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Friday, January 13, 2012

The question of the legality of a meeting held in private by the Carbon County majority commissioners was addressed recently.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, minority Commissioner William O'Gurek, asked if the new majority board had violated the Sunshine Act for holding a private meeting with a potential employee behind closed doors or if the meeting that was held on Jan. 10 was an executive session, which he was not invited to.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The following deeds were recorded in Carbon County:

Banks Township

Anna Mindera to Joseph D. Mondero, R.1 Box 120, Beaver Meadows, property at R.1 Box 120, $1.

East Penn Township

Troy R. Yurasits to Michele R. Yurasits, 1344 Municipal Road, Lehighton, property at 1344 Municipal Road, $1.

Franklin Township

Derek L. Solt to Derek L. Solt, 120 E. Third St., Lehighton, property at 120 E. Third St., $1.

Mauch Chunk Trust Company to Days Gone By Classic Cars, LLC, 350 Interchange Road, Lehighton, property at 1280 Main Road, $280,000.

Jim Thorpe

Friday, January 13, 2012

Carbon County officials have announced that the annual Carbon County Outdated Telephone Directory Recycling program, also known as the Phone Book Recycling Program, will take place from Feb. 1 through Feb. 17 at participating schools.

After the deadline, the county Department of Solid Waste will present awards to the students who bring in the most books, as well as who brings in the oldest telephone book.

Friday, January 13, 2012

HAZLETON U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that one local fire department will receive more than $617,000 through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 in Carbon County will receive $617,500. The money will be used to buy a new ladder truck.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Packerton Yards development project is moving forward, Carbon County officials say.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said the county needs to apply for a grant extension for the Packerton Yards Industrial Park project. The project is planned for the 59-acre site that straddles Mahoning Township and Lehighton, which was purchased by the last administration on Feb. 25, 2005.

Friday, January 13, 2012

St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua will accept registrations for Kindergarten through eight grade for the 2012-2013 school year beginning Monday of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 30-Feb. 3).

St. Jerome Regional School is a Christ- centered Catholic School open to all, serving the parishes of St. Jerome, SS. Peter & Paul and St. Richard and surrounding parishes. SJRS, in partnership with each school family, strives to form a community of faith living and teaching the gospel message. The academic program meets the national, state and diocesan standards.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The deadline for municipalities and emergency personnel to switch to narrowband radios is rapidly approaching, a Carbon County official said.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said the county needs to proceed on the conversion project of narrowband radios. The deadline for the conversion is Jan. 1, 2013.

Friday, January 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Blueprint Team completed the Upper Floor Redevelopment Plan, identifying 112 West Broad Street as a "catalyst" project.

The Blueprint Communities initiative of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of Pittsburgh has awarded Tamaqua a $10,000 minigrant.

The grant will be used to help design and engineer pre-development work for the Upper Floors project in the historic downtown area.

Tamaqua will continue its work to redevelop the upper floors of its historic downtown "Main Street District." The Tamaqua Blueprint Community Team spearheaded an effort to identify and inventory potential properties for upper floor redevelopment, completing the Tamaqua Upper Floor Study in 2007.

Friday, January 13, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Richard Zabroski, right, is sworn in as Panther Valley School director by board solicitor Robert T. Yurchak.

Panther Valley graduate, volunteer football coach and former Nesquehoning borough Councilman Richard Zabroski is the school board's newest member.

The board appointed Zabroski, a Republican, to serve the time remaining on the term of school director Anthony Pondish, who resigned in October. Zabroski's appointment breaks the months-long 4-4 vote logjam by the board created by Pondish's absence.

Shortly after Zabroski was sworn in on Thursday, longtime school directors R. Mickey Angst and David Hiles said they were relieved at the surge of interest in board seats.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Grace St. Paul's United Methodist Church will hold a free community dinner on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 4-6 p.m., at the church, on Church Road, off Route 903 in Jim Thorpe, next to the Butterfly Sanctuary. All are welcome.

For more information, call (570) 325-9151.