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Thursday, December 16, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS PennDOT representatives explain the construction of the S-curve in Hauto to Nesquehoning Borough Council.

Nesquehoning's borough taxes will increase by 2.5 mills next year.

David Hawk councilman, explained the break down. There will be no full-time police officer hired next year and the budget amount was revised.

The sanitation rate will remain the same with no increase.

Two handicapped parking places were approved. One at 155 E. Catawissa St. and the other at 146 E. Catawissa St.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Carbon County inmates can expect to pay more during their prison stays starting on Jan. 1.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, the board voted to raise the daily room and board rate; as well as the medical service rates.

The new rates, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, are $20 a day for room and board and $15 for all doctor and nurse visits. Currently, sentenced inmates are charged $15 a day for room and board; $5 a day for doctor visits; and nothing for nurse visits.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Strike a balance between the educational needs of the students with a keen eye on how it will affect the taxpayers in the district.

Such is the task faced by Palmerton Area School Board's Budget and Finance Committee, which met on Wednesday in an attempt to piece together the 2011-12 budget.

Committee members Barry Scherer and Michael Ballard were joined by Superintendent Carol Boyce. Committee members Carl Bieling and Susan Debski were absent.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Massar's Notary Service, 25 N. Railroad Street, Tamaqua, held a ribbon cutting on Dec. 15. Cutting the ribbon is owner Debbie Massar (center), who is joined by Linda Yulanavage (left), executive director of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, and Patricia Freeh Stefanek (right), chairperson of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.

Massar's Notary Service, 25 North Railroad Street, Tamaqua, held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its office, located across from Depot Square Park.

Debbie Massar, owner of the Notary Service, has been a regular Notary Public for four years and a full Notary for a year and a half. Prior to setting up shop on N. Railroad Street (Route 309), she operated her Notary business out of her Pine Street residence.

Massar said she was trained as a Notary by Lee Kostin of Kostin's Notary Service.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

On Thursday, Oct. 28, Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, inducted 81 members into its Future Business Leaders of America Chapter at the weekly Mass.

The Pa. FBLA theme this year is "Breaking Barriers" and the club will be raising money for "Teen Challenge," a residential center for people of all ages demonstrating a need for intensive help with life controlling problems.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thousands of "snow geese" on their annual migration stopped to feed Wednesday afternoon in a corn field between Route 248 and Smith Road in Northampton County. Most travelers along the busy roadway probably wrote the white field off as just being snow. When the geese decided to move farther into the field they actually blocked out the sun as they all took flight at one time. The Lehigh Valley has always been a favorite stop of the geese.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

State Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) announced he will close his Orwigsburg district office and share office space with Rep.-elect Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks) at 988 E. Main Street in Schuylkill Haven to provide constituent services to residents in that area of the 124th district.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Special to the times news

Students and parents from Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts in Lehighton have been collecting toys for the Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League Toys for Tots. Some of Santa's little helpers include, front, from left, Taylor Saba, Makayla Sabatino, Madison Brown, Abigail Christman, Olivia Hoffman, Isabella Hoffman, and Sophia Samoleski. Back, Hannah Christman, Gabriella Brown, Kylee Semmel, Danielle Miller, Hailey Anthony, and Sophia Foreaker.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The budget and the pre-release prison center were the major topics discussed at the work session of the Schuylkill County Commissioners on Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The financial team presented the final budget for 2011 for adoption at next week's public meeting and the commissioners are holding fast to no tax increase despite a predicted deficit of around $3.5 million.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tamaqua Area High School Teachers of the Month for December are Tom Kanger and Mary Ruth Taylor. SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School principal RuthAnn A. Gardiner has announced the Tamaqua Area High School Teachers of the Month for December are Mary Ruth Taylor and Tom Kanger.

Mrs. Taylor has been teaching for 33 years and currently teaches all levels of German.

She attended Kutztown University as an undergraduate and graduate. Her hobbies and pastimes include walking, reading, playing solitaire and singing with the special church choir.