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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS David Hawk, assistant scoutmaster, left, and David M. Savage, Scoutmaster and father, right, congratulate David C. Savage, Boy Scout, center, for his work in Forest Conservation. The Forest Conservation Award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry and Minsi Trail Council.

David C. Savage of Palmerton was awarded the Forest Conservation Award. Savage is a member of Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41.

The Forest Conservation Award is bestowed to a Scout who has earned the Forestry Merit Badge and two other related badges such as Bird Study, Weather, Insect Study, Wilderness Survival, Wood Carving and Nature.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Marian High School students Alexis Kein, Emily Comensky and Chau Vo meet Coaldale Borough Councilman Steve Tentylo at a public meeting Tuesday. The students attended the meeting as part of a government class.

Coaldale taxpayers are facing a 3 mill, 13.3 percent property tax increase.

Council on Tuesday reluctantly approved a preliminary 2012 budget that calls for the hike. Council members Dave Yelito, Nancy Lorchak, Tom Keerans, Steve Tentylo and President Susan Solt voted to approve the spending plan. Councilman Andrew Girard was opposed and Joseph Hnat was absent.

If the increase remains unchanged, the millage rate will be 25.54 next year. That means the owner of a home assessed at $25,000 would pay $638.50 in borough property tax. That's up $75 from this year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A stadium improvement project will cost Palmerton Area School District nearly three-quarter of a million dollars.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to award a bid in the amount of $774,000 to CMG of Easton.

That decision came after the board heard an update on the project from Rob Sarnowski, of Barry Isett & Associates, Trexlertown.

Prior to the vote, Director Sherry Haas said she had reservations with the location of where the new bleachers will be installed.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors are facing a double-edged sword as Police Chief Kenneth Barnes filed another complaint with the Department of Labor and Industry, alleging the fuel tanks at the rear of the municipal building are unsafe.

Barnes' attorney has also notified three supervisors of his intent to sue them for interfering with his ability to do his job.

"It was stated at a public meeting last night, so I will confirm it," said township Chairperson John Wieczorek Tuesday morning in a phone interview.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

At the Slatington Borough Council meeting Mayor Walter Niedermeyer made a proclamation presention to two Slatington residents who went above and beyond as citizens of the Northern Lehigh area.

Wayne Sheckler, a mail carrier, helped an 84-year-old woman out of her burning home and then evacuated a hearing impaired neighbor before her home caught on fire. Sheckler was also nominated by the Slatington Fire department for the Spirit of Courage award, which he received.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Marge Porambo, a volunteer for Meals On Wheels and a member of the Concourse Club of Palmerton hands Lillian Smith, center, her meal for the day. Vinita Horinko, a member of Concourse Club and the chair of the Wheels On Meals committee, gives Lillian a handmade Christmas stocking full of fresh fruit and a handmade Christmas ornament made by Shirley Blynn out of seashells, from the Concourse Club. These gifts were given to all Meals On Wheels clients in the Palmerton area from the Concourse Club.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Employees and customers of the Dollar General in Tamaqua helped provide many donations to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots drive, as well as provided many other items needed for various programs at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The store is an annual supporter of both organizations. Beverly Curvey, third key sales assocate, Dollar General, Tamaqua, stands next to some donations.

Employees and customers of the Dollar General in Tamaqua helped provide many donations to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots drive, as well as provided many other items needed for various programs at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The store is an annual supporter of both organizations. Beverly Curvey, third key sales assocate, Dollar General, Tamaqua, stands next to some donations.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Carbon County jury panel, after deliberating for almost 10 hours over two days, convicted a Summit Hill man in 60 of 66 counts filed against him in connection with setting 16 brush fires in the spring of 2008 in the lower end of the county.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
donald r. serfass/times news Carol Makuta, superintendent and Ray Kinder, assistant superintendent explain the new bus schedule.

The Tamaqua Area School District will make changes to a few rural school bus runs but the net effect will not result in cost savings.

According to details reviewed at Tuesday's school board finance committee meeting, bus No. 35's afternoon West Penn Elementary School run will be eliminated, with stops added to busses 16, 28 and 38.

"We'll eliminate a bus run in West Penn," said Connie Ligenza, business manager. "The stops have been reallocated."

According to Carol Makuta, superintendent, the change is necessary because the bus in question was running late.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Harriet Visnosky, a board member of Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, was inadvertently omitted from the news story about Breakfast With Santa held recently at Penn's Peak. The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the oversight. At the event Visnosky was Mrs. Santa Claus.