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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday took a step forward in considering the possibility of selling the water system it owns with Coaldale and part of Nesquehoning.

Mayor Ron Hood at a special meeting broke a tie vote to move the borough to meet with representatives of two water companies that have expressed interest in buying the water system.

"There's nothing wrong with sitting down and talking with these companies," Hood said.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Jim Thorpe Community Venison Dinner will be held at Christ United Church of Christ, Fourth and Center streets, Jim Thorpe on March 19. Dinners, including venison roasts, sausage and Shirley's venison meatloaf, with all the trimmings will be served at 5 and 6 p.m. No reservations are needed and no donations will be accepted.

All are welcome.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Keith Knappenberger, 34, will be seeking the one available supervisor position in the Penn Forest Township Primary Election.

Keith is a native of Penn Forest Township. He resides on Unionville Road with his wife Sherry.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Casimir "Caszy" Kosciolek

Casimir "Caszy" Kosciolek of Lake Hauto has announced his candidacy for re-election to the office of Magisterial District Judge in the Carbon County Magisterial District 56-3-03, which covers the boroughs of Lansford, Nesquehoning, and Summit Hill.

Kosciolek, a Democrat, has filed nomination petitions to have his name appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the May 17 Primary Election.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Eckley Miners' Village, a living history museum focusing on the daily life of the anthracite coal miner and his family, is seeking volunteers to assist in the historic mission of the preserved "patch" town.

Volunteers give guided tours of the preserved village, are stationed in exhibit buildings during special events, and assist in preparing displays and explaining village details to visitors.

Volunteers receive training and may volunteer for whatever hours or days are convenient.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Schuylkill County man, formerly of Lansford, was given a prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court after pleading guilty to retail theft and other criminal counts. He was one of nine defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lansford incidents

Christopher W. Weston, 29, of Pottsville, was sentenced by Serfass to serve three to one day less 24 months in the county prison on a reatil theft charge. The same sentence was also imposed on a charge of resisting arrest.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Because of high water levels, boat launches are closed at Beltzville State Park.

Officials of the park said a water release is occurring and the boat launch area will be open within a few weeks.

Meanwhile, Beltzville officials are getting ready for their summer season, which begins in two months.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A proposed 12.6-percent increase in next year's budget has sent Palmerton Area School District back to the drawing board.

The school board's Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to once again hone in on the 2011-12 preliminary budget.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the purpose of the budget meeting is to "have the administrative team, who helped to develop that budget and need to implement that budget, meeting with the policy-makers who establish and adopt the budget so that we're sure we're all on the same page."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Teen Challenge men's choir from Rehrersburg, Pa., will be visiting Mount Eaton Church on Sunday, March 27. The men will be ministering through song and sharing their testimonies at both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services.

Teen Challenge is a world-wide faith-based recovery program for those dealing with life-controlling problems. For more information please contact the church office at 570-992-7050 or office@mounteatonchurch.org.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Tamaqua Borough may join with other local municipalities to get to the bottom of why the company they contracted with to maintain the town's street lights is not performing their duties. The borough signed the contract with MEM, Material Energy Matters, last year to initiate the purchase of street lights from PPL and have the company do the maintenance on the lights. So far, the company has not been responsive and there are multiple complaints of burned out lights throughout the borough.