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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The 2011-2012 officers of the Western Pocono Women's Club are, left to right: Vicki Connor, president, Paulette Sebring, vice president, Bobbi Fisher, secretary and Judy Smith, treasurer.

The new 2011-2012 Western Pocono Women's Club officers and new members were installed at the May Banquet held at the Effort Methodist Church with 38 ladies attending. The new officers are, left to right: President, Vicki Connor; Vice President, Paulette Sebring; Secretary, Bobbi Fisher; Treasurer, Judy Smith. Thanks to the banquet committee, Fern Smith, Kay Charbonnier and Darlene Beers, the evening was judged to be a success.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Surveyor Bruce Steigerwalt, PE, PLS stood before the West Penn Township planning commission Tuesday at the municipal building with a preliminary sketch plan for the Hoffman property located in East and West Penn in hopes to figure out how to equally divide it among Carol Hoffman's family before presenting it to the zoning board to seek approval.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the fourth marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The six-man Lansford Borough maintenance cre and borough council remain deadlocked in negotiations centered around a new three-year contract and a strike by the Teamster Union affiliates dating back to June 3 continues. Al Abruzzi, president of Teamster Local 773, said the borough council turned down the latest offer by the employees. The men had asked for a salary increase of 35 cents an hour for the first two years and 30 cents per hour during the third year of the three-year pact.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Officers pictured from back left are Raymond Tonkinson, Mahoning Township; Chief Mike Morresi, Beaver Meadow; Joseph Lawrence, Lehighton; Chief Brian Johnson, West Penn Township; and Carol Alonge, PATSN Regional Coordinator. From front left are officers Steve Stinsky, Schuylkill Haven State Police; Richard Bekesy, Rush Township;Frank Lorah, Franklin Township; and Brian Cawley, Lehighton State Police.

The North Central Highway Safety Network, in conjunction with Buckle UP PA and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recognized Schuylkill and Carbon county police officers and departments for their dedication and commitment to the PA Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PAADEEP) during an awards presentation held Tuesday at the Ambulance Building in Frackville.

The presentation was done in cooperation with the Community Traffic Safety Project and is part of PennDot's Drive Safe PA initiative.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Merkel and Derek Ahner from the Carbon County Technical Institute receive scholarships from the Lions. On the left is President Jean Smith and on the right is Larry Engle who made the presentations. Other recipients are Jordyn Homyak from Lehighton High School and Andrew McReynolds from Palmerton High School.

President Jean Smith opened the June 20 meeting of the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions with the singing of "America" and the Pledge of Allegiance. It was the 35th annual charter-observance meeting and was held at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building.

Burdell Steigerwalt, who gave the invocation, thanked God for his guidance and help. A moment of silence was held for deceased members.

Smith led the Lions' toast: "Not above you, not beneath you, but with you."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Three Panther Valley men charged with starting a fire in an unoccupied building in Lansford on June 4 have waived their magistrate hearings.

The defendants are:

Ÿ Jeremy Scott Schmick, 27, West Hazard Street, Summit Hill - Arson, criminal conspiracy, two counts of criminal trespass, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal mischief.

Ÿ Michael Ryan Zuber, 25, of East Ridge Street, Lansford - Two counts of arson, criminal conspiracy, two counts of criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Construction of Palmerton's new $10 million wastewater treatment plant is in full swing Tuesday afternoon. The treatment plant is expected to be completed by fall of 2012.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton police have moved into their new station on South Third Street, which is named for the borough's long-time mayor. The former meeting room of the Lehighton Fire Department in its Station 2 building was converted due to overcrowded conditions at the municipal building, where the police were located for at least 75 years.

The Lehighton Police Department has its first new headquarters in more than 75 years.

The department moved from the municipal building on Second Street to what was the former Engine Company No. 2 building, and then Station 2, of the Lehighton Fire Department in the 100 block of South Third Street.

The move has been planned for at least two years.

Work on renovations to the former fire station began in January 2010. Initially, occupancy was scheduled for August of last year, but complications with the heating system and several plan changes resulted in the delays.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

West Penn Township's Sewer Committee and area specialist Sean McElroy from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continued Tuesday evening creating a plan to bring public sewage facilities to five communities in the area: South Tamaqua, Clamtown, Reynolds in Walker Township, Andreas and Snyders.