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Friday, October 8, 2010

Palmerton hopes the insertion of waterline valves will better control water flows.

The borough's Municipal Authority will receive bids for waterline valve insertions until 11 a.m. Oct. 19, at which time the bids will be opened.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the waterline valve insertions will be conducted primarily in the 500 block of Lehigh Avenue.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Palmerton Area School District could borrow $5 million to afford a litany of projects.

That appeared to be the direction favored by a consensus of school directors at a board workshop on Tuesday.

Henry Sallusti, the district's financial adviser, told the board he had prepared six borrowing options for the district that ranged from $2.5 to $5 million.

Sallusti told the board the district would be able to keep its $1.6 million a year in debt service without impacting the amount of the loan payments for the next eight years.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A recent bake-and-book sale has given the struggling Panther Valley Library in Lansford enough of a boost to keep its doors open, at least for awhile.

The library, in the former United Methodist Church at 117 E. Bertsch St, has been able to expand its hours and is offering children's activities starting next Wednesday and culminating in a Halloween party on Oct.. 27.

The library is now open on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and then from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, October 8, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Coal Kickin' Children's Fall Karate Tournament collected a full box of new toys for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Detachment 626's annual Toys For Tots drive. Pictured with some of the donations are third row from left, Coal Kickin' Children's Tournament Director and Sensei Kevin Dillon, Mark Janner, Allisa Cruz, 13, Brian Lewis, 11, Anthony Yerger, 14, and Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League member and Toys For Tots volunteer Joe Sweeney. Second row from left, are Samantha Dillon, 9, Tyler Locher, 9, Andrea Tizekker, 7, Christina Dacey, 10, and Michael OBrien, 10.

Friday, October 8, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company Chief Ralph C. Lennon, second from left, accepts the resolution from the board of commissioners recognizing his achievements over the last 50 years. Lennon was recently honored with the James A. Miller "A" Service Award from the Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania. With him are, from left, Commissioners Charles Getz, William O'Gurek, and Wayne Nothstein.

Carbon County commissioners recognized one of its area fire chiefs, who was recently honored on the state level.

During the county commissioners meeting on Thursday, the board presented Ralph C. Lennon, fire chief of the Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company, with a resolution recognizing his achievements during the 50 years that he has been a firefighter.

Friday, October 8, 2010
Victor Izzo/SPECIAL TO THE Times News Bill Parks of Kunkletown, a golf cart enthusiast, is organizer of the first Fall Foliage Ride on Broad Mountain this weekend.

We are all used to seeing golf carts travel on flat or slightly hilly grades on well-manicured golf courses, but not over something as challenging as say, the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

But that's what will happen this Saturday (Oct. 9) when a group of golf cart enthusiasts take off on a relaxed pace over the off-road trails on the first annual Fall Foliage Ride. The event is intended for all levels of golf carts, from stock to custom. Electric Karts will need a full charge while the gas karts will need full tanks to handle the course.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Pink Light Walk will be on Friday, Oct. 15. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Gilbert. The Walk will begin at 6 p.m. The keynote speaker will be beast cancer survivor, Honi Grasing. The public is invited.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh girl's softball players played a benefit game against the Northern Lehigh and Northwestern Lehigh baseball team. From left are, front row, Megan Filchner, Maggie Lear, Payton Marunich, Tamara Stubits, Kristi Seiler; and back row, Julie Wagaman, Erica Bowman, Cassie Toth, Jordan Dardas, Raelah Horwath, Sarah Frantz and Jocelyn Rodrigues.

The 15th annual Dream Come True benefit baseball game, pitting the 15-year-old boys from Northern Lehigh and Northwestern high schools against Northern Lehigh girl's softball players, recently brought in $1,850 for Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

The Walnutport Playground Association provided all the food and the facility for free.

The game was all out baseball/softball at its best, with some great hard hits and one handed catches that made the game exciting to watch. The game ended with a tie score, 5 to 5.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Firefighters spent over four hours fighting a blaze that stretched almost a full block early this morning on Water Street in New Philadelphia.

Flames shot 50 feet into the air as firefighters arrived on scene of a fully-engulfed structure fire, stretching from 33 to 41 Water St. in New Philadelphia a little after 4 a.m. today. The blaze left two families homeless.

Fire companies from several surrounding areas responded quickly with aerial trucks and heavy apparatus to slow down the fast-moving fire.

The fire appeared to have a noticeable head start prior to the first firefighters on scene as it already consumed and partially collapsed three vacant row homes located at the intersection of Lombard Street.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Carbon County woman was found guilty Wednesday afternoon in the county court of endangering the welfare of a child.

Stephanie Lynn Gerhart, now Stephanie Lynn Schuster, 27, of Parryville, was found not guilty of criminal conspiracy-endangering the welfare of a child. Her co-defendant, and former husband, Joshua Nathanie Gerhart, 31, of Kunkletown, was found not guilty of both charges.