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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Safe Haven Pet Rescue will hold a volunteer meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Cherry's Restaurant, Route 209 near Route 534, Kresgeville. Animal lovers are encouraged to come and meet the volunteers and have a bite to eat. Safe Haven is a small group of dedicated animal advocates who rescue dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and find them loving homes. All dogs are in foster care until their permanent homes are found. Safe Haven has rescued over 500 dogs so far. Safe Haven always welcomes volunteers and foster families.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System may construct a storage building on a vacant piece of land adjacent to the parking lot of its Palmerton Hospital campus.

That was the ruling made by the borough's Zoning Hearing Board on Tuesday, which unanimously approved Blue Mountain's request to build the edifice on a parcel west of the existing parking lot at the corner of Columbia Avenue and First Street.

Solicitor Michael Garfield, who filled in for zoning board solicitor Jenny Cheng, said the zoners attached one condition as part of their approval.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mark Sverchek, right, has been named the Honorary Campaign chairman for the American Cancer Society, Carbon-Tamaqua Unit's Daffodil Days for 2013. Appearing with him are Bob Stevenson, volunteer chairman and Caylan Chanwik, Income Development Specialist for the ACS. The goal for the campaign is $40,000 with the date of March 18-24, 2013 for the sales. The bear is Ray O. Hope, being the ninth member of the ACS Boyd's Bears family. This is the 39th year of the Daffodil Days sales.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

And on the midway, here is Larry Arner of Palmerton, sporting the latest in high fashion for rainy days at the Palmerton Community Festival. It is stylish, practical and recyclable.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

(This prepared statement was read by Chairperson John Wieczorek, chairman of the Mahoning Township Board of Supervisors, during the officials' portion of the meeting in response to the county commissioner story in the Times News on Friday, Sept. 7, in which the commissioners announced they would be appealing the plan rejection to the Carbon County court system.)

"The only thing formally offered by the county to comply with the township ordinance as to sidewalks is to include a four-inch white line in the shoulder area and declare it a sidewalk.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

More than 30 volunteers will be meeting during the day on Saturday, September 15th to help assemble quilt tops for the Quilts of Valor project at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, including members of the Carbon County Quilters' Guild, members of the Summit Hill Heritage Center and town residents. The event will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Cole Hayes, Commanding Officer of the USS Somerset, prepares to place a luminaria in front of the Flight 93 Memorial, Somerset County.

The United Stated Navy is honoring the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 by naming a ship in memory of their actions.

The ship, called USS Somerset (LPD 25), was named in honor of the crew's actions that prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their intended target, forcing the airplane to crash in Stonycreek Township (2 miles north of Shanksville) in Somerset County on September 11, 2001.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lehighton Area School Board has scheduled two special meetings this month to address two separate important issues.

The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 13 at 6 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School Auditorium to discuss the submission of updated PlanCon paperwork to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

When a school district undertakes a major construction project and seeks reimbursement from the state, a comprehensive process known as PlanCon is initiated.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lower Towamensing Township Planning Commission member Gerry Madden (standing) responds to critical comments made about him by resident Herman Bollinger (seated front) at the township's board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

A dispute between a Lower Towamensing Township resident and a township official appears to have reached its boiling point.

Resident Herman Bollinger got the ball rolling during the public comment portion period of the township's board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

At that time, Bollinger once again voiced his displeasure with the recent appointment of Gerry Madden to the township planning commission.

Last month, supervisors agreed to appoint Madden to the vacant post, which had been occupied by Peter Terp, who passed away last month.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley JROTC Cadet SFC Natasha Scerbo holds a flag, with Cadet Samantha Schuch presenting a rifle, as battalion executive Officer Roxeann Person plays the trumpet at a ceremony Tuesday commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.

In a darkened auditorium Tuesday, Panther Valley High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet Roxanne Person raised a trumpet to play The Star Spangled Banner as fellow cadets stood at attention on the stage nearby.