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Saturday, January 15, 2011
Mary Bridygham, New England Valley - "I would like to see more peace. I would like if people would get along a little better and turn to God."

Now that we're two weeks into the new year, what are you looking forward to the most in 2011?

Saturday, January 15, 2011
The R & C Knitting Mill on South Second Street today is now a 4-unit apartment.

Pierce Rehrig of Lehighton died – some say was murdered – on June 7th, 1941. He was found face down at his bungalow in a 22-inch deep slack water dam in the Big Creek Valley.

He was a successful silk mill operator, starting out in one of William B. Lovatt's mills. Lovatt was the son of the "Read and Lovatt Mills" of Weatherly and Palmerton. Rehrig, with his father Dennis and Lovatt, earned patent # 953,914 in 1910 for a quilling machine used for bobbing silk. He was certainly on his way.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Schuylkill County Voter Registration/Election Bureau has released a reminder of important dates for candidates planning to run for political offices in the county this year

The 2010 Annual Report is complete as of Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.

The filing deadline is Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.

Who must file? All candidates, registered political committees that have not filed a termination report must file the Annual Report.

The first day to circulate and file nomination petitions is Feb. 15.

The last day to circulate and file nomination petitions is March 8.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Carbon County commissioner is reminding municipalities to start planning now for a communications change that will take effect in 2013.

County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein reminds all municipalities that use radio frequency for communications that as of Jan. 1, 2013, they will not be able to use current radios to communicate during emergencies unless they are capable of picking up narrowband frequencies. This means that police, fire companies, emergency personnel, and public works, as well as others, will be affected by the change.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Palmerton has settled on a location to build its brand new, state-of-the-art fire station.

Councilman Chris Olivia informed borough council on Thursday that the fire station will be built in the borough lot at Fifth and Lehigh Avenue.

As a result, council agreed to send out Requests for Proposals for engineer's consulting services for the design of the new fire station, said borough Manager Rodger Danielson.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Huskies were originally used as sled dogs in northern regions so when Larry Consoli of Summit Hill took his 13-year-old husky dog, Sierra, for a walk along East White Street Friday, the weather conditions couldn't have been better. For Sierra, freezing temperatures and a good snow pack are just the right ingredients for an outdoor trek.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jim Thorpe Police Department is hosting the third annual Policemen's Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe.

Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County. Dress is formal attire. The evening will include dinner, drinks and dancing with music provided by DJ "Dave G" from 4D Karaoke/DJ Services and Entertainment. There will be raffles and door prizes including a flat screen TV.

For additional information, call the Jim Thorpe Borough Office at (570) 325-3025 or (570) 325-2181.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Three cheers for the military and the courts.

The phasing out of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is good news for a society that believes in the advancement of human rights and the strengthening of morality.

Of course, it took too long to happen, and it's a shame it was an issue to begin with. In a perfect world, human rights would be universal, rather than something to be fought for by people whose only crime is being born a certain way, what the majority would term "different."

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Walnutport Borough Council Council has passed an ordinance that prohibits the use of indoor furniture outside.

In other business at Thursday's meeting, borough Engineer Jason Newhard presented council with the finalized master plan for the upcoming Memorial Park Project, which will renovate the war memorial on Washington Street. The project, which will cost around $261,000, includes landscaping, memorial pedestals, sidewalks, benches and an iron archway that will lead to the memorial.

Also, council:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

For the past few months, I've gone around the house muttering to myself about the lack of space.

It isn't because David's house isn't big enough for the two of us. It is. But I can't set up a much-needed office in the room we designated because it is a storage room filled with old furniture.

The plan, when we were married last year, was to get rid of the old furniture and turn the room into my office. Months later, the room is still crammed with the furniture.

I could remedy that by outright telling David I need the furniture gone. Now! But, do I do it?