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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lehighton Light and Power is turning to customers to recoup increased electricity costs brought on by the harsh winter.

On a 5-0 vote, borough council at a special meeting agreed to recover the charges of the Power Purchase Cost Adjustment over a fixed period of a three-month period, from March through May.

Councilmen Scott Rehrig, Darryl Arner, John Kreitz, Councilwoman Helen Torok and council President Grant Hunsicker were in favor. Councilwoman Bessie Bauchspies and Councilman Joe Flickinger were absent.

Rehrig said, "It's fair to stretch it out for three months."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

John Stoj of Albrightsville fired up his wood stove Monday night, hoping to tamp down a surging electric bill.

"I'm bordering on $400 for my electric bill," he said.

Stoj, a retiree who relies on electric baseboard heat, is keeping most of the rooms in his home closed off to save money. He bought the wood stove several years.

He's not alone. As this winter's deep freeze continues, homeowners are turning down thermostats, using space heaters and doing whatever they can to manage steadily climbing heating bills.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Joanne Scott, a volunteer at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, hangs an entry for the photography contest. Staff at the center are encouraging photographers of all skill levels to enter photos.

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center is calling all photographers.

The center, located along Lentz Trail in Summit Hill, is hosting its third annual Photography Contest throughout the month of March. This year's theme is Carbon County.

Jeannie Carl, naturalist at the center, said there are three categories wildlife, macro and landscape photography.

The center will display the pieces all month to allow for visitors to vote for their favorite. Two professional photographers will then judge the entries at the end of the month.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Winners for the Cub Scout Pack 41 2014 Pine Wood Derby were: Left to right-Fifth place, Noah Bollinger; First place Arron Gardner; Third place, CJ Kern; Fourth place, Dylan Kern; Second place, Dave Hartranft. These boys are now eligible to represent Cub Pack 41 at the North Valley District Pine Wood Derby on Saturday, April 20 in Whitehall Township.

Cub Pack 41 ... start your engines.

The pack recently held their annual Pine Wood Derby at the Holy Trinity Church in Palmerton.

Nineteen Scouts, representing area Tiger, Wolf, Bears and Webelos 1 and Webelos 2 packs were present at the event to race their cars as family members cheered them on.

Each boy, along with help from family members, built their car from a block of wood made of pine, four plastic wheels and nails. The Scout is able to carve and decorate the car to their own style. The car must not exceed a certain weight.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
special to the times news Summit Hill Lions Club members who are involved in 15th anniversary activities include, front l-r, Pastor Jim Burdess, Bob Crampsie, Tom Midas, Jim McHugh, Mark Sverchek, Joe O'Gurek and Tom Ponting second row l-r, Jonathan Vermillion, Janel Tirpak, Shawn Clark and Kathy Crampsie, and back l-r, TJ Porambo, Anne Sverchek and Judy Midas.

The Summit Hill Lions Club will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on March 30.

Some members of the club met recently at the Mansion House Restaurant in Summit Hill where they paid tribute to the efforts of the club's founder and first president Jerome Rhodunda, who died in 2006.

The main speaker at the event was photographer Andy Leibenguth of Tamaqua.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host a special panel presentation with representatives from five prominent land trusts and conservancies preserving properties in the Poconos to explain what they do and how they do it.

The panel will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center at 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO This photo shows the underside of the Thomas McCall bridge before workers set up the staging area. The $10-million to $11-million project involves rehabilitation of the structure. The bridge carries Route 209 traffic across the Lehigh River, Lehigh Canal, Norfolk Southern Railroad and other local roads.

An update by Bob Schaeffer of J.D. Eckman, superintendent of the McCall bridge construction project, brought some unwelcome news to Weissport residents who may want to sleep during working hours.

Schaeffer attended the Weissport Council meeting on Monday night to provide an update on the project, and to tell council that during the height of the construction there will be a need to park at least 40 to 50 construction workers cars while they work on the bridge.

Schaeffer said that he was looking at lots to rent to park the vehicles to lessen the impact on borough workers.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

During public comment at Monday's Penn Forest Township meeting, township auditor, Matthew Schutter, continued to make claims against the board of supervisors and office staff.

Schutter said he was called and asked to bring his ID and other information to the township building last Wednesday.

"At 8 a.m. the following morning I received a phone call from a Pennsylvania State Trooper, Rabinal (sic) or something like that, telling me that if I come back to the township building I am going to be arrested," said Schutter.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lenten services begin with Ash Wednesday this week in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Pine Street, Tamaqua.

Ashes will be distributed at the 8 a.m. Mass and the 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club donated pet food to the Carbon County Animal Shelter. From left are, Jane Longazel, Dale Reeder, Richard Anthony, Tina Dittmar, part time K-9 officer; and Sue Anthony, club secretary.

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club recently made a donation of several large bags of pet food to Carbon County Animal Shelter.

While at the shelter, club members were given a tour and were introduced to dogs that were available for adoption by K-9 officer Tom Connors.

Connors said that it take a lot to keep the shelter going and donations such as the clubs is greatly appreciated.

After leaving the dog shelter, the club members stoped by the Carbon County Friends of Animals cat shelter to donated some cat food and treats.