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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A stadium improvement project will cost Palmerton Area School District nearly three-quarter of a million dollars.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to award a bid in the amount of $774,000 to CMG of Easton.

That decision came after the board heard an update on the project from Rob Sarnowski, of Barry Isett & Associates, Trexlertown.

Prior to the vote, Director Sherry Haas said she had reservations with the location of where the new bleachers will be installed.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors are facing a double-edged sword as Police Chief Kenneth Barnes filed another complaint with the Department of Labor and Industry, alleging the fuel tanks at the rear of the municipal building are unsafe.

Barnes' attorney has also notified three supervisors of his intent to sue them for interfering with his ability to do his job.

"It was stated at a public meeting last night, so I will confirm it," said township Chairperson John Wieczorek Tuesday morning in a phone interview.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

At the Slatington Borough Council meeting Mayor Walter Niedermeyer made a proclamation presention to two Slatington residents who went above and beyond as citizens of the Northern Lehigh area.

Wayne Sheckler, a mail carrier, helped an 84-year-old woman out of her burning home and then evacuated a hearing impaired neighbor before her home caught on fire. Sheckler was also nominated by the Slatington Fire department for the Spirit of Courage award, which he received.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Marge Porambo, a volunteer for Meals On Wheels and a member of the Concourse Club of Palmerton hands Lillian Smith, center, her meal for the day. Vinita Horinko, a member of Concourse Club and the chair of the Wheels On Meals committee, gives Lillian a handmade Christmas stocking full of fresh fruit and a handmade Christmas ornament made by Shirley Blynn out of seashells, from the Concourse Club. These gifts were given to all Meals On Wheels clients in the Palmerton area from the Concourse Club.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Employees and customers of the Dollar General in Tamaqua helped provide many donations to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots drive, as well as provided many other items needed for various programs at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The store is an annual supporter of both organizations. Beverly Curvey, third key sales assocate, Dollar General, Tamaqua, stands next to some donations.

Employees and customers of the Dollar General in Tamaqua helped provide many donations to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots drive, as well as provided many other items needed for various programs at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The store is an annual supporter of both organizations. Beverly Curvey, third key sales assocate, Dollar General, Tamaqua, stands next to some donations.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Carbon County jury panel, after deliberating for almost 10 hours over two days, convicted a Summit Hill man in 60 of 66 counts filed against him in connection with setting 16 brush fires in the spring of 2008 in the lower end of the county.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
donald r. serfass/times news Carol Makuta, superintendent and Ray Kinder, assistant superintendent explain the new bus schedule.

The Tamaqua Area School District will make changes to a few rural school bus runs but the net effect will not result in cost savings.

According to details reviewed at Tuesday's school board finance committee meeting, bus No. 35's afternoon West Penn Elementary School run will be eliminated, with stops added to busses 16, 28 and 38.

"We'll eliminate a bus run in West Penn," said Connie Ligenza, business manager. "The stops have been reallocated."

According to Carol Makuta, superintendent, the change is necessary because the bus in question was running late.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Harriet Visnosky, a board member of Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, was inadvertently omitted from the news story about Breakfast With Santa held recently at Penn's Peak. The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the oversight. At the event Visnosky was Mrs. Santa Claus.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Performing arts director Paul Mulhern peps up the kids during the finale.

Tamaqua's St. Jerome Regional School preschool, kindergarten and first grade studentsperformed in front of a well attended audience recently at their school as part of the Performing Arts Christmas Concert Series. Second grade to eighth grade students will perform on Dec. 15 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. The performance was directed by the school's performing arts director Paul Mulhern. School Principal Mary Ann Mansell pointed out her appreciation to Mulhern, who started theprogram last year, and all the student's hard work anddedication towards the program.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In what has become the norm rather than the exception, residents who live in Lower Towamensing Township will again see no increase in their property tax rates next year.

The township's board of supervisors unanimously agreed on Tuesday to adopt the 2012 budget with no increase in taxes, which will leaves the property tax rate unchanged at 1.6 mills.

For taxpayers that own a home valued at $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, they will again pay $80 to the township in property taxes.