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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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Mack Trucks has returned 125 workers to its manufacturing facilities in the Lehigh Valley. According to John Walsh, spokesman for the company, "We recently put an additional 125 or so folks to work in our Macungie Assembly Operations to support a ramp-up in production."

"While the construction market remains weak, we've recently experienced an uptick in order activity on the highway and refuse sides of our business," Walsh said.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The new Lehighton Area School District website was unveiled at the school board meeting to excitement and long-awaited satisfaction from the board and educators in attendance.

The upgrades to the website are immediately noticeable. The new site is much cleaner and brighter than the old one, and pictures of the district schools and students fade in and out in an embedded slide show at the top of the page, giving the whole site the professional feel of a business or political website.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dr. Dante Picciano, an independent candidate for state representative in the 124th legislative district, is reporting that his campaign signs are being stolen in the West Penn Township and Tamaqua areas.

West Penn Township police confirmed Monday that Picciano reported to them that between 12-15 signs were removed from state routes 443, 895 and 309 in the township over the weekend.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Peter Kern, president of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, displays a template of what the new banners that will replace the current ones along Delaware Avenue may look like.

A new set of banners could eventually replace those that currently welcome visitors to Palmerton's downtown business district.

With any luck, the new flags could be in place in time for the celebration of the centennial of the incorporation of the borough on Oct. 14, 2012.

Peter Kern, president of the chamber, discussed the need for the new banners recently with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The borough was officially incorporated on Oct. 14, 1912. The year 1998 marked the centennial of the founding of the borough.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

About 400 volunteer firemen from 25 area companies battled a spectacular fire in Slatington this evening, which destroyed an entire row of houses and left 32 people homeless. The fire, which raged out of control for more than four hours, gutted the nine row houses in the 200 block of Oak Alley. Fire officials said they will investigate to determine the cause of the fire, but believe it was started by a parlor heater of one of the residents.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Residents of Lehighton can now install solar panels or windmills to produce their own electricity, provided they comply with zoning regulations.

Last night, the borough council amended its electrical service ordinance which previously had prohibited any private generation of electricity by its customers.

The borough has its own Light and Power Department and purchases electricity wholesale, then resells it to residents and businesses within the town.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The last several years have not been comforting to struggling neighborhoods. Unemployment has risen, credit has tightened, foreclosures have created blight and a soft commercial market has prompted more "available" signs.

Several Keystone State communities, including Tamaqua, received news that should make them more optimistic about their futures.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Officials in Towamensing Township have announced that Trick or Treat night will be held on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

Monday, October 18, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Richard Bloom, center, vice president of Lehigh Fire Company No. 1, Lehighton, presents an external defibrillator to Patrick Mriss, captain of the Lehighton Fire Department. Lehigh Fire Company also gave defibrillators to police departments in Lehighton, Franklin Township and Mahoning Township. From left are Scott Rehrig of Lehighton Borough Council, Lonnie Armbruster of the house committee of Lehigh Fire Company No. 1; Gene Sillers, house committee chairman; Scott Prebosnyak of the Lehighton Police Department; and Chief Kenneth Barnes of the Mahoning Township Police Department.

An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was donated to the Lehighton Police Department and utilized to save a man's life in less than a week after the donation occurred.

The donation was made by Lehigh Fire Company No. 1's social club.

AEDs were also donated by the fire company to the Lehighton Fire Department, Mahoning Township Police Department and Franklin Township Police Department.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Monday, Oct. 25, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. and a buffet style dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Awards ceremony will follow. Reservations should be made to Heather McClure at mail@carboncountychamber.org or call (610) 379-5000 by Oct. 20.