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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS National Association of Realtors recently presented a check of $15,000 that will fund a study to revitalize downtown Lehighton. From left are, Jennifer Shackley, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors; Jim Zurn, president of the Carbon County Association of Realtors; Holly Moskerintz of the National Association of Realtors, Washington D.C; Kathy Henderson, association executive; and representatives of Lehighton Council, Scott Rehrig, vice president; and Grant Hunsicker, president.

A $15,000 Smart Growth Grant from the National Association of Realtors recently was awarded to the Borough of Lehighton. The grant is funding a study focusing on revitalizing the downtown business district in the borough.

The study is being sponsored by the Carbon County Association of Realtors, working with the borough.

As part of the project, consultants Doug Loescher, City Strategies Group, and Teresa Lynch, senior program officer with the National Trust Main Street Center, will provide a written report on their findings in approximately six weeks.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Owl Creek dams in Tamaqua will reopen to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

Hosted by the Borough of Tamaqua and the Owl Creek Reservoir Commission (OCRC), the ribbon cutting will be held at the Lower Owl Creek Dam starting at 10 a.m. Senator David G. Argall and Representative Jerome P. Knowles will also participate in the ceremony, along with Borough officials and OCRC volunteers.

The event is open to the public. Following the ceremony the OCRC will open its concession stand and offer free hayride tours of the dams.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board has received a letter of resignation from board member Robert Schaninger.

Schaninger's term would have expired by this December's school board reorganization meeting.

The school board is looking to fill the vacancy on the board.

The school board is seeking letters of intent, including credentials and qualifications, from residents in the Jim Thorpe Area School District that are interested in applying for the position.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Police in Monroe County are continuing an ongoing investigation of the death of a man who was found at 10:47 a.m. Aug. 6.

Police have identified the deceased as Brandon Fraser, 20, of Long Pond.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police reported they were called to the parking area at the intersection of Gapview Drive and Bus Lane in the Emerald Lakes development, Tobyhanna Township, for a report of an unresponsive male in the back seat of a vehicle. It was reported the windows of the vehicle were "blown out" as well.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

HARRISBURG The 2013 National DUI Crackdown, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,"begins Friday, Aug. 16, and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

More than 600 Pennsylvania police departments and the state police will participate in a series of special enforcement initiatives including checkpoints and roving patrols focusing on both alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Schuylkill County Commissioners approved a repository sale of two properties held in trust by the Tax Claim Bureau for unpaid taxes; however, one of the other taxing bodies has objected to the sale.

At the weekly public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville, the commissioners approved the sale of a vacant property at 10 Walnut St., Delano Township, to James V. Flaim, a neighbor, for $20 to be demolished and the sale of a property at 34 Snyder Avenue, Kline Township, to Michael and Kerrie Gabrie, of 116 Snyder Avenue, Kline Township, for $350.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Has a Lower Towamensing Township man crossed the line after his remarks alluded to last week's shooting in Ross Township?

Lower Towamensing Township's board of supervisors' chairman believes so, and said as much to resident Herman Bollinger on Tuesday.

The matter unfolded shortly after Bollinger asked the board if they had the minutes from last month's meeting because he said he was in the process of talking when the meeting was adjourned.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carole Geary is the new Pleasant Valley School District superintendent.

Carole Geary has taken over the helm as Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent as of Aug. 1. But she's no stranger to PV's hallowed halls. She began her tenure at PV fresh out of college in 1985 as a math teacher at Pleasant Valley High School, and with an exception of two years, spent the last 28 years dedicated to the education of PV's students.

Geary was born and raised in Bradford, Pa. in McKean County. ("Not to be confused with Bradford County," she says.)

Being a teacher was something she aspired to from the time she was a little girl.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jim Thorpe Borough Council discussed National Night Out, which had been held on Aug. 6.

Gregory Strubinger, vice president of the council, stated, "It (NNO) was another success."

National Night Out is held the first Tuesday of August in communities all around the country. NNO has been an annual event for 30 years and this is the second year that Jim Thorpe hosted its own NNO.

Jim Thorpe's NNO had over 60 vendors this year.

Police Chief Joseph Schatz wished to thank everybody involved in National Night Out (NNO).

Thursday, August 15, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three rising high school juniors from the West End participated in ropes courses, talent shows and college discussions during the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, held July 7-11 at Keystone College in La Plume. Sponsored by the West End Rotary Club, the students are, from left, Rachel Brunnquell of Effort; Ryan Conway of Kunkletown; and Erin Gallagher of Saylorsburg. Rachel and Ryan attend Pius X High School in Bangor. Erin attends the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem.