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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The county will be holding a CDBG hearing on February 25th at the Mahoning Township supervisors meeting to discuss their annual entitlement project allocation, and supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt expressed some concerns with a letter the township engineer Tim Edinger sent outlining the engineering requirements for the projects. The board though approved 5-0 a motion to allow Edinger's firm to go ahead with some of the items he outlined in a memo at a cost not to exceed $3,000. This included pre-construction responsibilities, mix review and design signoff and other items.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Not even winter storm Nemo could stop the annual Schuylkill County History Faire, held Saturday at Fairlane Village Mall near Pottsville. Here Bill Harleman, president, Lansford Historical Society, puts finishing touches on an exhibit focused on the No. 9 Mine, Old Company's Lehigh, the musical Dorseys and various items of the mining industry . Also taking part locally was the Tamaqua Historical Society.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mark Marek, a senior at Panther Valley High School, has been notified by the office of U.S. Congressman Gus Yatron that he has been nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. Mark, who ranks in the top 10 of his class, is team statistician and public relations liaison for the football and basketball squads, sports editor of the school newspaper PreView; radio correspondent for radio station WLSH of Lansford, and a member of the Audio Visual Club. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Marek of Coaldale.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Tamaqua Community Art Center will be presenting 'Love Letters' three times over the next few days. "The performance, by A.R. Gurney, is a unique and imaginative piece comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people from child to adult years," said Leona Rega, center director. "Take the journey inside this evocative, touching and frequently funny story told through letters." Performance dates are Feb. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the center, 125 Pine Street.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In Saturday's TIMES NEWS article about the Lehighton Fire Department construction project, there was an error on one of the contracts mentioned.

The low bid for the utility relocation aspect of the project was by the Harry B. Miller Company at a project cost of $197,395.

The article had the wrong contractor and bid price.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

During a recent snowstorm, the two hills that have traffic entering and exiting Summit Hill were shut down for a considerable amount of time, said Summit Hill Borough Council member Michael Alabovitz.

An ambulance sat at Hiles Brothers parking lot, waiting for PennDOT to either plow one of the hills or place anti-skid material on it.

Alabovitz said there was no way emergency vehicles could get in or out of the borough at that time.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua is hosting a community youth drama program in preperation for an Easter play entitled "And in Heaven the Angels!" Anyone from local youth groups and area churches interested in joining the drama club are welcome. The drama club met Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. at the church, 109 North Greenwood Street, and will meet continue Monday evenings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. All ages are invited.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

As a Hazelton contractor's final payment application laid before the board at West Penn Township last evening, supervisors discussed mis-communication issues of the Berry Road Bridge project that unnecessarily cost taxpayers $14,700.

The design plans for the project were not carried out as they were supposed to be, according to the board, which resulted in a bridge being built that didn't meet code. By the time the engineer inspected it, the missteps were already made that cost taxpayers the extra money.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eight-month-old Shaniya Doyle looks out at the world from her seat in a snowman built over the weekend by her uncle, Travis Solomon of Lehighton. Shaniya is the daughter of John Doyle and Shirley Solomon.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Members of the Andreas George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069 will meet today at 7 p.m. at the West Penn Annex Building on Municipal Road, just off of SR309, in West Penn.

New members are always welcome to attend.

The Last Man's Club will follow at 7:30 p.m.

For more information call officers Eugene Schaeffer at (570) 386-3224 or (570) 668-1234.