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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tamaqua Borough Council's regular monthly meeting started off on a somber note Tuesday as members noted the passing of two Tamaqua residents: Alan Kerr, former tax collector, and Antonio Rodrigue, member of the planning commission and HARC. The two were remembered with a moment of silence.

With the year winding down, council took care of some housekeeping items. It was noted that three employees, Amy Macalush, Shannon Boyer and Mark Leiby, will shortly complete their probationary periods. Motions were made to approve their employment.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Both good news and bad news were delivered at the Walnutport Canal Association's meeting Wednesday.

As for bad news, President Doug Boehrer said two cog wheels, over 200 years old and weighing in excess of 700 pounds, were discovered missing from the canal area the weekend after the association's annual canal festival Oct. 19.

Boehrer said the cogs, which at one time had operated the falgate at Lock 23, were recovered last November when the spillway there was rebuilt.

It is suspected the historic cast-iron wheels may have been stolen to cash them in as scrap metal.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

As the holiday season nears, area groups arebusy helping the lessfortunate.

Email tneditor@tnonline.com to let us know what the wish list is for your nonprofit group.

We will compile everyone's lists and run them in the Times News beginning Black Friday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS Dave Levandusky shared bird pictures he took during the past year. This immature bald eagle was found at Conowingo, Maryland.

Statistics, music, a slideshow and some donated books were all included in a program at the Hawkwatchers' Dinner at Lehigh Gap Nature Center on Nov. 15.

Bob Hoopes, a member of the board of director, compiled the number of each type of bird counted at the Bake Oven Knob site.

Hoopes said it was the 54th season at Bake Oven Knob and the season will continue another two weeks.

Sean Bankos, a student at Kutztown University, was the intern who did most of the counting.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The tax collection office of Terry McElmoyle will be closed this Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

It will reopen on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Bartel

Jenna Bartel, daughter of Lisa and William Bartel, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for October at Weatherly Area High School.

Jenna is the historian for the Class of 2015, and the manager of the boys' soccer team.

She is a member of the high school chorus, SGA, the yearbook, the Scholastic Scrimmage team and the softball team. Jenna is also a member of Weatherly Area High School's chapter of the National Honor Society.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

There is still time to enter the annual 4-H holiday ornament contest.

Entries and registration forms must be submitted to the Carbon County Penn State Extension office at 529 Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe by 3 p.m. Dec. 5.

The three age categories for the contest are: 8-12 (beginners), 13-16 (intermediate) and 17-19 (advanced).

The contest is open to all children enrolled in the 4-H program. Ornaments must be handmade by the 4-H'er and follow the theme "My 4-H project."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The residents of Chestnuthill Township will see an increase in their tax bill in 2015. According to the township's proposed 2015 budget and fiscal plan, the real estate tax millage will be 6.45, a 1.25-mill increase from 2014.

The line items would be 5.2 mills for township municipal and road budget, 1 mill dedicated to the fire tax for the West End Fire Company and 0.25 mills dedicated to the EMS tax for the West End Ambulance.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The sale of the former Bright's Department Store building in Lansford to the Kovatch Corporation was confirmed this morning by Joseph Kovatch, vice president of the firm. The building is located in the center of the town's Ridge Street business district.

Kovatch said the property will be subdivided to accommodate a number of smaller stores, or a "mini mall." Included in the sale is a parking lot located opposite to the West Patterson Street store entrance as well as a garage-type building immediately west of the store.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will honor Patti Borger and all the Democratic Campaign Volunteers at the Club's Holiday Dinner and annual meeting and election of officers Dec. 9 at Blue Shamrock Country Club, 2230 Fireline Road, Palmerton.

Reservations are requested by noon Nov. 28. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., buffet is served at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting and election of officers is at 7:15 p.m.

Guests are asked to bring canned goods to share with the Food Bank run by the Community Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches.