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Friday, June 14, 2013

The first grant payment has been received by the Nesquehoning Water Authority just in time to make the next installment payment to Blooming Glen Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $153,478.61, for the work they have completed to date on the water tank project.

Authority members will ask for a progress update from Alfred Benesch & Co. to be given for the July monthly authority meeting.

During Monday's meeting, authority members selected Natural Clay as the color of the siding to go on the new booster pump station once it is in place.

Friday, June 14, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Officers of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company and eight of the 2013 Anna Marie Helbing Trust Award recipients at a small reception held recently at the North Street branch in Jim Thorpe. They are, l-r, Patrick H. Reilly, MCT president and CEO; Debra Lobien; Jessica Lobien; Kristin Lawrence; Kevin Seemiller; Damian Richards; Brielle Poeldnurk; Kaitlyn Matula; Kristen Halenar; Paula Seaner, MCT wealth management support specialist; and Lee Zink, MCT trust officer.

Thirty-five local residents have been honored by Mauch Chunk Trust Company (MCT) as recipients of Anna Marie Helbing Trust scholarship grants towards their pursuit of a nursing degree.

The award recipients, selected by an independent committee, were recognized at a small reception held in their honor at the North Street branch location in Jim Thorpe.

The 2013 Anna Marie Helbing Trust award recipients are:

Brandy Bamford, Rachel Borger, Alessandra Buzzetta, Marissa Cantelmi, Codey Drum, Kelly Fisher, Kristen Halenar, Shelby Hartman, Kacie Haupt.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Senior and disabled citizens throughout the Commonwealth are receiving letters offering them assistance in applying for Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

The Senior Advisory Center, a California company with a Harrisburg post office box, has mailed out tens of thousands of offers to help Pennsylvanians fill out the rebate forms.

All they ask in return is a $39 processing fee instead of the 46 cents in postage it usually costs an applicant to mail the free form to Harrisburg.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Western Pocono Women's Club will be holding its monthly meeting on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Effort United Methodist Church in Effort. The speaker will be Lisa Marie Halecky who will be speaking on senior Issues.

The WPWC welcomes all new members and is open to all women who wish to make a difference in the West End of Monroe County.

For more information go to www.westernpoconowomensclub.org or email wpwomensclub@gmail.com.

Friday, June 14, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area Library Summer Reading Program got off to a winning start as approximately 25 boys and girls, kindergarten through fourth grade, played Beach Bingo for donated prizes. The children came dressed in summer clothing, which then entitled them to two free game boards. Everyone present got to take home a new book to kick start their summer reading. Snacks and drinks were also served. The Beach Bingo was organized by the library Teen Group. Front row, left to right: Allyssa George, Savannah Moyer, Mara Tracey, Kristen Rauch, Brittany Irwin.

Friday, June 14, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Gold wins The Gold team won the championship at the annual Black, Gold and White day at the Panther Valley stadium. The event has been going on for more than 30 years. This year the gold team won with 216.5 points followed closely by the black who scored 215.5 points and the white in third place. Captain of the gold team was eighth grader Brendan Morgans holding the plaque, with some team members, l-r, Alex Mehmeti, Brett Paulus, and Christopher Santore. This is the first time since 1996 that the gold team won.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Chevrolet NASCAR driver Kasey Kayne #5 signs autographs for eager fans at a media event at Pocono Raceway last Friday.

Chevrolet hosted a media event last weekend at Pocono Raceway to gather excitement for the company's 17 NASCAR drivers hitting the race track and its 13 new products coming to showrooms this year.

The event centered on the technology transference between racecars and domestic vehicles, particularly, the 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS. This racecar is a modified version of the 2014 Chevrolet SS sports sedan and both cars feature a small block V-8 and rear-wheel drive as well as sharing a similar body style.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Feed the People is serving a free community dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. The dinner is open to all. For information call (570) 657-1480.

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to drug deal. Another county resident pleaded to three counts of driving under the influence (DUI) and is facing a jail term when sentenced.

The two were among five defendants in pending criminal cases to appear before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Sells heroin

Friday, June 14, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday took steps to save $30,000 to $40,000 annually by retaining three lawyers as conflict counselors in criminal and juvenile matters in county court.

All three commissioners voted to authorize the advertisement in the Carbon County Law journal seeking letters of interest to retain the professional services.

The court has often had to appoint attorneys to represent defendants because of conflicts among attorneys in the public defenders office or other areas.