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Friday, April 12, 2013

A bill authored by state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) that would extend tax filing deadlines for members of the military, their spouses and civilians supporting military operations in a combat zone unanimously cleared the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Carbon County officials paid tribute to the county's dispatchers and communications administrators on Thursday during the commissioners' weekly meeting.

The board adopted a proclamation declaring this week "National Public Safety Telecommunications Week."

The three commissioners - Wayne E. Nothstein, chairman, Tom J. Gerhard, vice chairman, and William J. O'Gurek, member - took turns praising the work done by dispatchers and their supervisors at the communications center located off Rt. 93 on the Board Mountain just north of Nesquehoning.

Friday, April 12, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A sketch of what Palmerton's new, $1.2 million, three-bay fire station will look like once completed.

Palmerton will spend $1.2 million to construct a new three-bay fire station in the borough lot at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue.

By a 6-0 measure, borough council agreed on Thursday to award a contract to CC Construction Services, of Allentown, in the amount of $1,249,000. Councilwoman Holly Sell arrived just after the vote was taken.

Before council's decision, resident Keith Cebrosky asked which vehicles the borough plans to house in the new garage.

Council Vice President Jason Behler told Cebrosky "Other than construction, we haven't really talked about that."

Friday, April 12, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Finalists in the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe Essay Competition who attended the club's meeting are, left to right: Brian McNellis; Rachel Walck; Courtney Capper; Lauren Tompkins; Jamie Hartmann; Bob Stevenson, Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe President; Sean Nanovic; Michele Levitz, Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe Essay Contest Coordinator.

The six finalists in the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe Essay Competition presented their essays at the club's meeting which was held at Crave at 66 Restaurant in Jim Thorpe.

This essay contest competition was open to 10th grade students from Jim Thorpe who attend Jim Thorpe High School and Carbon Career and Technical Institute.

The essay theme was "describe your personal role model and how they influenced you to make a difference in your community".

Friday, April 12, 2013

The United States Marine Corps announced the death of M-Sgt. John Hotsko, adding to the grief that has pervaded the home of the Second Ward young man, who was first reported missing at sea following a mid-air collision in Hawaii, April 5. Mrs. Susan Hotsko, mother of the hero, was officially notified of the death of her son by General C.B. Gates, U.S.M.C. Commandant, Washington D.C., in a telegram received today. The 30-year-old veteran of World War II was the occupant of a plane that had been ordered to intercept another during night maneuvers.

Friday, April 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors have already completely demolished two Interstate 81 bridges as part of PennDOT's Interstate 81 Bridge Replacement Rehabilitation Project. The project includes preservation and rehabilitation work to 10 structures and full replacement of five structures between exit 134 (Delano) and exit 138 (PA 309) in Delano and Kline townships, Schuylkill County. Starting last month, all southbound traffic was joined with the northbound lanes. PennDOT is stressing drivers to use caution when traveling through the work zone.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Lansford Alive is coordinating Community Pride Day on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at the pool grounds. The borough is helping by providing equipment and rakes, brooms, and shovels to help with the cleanup.

The group is targeting the business district and the main entrances to town, and asks that residents get involved by helping with the cleanup for a few hours.

"The more help, the less time it will take, and the cleaner our town will be,' said Lansford Alive President Chris Ondrus.

Friday, April 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Unaware of next month's bridge work, a duck sits calmly atop her eggs, located directly below the US209 Broad Street bridge in Tamaqua. Kevin Steigerwalt, Tamaqua Borough Manager, stated that Michael Rebert, PennDOT 5-0 District Executive, informed the borough that construction for Broad Street Bridge Project is expected to start sometime in May. He added that the bridge detours are expected to go into effect on May 24, 2013.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Carbon County's initiative to close down its solid waste recyling program continued this week and is nearing completion.

During the weekly commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board took action to separate four persons from the soon-to-be-closed down department, including the department director, Duane A. Dellecker.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.