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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The state Senate unanimously confirmed former U.S. Rep. Tim Holden to serve on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Wednesday, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

The Senate confirmation comes a day after Holden, a Democrat, was vetted in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, where he received unanimous approval by members of the committee.

Nominated by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, Holden replaces a board spot previously held by Patrick J. Stapleton III, a Democrat.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Palmerton Telephone Company and Palmerton Borough workers team together Tuesday afternoon to hang lights around the Delaware Avenue side of the Palmerton Borough Park.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Possible set back issues with the Lansford American Fire Company's new building have brought construction to a halt.

Lansford Borough Council discussed the issue at Wednesday night's regular meeting.

According to correspondence from Josh Sweinhart, president of Wood Originals, the company had to suspend work on the fire company building effective Nov. 6 as a result of issues with zoning setbacks and winter weather. The correspondence also stated that no further work will be scheduled until required permits are issued.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

PPL Electric Utilities reports that power was restored Tuesday afternoon to all 663 electric utility customers in Rush Township after an outage that began just prior to noon.

Crews repaired the system after a pole fire Monday night near the intersection of Fairview Street and Marian Drive. Hometown fire police volunteers controlled traffic at the intersections of SR309/Tide Road and SR309/Ben Titus Road. The outage also affected Hometown Walmart.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua celebrates Native American heritage in many ways, such as this sculpture on display in the Tamaqua library. On Nov. 21, the Tamaqua Historical Society will present a talk on Lenape culture at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.

Now in its 214th year, the Tamaqua community continues to salute its first inhabitants, Native Americans.

A look at the Lenape, early settlers in Schuylkill County, will take place 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St.

The talk is sponsored by the Tamaqua Historical Society.

"The subject is timely as we think about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and our Native American roots," said Dale Freudenberger, society president.

The presentation will feature author Gretchen Hardy.

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@$:STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sandra Moyer, left, of Lansford, and Janelle Eckhart of Jim Thorpe add items to military care packages. Both are members of the Arc of NEPA.

Members and staff of the Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania from Lehighton and Jim Thorpe gathered Wednesday to assemble care packages for members of the United States military.

The packages included personal care items such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, combs, shampoo, deodorant, socks and letters of appreciation.

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@$:Olivia Stettler

Eleven-year-old Olivia Stettler has been cast as one of the leading roles in the musical show "Annie" that will be held at the Sovereign Majestic Theater in Pottsville. The show will be performed Nov. 23-24.

Olivia, the daughter of Charles and Heather Stettler, will play the role of Miss Hannigan who is the woman who runs the orphanage in this hit Broadway show.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School members of the United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps, Lehigh Valley Chapter, left to right, Steven Nale, Connor Peechatka, Chris Schwenck, explain what their organization is to Matthew Vazquez, an Eagle Scout of Troop 113 and PVHS junior and Chris Curtis, Life Scout of Troop 98 and PVHS junior at PVHS's Veterans Day program. Curtis says he thinks having a Veterans Day program in the school helps raise awareness of those in our military while at the same time it offers a chance to pay respect to those who have already served in the military. Vazquez liked the program because it teaches them about veterans.

One Veterans Day display that was manned by Pleasant Valley High School students at its 17th Annual Veterans Day program was that of the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC), the Lehigh Valley chapter. Proudly wearing sailor suits with composed military countenances were Connor Peechatka, Steven Nale and Chris Schwenck.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
These are just a few of the boxes of food collected by the members of American Legion Post 316 in Summit Hill for the borough food pantry.

At least 130 Summit Hill families in need will be able to have a bountiful table this Thanksgiving.

That's because the Sons of American Legion Post 316; members of American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill; and the borough's food pantry have teamed up to help local families who have fallen on hard times celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 28.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A contract in amount of $68,321.25 was awarded to Biros Utilities Inc., Sheppton, East Union Township by Schuylkill County Commissioners Wednesday. The contract is to install 1,000 linear feet of 15-inch pipe for a storm sewer system on First Street, Oneida, East Union Township. It is part of the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

An agreement was entered with Washington Gas Energy Services for the purchase of electricity for the county courthouse, prison, and Rest Haven Home. The electric rate on Nov. 12 was $0.7030 per kilowatt.