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Friday, October 24, 2014

Nesquehoning is looking for volunteers for its recreation and junior recreation commissions.

Borough council said Wednesday that there are spaces available on both commissions that need to be filled.

Councilman Mark Stromelo said that on the recreation commission, three vacancies exist.

Anyone interested in volunteering should send a letter of intent to the borough at 114 W. Catawissa St.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Palmerton youth can scratch the Third Street playground off their list of activities this weekend.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson notified borough council on Thursday that a contractor will be on site to repair the play structure in the park.

As a result, Danielson said the structure will be "out of bounds."

The work is necessary because some of the equipment is deteriorated.

In other business, council:

Ÿ Hired Jason Peters as a leaf collection worker at a rate of $7.25 an hour.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Scams involving utility companies are on the rise in the area.

The key is catching on to them before giving out any vital information, much like a Lehighton woman did last week.

Joanne Shanosky received a call from someone claiming to be from PPL Electric Utilities.

"It was a man's voice and he spoke broken English," she said. "He asked me if I had my electric bill handy, so I went and got it. Then he asked for my customer number."

The line of questioning left Shanosky feeling uneasy.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Special to the Times News

The Slatington High School Class of 1942 held its last official class reunion on Oct. 4. On Oct. 16, class President Donald Roberts, left, donated the balance of the class fund ($114.70) to Northern Lehigh High School, which was accepted by Northern Lehigh School District Superintendent Michael Michaels, right.

Friday, October 24, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Remediation continues at the former New Jersey Zinc west plant.

Carbon County officials are concerned about a higher concentration of regulated fill being allowed to be used at a Superfund site in Palmerton.

On Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek said the county received permit application informational documents for the remediation project at the 120-acre former New Jersey Zinc west plant.

The project is being completed by Phase III Environmental of Lehighton.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carbon County is looking to save money on its light bill.

On Thursday, the county commissioners voted to advertise for bids for the installation of lighting retrofit equipment in the courthouse, courthouse annex, 76 Susquehanna St. building and the county prison in Nesquehoning.

The cost of the project is estimated to be over $100,000, which will be covered through two Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance grants and county matching funds.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pocono Medical Center is offering free events to help keep people healthy.

Ÿ An oral cancer screening will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Dental Center, 175 East Brown St., Building 2, Suite 114, East Stroudsburg.

The screening is for those age 18 and older with no history of oral cancer or precancerous conditions. Registration is required. Call 570-476-3750 to register through Thursday.

Friday, October 24, 2014
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A drop in temperature early this week brought fall colors to their peak, as evidenced by this quiet scene at Locust Lake in Barnesville. Submit your fall foliage images to our photo gallery at tnonline.com/contact/photos by Oct. 29 and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate for ice cream at Claude's Creamery, Palmerton. Ice cream adds just the right flavor to any season. See reader submitted photos in our gallery at tnonline.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

Probation/parole revocation hearings were conduct by Carbon County judges on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants for violating the terms of their release.

Lorene Rice, 38, of Palmerton, had her probation revoked on a retail theft charge on a petition filed by probation officer Kimberly Cooper for violating the terms of her release by being arrested by Palmerton police for another retail theft. At the time she was also on probation for another retail theft.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday made a number of personnel moves.

In 911/Communications: Stephen Oravitz, Frackville; Vaughn Shuman, Pottsville; and Thomas Villella, Saint Clair, were hired as telecommunicator 3 trainees at $12.84 an hour.

Election Bureau: Reclassified clerk 1 Christine Marmas, New Philadelphia, to clerk typist 1 at $13.31 an hour. The clerk 1 job will be eliminated.

Drug & Alcohol agency: Created the job of case management specialist as of Nov. 1. The salary has yet to be decided.