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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ÿ The design standards for the Pennsylvania Turnpike were a marked change from previous highway construction efforts. The original limits were from Middlesex, west of Harrisburg, to Irwin, east of Pittsburgh, a distance of 160 miles.

Ÿ Plans called for a 200-foot right of way with two 12-foot lanes of travel in each direction with medians, berms, long entrance and exit ramps, banked curves and separated grade crossings. In order to get the project completed in 20 months, 1,100 engineers were employed.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Top 10 donors to Gov. Tom Corbett

1. Republican Governors Association $1.8 million

2. John M. Templeton Jr. (president and CEO of the John Templeton Foundation) $420,000

3. John S. Middleton (an owner of the Philadelphia Phillies) $300,000

4. H.F. Lenfest (owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer) $252,000

5. PA Future Fund PAC (business PAC) $152,500

6. Albert R. Boscov (chairman and CEO of Boscov's Department Stores) $150,000

7. Joseph Neubauer (chairman and CEO of Aramark) $125,000

Saturday, July 26, 2014

As a business leader and involved citizen in the Lehighton area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Kurt Ridgway of the John Kurtz Ridgway Agency has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate's nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country and 40 percent of Allstate's Pennsylvania agencies. This designation is being presented to Ridgway for his outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of his agency's work.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Resident Andrew Jordan asks borough council how they plan to help residents who are affected by high flood insurance costs.

After years of frustration, a group of Palmerton residents are at their tipping point over flood insurance costs.

So much so that a crowd of about 35 residents came out to voice their displeasure with the situation before borough council on Thursday.

On hand to attempt to address some of their concerns were William F. Hanley, Senior Economic Development Specialist, who attended on behalf of 17th District Rep. Matt Cartwright, and Timm Berger, district office manager for state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon).

Saturday, July 26, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A tree trimmer was seriously injured Friday morning when his truck rolled away while he was in the bucket trimming a tree. The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. along Walnut Drive in Northampton County. The worker was in the bucket of the truck on a hill of a private residence. Authorities believe the truck either rolled away while the worker was in the bucket of the truck or slid on the wet grass. The unit continued down the hill until impact with a tree. According to radio reports the worker was ejected from the bucket.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Some interstates will be seeing increased speed limits in the very near future, but local police officials see no such need for speed in their communities.

Tamaqua Chief of Police Rick Weaver and Rush Township Sgt. Duane Frederick share the same opinion on the news from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that speed limits on certain sections of the turnpike and interstates will be increased to 70 mph.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Increases in speed limits on portions of interstates 80 and 380 could be just a start for highways across the state.

"After thorough analysis and reviewing other states' practices, (the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) is piloting this speed limit so we can use the data to determine where else the maximum speed could be increased," said state Transportation Secretary and Turnpike Commissioner Barry J. Schoch earlier this week.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Cerra

W. Andrew Worthington, President and CEO of Bushkill Group Inc. and chairman of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center Board of Directors welcomes Carmine Cerra, MD, and Richard Staneski, former vice president of finance and administration at East Stroudsburg University to the board.

"On behalf of our board, we look forward to working closely with Dr. Cerra and Mr. Staneski to continue to move this organization forward by always focusing on our patients and their needs," Worthington said.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday was an unexpected day off for Penn Forest Township employees and fire fighters. Late Thursday someone contacted the township and informed them that their worker's compensation insurance had lapsed.

"We really don't have any answers at this time, I don't want to say anything with out being sure exactly what happened," said Township Supervisor Warren Reiner. "We will be looking into the matter further on Monday and hope to have a better understanding of what caused the cancellation of the policy."

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Corbett

Gov. Tom Corbett, trailing opponent Tom Wolf by 20 to 25 points in the polls, has poured $1.66 million into television ads blanketing the state in July, according to FCC reports.

That's more than one-third of the $4.8 million in campaign funds Corbett had left over from the primary.

A Franklin & Marshall College poll of registered voters in late June showed Corbett, a Republican, trailing Democrat Wolf 47 percent to 25 percent.

Wolf has spent no money on ads this month.