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Thursday, October 3, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMESNEWS

Some locations in eastern Schuylkill County appear to be nearing a peak in fall colors, as seen here Tuesday along Taggartsville Road near Tamaqua.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a property tax reform proposal that allows each school district to move at its own pace to replace property tax levies, dollar-for-dollar, with income and other taxes.

House members voted 149 to 46 to pass the proposal, HB 1189.

On Tuesday, the House rejected an amended version of the bill, proposed by Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks. That amendment would have replaced school property taxes by phasing in increases in personal income and state sales taxes.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Beginning Friday, parents, students, teachers and others will be able to find out how well their schools are doing under Pennsylvania's new, easy-to-use School Performance Profiles.

School Performance Profiles is the measure of how well students are learning. It replaces the Adequate Yearly Progress measure that was part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Palmerton will solicit proposals for solid waste collection.

To that end, the borough will accept bids until 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

Whomever is awarded the contract will provide labor and equipment for pick-up, transportation, and disposal and/or recycling of municipal solid waste generated from about 1,950 residential and commercial units within the borough.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Ted and Vanessa Naratil install a refinished dresser-turned-vanity at their Aquashicola home on Wednesday. The couple found a valuable savings bond inside the second-hand piece, purchased at a Tamaqua thrift store.

Someone is nearly $1,000 richer today.

But who is that person?

That's what an Aquashicola couple is wondering after they discovered a 49-year-old U.S. savings bond stuck inside an old bedroom dresser they purchased at a Tamaqua second-hand thrift store.

"We'd like the bond to go to its rightful owner," says Ted Naratil, "but we're not sure who that would be."

Naratil is an employee of Pencor Services, Inc., Palmerton, where he's worked as a Computer Patrol technician with PenTeleData for the past seven years.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Bruce S. Schleicher

On August 16 Mahoning Township police investigated a retail theft at the Giant Food Store on SR443.

Police said Bruce S. Schleicher, of Mahoning Township, was detained by Giant loss prevention after he allegedly attempted to steal $72.44 worth of merchandise.

As a result of the investigation Schleicher was charged with retail theft a summary offense.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Joseph Lorah

Joseph Lorah, corporate director of marketing and customer service for Blue Ridge Communications, was honored by his industry last week.

He received the "Independent Marketer of the Year Award" by CableFAX, a leading cable trade publication. The presentation as made at CableFAX' "Program and Top Operators Awards Breakfast" Sept. 25 in New York City.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A dwelling fire at a double home in Palmerton last evening has left one family displaced.

The Palmerton Fire Department responded to the fire at a double home at 305-307 Columbia Avenue at around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire Chief Larry Zawaly said the fire originated in the upstairs closet of the home at 305 Columbia.

Upon arrival, Zawaly said the upstairs closet next to the bathroom at 305 was fully involved in fire. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within about five to 10 minutes, he said.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bids for projects in East Union and West Union townships were opened by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lansford Alive will host its first craft fair and Downtown Merchants' Sidewalk Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, on Ridge Street in the borough's business district.

"We are looking for a great turnout and we hope to make this a yearly event," said Lansford Alive president Chris Ondrus. "We are glad businesses and merchants showed interest in taking part in this event."

Lansford Alive member Donna Valent said she hopes the event would "brighten the spirit of Lansford."

The day will feature old-time traditional folk music, food, and Buster the Clown.