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Friday, September 24, 2010
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Church council president Suzanne Cunningham welcomes the Rev. Jeffrey Kistler to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua. Kistler began his duties as interim pastor at Zion Sept. 30. With Cunningham and Kistler is council secretary Steve Ristila. Kistler will serve the Zion congregation until a new pastor is called. Kistler is the former pastor at Ben Salem UCC in West Penn Township before his retirement from full-time pastoral service. Zion's Sunday service is a 9:30 a.m. and Sunday school at 8:30. All are welcome.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Franklin Township supervisors hope to see $37,000 in recreational improvements to the Phifer Ice Dam Park.

Supervisors have applied for two grants – $33,000 to create a picnic grove featuring two new pavilions and another $4,000 to upgrade the baseball field – to the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Solar field plans are moving forward although Summit Hill Water Authority officials learned the secondary PEDA grant they were hoping to obtain fell through in the past few weeks.

The project will continue as originally planned but officials had been hoping the additional funding would shorten the length of the loan they needed and help pay off the project faster.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Carbon County Veterans Day Parade will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 7, in Palmerton. The rain date is Nov. 14.

Registration forms have been sent out to various organizations who may be interested in participating in this year's parade. The deadline for these forms to be submitted is Oct. 24, but the sooner they are sent in, the more helpful it will be to the parade organizers.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

U. S. Census Bureau are performing systematic quality checks of census takers' work. Franklin Township asks residents to cooperate to help verify the questions that appeared on the census form. Census workers will accomplish verifications by visitations, phone interviews, and address verifications.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The remaining two of four men, charged with the fatal beating of a Hazleton man with aluminum baseball bats, entered guilty pleas under a plea agreement in the Schuylkill County Court Wednesday to charges of murder in the third degree, criminal conspiracy and robbery.

Thursday, September 23, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Merle Wertman, left, Tamaqua, a polycythemia vera patient, questions Robert Lewis of the state DEP about water testing.

Two years after the discovery of a higher then normal incidence of a rare blood disease in the local area, there are still more questions than answers.

On Wednesday, the Tri-County Polycythemia Vera Community Advisory Committee (CAC) sponsored a public health forum at the Tamaqua Area Auditorium, 500 Penn Street.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Local historian Bob Vybrenner will be presenting a lecture on 18th century funerary practices and beliefs at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Summit Hill Heritage Center in Summit Hill.

Vybrenner, chairman of the volunteer board at Eckley Miner's Village, will focus on how death was handled by various ethnicities and classes in the late 1800s throughout the coal regions, as well as general attitudes and customs from that period. For more information, call (570) 657-0792.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Franklin Township supervisors will be conducting a review of the Franklin Township Agricultural Area. If anyone has 10 acres of contiguous farmland that is being farmed, it can be added by Sept. 30. The proposals will be reviewed by the Carbon County and township planning commissions.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Franklin Township supervisors accepted the resignation of William Kunkle, as an alternate zoning hearing board member. The position was not filled during the meeting. Supervisors thanked Kunkle for the many years of service.