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Friday, June 27, 2014

Lower Towamensing Township plans to replace an aged bucket truck with a newer model.

Supervisors at a brief special meeting on Thursday agreed on a 2-0 vote to advertise to bid for a 2008 Ford F-350. Supervisor Ron Walbert was absent.

Supervisors Chairman Brent Green said the township will accept bids for the truck from June 30 through July 14.

Green said bids are due to the township by 4 p.m. July 14. They will be opened that day at 4:30 p.m. he said.

The township has budgeted $50,000 in this year's budget for the truck, Green said.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Special to the Times News/Katie Wargo Civil War musician Tom Jolin plays songs on the button accordionor squeezebox including "Children of the Battlefield" to help three children who were orphaned when their father was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. The hourlong program of free music wassponsored by the Summit Hill GAR Cemetery through a grantfrom the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

A crowd of more than 40 people filled the Summit Hill Heritage Center Thursday night to enjoy a musical trip back through time guided by Pennsylvania Humanities Council speaker Tom Jolin, who played over an hour of Civil War-era music. The program was sponsored by the Summit Hill GAR Cemetery in conjunction with a grant from the PHC.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2013-2014 school year has been announced by Robert Vlasaty, principal.

Principal's list

Friday, June 27, 2014

Graduation ceremonies were held at SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton on June 12 beginning with Liturgy led by the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield.

Diplomas were conferred upon graduates Alyssa Bauder, Sarah Bradley, Zoryana Duda, Josephine Flugger, Antonia Galasso, Julia Glitzer, Kennedy Malsch, Jasmine Mooney, Anna Nelson, Emily Roberti, Alexis Rohlfing, Bryce Smith and Mary Grace Wilhelm.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Children bolt from the starting line at the Blue Mountain Health System's Kids Fun Run.

Blue Mountain Health System held its 13th annual 5K Road Race-Walk and Kids Fun Run on May 10, presented by the medical staff of Blue Mountain Health System.

Awards were given to the following:

Fastest team: Dedicated Fitness

Largest team: Blue Mountain Community Church (205 members)

First place overall female: Cassandra Rehnert (22:38:13)

First place overall male: Michael Blacketter (18:01:31)

12 and under females: Emma Martinez (first), Madison Beahm (second) and Chloe Schaffer (third)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Carbon County must spend nearly $100,000 to supply a law research database even though it isn't used often.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved an agreement with Westlaw Next for a three-year subscription package for both electronic and hardbound books of law materials for the county's law library.

The monthly cost for one year is $7,677 for a total annual cost of $92,124.

"It is such an expensive project for us for very little use," said Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Nesquehoning is spending over $200,000 to complete work at its sewer plant.

During the monthly meeting of borough council on Wednesday, the board voted to award the headworks project contract to the lowest bidder, Derstine Company LLC of Souderton, which bid $207,000 for the project.

Councilwoman Mary Fox said that the project includes work in the area where the town's main sewer line comes into the plant for treatment.

She added that the project is being funded by the general sewer fund, which has a healthy balance of $309,385.13.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The DUI Victims Moving Memorial made its way to the Lehighton Walmart on Thursday morning, presented by the Pennsylvania DUI Association.

Inside the 30-foot trailer, painted to resemble a serene garden, more than 2,000 names listed to commemorate the victims of crashes involving someone under the influence in Pennsylvania.

David Everly, the regional sobriety checkpoint coordinator of the PA Traffic Safety Network, found this holiday season to be an appropriate time for the memorial to stop by.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A new $5 million sports stadium is moving forward in Lehighton Area School District.

The borough's zoning hearing board, after a brief executive session on Wednesday, agreed to grant the school district several variances to advance the stadium, which would be built between the high school and the administration office, near the existing field hockey and track site.

Of the variances granted, only one was not approved unanimously.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Schuylkill County Recorder of Deeds A. Matthew Dudish died today.

He had been recovering from a lung transplant in March.

Dudish, who was first elected in 1999, also owns a business in Pottsville, Anthracite Abstract Co.

The Hazleton Standard Speaker reported that Dudish, a nonsmoker, experienced shortness of breath, consulted a physician and learned he was suffering idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

He was reelected to his current position in 2011.