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Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Experimental Aircraft Association, which meets at the Slatington Airport, took youths from ages 8 to 17-years-old for 20-minute flights recently. Some of the youth also took a turn flying the aircraft. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Front row, from left: Carlton Miller, assistant systems manager; Michael Newhard, systems manager; Charlie Singer, field service technician, Kershner Environmental Technologies; and John  Tremblay, district representative, Kershner Environmental  Technologies. Back row: Ron Kuntz, Walnutport Authority chairman, and Jason Newhard, Walnutport Authority engineer.

Not since 1999 has Walnutport seen a new water filtration system added to its "water arsenal." But all of that changed at 11 a.m. June 12, when the new Heimbach Filtration Plant was dedicated and officially went online.

At the small plant located on Alder Drive, just north of Kmart, Water Authority Chairman Ron Kuntz opened the ceremony by introducing some of the key players in the decadelong project and giving a basic overview of what the plant accomplishes.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Ray Padelsky of SDL Construction, Orwigsburg, looks over the pileof rubble that had been the bleachers in Ginder Field in Summit Hill. SDL tore down the bleachers, which had been condemnedfor several years by the borough.

The rusted metal bleachers at the Ginder Stadium in Summit Hill have been removed.

The removal was done by the SDL Construction Company of Orwigsburg. It took just two days to take them down.

They were condemned several years ago by Summit Hill Borough but weren't removed because the borough stores its salt and winter road maintenance materials beneath them.

The borough is in the process of building a new storage facility. There are currently no plans to replace the bleachers.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News

About 10 volunteers of Walnutport's Diamond Fire Company perform pump operations and hand line hose operations as part of their weekly 3.5-hour training drill Wednesday nightin the borough. Lieutenant Mike Lebrun said the firetruck was sucking water out of theborough canal, using "it as a hydrant" rather than using actual borough hydrants, which carry treated water. By keeping the water circulating and pressure in the hoses, Lebrun said, the firefighters, many of them juniors under the age of 18, could practice turning the hoses on and off, better understand hose pressure, and more.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Following several reports of full wine bottles spontaneously exploding in Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is asking consumers to carefully dispose of Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013 (code 33283), 750 ml. Consumers should not return the bottle to the store but instead dispose of it as soon as possible.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors held a bill paying and bid awarding meeting on May 19, with supervisors Harry Miller and Chris Eckert attending.

They approved the FOB materials bids, 2-0, totaling over $400,000.

Hanson Aggregates was the only bidder for #8 stone with 1 percent loss for $13,500 and for cold patch $46,250. It won the bids for #8 stone for $12,750; #57 stone, $9,250.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved a number of amendments to contracts between the Office of Senior Services and providers for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Ÿ An increase of $8,975 to the contract with Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries of Allentown due to the allowance of a 1 percent increase through agingcategorical funds-block grant supplement and $34,676.99 for Bravo awards, Basic Grant SpecialInitiative and $679.94 for MIPPA grant Community Initiative Funding for a total of $43,651.99.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Salvation Army kicked off the 2014 Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program by registering 375 participants. Theregistration session was a cooperative effort between the Salvation Army, Diakon Services, STS, Apprise, Catholic Charities and the Penn State Cooperative Extension. SFMNP provides low income seniorcitizens with vouchers to be used at farmers' markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs. It is afederal program, created in an effort to provide fresh, nutritious, locally grown produce to low income seniors.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Earlier this year, Tamaqua Borough Council voted to offer longtime employees a once in a lifetime opportunity to take early retirement.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, two more borough employees notified council of their intentions to take advantage of the deal.

Mark Sinn will take his retirement as of July 29. He is currently employed at the Tamaqua Water Authority's treatment plant in Still Creek.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III on Wednesday rejected a Schuylkill County official's attempt to challenge his May 20 ruling that struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same sex marriage as unconstitutional.