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Friday, October 15, 2010

All former students and friends of Sacred Heart School and St. John Neumann Regional School, both of Palmerton; and Assumption BVM School, Slatington, are invited to a Meet and Greet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Assumption BVM School.

Entertainment, an open house down memory lane, prizes and refreshments will be available.

The evening will continue to Palmerton to the Sacred Heart Gym from 6 to 8 p.m.

Those attending are asked to send old photos and memorable moments to SJNRS_pictures@hotmail.com or call (610) 826-2354.

Friday, October 15, 2010
ANDFREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Save Our Station (S.O.S.) volunteer Jack Steele of Tamaqua prepares and lays engraved sponsor bricks at the new Tamaqua Train Station path leading from West Broad Street to the Train Station. Hundreds of bricks are still available to be sponsored. Those interested in sponsoring a brick can stop by the train station to pick-up a sponsor form or call volunteer S.O.S. member Daniel Schroeder at (570)-668-2770 or (570)-449-1531 for more information. More information can also be found on their website at www.TamaquaStation.com

Thursday, October 14, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rush Township workers spent the last few days laying 2 1/2 to 3 inches of new asphalt on Ye Old Hauto Road (SR54) east of the Hometown intersection.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several persons escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when involved in a crash at the intersection of SR248 and Union Hill in Franklin Township. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. involving a car and a mini-van in the westbound lane of travel. The car came to rest in the right lane while the van came to rest on its side. It appeared no serious injuries were involved. The road was reduced to one lane westbound. The Franklin Township Fire Company responded to the scene. Township police are investigating the incident.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dedication ceremonies at the $4.75 million dollar Panther Valley High School, located just east of Lansford along Route 209, took place this afternoon in perfect mid-October weather and before a crowd estimated by school officials at more than 2,000. A concert by the high school band, directed by William Mitchell Jr., on the stage of the 1,000-seat auditorium, and public touring of the sprawling complex, capped the 50-minute outdoor dedication formalities.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's back to the drawing board for a Northampton County man who wants to build a garage for residential purposes in Palmerton.

Palmerton Borough's Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday unanimously agreed to deny a variance request to George Hoagland of Easton.

Hoagland sought a variance to erect a 24-by-24-foot garage along an unimproved section of Gorman Avenue near Edgemont Avenue in the west end of town.

Hoagland told zoners he only wanted to build on one of the three parcels he purchased at the property, located in a Planned Development zoning district.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Bureau of Elections secretary Jane Krebs, left, and Director of Elections, Lisa R. Dart, prepare for the Nov. 2 Elections. Since the 2009 elections, the county has increased its number of registered voters by 922.

In spite of being an off-year election, excitement is brewing in Carbon County particularly in the Pennsylvania House contest to succeed long-term Representative and House Speaker Keith McCall.

As a result of shifts in population, the surrounding counties of Luzerne and Schuylkill saw declines in the number of registered voters since the 2009 election each numbering several thousand. Carbon County, meanwhile, had an estimated increase in population of those over 18 years old of 571, and an even higher increase of registered voters of 922.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The operator of a tractor trailer that was hauling live pigs escaped serious injury Wednesday morning when he rolled his rig along the exit ramp of Interstate 80 in Kidder Township. The incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. as the driver was traveling east and attempted to exit at the 177-mile marker to gain access to the turnpike. The unit rolled onto its right side. Responding were the Albrightsville and Kidder Township fire companies. State police at Fern Ridge are investigating. It was reported one pig escaped and several more were killed in the crash.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

There will be a meeting of the Summit Hill Republican Club on tonight at 7 p.m. in the borough hall to discuss the upcoming election. Vice President David Wargo will officiate this meeting.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Annual Tamaqua Halloween Parade will be held on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 27.

The parade will again be sponsored by the Tamaqua Lions Club, with assistance from the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. Communication assistance along the parade route will be provided by the Tamaqua Wireless Association.

Entries are being accepted now for floats/motorized units and marching units. Oct. 15 is the deadline for registration.