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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Road work and property matters were the bulk of Polk Township Supervisors meeting.

Property matters included giving a time extension to the request for the preliminary/final land development plan of a Commercial Solar Farm. The Planning Commission had recommended the time extension to Dec. 11. Both Chairman Ahner and Vice Chairman Michael Hurley voted affirmatively on the request with Supervisor Nancy May absent due to a family matter.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earthquakes having magnitudes greater than a 5, the size of the one centered just northwest of Richmond, Va. Tuesday that rocked much of the East Coast, can occur in Pennsylvania.

This was demonstrated by the 5.2 magnitude earthquake that was centered in Crawford County on Sept. 25, 1998. Although it is not known to have experienced an earthquake with magnitude greater than 4.7, southeastern Pennsylvania is the state's most seismically active region. But historical records go back only about 200 years, so the area could have been affected by a quake before that time period.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Proudly displaying their bleenies are Romayne Joseph, left, and Connie Garzio.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In the article, "Rockin' Rescue offered education, resources and services," published in Monday's edition of the TIMES NEWS, the web address Sarah Bauer's photo site smbSnaps was incorrect. The correct website address is http://smbsnaps.com.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Master Gardener Julie Foley, right, helps a mother and her children add their contributions to the compost bin during the last composting event. There will be another composting event at Mauch Chunk Lake Park this Saturday.

Carbon County residents can learn about the benefits of composting and enjoy s'mores at the same time this weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Carbon County Master Gardeners, a service group of the Penn State Extension; and Mauch Chunk Lake Park, will team up to host S'mores and More by The Campfire at the park. The event, which is free to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., at the picnic area around the new camp store.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Carbon County Environmental Education Center, 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill, will hold a program, "Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear? at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

In our busy lives, we rarely take the time to stop and listen to what nature has to say. This program will give everyone a chance to do that. Leave the rat race behind for an hour to stop, look and listen to your surroundings.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Pictured during a recent bake sale benefit for the park from front left are Dart Jones, Ashley Matalavage, Rachael Jones, Tanisha Farber and Randi-Lynn Frocie. From back, left are Vice President Alex Boyer, Amber Jones, secretary James Deem and President Justin Startzel.

The newly forming Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park Association, TASWPA, is seeking new members or volunteers for its association.

Justin Startzel, president, stated "Our goal is to rejuvinate the park, making it an even more pleasant place for family and youth to visit and enjoy."

The association, comprised primarily of young adults, and other local volunteers have already cleaned the park, pulled weeds, painted skate equipment, and held a bake sale. They are also planning on holding a skate show and music event at the park.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pennsylvania residents with a motorcycle license or learner's permit still have time to take free courses through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program to obtain their license or enhance their riding skills, PennDOT said.

Courses for new and experienced riders are available at approximately 70 locations statewide through October. A full schedule is available online at www.pamsp.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area High School Principal Tim Tkach was guest speakerat a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. Hediscussedthe newly-formed Lehighton AreaDrug andAlcohol Task Force - which is made up of interestedparents, school representatives, and community organizations/agencies. Picturedleft toright are Tkach,Lehighton Rotary ClubPresident Erica Heery, and Rotarian John Hanosek.Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays from 7:30to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner/Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lehighton Borough Council said last night it will look outside the town's police department for a new chief.

The council, by a 5-2 vote, agreed to draw up specifications for the position and advertise in publications such as borough newsletters for applicants.

Previously the council asked members of the department to submit applications for the post. Four members of the eight-man department were interviewed last week.

The council went into executive session last night and afterward made its decision.