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Friday, January 11, 2013

A Lansford police officer has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation by Pennsylvania State Police, Lansford Mayor Ron Hood said early Friday.

The identity of the officer has not been released, nor were details of the investigation.

Hood said the matter originated in Summit Hill, and was turned over to state police in order to avoid a conflict of interest.

Lansford council President Rosemary Cannon and other officials declined to comment, referring the TIMES NEWS to Hood.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Pennsylvania Public Private Transportation Partnership (P3) Board today approved a project soliciting private sector proposals to manage and operate PennDOT's 511 system, 511PA, as well as the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Roadway Information Program (TRIP).

Thursday, January 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters were quick to quell a duplex fire yesterday in Packer Township. Two families, including a 5-day-old baby boy, were displaced by the fire.

Two families, including a 5-day old infant, were displaced yesterday in Packer Township after a fire damaged their duplex home along Packer Drive. One of the residents called 911 after seeing dark smoke coming from the ceiling and walls of the home.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jacqueline Mock presents the program of Beatrix Potter that she has been doing for 30 years at the Western Pocono Community Library. Potter was the author of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit." Here Mock, using her own illustration from the book, explains how Potter's knowledge of the English countryside, natural history and human foibles, is portrayed in her books.

When Jacqueline Mock begins to talk, her passion for her subject takes over and listeners are able to envision the fascinating life of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved story of Peter Rabbit.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kovatch Mobile Equipment in Nesquehoning were recipients of two plaques presented by Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle, who also serves as president of the Ambulance Corp, for the years of service to the community. Receiving the Corporate Citizens Award are John Kovatch IV (left), vice president of customer service and John Kovatch III, CEO. The Nesquehoning firefighter employees of KME, Monday through Friday, respond to medical emergencies in the borough of Nesquehoning, supplementing the volunteer staff that leaves the borough for employment outside the borough.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participating in the ramp ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Summit Hill Heritage Association are from left, Bobby O'Gurek; Dawn Ferrante, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Carbon County Economic Development; Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard; Martha Rex, Chamber of Commerce; Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle; "Elvis" (Johnny M.); and Dave Wargo, Summit Hill Heritage Center vice-president.

Come one, come all!

In an ongoing effort to reach out to every member of the community, the Summit Hill Heritage Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday to celebrate its new handicap accessible ramp.

"It's been a couple years in the works," said center president Deb Ranck.

Of course, money was an issue.

But that is where Summit Hill resident, Bobby O'Gurek stepped in. O'Gurek, who designed and maintains the center's website, posts all the updates for upcoming events at the center.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Palmerton Area Historical Society will start off the new year with one of its most popular programs, "Show and Tell." Everyone is encouraged to bring an item to share that has a story to it or is of interest, mystery or intrigue. The program will be held Monday, Jan. 14, in the Knight's Gallery of the Palmerton Area Library. A brief business meeting starts at 7 p.m. followed by the program.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services announces that there are chore minor home repair services available for income eligible county homeowners who are personally unable to perform certain home maintenance tasks and have no other responsible person available or capable of performing these tasks.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Families looking to transfer their students from a public school to private Catholic school will have a unique opportunity this winter, thanks to the School Choice Scholarships offered at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton.

Scholarships worth up to $2,000 are being offered for children who wish to transfer to Ss. Peter and Paul School from a public school during the spring semester. These scholarships cover approximately 80 percent of the cost of attending the parochial school, and are provided by CEO America and the Children's Educational Opportunity Fund in Allentown.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors have started the demolition of the former three-story Napoli Luncheonette building, 54 Mauch Chunk Street, in Tamaqua. The building was sold to Day Job Property Management on June 20, 2012, for $25,000 from previous owner Tamaqua Real Estate No. 3 Corporation. Attorney Jeff Bonacci said the building will be deconstructed rather than demolished with the first and second floors done by hand. He added that any artifacts discovered during the razing process were turned over to the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum.