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Monday, March 21, 2011

Kidder Township Supervisors adopted an Ordinance regulating the Gas and Oil operations in the Township on Thursday night at the regular meeting.

According to adopted Ordinance 148, it says, The Board of Supervisors of "The Township of Kidder believe it is in the best interest of the Township of Kidder to promote oil and gas regulation, development and production in the Township by establishing specific standards…"

The ordinance defines terminology in the gas and oil industry, words which are becoming more familiar as gas and oil exploration becomes paramount.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Carbon County officials rejected the sole bid for a major upgrade project at the 911 Communications Center in Nesquehoning.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to reject the $215,830.87 bid from TuWay Communications in Bethlehem for the Tech Refresh Update/911 project.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said the reason for the board rejecting the bid was because they thought it was too high.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Carbon County has set a date to meet with the municipalities that have expressed interest in partnering for a grant to replace their emergency services radios, pagers, and phones.

Monday, March 21, 2011
Gene Duffy

Gene Duffy, a Jim Thorpe resident, has announced his bid for Carbon County Commissioner.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Over $20,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to lucky supporters of the Men of Marian's 21st Annual Chinese Auction, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and April 3, 2011, at Marian High School.

Through the generosity of numerous business people in the Carbon/Schuylkill/Luzerne county region, parents and friends of Marian High School students, the auction will offer not only the largest selection of items and gifts, but some of the most valuable as well.

Monday, March 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tolena Hofstetter, 3, plays with her mom, Amanda Hofstetter, at the North and Middle Ward Playground in Tamaqua, while McKenzee Coombe, 6, sits behind Calissa Blackwell, 7, as they travel down a

slide.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Palmerton Area School District Board of Directors Budget & Finance Committee meeting has been canceled and changed to a board workshop regarding the budget and such other matters as may come before the board on Tuesday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Carbon County Board of Commissioners ratified a "declaration of disaster emergency" incident to the March 13-14 blizzad that struck the region, a move aimed at recovering $761,440 in estimated snow-removal costs for its municipalities. The commissioners sanctioned actions taken by Carl S. Merluzzi, the county's emergency management coordinator, in coordinating the activities of the emergency response to alleviate the effects of the disaster. Most of the area was hit with about two feet of snow from the storm.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The replacement of its high school roof is chief among a list of five projects Palmerton Area School District will accept proposals on next month.

The district will accept bids for the high school roof replacement project until 10 a.m. April 18. Later that day, the district will accept bids for the S.S. Palmer generator replacement at 1 p.m.; Towamensing Elementary playground access at 1:30 p.m.; high school UST removal at 2 p.m.; and Towamensing Elementary deck and rails at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, March 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Zumba classes are becoming more popular throughout the country. Dozens of new Zumba classes have gained popularity throughout our region as well. Pictured is Tamaqua YMCA Zumba dance instructorJennifer Eberts. More than 60 people fill the Tamaqua YMCA twice a weekduring the YMCA's Zumba dance sessions held Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.