construct and operate the solar electric systems on district-owned land on each campus, with the entire project being completed at no cost to the District, as the District will be paying them for power over the next 20-years.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

"Knee High By The Fourth of July" is one phrase Pennsylvania farmers have used for generations of how they wanted their crops to be by early summer. But this year it was chest high. Now that bumper crop of corn is in jeopardy with the lack of substantial rains before Monday's downpours and the blazing record high temperatures. This crop of corn in West Penn Township shows just how blighted the corn is and another heat wave on the way for this weekend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Please be more responsible with loaned books. That is what Gayle Heath, Tamaqua Library director, is tellling people while stressing the number of hours wasted cleaning and restoring damaged books returned the the library. "People are returning books with tears, rips and even food stuck between the pages," stated Heath. She added, "People in Tamaqua are extremely generous when it comes to donating books and I hate throwing books out." She is asking people to be responsible for any damages they may do, pointing out the diminishing state funds being given to libraries.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Elmer W. Reinhart to Elmer W. Reinhart, Greeneville, Tenn., property at Box 111, Beaver Meadows R.1, House 61, Coxeville, $1.

East Penn Township

Thomas S. Haberman to Thomas S. Haberman, 319 Thomas Jefferson Road, Lehighton, property at 319 Thomas Jefferson Road, $1.

Franklin Township

Patricia Lynn Graham to Paul H. Heere Jr., 3750 Long Run Road, Lehighton, property at 3750 Long Run Road, $1.

Linda L. Smith to Paul H. Heere Jr., 3750 Long Run Road, Lehighton, property at 3750 Long Run Road, $1.

Kidder Township

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A construction site along Lehigh Drive in Lehighton was submerged Monday when torrential rains flooded the area.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors Monday night discussed but consequently tabled a request for a policy statement from the Township Engineer Tim Edinger on whether he had the ability to approve minor changes to development plans without board approval.

At issue for the supervisors was the question as to how to decide what is a minor change and whether the term "minor" would mean the same to supervisors as it would to Edinger.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This mother doe keeps a vigilant watch as her two fawns graze on a lawn near Jim Thorpe just before sunset.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Displaying the "Cruise to the Music" banner in the Gazebo at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe for this Saturday's upcoming United Way event are, left to right, Angela Nardini, vice president of PR Media & Marketing; Oscar Santizo, Human Resources; Donna Lennon, vice president of allocations; and Dr. Lisa Bleicher, vice president of campaign/fundraising.

The United Way of Carbon County's Fourth Annual "Cruise to the Music" Festival and Car Cruise with The Juke Box Cruisers Car Club will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 1 to 10 p.m. at Memorial Park on East 10th St. in Jim Thorpe.

The event will be "Fun for All Ages" admission is free and there will be live entertainment beginning at 1 p.m. with the vocal trio "I.C.E.," vocal performances by Jim Thorpe and Carbon County Idol winner Hailey Hoherchak, as well as the 2010 Jim Thorpe Idol winner Caitlin Henninger and NYC and Poconos favorite musician Tom Riccobono.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Property transfers

Stanley J. and Gloria A. German to Andrew A. Asbury and Lisa M. Brown, tract containing two acres on western side of a dirt road leading from Blue Mountain to Summer Valley Road in East Brunswick Township, $225,000.

Carmen J. and Kathleen M. Forke to Carmen J. Forke III, a two and one-half story frame home on Lewis and Brock Street, Schuylkill Township, $1 (transaction from parents to son).

Elizabeth K. Coombe, Ryan Township, to Delroy G. Wagner, New Boston, a lot 53 feet by 138 feet on Church Street, Ryan Township, with improvements, $65,000.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton officials closed Bridge street between Third and Fourth streets Monday when heavy rains flooded a section of the roadway.