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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Representatives from Schuylkill County who serve in the state legislature and senate and a guest state senator from Dauphin County fielded questions with great aplomb at the annual convention of school directors from the districts who are members the Schuylkill Intermediate 29, which was held Monday evening in the auditorium of the Maple Avenue Campus of the IU in Norwegian Township.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nesquehoning Borough Water Authority met with the absence of members Bill Hausman and supervisor Mark Lopata.

Bills were approved and the transfer of funds took place.

Under correspondence the Environmental Protection Agency approved the water main replacement. They closed out the paperwork on a grant regarding water main replacements on Railroad Street, near the fire company, and Mill Street.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
AP Photos A long line of vehicles is formed along a street waiting to fill them up with gasoline at Ageo, today north of Tokyo. After last Thursday's earthquake hit, Shamokin native LouAnne (Rosini) Leon said the whole day was very reminiscent of 9/11, as "people were stranded everywhere, pouring out of the nonfunctioning subway stations, and walking across bridges."

TOKYO, JAPAN - It was cold and windy Friday, pretty much like it's been for the last week. My husband, Jorge, was in his office and our children, Kelsey and Alexander, were at their school, the American School in Japan (ASIJ) about an hour west of the city. I was relaxing with a group at Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club, watching friends play their semi-final match in a club tournament.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

There is a Carbon County Labor Council being organized. Membership is open to current union members who live in Carbon County (you may work outside Carbon County), and to retired Carbon County union members. The council will provide a voice for union members and their families within Carbon County.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Northern Lehigh School District continues to stack up well with its contemporaries in the classroom.

Karen Nicholas, assistant to the superintendent, reviewed the Pennsylvania Value-added Assessment System data with the school board on Monday.

"I'm very proud to announce every one of our schools in the school district is in the green band," said Nicholas.

Referred to as PVAAS, the data shows information on growth in the past, as well as projections to the future, Nicholas said.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

There was standing room only at the Slatington Borough Council meeting last night.

The primary issues were flooding in many residential basements, residents defending borough members who were marred on the website, www.improveslatington.com, and landlords who were disgruntled over the latest water rate controversy.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Location, location, location" was the axiom the Mahoning Township board of supervisors stressed to township resident Frank Chickilly of Oak Grove Road who approached the board with questions about opening a business on his property.

"An official of Mahoning Township who I approached about the idea told me it would be denied and I want to know why. There are six businesses around me so I don't understand why I would be denied," said Chickilly during the public comment.

"I was the one who talked to you," said Zoning Officer LeRoy Leibenguth, who was present at the meeting.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lansford residents have been getting notices in the mail from a Lancaster company concerning water service line insurance, and the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority wants them to know the mailings have nothing to do with the water authority.

Instead, they are from a company selling water service line insurance.

The notices are from the Home Service USA repair Management Corp. There is a paragraph at the bottom of the notice that says "Home Service is an independent company separate from your local utility or community."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mobile Veterans Center coming soon to Carbon County. From left are, Larry Heffley, third vice commander of the Vietnam Veterans Last Man's Club; John Williams, vice president of the Korean Veterans Last Man's Club; State Rep. Doyle Heffley; Fred Shaffer, commander of the Lehighton American Legion; Wayne Nothstein, member of the Vietnam Veterans Last Man's Club and Carbon County Commissioner; and Henry Desrosiers, director of Veterans Affairs for Carbon County.

A Mobile Veterans Center is coming soon to Carbon County.

The 38-foot van will be at the Lehighton American Legion Post 314, 314 Veterans Ave., Lehighton from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 and will be back every month. Future dates are April 26 and May 24.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley arranged for the van to visit Carbon County to assist veterans with a variety of issues.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured preparing vegetable beef soup during the Tamaqua Trinity UCC's first monthly soup kitchen is volunteer and cook Barbara Breiner.

Parishioners of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua held their first monthly community outreach soup kitchen this past Saturday in their social hall.

The free community dinner included vegetable beef soup, homemade bread, refreshments and a large variety of desserts.

Trinity UCC Reverend Dr. David Grant gives full credit to his parishioners for their desire to help the community and pointed out that the soup kitchen isn't only for low income, as anyone can come enjoy some great soup with great people.