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Friday, October 1, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand Thursday to accept the $906,000 grant secured by state Rep. Keith McCall for the eventual construction of a new fire station in Palmerton, are from left, council President Terry Costenbader; West End Fire Co. No. 2 Assistant Chief Dennis Behler; McCall; West End Fire Co. No. 2 Chief Joseph Kercsmar; and council Vice-President Chris Olivia.

A new fire station for Palmerton just become a lot more affordable.

Borough officials and members of the West End Fire Co. No. 2 gathered inside borough hall on Thursday to meet with Speaker of the House Keith McCall.

At that time, McCall presented them with a $906,000 check for the purchase of a state-of-the-art fire station. The grant came courtesy of gaming revenue from Mount Airy Casino in Monroe County.

A veteran volunteer firefighter in Summit Hill, McCall said the grant was a "small token" of what the commonwealth can do for its volunteer firefighters.

Friday, October 1, 2010

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) announced more than $174,000 in grants for four local schools from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation's (PHEF) Nursing Education Grant Program for the 2010-11 academic year.

The grants are primarily used for the creation and retention of new nursing students and were awarded as follows:

*DeSales University-$36,454

*Lehigh Carbon Community College-$34,718

*Northampton Community College-$71,607

*Saint Margaret Hospital School of Nursing-UPMC-$31,246

Friday, October 1, 2010

Carbon County Fair will hold a monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Franklin Elementary School, Fairyland Road, Franklin Township. In addition, the fair board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the same location on Friday, Nov. 19.

At the board's September meeting, it was announced that Martin J. Unger III of New Ringgold was the recipient of a check in the amount of $50.

Martin was the winner of the exit survey drawing held during the 2010 fair.

Anyone who would like to become involved with the fair is asked to contact Michele Fredericks at

Friday, October 1, 2010

Municipal road in West Penn Township was closed Thursday evening when a tree fell across the roadway during heavy rains. Members of the West Penn Fire Company No. 1 responded to the scene just north of School Road at 5:30 p.m. Firefighters utilized chain saws to cut up and remove the tree. Similar incidents took place throughout the area as the area was deluged with heavy rains and high winds all Thursday and this morning. Some areas of Pennsylvania experienced up to 10 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.

Friday, October 1, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS American Legion Posts 903 and 927 honored eight area former POWs in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Four of those guests were, left to right: Charles Sincavage, Richard Kolbek, Bernard Miller with his wife, Dorothy, and Paul Demciak.

There are still 88,000 people still missing from World War I to Vietnam wars.

Many Americans took the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 17.

American Legion Posts 903 (Mt. Pocono) and 927 (Gilbert) held a special Remembrance Ceremony and picnic on Sept. 18 at Post 927.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club is hosting its fourth annual Pink Light Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Lehighton Recreation Center. The annual event promotes breast cancer awareness.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Warm up is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the walk. Participants will be walking from the Lehighton Recreation Center to the Lehighton Amphitheatre and back.

All those participating are asked to wear a pink shirt to increase awareness of breast cancer.

In addition there will be a decorate your bra contest.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Churches celebrating Saint Francis Day with a blessing of the animals are:

All Saints Episcopal Church, at the corner of North Second and Coal streets, Lehighton, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. Bring your dogs, cats, hamsters, etc. Refreshments to follow. For additional information, call (610) 377-2675.

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third and Coal streets, Lehighton, 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4. For additional information, call (610) 377-4466.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Formation of a planning commission for the community was authorized at a meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council. Attorney Robert Lazorchick was directed to prepare and ordinance providing for the commission which will consist of five members. A group of the councilmen plan to attend an eight-week course on community planning, starting Tuesday, at Wilkes College. In one other matter, the borough authority was instructed to secure prices on office equipment for newly hired borough bookkeeper, Mrs. Helen Choley.

Friday, October 1, 2010
ron gower/times news

The Mahoning Creek swooshed over its banks from the nearly eight inches of rain that fell in the Lehighton area yesterday and early this morning. This photo is taken at the Country Club Road bridge. Country Club Road had to be closed because of the overflow.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Blue Mountain School District, in its fourth appearance this year before the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board, was successful in having the assessments raised on 28 properties for 2012 taxes on properties located within the school district boundaries to bring the total to 130 properties whose taxes have been increased. Hearings are held at the courthouse in Pottsville. Rulings on the most recent appeals were as follows: