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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Contracts were awarded by the Schuylkill County Commissioners for construction of handicap accesses at the West Penn Township Park and Pine Grove Township municipal building, in action taken at Wednesday's work session held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Spotts Brothers of Schuylkill Haven was awarded the contract in the amount of $33,419 for the West Penn Township project and Arthur "Pat" Aungst, Pine Grove, in the amount of $13,374 for the Pine Grove Township project.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS New inductees in the Daniel I. Farren Chapter of Lehighton Area High School's National Honor Society are, seated from left, Sara Wingert, Brianna Karpowicz, Shelby Snyder, Holly Hinkle, Danielle Guckin, Leah Hoover and Ellen Perkins. Second row, Abigail Applegate, Gwendolyn Remaley, Kamara Litchauer, Kelsey Andrews, Catrina Strubinger, Emily Schaude and Devin Frantz. Third row, NHS advisor Matthew Fisher, Joseph Blauch, Kyle Collins, Brandon Cressley, Michael Haydt, Nicholas Hill and Kirkland Breiner.

Thirteen juniors and seven seniors joined the Daniel I. Farren Chapter of Lehighton Area High School's National Honor Society during Wednesday night's induction ceremony, held at the high school.

Following a piano prelude by Keturah Hinkle, NHS advisor Matthew Fisher welcomed family and friends to the induction.

He commended the students for their well-rounded personalities and explained that the NHS members have been involved in food and clothing drives, are tutors and are active members of their community.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A snowstorm which arrived early this morning dumped up to 10 inches of white stuff on parts of the Pocono Mountains and left 47,000 PP&L customers in Northeastern Pennsylvania without power. What began as rain accompanied by thunder and lightning in the Carbon and Schuylkill area, developed into the first major snowstorm of 1977 with accumulations of three to five inches reported in the Panther Valley-Tamaqua vicinity.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Patti Garey of Palmerton, third from left, won the Palmerton Area Library's Gold Card. Her name was picked out of the pool of new patrons to the library. For one year, members of her family will receive no late fines and be given no due dates. Her family thinks it is a great gift. With her is, left to right, Matt, 10, Christopher, 6, Mariann Kmetz, Palmerton Area Library assistant director, and Mary Garey, 18.

September was National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

The Palmerton Area Library's Teen Advisory Group tried to encourage people to sign-up in fun and surprising ways. All those who signed up had their names put in a pool. One person's name was drawn and won a Gold Card, which is like a "Get Out of Jail Card." It allows the holder a year with no fines and no due dates.

The winner was Patti Garey of Palmerton.

"My family's very excited about this. We have five children and we do tend to check things out and not get them back in time," said Garey.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Carbon County officials continue to look at ways to save on the energy bills at the prison.

During Wednesday's county prison board meeting, officials discussed the possible lighting retrofit project that has been in the works over the last year.

Charles Neff, maintenance supervisor at the prison, provided figures to do the project in-house, using numbers provided by John Sullivan from GE Lighting.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This weekend's Walnutport Canal Festival figures to be easy as one, two, three.

As in one incredible weekend, two exciting days, and three fun-filled events, according to Greg Soltis, an event organizer.

The 33rd annual festival will kick off Saturday with the always popular Towpath Trot 6K Run, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Registration is at the pavilion at 8 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the run.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Do you have a lot of household items you don't need or want to get rid of? The Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group is looking for donations of clothing, toys, tools, electronics, holiday decorations, pots/pans/dishes, cookware, furniture, appliances and anything else you don't want to throw away or wouldn't mind parting with.

The group will accept practically anything clean and odor-free, no matter how small or large. The only items not accepted are old computer monitors and "smelly" items. Anybody can donate.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween party

The Sunday School of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold its annual Halloween party for the children in the nursery through sixth grades from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.

JTHS Class of 1964 to participate in parade

Members of the Jim Thorpe High School graduating class of 1964 will be participating in the Jim Thorpe Halloween parade on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Members of the class are asked to meet at Memorial Park between 2-3 p.m. that day.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS An uncollared, stray cat walks between homes in the Dutch Hill in Tamaqua.

Traffic issues continue to plague the borough of Tamaqua.

Council heard from several residents in various areas of the borough regarding high volumes of traffic and drivers traveling at high rates of speed.

Members of the Bickleman family, who live on Lafayette Street, reported another hit-and run-incident involving their parked vehicle. Several other residents of the area also expressed concerns for pedestrians crossing in the areas near Trinity church and the iron steps. Joe Salla, of Owl Creek, said that speeding is an ever-present problem along Owl Creek road.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Exactly how well students in the Palmerton Area School District continue to learn can be tracked online.

Superintendent Scot Engler announced at Tuesday's school board meeting that the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile scores have been released.

School Performance Profiles is the measure of how well students are learning, and has replaced Adequate Yearly Progress, which was part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The scores can be viewed by clicking a link on the Pennsylvania Department of Education home page, http://www.pde.state.pa.us.