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Saturday, January 22, 2011

There are five criteria for bankruptcy, according to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development spokeswoman Jamie Yates.

In the event one of the following conditions is present, a municipality is authorized to file a municipal debt adjustment action:

(1) After recommendation by the plan coordinator.

(2) Imminent jeopardy of an action by a creditor, claimant or supplier of goods or services which is likely to substantially interrupt or restrict the continued ability of the municipality to provide health or safety services to its citizens.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

It was interesting this morning to watch President Hu of China as he was welcomed to the United States with a 21-gun salute and an honor guard. He looked to me like an Emperor reviewing his serfs, the lowly Americans who must bow before the Chinese lenders. We owe China over $1 trillion as they bought our country at bargain basement prices. They manufacture and sell us goods that were once produced in our closed factories. Some of the technology used in Chinese factories was hacked or stolen from the U.S. government and American corporations.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Eighth grade girls from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, work together to create gifts for the residents at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital's Geriatric Unit, Coaldale. The girls pictured are (from left ) Abby O'Donnell, Taylor Horvat, Abigail Yusella, Danielle Dillee, and Paxton Klotz.

An Open House, a visit to a local Geriatric Center, and reaching out to other Catholic schools will highlight this year's observance of Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Penn Forest Township resident hired a contractor to construct a two-car garage with a walk up loft, but allegedly the work was never completed even though she paid him nearly $20,000.

William Harvey Hyer, 60, who at the time had a business called Quality Builders with an address of 187 Ryan Ave., Tamaqua, has been charged with ripping off the Penn Forest woman while allegedly running a garage construction scam.

The woman, Lucretia Hysock of Mountain View Drive, said Hyer only completed about 30 percent of the work before abandoning the project.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news
Saturday, January 22, 2011
FYI

A Creepy Crawlers session "Apples" will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24 for 2, 3 and 4 year olds at Carbon County Environmental Education Center, 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill.

The session focuses on an aspect of the natural world. Children participate in age appropriate games, crafts, stories and other activities.

This month's topic will center on apples. Children can crunch them, take them apart and even make a craft with them. An apple a day doesn't keep the fun away at the center.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The 20th Annual Open House program for prospective Marian High School students and their parents will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the school.

This Open House is offered to any student in grades 9 through 12 and any student from Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties interested in attending Marian for the upcoming school year.

Grade schools who feed into Marian High School will also be holding Open House for prospective students.

The local grade schools Open House dates are as follows:

Saturday, January 22, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Borough Councilman Tommy Vadyak, far right, advised council to seek the state's help in filing for bankruptcy on Dec. 30. Council discussed his suggestion, but believes its financial situation isn't that bad.

As Lansford Borough Council on Dec. 30 steeled itself to adopt a budget that anticipates more spending than income, and that carries a 3.06-mill tax increase, officials briefly considered asking the state help file for bankruptcy.

Council members ultimately decided the borough's fiscal distress was by far not acute enough to take that route, proposed by councilman Tommy Vadyak. But the borough's financial picture doesn't rule out the possibility of asking the state for some sort of help in the future.

Lansford isn't alone in its fiscal worries.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

There are 11 criteria for Act 47 that could place a municipality in the program, according to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development spokeswoman Jamie Yates.

(1) It has maintained a deficit over a three-year period, with a deficit of 1 percent or more in each of the previous fiscal years.

(2) It's expenditures have exceeded revenues for a period of three years or more.

(3) It has defaulted in payment of principal or interest on any of its bonds or notes or in payment of rentals due any authority.

(4) It has missed a payroll for 30 days.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Yep, despite cold temperatures, those pesky marmorated stink bugs, aka Halyomorpha halys, still remain and their population continues to grow after their first appearance in Allentown in early 2001. A primary agricultural pest in Japan, the bug earned its negative label from a poignant chemical produced by its scent glands. Another oddity of its body chemistry is the production of an antifreeze-like chemical that keeps it alive in cold weather. When they invade your home, you'll know it, as they make loud buzzing sounds when they fly and other noises as they fly into things.