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Saturday, January 18, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Beverly Bevan, Orefield - "I think everybody is more aware of poverty. I believe the majority of people who are are doing their part."
Saturday, January 18, 2014

Weatherly Wrecker Booster Club will host the first ever Zumbathon in Weatherly from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Weatherly Area Middle School gym. Doors open at 1:30.

The two-hour event will feature Zumba instructors Danielle Lindemoyer, Tiffany Maylath and Naomi Betancourt.

There is a fee. All proceeds raised will support Weatherly Area athletes.

Saturday, January 18, 2014
FROM THE BRAD HAUPT COLLECTION One of many trolley accidents. This one at the bottom of South Street, running headlong into the Lehighton Exchange Hotel sometime around 1905. James Blakslee Jr. is believed to be the first man in an overcoat at the rear of the car, with cane and white goatee.

(Editor's Note: This is the second of a two-part article on the trolley cars in Carbon County, written and researched by Lehighton resident Ronald Rabenld.)

By RONALD RABENOLD

Special to the TIMES NEWS

The trolley was surely viewed with both excitement and trepidation. Surely, it made it easier for residents of local towns to visit one another. Still others complained of its dangers.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Applications for the 2014 Troop N Camp Cadet program are being accepted.

Anyone interested in attending camp can obtain an application at any of the following Troop N State Police Stations: Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Lehighton, Fern Ridge and Swiftwater State Police.

Applications have also been distributed to most of the local schools located throughout the Troop N Area.

Friday, January 17, 2014
Patti Borger

Patti Borger announced today that she is seeking to represent Carbon County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the next election.

In making her announcement, Borger stated, "The citizens of Carbon County deserve a representative in Harrisburg who listens to them and puts their needs above the agenda of Governor Corbett."

Borger will officially announce her candidacy 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 20, in front of the Carbon County Courthouse Annex at Hazard Square in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Words of kindness continue to be expressed in memory of a former Palmerton borough manager who passed away last month.

This time around, the Palmerton Borough Council chambers was the forum as officials on Thursday were told of the many good deeds of John Kasten.

Ed Ziegler, a resident of Washington Township, extolled praise on Kasten, who resided in the borough until his passing.

Ziegler said he was close friends with Kasten, and that his absence is a huge loss for those who had the pleasure to know and work with him.

Friday, January 17, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Mike Morrill, Executive Director of Keystone Progress, addressed the Palmerton Area Democratic Club recently on "Issues Facing Pennsylvania in 2014".

Could legislation be passed that would ultimately eliminate automatic union dues?

Mike Morrill, executive director of Keystone Progress, recently addressed the Palmerton Area Democratic Club on that very issue.

Morrill discussed "Issues Facing Pennsylvania in 2014," one of which he said is HB 1507, the Paycheck Protection Bill.

The bill has been introduced into the Pennsylvania House, and would eliminate automatic union dues, Morrill said.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Carbon County man, who swallowed a large quantity of drugs when state police were attempting to arrest him, pleaded guilty to drug charges Thursday in the county court and was sentenced to a state prison term.

He was one of six defendants charged with drug related counts who entered a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Franklin incident

Anthony Joseph Formisano, 43, of Franklin Township, was arrested on Aug. 29, 2013, at 20 Court St., when state troopers went to the home for a report of an unwanted person.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Carbon County is keeping work-time injuries at bay and saving money on workers' compensation.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to ratify the proposal from the Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange for workers' compensation insurance for 2014. The total premium payment is $363,791, which is a decrease of $1,118 from 2013; as well as a one-time subscriber's fee of $20,009. Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, was absent.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Carbon County's retirement fund ended 2103 at an all-time high, officials reported.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, provided the group with the end of year investment performance report.

"The numbers speak for themselves," Crampsie said before he read the report.

The market value of the retirement fund, as of Dec. 31, 2013, was $73,833,972, which represented a year-to-date increase in market value of $12,892.877.