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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Did you know that what children learn before kindergarten affects how well they will do in school and maybe even what career they will have?

Because quality early learning opportunities are vital to a child's success in school and in life, the Pennsylvania's Promise for Children campaign and Carbon County Early Care and Education's LEARN Team are recognizing October as Pennsylvania's Promise for Children Month.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

An exposed PPL wire laying on the ground between Hemlock Drive and Highland Hills Road had resident Joe McGinley concerned enough to come to the recent Mahoning Township supervisors meeting to ask if they could check on it.

"They put a temporary line on the ground and covered it with rubber mats and people are driving on it every day," said McGinley. "The power line crosses the road and goes directly into a transformer."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mahanoy Area School District won appeals before the Schuylkill Assessment Appeals Board after hearings at the courthouse.

The district won appeals concerning 35 properties located within the boundary of the school district and add to the district assessments on properties by $356,330 on which taxes are based. The board ruled on the following:

Thomas F. Dolbin, 1238 E. Center St., Mahanoy City, market value on his property was increased from $15,770 to $27,432 and the assessment from $7,885 to $13,715, an increase in assessment of $5,830.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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Youth got to enjoy many activities during the Back to School Bootcamp held recently at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. In addition to guest speakers, indoor activities, they learned about radio controlled aircraft as they visited the Tuscarora R/C Flying Club Field in Barnesville. Dina Depos, event organizer, is appreciative for all the volunteers who helped with the program.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Co-owner Morgan Jones Jr., left, and his son, Morgan Jones III, second from left, inspect the damage to the back of the diner after Sunday's fire.

Owners of the White Diner in South Tamaqua posted a message online that they plan to rebuild after a fire gutted a large portion of their diner Sunday afternoon.

The diner is closed because of fire, but the owners suggest on their Facebook page they plan to repair it or build a new one.

"We would like to thank our loyal patrons, who have been a second family to us, for all of your business and support. We will see you soon," the message states. The current general managers are Morgan Jones Jr. and Lori Horne.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Weissport resident alerted Weissport Council members that a blocked pipe in a drainage ditch is allowing mosquitoes to breed in an area between the alley and railroad tracks in the western part of town.

Roberta Kunkle said her basement recently flooded – something that had never occurred before – and after investigating, she found that a pipe leading from her property had a rock stuffed in it, causing her sump pump to work continuously.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit Tamaqua this Wednesday, Sept. 21, at St. John United Church of Christ, Pine and Biddle Streets. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in general good health is eligible to donate blood.

This visit will be sponsored by the Alpha Theta Masters chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. in the Nancy Run Fire Company Hall, 3564 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem.

The program includes an indoor mini-hamfest and a Halloween costume theme night! Members and interested general public are welcome.

FMI: www.dlarc.org, KE3AW@ARRL.NET, or (610) 432-8286.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Only a handful of seats remain for Carbon County veterans to take an all-expenses-paid bus trip to Washington D.C.

The fourth annual veterans trip to our nation's capitol will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Veterans will travel by bus and leave about 6:30 a.m.

The trip is for any veteran who hasn't gone in each of the past three years who either entered the service from Carbon County, or those who currently live in the county.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news Members of the Penn Kidder Area Council Events Committee are, standing rear, left to right : Keri Byrne, publisher of Blue Mountain Moments; Richard More, President of the Penn Kidder Area Council, Journal Newspapers; Dave Gasker, DJ "Davey G", 4D Karaoke/DJ Services and Entertainment; and seated/kneeling, left to right : Mari Gruber, Bear Mountain Butterflies; Dina Tulli - Davis, Guest Motivational Speaker, JumpSpark Creative Group; and Dave Figenshu, Vice President of the Penn Kidder Area Council, Mountain Image Marketing.

The Penn Kidder Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a "Business Card Exchange" mixer and fundraiser at Penn Forest #1 Fire Company.

The event was meant to bring the townships' business people together as well as being a fundraiser for the local food pantry and Penn Forest fire company.

The Penn Kidder Area Council is one of six councils of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, including Palmerton, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Penn Kidder, Weatherly, and Panther Valley.