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Friday, October 18, 2013

Kidder Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Polanski put forth a motion for the purchase of a 2013 Caterpillar 416F backhoe at a cost of $82,323 at Thursday evening's board of supervisors meeting.

"We have an additional $108,000 in unanticipated revenue from a grant reimbursement that came in 2013," explained Polansky.

In the past the township has rented a backhoe several times throughout the year. At last month's budget workshop Polansky had asked township manager Lisa Klem to look into the cost of purchasing a backhoe.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Second St., Lehighton, will hold 22nd Sunday after Pentecost worship at 9 a.m., with the celebration of holy communion. The Rev. Guy Grube will preside. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Sunday School classes meet at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3 through grade 12.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Palmerton hopes to soon award a contract for its solid waste collection.

The borough received three bids on Thursday, with Tamaqua Transfer turning in the apparent low bids of $1,044,000 for a three-year trash/recycling contract, and $1,767,840 for a five-year contract.

Alternate bids submitted by Tamaqua Transfer were $1,444,000 for three-year trash tote; $1,114,000 for three-year recycling tote; $2,267,840 for five-year trash tote; and $1,837,840 for 5-year trash tote.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

David Anthony is keeping his fingers crossed that his home loan will finally go through after being stalled by the government shutdown.

The Lehighton man was in the midst of selling his home in Mahoning Township and buying a smaller one in Lehighton, planning to use the mortgage payment savings to take his daughter on summer vacations.

He had just submitted paperwork to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development home loan program when the shutdown hit on Oct. 1.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS West End Volunteer Fire Company's firefighter Jeff Weiss, asked students to demonstrate how to Stop, Drop and Roll in case they or their clothing catches on fire as firefighters in the background look on. From left, Captain Alex Blew, Steve Marino, Rocco Twardzik, Charles McFeeley of Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company, and Donald Zipp, Chestnuthill Township's director of emergency management.

Thanks to Polk Township, West End and Albrightsville Volunteer fire companies, the Polk Elementary students learned about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week, with a truck from each fire company at the school where the children could get a close-up and personal look at the trucks. Firefighters explained what each one's function was.

In the morning session, Polk's kindergarten teacher, Julie Weiss and then later in the afternoon session, Principal Erica Walters, waved to students and staff from 75 feet in the air on a ladder of Polk Township's fire truck.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Carbon County has received $34,362 through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program under the Department of Homeland Security.

This funding is monitored by the National Board. EFSP is nondisaster, supplemental funding. There is an administrative allowance of $687. This leaves $33,674 to provide for food, shelter and utility assistance.

EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIME NEWS Tamaqua Raider Band member Francesca Gerace, 17, chose to dress as a balloon-lifted house from the movie "Up."

Spectators lined the streets of Andreas during the town's 63rd annual Halloween Parade Parade Wednesday night. The parade is hosted every year by members of the West Penn Lions/Lioness Club, Andreas Sporting Club, Andreas VFW Post 5069 and others.

More than two dozen organizations took part in the parade, including the Tamaqua Raider Marching Band, fire companies, church groups, Scouts and local residents. Judges this year were Marie Gursky, Ronald Yeakel and Tina Scott.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
After two years in local production, a zombie film will debut Saturday at the Angela Theater, Coaldale.

For the past two years, a group of local filmmakers has been promising that their final product would be ready for Halloween 2013.

It appears they've delivered.

"Within the Woods of Undead County," an independent film produced in the Tamaqua area and a few other locations of eastern Pennsylvania, will premiere 4 p.m. Saturday at the Angela Theater, Coaldale.

Proceeds of the launch will be donated to the American Cancer Society, along with a percentage of DVD sales, producer Joshua Solarczyk of Lehighton said.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Kenny Bailey, 5, searches for pieces of coal among other rocks next to railroad tracks along Pine Street in Tamaqua. He is the son of Justin and Kate Bailey of Tamaqua.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company's Billie Jo Moyer, right, an EMT and volunteer firefighter, talked to Mrs. Green's A.M. kindergarten class about the importance of smoke alarms. Volunteer Tom Woodring showed the children how a fireman looks when he or she wears all the gear needed. Volunteer firefighter, Colton Shoemaker, left, looks on.

Several members of the Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company visited Towamensing Elementary School during Fire Prevention Week.

Billie Jo Moyer, an EMT/firefighter, and Captain Wayne Knirnschild, spoke to the students about the importance of smoke alarms, having an escape plan and an outside meeting place as they visited each classroom.

They demonstrated how a fireman looks when he or she wears 80-90 pounds of protective clothing and gear, which includes an air tank that makes the firefighter sound like Darth Vader from "Star Wars."