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Thursday, September 22, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Liz Stauffer waters flowers in a bed in front of the Osprey House. She and husband Nick Malcolm are living in the basement of the Osprey House at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and serving as caretakers. Stauffer said that with the new plantings, she has been watering often.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Rev. Joseph Lachcik enjoys a happy moment with his family at a retirement luncheon held for him at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown. He served the parish for 11 years. From left to right are his daughter, Elizabeth Altemose, his wife, Nancy holding their grandson, Dean Altemose, III, Pastor Joe, his daughter, Katie. Standing in the back is his son-in-law, Dean Altemose, II and his son, Joe Zach.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania woman's porcine pet can stay.

The Whitehall Township zoning board approved a variance Tuesday that will allow Holly Hacker to keep her potbellied pig, Porkus Maximus, at her home.

Hacker had been issued a citation for violating the township's livestock rules by keeping the pig at her home.

Hacker's attorney says Porkus has a dog house and a doggie door.

Hacker herself says the dog sometimes sleeps in her bed. She argued Porkus wasn't being kept for sale or profit and therefore shouldn't qualify as livestock.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area High School senior Kalyn Lehr wears the top she said a student recently received a warning for because it was deemed not to be in compliance with the district's dress code.

Dress code controversy is back in full swing in the Palmerton Area School District.

Less than a month after the start of school, several students and parents peppered the school board with questions on Tuesday related to the district's current dress code policy.

Prior to the public participation portion of the meeting on agenda items only, board President Barry Scherer told the audience that the board was aware there are "many issues about the dress code."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Rush Township board of supervisors failed to unanimously agree on several road and sewer issues at Tuesday's regular meeting, held at the municipal building.

A 2-1 majority approved advertising the Hometown Area Safe Routes Project. With a grant from PennDOT Transportation Enhancement Funding for $204,000, the township is left with a $36,000 cost to cover the project.

Vice Chairman Shawn Gilbert voted no because last month he said he doesn't think the township's general fund has the money needed; he is against it this month as well.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Affirmation of Confirmation was adminstered on June 12 in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the Rev. Phyllis Wolford. This year's class of confirmands included Matthew Fannock, Rachel Keich, Jessica Knapp, Rachael Paisley and Vanessa Solt.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tamaqua Borough Council approved the "plain English" statement to accompany the ballot referendum regarding the wildcat sewers that they approved earlier this month.

The referendum, which asks voters if the borough should consider incurring up to $500,000 worth of debt to provide relief to property owners who were required to connect to the public sewer system by Aug. 31. The "plain English" version spells out exactly what that could mean for the residents of Tamaqua, including a tax increase or a hike in sewer rates.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Kerry Collins, manager of the new Lowe's in Lehighton, which will open for business at 6 a.m. tomorrow, takes inventory of appliances at the new store.

Although it was announced Lowe's in Lehighton would open Friday, the store manager said the doors will open to customers a day early.

The opening will be at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

A grand opening will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

The manager is Kerry Collins, who transferred to Lehighton from a new store in eastern Lancaster County.

The store will be open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Collins said he is impressed with the work the employees have done in getting the store ready for the opening.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Schuylkill County coroner ruled the death of an 18-year-old Berks County man Sunday at Tuscarora State Park in Schuylkill County as accidental.

State police at Frackville said Gicardo Jeanbaptiste, 18, of Lenhartsville, was at the park with a church group about 5:30 p.m. when he apparently walked into the water to a spot where there is a deep drop.

Another person in the group who saw Jeanbabaptiste flailing in the water and tried to help but Jeanbaptiste began struggling and pulled the rescuer under the water.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

At a meeting Tuesday, the Tamaqua Area School Board approved a list of coaches, advisers, volunteer coaches, and volunteer assistants for the 2011-12 school year contingent upon submission of necessary documentation.

The following were approved: Adrian Bumbulsky, Tamaqua, assistant swimming coach, $1,500; Allen Graver, Tamaqua, seventh grade boys basketball coach, $1,650; James McCabe, no town given, head wrestling coach, $5,007; and Jon Maschak, Quakake, volunteer assistant wrestling coach.