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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday killed a proposed amendment that would have gradually replaced school property taxes with higher state income and sales levies.

The amendment died by a 138-59 vote.

Local lawmakers all voted in favor of the amendment: state Reps. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon; Mario Scavello, R-Monroe; Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike; Jerry Knowles, R-Schuylkill; Mike Tobash, R-Schuylkill/Berks; Neal P. Goodman, D-Schuylkill; and Julie Harhart, R-Lehigh/Northampton.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High School students who were inducted into the 2013-14 National Junior Honor Society include, front l-r, Sean Hall, Luke Yaindl, Owen Reis, Colby Moyer, Owen Mendes, Timothy Maradeo, Eric Baumgardt; middle row l-r, Gabriella Sabina, Sarah George, Alyssa Lamparelli, Krista Carlin, Emma Kimmel, Holly Ahner, Alea Brazil; back l-r, Ryan Yacone, Ian Farrell, Kory Kratzer, Jessica Bauer, Brianna Brennan, Christopher Neff, Avery Neipert, and Hanna Nesfeder.

A group of Palmerton Area Junior High School students recently took part in the National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony held in the junior high/high school auditorium.

The program of events began with the prelude and processional given by junior high school music instructor Kenneth Mettam. That was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Afterward, high school/junior high school Principal Paula Husar gave the welcome.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hurricane Liza's 130-mile per hour rampage through Mexico's Baja California peninsula killed more than 650 persons and state officials said today the toll could climb to 1,000.

Officials said they planned to set up tent camps to house some 40,000 persons left homeless by the disaster.

Rescue workers dug bodies from under tons of mud and picked up floating corpses from the Pacific Ocean.

The Juan Salvatierra Hospital reported that more than 650 bodies had been counted and that hundreds of persons were missing and feared dead.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"Tied to Water: Amphibian Life at the LGNC " will be held Oct. 6, 3 p.m., as part of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center Speaker Series.

The speaker will be Dr. Dave Cundall, a professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University, who specializes in herps (amphibians and reptiles).

He will talk about the amphibians of Lehigh Gap and our region, and how they live their secretive lives.

There will be some live specimens for observation.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Workers from Nimaris Construction, L.P. prepare to pour the footers that will support a new spillway at lock no. 23 of the Walnutport Canal. This is just the beginning of a $197,000 restoration and repair project that's taken over two years to get started and has a 90-day completion time.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently celebrated Thank A Police Officer Day by honoring local officers at the school. Officer Chris Ondrus of the Lansford Police Department visited the classrooms to spend time with students and answer questions they had about the duties and daily work of a police officer. In return, the students gave him homemade gifts to share with the officers at the station in thanks for their service to the school community and the protection they provide.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation is offering a series of free Entrepreneurship Workshops this fall.

The next session is "Marketing Your Business," and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

"Financing your Business" will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.

"Accounting, Bookkeeping and Taxes" will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

"Legal Issues," will be presented from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7.

"Hiring employees" will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – This month's local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features the Senator's annual student government seminar with local high school students at Penn State's Schuylkill Campus.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Frank Potoczak of Red Castle Brewery and Steve Ohl of R.F. Ohl have joined forces to bring an authentic Oktoberfest to Carbon County. Carbon County Oktoberfest will be held Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 at the Big Creek Grange Hall, 275 Grange Road, Lehighton. From left are Potoczak, Kayla Everett and Steve Ohl of R.F. Ohl.

Since 1810, the fall season of October has been associated with Oktoberfest celebrations that feature great food and great beer and great entertainment. For the first time, Carbon County's can boast of its own countywide Oktoberfest celebration.

Frank Potoczak of Red Castle Brewery and Steve Ohl of R.F. Ohl have meshed their event planning skills to bring Carbon County Oktoberfest to the area on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19. The two-day family friendly event will be held at the Big Creek Grange, 275 Grange Road, Lehighton.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

HARRISBURG – The groundbreaking of a $350 million project that will bring a 100,000 square foot water park and convention center to the Poconos is great news for tourism and business in northeastern Pennsylvania, said state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe).

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions plans to open the first phase of the Tobyhanna Township facility in 2015.