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Friday, September 20, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Presiding over the Carbon County Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees were, from left, Vince Spisak, Carbon County PASR retirement planning committee chairperson; Wanda Tracey, guest speaker, director of HOP (Health Options Program); Janet Hall, Carbon County PASR president.

The Carbon County Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) recently held a special meeting to discuss health benefits for school retirees.

The meeting was sponsored by the chapter's retirement planning committee. More than 40 retirees attended.

Speaker for the event was Wanda Tracey, the director of HOP (Health Options Program), a group health insurance program for school retirees. Tracey offered a short presentation and answered questions about HOP.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The North Central Regional DUI Program has announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted between Sept. 19-23 and 26-29, on Routes 209, 248, 443, 902, and 903 in Carbon County.

Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911. To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Peter Kern was asked to fill in as a last minute speaker at the Palmerton Area Historical Society when Brian Snyder was unable to provide the program on Indians that was scheduled.

There may not have been Polaroid cameras except that the Zinc Company learned to make the battery packs that were needed. That was only one of the many products Kern talked about that were made outside the Palmerton area.

Zinc oxide was used in paint for undercoating cars and zinc dust was used for the batteries. The batteries were the most technically difficult to produce.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Gubernatorial candidate Ed Pawlowski.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski visited Lehighton on Wednesday to announce his candidacy for the governor's seat.

Pawlowski will vie in the May 20 primary election for his party's nomination to the November 2014 ballot against a slate of fellow Democrats that so far include announced candidates Montgomery County congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, York County businessman Tom Wolf, former Department of Environmental Protection heard John Hanger; former DEP secretary Kathleen McGinty, Cumberland County pastor Max Myers and Cumberland County Commissioners Jo Ellen Litz.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A new consolidated school for Summit Hill is proposed. The present high and grade school was built in 1874 and is reported unsafe. The junior high was built in 1927 and houses grades one to eight.

It is proposed to erect a building costing $150,000, 55 percent of which would be furnished by the state and 45 percent by the federal government.

The new building would be leased to the borough for approximately $3,000 per year for 30 years when it would be turned over to the school district.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This WWII Halftrack is typical of the wide variety of military vehicles and hardware will be present at the Redball Military Transport Club's annual "Rally and Swap Meet" at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert on Friday and Saturday.

History will come alive Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21 at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert as the Redball Military Transport Club holds its annual "Rally and Swap Meet" there.

The club is an organization of individuals interested in collecting, restoring, displaying and enjoying antique historic military transport equipment, vehicles, and mobile weaponry transport.

Their vehicles represent military equipment from 1941 on up to the present day.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Community supper

St. Mark's Episcopal Church will hold its free community dinner on Sunday, Sept. 22. The meal of pork and sauerkraut will be served from 4-6 p.m. For more information call (570) 325-2241.

Borough council vacancy

There is vacancy on the Jim Thorpe Borough Council. If you would like to become a part of the council, a letter of interest must be sent to the borough office. The deadline for the letters to be received is Sept. 27. Please mark the envelope to the attention of Louise Bott. Bible study

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall was discussed during a meeting of the Jim Thorpe Borough Council.

During the public comment period, some issues and concerns were mentioned by residents.

There were concerns over the cost of Memorial Hall to the borough.

Council member John McGuire stated that there is still $400,000 owed for Memorial Hall and the borough is responsible for it.

Some residents suggested selling the building or renting it out.

"We can't sell the building. We don't own the land. We own the building," stated councilmember Kyle Sheckler.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Restructuring of two strategic components within the county operations were discussed at the work session of the Schuylkill County Commissioners held Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Action will be taken at the pubic meeting next Wednesday in oder to give time to the county controller to review the reconstruction as he was out of town and could not attend the work session.

Mark Scarbinsky, county administrator, presented the plan for the commissioners review. The changes he proposed were as follows:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

State Rep. Doyle Heffley is announcing his veterans outreach hours for the remaining weeks of September.

The Mobile Veterans Center will visit the American Legion in Lehighton on Monday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The legion is located at 314 Veterans Ave. Some of the services provided at the center for veterans and their dependents include individual, group, family and bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for Veterans Affairs benefits; employment counseling; guidance and referrals; and alcohol and drug assessments.