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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Lansford Borough Municipal Administration Committee will meet tonight at 6:30. The meeting site has been changed to the Lansford Community Center, 1 W. Ridge St.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Progress continues to be made on a nearly $2-million bridge reconstruction project in East Penn Township. A new bridge is being built to span the Lehigh River, connecting East Penn with Bowmanstown Borough. It will replace an 83-year-old deteriorating iron bridge. Today, razing occurred of the 895 Inn, located at the corner of Route 895 and Kittatinny Road. Route 895 is being moved to that location to coincide with the entrance to the bridge. The former hotel, once known as "Carol's Paradise," was the only building affected by the bridge construction.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jim Thorpe Area School Board voted in favor to accept a concession stand donated by Richard Emmert. The concession stand is planned to be used for soccer, baseball, and softball events.

"I approached Dustin McAndrew (Athletic Director) about donating a concession stand to the district," said Emmert, JTASD Girls Soccer Coach. "I would rather give it to someone who can use it and benefit from it," he said.

Emmert said that he does not want any money for the concession trailer. "This is a total donation," he said.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Palmerton Borough will implement its street sweeping program on April 1. Signs are being posted on streets indicating the parking restrictions, and so remember to check your sign and remeber the date when your street is to be cleaned.

Citizens are also reminded that the time change for street cleaning is the same as snow removal; cars should be moved between 7-8 p.m. the evening before your scheduled sweeping day. This will allow an early start for our street sweeping crew.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

An Electronic Recycling Event hosted by Advanced Green Solutions of Walnutport is being held on Saturday April 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine.

The event will take place in the parking lot of Jordan UCC church located at the intersection of Walbert Ave. and Rt. 309 in Allentown.

Appliances, computer equipment, electronics, toys and just about anything with an on/off switch are acceptable.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School student from Lehighton has been inducted into the National Honor Society.

Samson Blose was one of 44 juniors and seniors inducted in the NHS chapter in an online assembly through the Virtual Charter School, based in Norristown. The inductees make up about 10 percent of the school's 416 eleventh and twelfth grade students, said Joe Lyons, Executive Director of School Communications.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jason Galloway, president of the Lehighton Area Republican Club, presents a certificate of recognition and a $100 bond to Megan Dubble, a second-grade student from Mahoning Elementary School, for her winning entry in the Presidents Day Drawing and Essay Contest.

In a show of support for athletic director Shawn Hindy, a number of parents and students attended the Lehighton Area School Board meeting last evening – many wearing "Forever a Hindian" T-shirts.

At the Feb. 28 meeting, the school board decided to not renew Hindy's contract and to open the AD position to new applicants.

Cindy Berger spoke in support of Hindy, saying, "The real losers are the students in our school district ... It's the kids who will suffer."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Palmerton Memorial VFW Post 7134 will hold its monthly meeting at the Palmerton VFW, 2020 Forest Inn Rd., Palmerton on Monday, April 11th at 7 p.m.. Post Commander Shawn Schmick will lead the meeting. Current active VFW members, veterans, and active duty personnel from all service branches are invited to attend. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. New members are especially welcome.

Monday, March 28, 2011
MARI Craig MCDONALD/special to the times news Rep. Doyle Heffley, second from right, and Janine Partenio, far right, district constituent outreach specialist for Rep. Heffley; greet Veteran Service Officer Chuck Weber, left, a retired naval officer who stopped in to Heffley's new Albrightsville area office, located in the Frosty Mountain Plaza, on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township Friday afternoon. Weber offered his services, and gave Heffley the recent booklets of Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors for distribution at the office.

Rep. Doyle Heffley opened his new administrative office in Penn Forest Township in the Frosty Mountain Plaza, on Route 903 Friday. The office provides many useful resources for all state and federal programs, assistance and opportunities.

Janine Partenio, district constituent outreach specialist for Heffley, will be on hand at the Albrightsville area location to help provide information and services Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Weissport Recreation Committee will host the Weissport Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in the borough park. Children and grandchildren of Weissport residents ages 0 to 12 are welcome. Prizes will be awarded to winners.