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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Country Junction will host an Easter egg-stravaganza this weekend and next, which includes free egg hunts, as well as a number of other activities.

An opening celebration takes place each day at 11 a.m. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 12 and 13 and again April 19.

Egg hunts for children up to 3 years old will take place at 11:30 a.m.; for ages 4-6, the egg hunt will begin at noon; for ages 7-9, it will begin at 12:30; and from children 10-12, it will begin at 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Barbara Conway

Carbon County school officials weighed in on new state requirements and what they are doing to make sure students get the best education possible.

During the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative meeting on Wednesday, Scot Engler, superintendent of Palmerton Area School District; Dr. Barbara Conway, superintendent of Jim Thorpe Area School District; and Brent Borzak, principal at Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe; sat in on a panel discussion to answer questions members of the collaborative may have.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lydia DeLong of Slatington, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, has been named Slatington Woman's Club Girl of the Month for April.

DeLong is a member of the concert choir, women's choir (also called the Treble Makers), county choir, NL theater, National Honor Society and the All Pro Team.

She has participated in her church's activities such as mission trips including one to Guatemala in 2012, going to youth group, and she helps with the brand-new middle school theater program at NL.

She plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to major in music education.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Lansford borough businessman asked council Wednesday to consider getting rid of the parking meters in the downtown area.

Dave Benevy, owner of the Lansford Mini Mall, said Lansford has been approved for a $275,000 Streetscape Grant, with the application for the money being made jointly by the borough and Lansford Alive.

Sought in the grant was $375,000. Benevy said of that amount, $44,000 was designated for parking meter replacement. He said since the amount is less than expected the parking meter replacement wasn't necessary.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bhaskarbhai Patel, right, of Ben Salem, is shown along with his son, left, entering the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. Patel waived his right to the hearing, and will appear for a pretrial status conference on charges of indecent assault and harassment.

Charges against the former owner of a Bowmanstown convenience store accused of the indecent assault of a customer have been bound over to Carbon County Court.

Bhaskarbhai Patel, 50, of Ben Salem, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Patel chose to waive his right to a hearing. As a result, he is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. May 2, for a pretrial status conference in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It could be up to Conrail to determine if the expansion of Lehighton's sewage treatment plant sustains a major delay. Looking at the worst case scenario, such a delay could be years. An optimistic outlook would be that Conrail will cooperate with the borough and an on-site malady is cleaned up quickly.

This was the assessment this morning when representatives of Lehighton Borough Council, the Lehighton Sewer Authority, and Pa. Department of Environmental Resources discussed a contamination problem that exists on the site of the enlargement project.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A new part-time police secretary was scheduled to begin her first day of work in Lehighton today.

That came after borough council, on a 5-0 vote at a special meeting Wednesday, hired Debra Fermanis as a part-time police clerk at a salary of $10 an hour, to work 19.5 hours per week, effective today. Councilmen Darryl Arner and John Kreitz were absent.

Fermanis' hiring is pending the result of a PA State Police Check, as well a pre-employment physical.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
special to the times news

Workers constructing the addition to the American Fire Company No. 1 along Patterson Street (Route 209) in Lansford work on the roof. The photo was taken by Joe Nihenof Lansford, who has been watching the work progress. The garage is being built where the former borough hall was located.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A support group is being formed for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease patients.

The first meeting of the group will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

The meeting is being organized by Trina Lisella and Chet Michalik.

Michalik said it is for patients and caregivers.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This photo on canvas may be rustic, gloomy and eerie, but that only helped Evan Deurer of Slatington win the People's Choice award during the 2014 Palmerton Area Library Photography Show. Deurer named the photo "The Jester's Door." It was taken during a tour of the historical Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The show was sponsored by the Friends of the Library in Palmerton.

Photography could be considered the most fun and challenging art, so it was no surprise to see the walls in the top floor of the Palmerton Area Library come alive.

This year 58 entries were on display during the 2014 Palmerton Area Library Photography Show, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

This marked the most entered photos in the eight-year history of the annual show.