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Friday, October 4, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Harold Pudliner, Weatherly borough manager, second from left, accepts the resolution from Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left, Wayne Nothstein, second from right, and William O'Gurek, honoring the borough on its 150th anniversary.

The borough of Weatherly is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board adopted a resolution recognizing the occasion.

Weatherly was originally known as Black Creek and founded by Benjamin Romig in 1825. It became the borough of Weatherly on Oct. 8, 1863.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Chestnuthill Township Solicitor Joesph McDonald stated he received a letter from Pocono Health System requesting a permit. PHS learned the DEP wants to do a nitrate test at the location of the proposed new health center off Rt. 209 in Brodheadsville. Steve Cunningham, PHS's vice president, said they were expecting to hear any moment that the testing had been done and was waiting to hear from DEP. Then the board approved 2-0 (Harry Miller was absent) a First Amendment to PHS's developer's agreement.

Friday, October 4, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Senate Democratic Policy Committee will bring together venture capitalists, public policy experts, Scranton officials and economic development analysts at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the University of Scranton for an in-depth discussion about turning around Pennsylvania's economy.

The two-hour long event, at the request of Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna), will feature three panels of experts who will share their ideas about the commonwealth's immediate economic development needs, and to talk about Blake's recently enacted "Innovate in PA" program.

Friday, October 4, 2013

If you are interested in what Reiki is and how it works or energy healing in general, Reiki Master Dave Gutkowski will be giving a special lecture on Friday, October 4th at 7 p.m. at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

Come and learn in this free lecture what the energy body is and how it works to keep us healthy and how we can keep it in tune.

This lecture is part of the ongoing fall lecture series at the Heritage Center located at 1 W. Hazard St in Summit Hill.

Friday, October 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel were called to Penn Drive, SR443, near the SR309 intersection, in West Penn Township, around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, after the driver of a white Toyota Camry crashed into the eastbound guardrail. Responding were West Penn Fire Company, Penn Mahoning Ambulance, Lehighton ambulance and township police. A female was taken via ambulance to the hospital. Township fire police helped direct traffic around the scene for the duration. No more information was available from police as of press time.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Lansford Council focused a good deal of attention last night on two concerns in the borough's west end, namely the sinkhole repairs and the stadium.

Following more discussion of the pros and cons of giving the stadium to the Panther Valley School District, a second motion passed on a 4-3 vote to give up the stadium only if certain stipulations are met.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Schuylkill County Tax Assessment Appeals Board finished a month of hearings at the courthouse Thursday. In its final days of hearings it ruled on exemption requests as follows:

Friday, October 4, 2013

Hayrides along the Switchback Trail will be offered at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park on weekends during the month of October.

Reservations are required and departure times are 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

For additional information call the park office at (570) 325-3669 or visit the park website at www.mclpark.com.

Friday, October 4, 2013

RJ Heller was encouraged by friends to publish a collection of his writings, which can be found in his new book, "Holding Grace: Prose & Poetry," published by Balboa Press.

"Holding Grace" is a book of prose and poetry that gives voice to all those many moments people have experienced, reanimates life's fondest memories, and in the truest sense, want to hold again. Although the reflections found in this book are personal for Heller, they can be applied universally.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Evans

Tamaqua councilman Dan Evans resigned the remaining three months of his elected term and was then sworn in to fill the remaining term of the late Ken Smulligan (ending 2015) during the borough council's meeting Tuesday night.

In addition, numerous other topics were brought up during the meeting.

In attendance during the meeting were Police Chief Rick Weaver, Mayor Chris Morrison, Solicitor Michael S. Greek, secretary Georgia Depos-DeWire, council president Micah Gursky, borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt and councilmen Brian Connely, Dave Mace, John Trudich and Dan Evans.