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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Borough of Walnutport recently selected The Neffs National Bank for financing its 2011 General Obligation Bond.

"We are excited to partner with a strong community like the Borough of Walnutport and look forward to further servicing the community" remarked Kevin Schmidt, President, The Neffs National Bank.

The Borough of Walnutport was incorporated in 1909. Walnutport has always been a transportation hub with the canal, railroads, and highways and is home to many businesses and residences. The Borough of Walnutport has a population of 2,043 at the 2000 census.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Regional Union of Holy Name Societies of Carbon and Schuylkill Counties opened its campaign to block the sale of obscene literature in the Panther Valley and Carbon County area at a meeting held in St. Michael's Church, Lansford. The group voted to war on obscene literature by urging civic groups and fraternal organizations to take similar action. The ultimate aim is to rid newstands and book stores as well as other sources of sale. They plan to take their fight to the courts if necessary.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Schuylkill County Republican Party held a special meeting recently and the elected committee people from the 125 precincts.

The committee also named Gary Bender, of Tower City, as the new county chairman. He will fill the unexpired term of Joseph Stone, Deer Lake, who resigned before the general election last month.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The oath of office was administered to the six newly elected school board members at Monday evening's Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting.

The newly elected members are Gerald Strubinger, Pearl Downs-Scheckler, John Partenio, Bill Allison, Dr. Clement McGinley, and Jeremy Melber. Strubinger and Dr. McGinley are returning board members.

The newly elected members took the oath of office at the start of the board meeting. Melber was absent from the meeting.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

In August it looked like the Bake Oven Knob hawk count would beat the record for Bald Eagles but suddenly in early November the number dropped off. There were 220 for the year with the record remaining with 2008 which had 236. August had a count of 70 with a previous August record of 60.

The eagles are really doing great. In 1988 there was one nest in Pennsylvania. Now there are almost 200 nests, said Dan Kunkle, Lehigh Gap Nature Center director.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The West Penn Township board of supervisors delayed the approval of a Centax tax collection agency agreement at Monday evening's meeting in the municipal building.

If approved next month, Centax will receive 1.35 percent-worth in fees of the total amount of the local services tax it collects in the future. Berkhimer Tax Administrator currently handles this.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The first wave of America's baby boomers turning 65 this year will be driving the "silver tsunami" says the American Automobile Association (AAA). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this segment of the population will increase by 75 percent over the next two decades.

Research has shown that people today live an average of about 7-10 years beyond their safe driving ability. To aid aging drivers and their families weather the predicted forecast, AAA is helping promote Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to help get the conversation started.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Quakake Fire Company held their annual Christmas party for local children recently at their fire house in Quakake. The holly event was filled with many activities, visit from Santa and free gifts.Event organizer Nancy Neifert, right, of Quakake, plays Christmas games with all the attending families.

Members of the Quakake Fire Company held their annual Christmas party for local children recently at their fire house in Quakake. The holly event was filled with many activities, visit from Santa and free gifts. Event organizer Nancy Neifert, right, of Quakake, plays Christmas games with all the attending families.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS One of the stops on the tour was the Shepp House. The center-turret Eastlake Victorian was erected by Shepp, an early industrialist and key player in the development and use of electricity, working in tandem with Thomas Edison. The historic building now serves as the law offices of Atty. Gary Marchalk and Northeast Pennsylvania Abstract Co. Pictured from left are Maria Montero, volunteer tour guide; Linda Marchalk, law office; Sophie Gursky, 13, volunteer; and Beverly and Dave Knoebel, of Hometown, who've been married over 50 years.

Visitors taking part in the Victorian House Tour in Tamaqua over the weekend were given the opportunity to learn about multiple Victorian homes and venues.

As part of the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas (SOC) Festival held over the weekend, the tours involved shuttling visitors amongst eight different locations via a chartered bus.