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Friday, October 18, 2013

Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lehighton V.F.W.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The month board meeting for the Carbon County Fair will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the community room on the ground floor of the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital campus of Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton. Members interested in attending the zone meeting hosted by the Troy Fair should notify secretary Michele Fredericks.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2014 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at 570-325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com.

Friday, October 18, 2013

At a recent meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, Peter Kern, treasurer, introduced the new bylaws that he helped rewrite over the past year. He said at the society's Oct. 14 meeting, the ones being used were still under the name Lehigh Gap Preservation Society and Museum.

The name change to Palmerton Area Historical Society is the major change.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lansford Borough Council voted to spend nearly $126,000 for a new snow plow truck to replace the borough's inoperable one.

Friday, October 18, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This sign now greets visitors as they traverse the new entrance to Blue Mountain Resort.

Blue Mountain Resort's bid to become a year-round entertainment complex has hit the ground running.

Officials gathered Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the new road to usher in the beginning of Blue Mountain's largest construction project, Summit Splash Water Park.

Scheduled to open in the spring of 2015, the park is expected to create omore than 200 full-time jobs. Once completed, Summit Splash will include a giant wave pool, a lazy river, and tubing slides all in a beautiful mountain setting.

Friday, October 18, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Ali Rhoades Hobbs, daughter of the late state Sen. James Rhoades, one of the driving forces behind the SHINE program, right, addresses Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE Afterschool program, after she announced a donation from the James J. and Mary Edith Rhoades Foundation, on Thursday evening during the 14th annual National Lights On Celebration at Carbon Career & Technical Institute.

Thursday was truly a celebration for the Carbon and Schuylkill County SHINE Afterschool Program.

During the 14th annual National Lights On Celebration, held locally this year at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe, a number of officials announced significant funding awards to the program; as well as a partnership to help police departments in Carbon and Schuylkill counties. The evening also highlighted the children involved in the SHINE programs.

Friday, October 18, 2013

SLATINGTON, Pa. (AP) – A pilot has been injured after his airplane flipped on the runway at a small eastern Pennsylvania airport.

WFMZ-TV said the accident happened shortly after noon on Thursday at Slatington Airport in Lehigh County.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot was landing his small, single-engine Cessna L-19 when it flipped on the runway.

The FAA will investigate the crash. No immediate details were available on what caused the accident.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Kidder Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Polanski put forth a motion for the purchase of a 2013 Caterpillar 416F backhoe at a cost of $82,323 at Thursday evening's board of supervisors meeting.

"We have an additional $108,000 in unanticipated revenue from a grant reimbursement that came in 2013," explained Polansky.

In the past the township has rented a backhoe several times throughout the year. At last month's budget workshop Polansky had asked township manager Lisa Klem to look into the cost of purchasing a backhoe.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Second St., Lehighton, will hold 22nd Sunday after Pentecost worship at 9 a.m., with the celebration of holy communion. The Rev. Guy Grube will preside. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Sunday School classes meet at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3 through grade 12.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Palmerton hopes to soon award a contract for its solid waste collection.

The borough received three bids on Thursday, with Tamaqua Transfer turning in the apparent low bids of $1,044,000 for a three-year trash/recycling contract, and $1,767,840 for a five-year contract.

Alternate bids submitted by Tamaqua Transfer were $1,444,000 for three-year trash tote; $1,114,000 for three-year recycling tote; $2,267,840 for five-year trash tote; and $1,837,840 for 5-year trash tote.