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Friday, August 30, 2013

Following a presentation by architectural consultant Mark Barnhardt of EI Associates, Lehighton Area School Board has voted to accept the schematic designs of the architectural / engineering firm for the renovation projects at East Penn and Mahoning Elementary Schools.

As part of that same vote, the board also authorized EI Associates and Lehighton Area School District administration to proceed and prepare PlanCon Part D, Project Accounting and PlanCon Part E, Design Development for the building projects.

Friday, August 30, 2013

A Lansford man has reportedly threatened a borough police detective and several other borough residents with violent acts, including rape.

Charged was John Provisiero, 20, who is currently an inmate in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Provisiero has been charged with terroristic threats, harassment, and stalking, stemming from an incident that happened on May 15.

He will remain in Carbon County Prison, where he is serving time on other, unrelated charges.

Friday, August 30, 2013

STROUDSBURG – Pennsylvania's prevailing wage laws lead to higher taxes and to the elimination of jobs, according to testimony of municipal officials at a hearing before the House Labor and Industry Committee in Stroud Township, Monroe County.

Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe), chairman of the committee, presided over the hearing. The large crowd at the hearing included not just municipal officials but also officials with organized labor organizations.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Summit Hill Historical Society hosted a joint meeting before its regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday evening to discuss ideas to renovate Ludlow Park before its 100th anniversary during July 2014.

To help kick-off the renovation effort, the Society voted unanimously to grant $5,000 to the effort to begin funding the project which is expected to take several years to complete.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Lehighton Band is preparing for its 150th anniversary season next year.

Paul R. Smith, director, said, "It should be an exciting year with special concerts and other events taking place."

Friday, August 30, 2013

Carbon County officials are hoping to retain a $1 million grant earmarked for the proposed Packerton Yards Business Park. If the grant is lost, the county is at risk of losing an additional $3 million in funds.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-1 to adopt a resolution acknowledging construction costs for the proposed industrial development of the 59-acre plot that straddles Mahoning Township and Lehighton.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Carbon County officials say they want to work with the municipalities on solid waste issues.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board discussed the recent Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting, which had representation from only four municipalities.

Commissioner William O'Gurek said the county, even though it abolished its solid waste department, has responsibilities under Act 101, the municipal waste planning, recycling and waste reduction act.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety 8-hour Basic Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 and Thurs., Sept. 12. The class will be held at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank St. in Bowmanstown. This is an 8-hour class, so you must attend both days.

Friday, August 30, 2013

There will be a Unite Community Service to pray, share and hear from many faith leaders in the community to help the grieving and healing process due to the tragic event of Monday, Aug. 5 at the Ross Township supervisors' meeting. It will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Van Buskirk-Haney Park, located on Anchorage Road, next to the Ross Township municipal building in Saylorsburg.

The faith leaders will share words designed to encourage, offering hope for the hopeless and strength for the weak.

Friday, August 30, 2013
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Standing on a ladder, Captain Jason Hartz, Citizen's Fire Company, works with fellow firefighters to install veteran banners on poles at the east end of Tamaqua as part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Hometown Hero Banner Program. In addition to honoring the veterans with these banners, the chamber makes a donation to Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 for each banner that is purchased. Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the chamber, said over 50 new banners are expected to be placed by fire company members and other volunteers throughout Tamaqua over the next few weeks.