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Thursday, August 7, 2014

For several months, unsigned letters addressed to the Schuylkill Township supervisors have been arriving at the township building in Mary D. Township secretary Mary Bubel checks their contents and feeds them into a shredder.

During a meeting Wednesday, residents questioned whether or not she should do so. After the meeting, Bubel described the contents of the letters as "disgusting" and said that it would serve no purpose to show them to anyone mentioned in the letters. But during the meeting, residents said they thought the letters should be shared.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lions District 14U Governor Lizanne McElwee, left, is ready to present the District Governor's banner to Incoming District Governor Sharon Kimmel.

The Franklin Township Lions Club recently hosted the District 14-U's cabinet meeting at the Phifer Ice Dam in Franklin Township.

The event included a visit from the Lions International director, presentation of awards, and the banner exchange between the outgoing and the incoming district governors.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AccuWeather meteorologists are reporting that this fall is expected to be colder than normal, with blasts of winterlike air arriving early in the season.

As wild weather unfolds across the nation though, the tropics will also ramp up, putting the eastern coast of the United States at the highest risk for a direct impact.

Polar vortex to return

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A new bill that is currently under consideration by the House Labor and Industry Committee will apply changes to the Uniform Construction Code in Pennsylvania.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley hopes that the new legislation will address certain issues that have been brought to his attention by residents and people involved in the construction industry in Carbon County, mainly regarding inspection officers.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEW Bob Reinhart and the Rev. Paul Schoffstall join Jeannine Siegmond in admiring the collection in its new case.

The late Warren Siegmond collected arrowheads and other Indian artifacts since he was a child. He was born and raised in Palmerton, where he walked the fields, building his collection. He added to that collection over the years, attending artifact shows when he was older.

His widow, Jeannine, recently donated some of that collection to the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

the Rev. Paul Schoffstall, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton, helped sort what he called "tons of rocks," many of which are in the Siegmond back yard. They had been stored in boxes and drawers.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The question of changing the name of the borough of Jim Thorpe back to Mauch Chunk will appear again on the Nov. 2 election ballot.

Judge Albert Heimbach ordered the county election board to frame the proper question to be submitted to the electors of Jim Thorpe upon a petition and motion presented to him.

The petition was circulated by Harry R. Bernhardt, Paul Ocker, and John F. Huber, all of Jim Thorpe. It was signed by 448 registered voters, representing more than 10 percent of the 3,017 voters of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Averi Schnerr of Berwick describes the zip line in one word: "Awesome."

While there are plenty of things for parents and grandparents to do at the 15th annual Carbon County Fair, there are countless rides for children of all ages that will leave you dizzy with excitement.

New this year is the zip line, where riders zoom across a 200-foot cable from 32 feet in the air.

For a small fee, anyone can ride, as long as the harness fits securely around the rider's waist.

Dozens fearlessly took on the zip line, and I was one of them.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Two men were jailed Monday following domestic disputes in Carbon County.

State police at Hazleton identified the two as Kenneth R. Kondash, 37, of 32 Tamaqua St., Beaver Meadows, and Matthew L. Keim, 38, of Junedale, Banks Township.

Troopers said Kondash was charged in connection with an incident at the home of his mother-in-law, where his estranged wife, Brianna Paulshock, was staying.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
For a twist on your traditional pastry, try the elephant ears at this year's fair.

While the Carbon County Fair is the perfect occasion for thrill seekers, animal lovers and music junkies, it's sure to please those who arrive on an empty stomach.

No matter what your palate prefers, whether it's barbecue, corn on the cob, tacos, or caramel apples, there's plenty to choose from at the fair thisyear.

One staple that most fairgoers seem to love, or at least for Charlie and Cassie Wallace of Jim Thorpe, is the funnel cake.

"Funnel cake and lemonade is a must," Cassie said. "And a sausage sandwich. Every year, we come for the same thing."

Thursday, August 7, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dottie Crown, a resident of the Village at Palmerton since its inception in 2004, was on hand to celebrate the facility's 10th anniversary celebration on Wednesday.

It prides itself on its ability to provide the highest level of care to its residents in a homelike safe and supportive environment.

Perhaps that best explains why the Village at Palmerton continues to thrive a decade after it first opened at 71 Princeton Ave. in Palmerton.

In honor of that milestone, the Village at Palmerton celebrated "10 Years of Caring" at its facility on Wednesday.

The Village at Palmerton is a personal care home that provides individualized personal care services addressing the physical, social and spiritual needs of each resident.