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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall was discussed during a meeting of the Jim Thorpe Borough Council.

During the public comment period, some issues and concerns were mentioned by residents.

There were concerns over the cost of Memorial Hall to the borough.

Council member John McGuire stated that there is still $400,000 owed for Memorial Hall and the borough is responsible for it.

Some residents suggested selling the building or renting it out.

"We can't sell the building. We don't own the land. We own the building," stated councilmember Kyle Sheckler.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Restructuring of two strategic components within the county operations were discussed at the work session of the Schuylkill County Commissioners held Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Action will be taken at the pubic meeting next Wednesday in oder to give time to the county controller to review the reconstruction as he was out of town and could not attend the work session.

Mark Scarbinsky, county administrator, presented the plan for the commissioners review. The changes he proposed were as follows:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

State Rep. Doyle Heffley is announcing his veterans outreach hours for the remaining weeks of September.

The Mobile Veterans Center will visit the American Legion in Lehighton on Monday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The legion is located at 314 Veterans Ave. Some of the services provided at the center for veterans and their dependents include individual, group, family and bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for Veterans Affairs benefits; employment counseling; guidance and referrals; and alcohol and drug assessments.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Ashlynn Anthony, 6 of Towamensing, sits on top of the Great Giant pumpkin she grew herself.

Last year Towamensing Elementary kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Green, gave all her students four Great Giant pumpkin seeds and told the children they should plant them in the spring.

Ashlynn Anthony, then 5 years old, took them home and told her mother to save them so she could plant them.

When her grandparents, Rodney and Dolores George of Towamensing, and her mother, Melissa George, began preparing their gardens this year, Ashlynn told them she wanted her own garden.

"We have a garden to grow food so we don't have to buy food," she says very matter-of-factly.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania State Trooper Jeffrey J. Kowalski checks to see a car seat's expiration date during Tuesday's free car seat check at WMGH/WLSH radio station in Lansford.

Safe Kids Carbon County and Pennsylvania State Troopers, Troop N, were on hand Tuesday to help parents learn about properly securing their child in a car seat.

During the event, held in the parking lot of WMGH/WLSH radio station in Lansford, certified car seat technicians and state troopers gathered to check car seats were properly installed in the vehicles, that they weren't expired or damaged, and that the child using the seat was secured safely.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State Senator John Yudichak, second from right, stands with, l-r, Claire Farnschlader, Henry Westendarp, Greta Martoccio, Senator John Yudichak, and Barbara Franzosa during Yudichak's visit to the Penn-Kidder Library Center in Albrightsville.

State Senator John T Yudichak and his District Director, Mark S Grochocki, visited the Penn-Kidder Library Center in Albrightsville to see this new modular library.

Library President Barbara Franzosa gave Senator Yudichak a tour of the facility, including the adult fiction and reading area, the reference and non-fiction area, the public access computers, current magazines and newspapers, young adult fiction area, dvd movie and audio book section, ending with a brief meeting in the children's room.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blue Mountain Resort will soon unveil its new entrance for the Ski Area and Summit Splash Water Park.

A gathering of public figures and other honored guests to celebrate the completion of its new entrance with a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.

The ceremony marks the completion of the new road, as well as the beginning of Blue Mountain's largest construction project, Summit Splash Water Park.

Both of the owners of Blue Mountain, Barbara Green and Bruce Ebert, as well as senior management from Blue Mountain Resort, will attend.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Colorful mums and miniature scarecrows on a front lawn in Rush Township stand ready to greet autumn.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Project manager Jason Newhard of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy Group, standing, discusses the repairs to hurricane damaged Lehigh Canal Lock 23 with superintendent Rob Sweyko of Nimaris Construction of Bath. Construction began Tuesday, and is due for completion in 90 days.

Everett and Marilyn Kaul, longtime members of the Walnutport Canal Association and caretakers of the Walnutport Locktender's House, have been waiting for two years for repairs to be made to lock 23, which was damaged in August 2011 by flash flooding from Hurricane Irene.

Those repairs finally began Tuesday, and are required to be completed in 90 days.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jason Boris, the executive director of the ESRC, presents Tamaqua Borough Council with his annual update of the organization's activities.

Jason Boris, the executive director of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission, presented Tamaqua Borough Council with an annual update of what the organization has accomplished in the last year and what its plans are for the upcoming year.