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Monday, April 11, 2011

At the April 7 meeting of the Towamensing supervisors, Tom Newman made a motion to put off borrowing $3 million for the new township building. He said the Palmerton School District will be raising taxes and he doesn't want the township to do so the same year.

The motion died for lack of a second.

The issue of smoking during bingo games at the Towamensing Firehouse was raised again. Fire chief Wayne Knirnschild was asked if there was any change to the list of approved events that is necessary for workmen's compensation insurance to cover the workers who participate.

Monday, April 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Traffic in Hometown was backed up around 2:15 p.m. Saturday as emergency responders were on the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Lincoln Drive and Claremont Avenue (SR309). Reportedly, Mercita Dietrich, McAdoo, driving a1998 Buick Century, was traveling south when she impacted a Nissan Altima driven by Kenneth Stoddard, Drums, after he pulled out in front of her while drivng out from Lincoln Avenue. A child was also in the Buick with Dietrich. Two passengers were in the Nissan. Their names were Patrica Stoddard, Drums, and Thelma Carr, Freeland.

Monday, April 11, 2011

On Saturday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. Pennsylvania State Parks naturalist Stephanie Strub will teach the basics of geocaching and then aid program attendees in finding caches in Beltzville State Park.

Occasionally described as high-tech treasure hunting, geocaching is family-friendly, highly addictive and a great way to get some exercise in the outdoors.

The fee for this program is $10 per borrowed GPS unit or $5 for those bringing their own GPS or sharing with someone borrowing a unit. This fee is payable at the event.

Monday, April 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A West Penn Township barn fire on Saturday is under investigation. The fire, which apparently started in piles of old hay in a barn at 1 Fort Franklin Road at about 2 p.m. Township police arrived first, and a fire extinguisher from the cruiser was used to knock down the flames before firefighters from Tamaqua, West Penn, East Penn, New Ringgold and New England arrived. West Penn Fire Police detoured traffic away from the area for the duration. No injuries were reported. The barn was reportedly owned by Dolores H. Yaggie of West Penn Township.

Monday, April 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash along SR209 near the intersection with Beechwood Inn Road in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. State police at Fern Ridge said Adrienne A. Riegel, 37, of Saylorsburg, was operating a 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser northbound when she failed to negotiate a left hand curve in the road. The vehicle went onto the berm and through a small ditch then struck a tree. Riegel was injured and taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, by West End ambulance.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Palmerton Area School Board plans to tackle two important issues head on at a special meeting on Tuesday.

The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of contract ratification. Contacted via email, Superintendent Carol Boyce told the TIMES NEWS the meeting agenda will read to ratify the support unit contract.

However, Boyce said she couldn't discuss the support union contract further "since everything thus far has been in executive session."

Monday, April 11, 2011

This Saturday, they are cleaning up the town of Tamaqua.

The Tamaqua Beautification Association, the South Ward Neighborhood Committee, the Owl Creek Beautification Association, concerned residents and Tamaqua Area School District students will be combining forces with Schuylkill-Keep It Pretty in the Great Pennsylvania Spring 2011 Cleanup. Three different areas of the borough will be targeted in the clean up campaign - the downtown area, the South Ward and Owl Creek Road.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Administrative Luncheon on April 27 at the Blue Ridge Country Club. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch at noon. There will be a fashion show courtesy of the Dress Barn of the Lehigh Valley. There will also be door prizes. For additional information, call (610) 377-2191. Reservations are due by April 15.

Monday, April 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters in the Carbon - Schuylkill County area have battled a second barn fire in as many days. Late Sunday night fire companies from at least five Carbon County communities responded to a structure fire at the intersection of Church Hill Road and SR895 in East Penn Township. When arriving they found a two story stone and wood frame barn fully involved in flames. In a matter of minutes the structure collapsed. Carbon County fire police closed SR895 for three hours as firefighters battled the blaze.

Monday, April 11, 2011

St. Matthew's Sunday Church School, 222 Church St, Franklin Township, will hold its 1st Annual Donkey Procession on Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. The Procession of Palms will be led by Dominick the Donkey (courtesy of Miller's Store & Farm) as the congregation, the children and their families will walk to Pfeifer's Ice Dam where Pastor Nancy Moore will read the Gospel of the Day from the covered bridge.