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Thursday, June 21, 2012

A final discussion about the Packerton Yards Land Development project before the Mahoning Township Planning Commission Tuesday evening ended with Attorney Edward Hughes for the Carbon County Commissioners verbally agreeing to an extension for the plan until July 31 and a unanimous recommendation of a rejection of the existing plan by township planners unless a written extension is received. The issue separating the two parties is whether or not to install sidewalks in the industrial park.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Flagstaff Park in Jim Thorpe is a beehive of activity these days as A. Franklin Wehr, Lehighton, the owner, personally supervises several renovation projects, principal among which is conversion of the exterior of the former restaurant-tavern building into a Swiss chalet. Curt Bailey, New Ringgold, is the contractor. John Miorelli, Tamaqua, is the architect. When completed, the building will feature a restaurant and gift shop. The entire building will be done over with rough boards and heavy timbers, after which a dark paint stain will be applied.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mahoning Township supervisors accepted a new fire engine which literally arrived at the building about a half hour before the recent meeting. Fire Chief Mark Ebbert said it would take about a month to put it into service, but he was grateful to everyone for their roles in the replacement of the old apparatus.

"Kovatch had a lot of challenges to meet our needs and did it with ease. I want to thank the board, the residents and everyone for their support. It took us 30 years to replace it," said Ebbert during the public comment.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Members of the Coaldale American Legion salute the colors during the ceremony.

"Comrade Commander, the flags have been inspected and have become unserviceable in a worthy cause. I recommend they be honorably retired from further service," said Coaldale American Legion Sergeant at Arms Nancy Stevens to fill-in Commander John Rosahac during the start of the first American flag retirement ceremony held Saturday in Coaldale.

Members of the Coaldale American Legion Post 170, the Sons of the American Legion and Coaldale Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 hosted their first biennial flag retirement ceremony in the rear of the fire station.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A non-profit organization that gives families who are homeless shelter and help to get back on their feet is moving along well.

During the recent meeting of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative meeting, Bob Fatzinger, Family Promise of Carbon County executive director; and Larissa Kimmel, Family Promise of Carbon county president; provided the group with an update on the Family Promise program.

Since the organization began serving families last year, it has helped five families.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS

The Pennsylvania Villagers perform during the fifth annual Polkas for Pets at the Lehighton Community Grove. The Villagers have entertained at all five such events.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It will cost Palmerton Area School District nearly $30,000 to improve a sign in front of its senior high/junior high school complex.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to spend $29,800 to upgrade the electronic message sign in front of the complex.

Board President Barry Scherer said the sign would be paid for as follows: $10,241, plus accrued interest from the 2007 construction bond to close out that account; plus the balance paid from the capital reserve fund in the amount of $19,559.

Scherer noted the new sign would improve visibility for motorists

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
bob ford/times news

Volunteer firefighters from five communities worked together Tuesday afternoon to rescue a male who had fallen off the trail and down an embankment at Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe. The unidentified male reportedly sustained a knee injury. Responders were from the Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill and Penn Forest Fire Departments. Also at the scene was a crew from the Lehighton Ambulance Association. There were around 20 total responders on scene.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Bruce Wolfe, right, Franklin Township Fire Chief, accepts a check of $37,500 from Rod Green, chairman of the Franklin Township board of supervisors. Also seated in the background are Larry Smith and Paul Kocher, supervisors.

In a complete turnaround from last month, Rod Green, chairman of the Franklin Township board of supervisors, announced that shooting Canada geese in the Phifer Ice Dam Park is over, at least for now.

Green said that police will continue to have a presence in the park, but that police will be using blank shells to harass the geese from now on and will not be using live ammunition.