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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Wear It Again Boutique has all the latest kids clothes fashions at a fraction of the price. The ribbon for the new store was cut on Saturday. The store is located on Route 903 at Big Bear Center, near the intersection of Route 534. From left are, front row, Mia Schoenberger, Koy Wentz and Nathan Steigerwalt; and back row, Brian Marshall, Troy Schoenberger, Dapper Dan, Tami Davenport, Jennifer Bruno and Shaun Bruno, holding Jackson Bruno.

Wear It Again Boutique owners Tami Davenport of Blakeslee and Jennifer Bruno of Freeland asked themselves, "Why is anyone paying retail prices for kids clothes when they grow so fast?"

Davenport and Bruno, along with their close family members, cut a ribbon on Saturday, marking the opening of "Wear It Again Boutique." located in the Big Bear Center, Albrightsville on Route 903, near the intersection of Route 534.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Jamie Lee Nicholas

After listening to repeated pleas for help from borough homeowners who are dealing with blighted neighboring properties, Coaldale council on Tuesday hired Jamie Lee Nicholas as a part-time code enforcement officer.

Nicholas, who lives on Greenwood Street in the Seek section of town, replaced Mark Richards, who resigned last month. Upon accepting Richards' resignation, council had appointed Deborah Hatmaker to the position; however, she resigned within the week.

Nicholas told council he's up to the task.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public debate among the Schuylkill County Commissioner candidates today, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Tamaqua Community Center, rear Center Street.

Republican candidates will be Frank Staudenmeier, the current minority commissioner, and George Halcovage, an insurance agent and Schuylkill community delegate, while the Democratic candidates are Gary Hess, mayor of Schuylkill Haven, and John Plachko Jr., a building contractor.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Western Pocono Lioness Club held their annual fashion show and luncheon at The Hideaway. Modeling fashions from Coldwater Creek and Alfred Dunner were runway ready Lioness members left to right: Jo Baltzer, Stephanie Green, Carol Hudson, Terry Reinhart, Claudette Seager, Angie Bremer, Pat Brooks, Joyce Castillo, Nancy Christman, Joan Hoffman and Margaret Kluk.

Women love lunching with friends and volunteering for their community. Throw in a fashion show and you've got a winning combination that spells Western Pocono Lioness Club.

The club's biggest fundraiser of the year is the fashion show held at The Hideaway.

This year's president, Virginia Lamendola, graciously greeted members and visitors, Tail Twister Nancy Beck entertained with her funny stories, and 83 wonderful door prizes were given away. Several lucky ladies walked away with some fabulous prizes from the Chinese auction.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Candidates for Carbon County Commissioner and county sheriff will participate in a debate on Monday, Oct. 17.

The event, sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project, will be held at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall and begins at 7 p.m. It will be broadcast live on Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

The moderator is Kim Bell, general manager of Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

The first half-hour will involve the two candidates for sheriff Dwight Nothstein and Steve Armbruster.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ALLENTOWN – After consideration of public input and careful study of the region, PPL Electric Utilities has chosen a route for a new power line as part of a project to improve electric service for homes and businesses in northeast Pennsylvania and the Poconos, the company said.

The new power line and three new substations will provide safe and reliable electricity to homes and businesses in the region, said David Bonenberger, general manager-Transmission Operations.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One supervisor's allegations of some improper meetings that may have violated the township's Sunshine Law during the officials portion of the last Mahoning Township supervisors' meeting was met with a statement at last night's supervisor's meeting that supervisors may not have properly identified some executive sessions that took place to deal with personnel issues involving the police department earlier this year and more than two supervisors may have attended the meetings.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Summit Hill couple last night criticized the borough's zoning enforcement officer for threatening them with a fine and confronting them on an issue in a crowded grocery store.

James and Cathy Gieniec of Mountaintop Drive said they were told they could be hit with a $500 fine for not complying with a situation that existed when they bought their home 11 years ago.

The zoning officer, Larry Marek, wasn't at the meeting because he is reportedly on vacation.

James Gieniec said the problems started when he considered putting a shed on his property.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

In need of school equipment?

If so, then Northern Lehigh School District could serve as a one-stop shop.

The district will hold a yard sale Oct. 21-22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the district bus garage.

Greg Derr, director of support services and transportation, told the school board on Monday that local community groups are invited as well "to do some fundraising."

Used desks/chairs, office furniture, filing cabinets, older partitions, cafeteria tables and book shelves are among the items that are for sale, Derr said.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Summit Hill woman pleaded with Summit Hill Borough Council last night to expedite adoption of a landlord-tenant ordinance.

She said a neighboring house was purchased by a New York man who turned it into a rental property.

"It's a nightmare," she said.

She said the lawn was cut just once or twice all summer, the dogs bark constantly, the TV is played so loud she can't hear her own, there are basement sewage problems, and they place their garbage bags with hers.