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Thursday, September 16, 2010

One person was killed Wednesday in a one vehicle crash in which speed was a factor.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the crash occurred along Seven Nations Drive in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, about 7:36 p.m.

Police said a car was driven westbound at a high rate of speed and rounding a curve when the driver, Jermaine Peterkin, 22, of East Stroudsburg, lost control. The vehicle went into a counter-clockwise spin and struck a tree with the passenger side off the south berm.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
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The Bluegrass & Anthracite Heritage Festival returns to Mauch Chunk Lake Park on Saturday. The first show starts at 11 a.m. and the nearly nonstop show goes on until 10 p.m., for 11hours of even more heritage, history, crafts, exhibits, bluegrass, and specialty foods than ever before.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19, Lehigh Gap Nature Center is sponsoring a Migration Fest, a celebration of autumn migration season. Saturday's activities will take place at the nature center's new Osprey House visitor and education center. Sunday's events will be held at Bake Oven Knob.

Migration Fest will kick off with a bird walk, looking for migrating warblers and other birds. This event begins at the Osprey House at 7 a.m. and will last until approximately 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Slatington will be without a borough manager for the next three months.

The borough will advertise to fill the vacant post, and will accept applications until Dec. 8.

The position opened up after former borough Manager Steve Salvesen stepped down from the position on Sept. 8.

Appointed to the post Nov. 24 at a salary of $60,000, Salvesen said he left the position so he could retire.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Carbon County Safe Kids will host a free car seat check up on Monday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kovatch Dealership Inc., 420 N. First St., Lehighton.

Parents can have their child's car seat checked by a safety specialist to make sure the seat is properly installed; as well as see if the seat's expiration date has passed, if there are any recalls on the model, etc.

To assure the most accurate check, parents are asked to bring the child that uses the car seat.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

St. John the Baptist A.R. Orthodox Church in Nesquehoning will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee on Sunday, Sept. 19 with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. followed by a dinner at Penn's Peak at 2 p.m. Cocktail hour will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. There will be entertainment by Fred Douglas from 1 to 5 p.m. In conjunction with the celebration, the Blessing of the new Iconostas (icon screen) will take place at the liturgy. The celebrant will be the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Mark Leasure with the Rev. Robert Teklinski, church pastor, serving as concelebrant.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Tamaqua Beautification Association and South Ward Neighborhood Committee are sponsoring a litter cleanup in the Borough of Tamaqua on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the countywide Schuylkill...Keep It Pretty (SKIP) Fall Campaign. Joining the two community groups will be Tamaqua Area School District students and concerned residents.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bids were opened for repairs to be made to the county prison, for prison uniforms, a freezer and cooler for the prison and for cleaning the courtthouse building and 9-1-1 Center, in action taken by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at a work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Public Utility Commission today approved the acquistion by the P. P. and L. Company of Allentown of all the outstanding preferred and common stock of the Mauch Chunk Heat, Power, and Light Company; the Renova Edison Light, Heat and Power Company, and the Renova Heating Company. The commission said the Mauch Chunk and Edison stock were acquired by the P. P. and L as a preliminary step toward acquisition of the property and customers of those companies.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The former Coaldale High school, now known as the Coaldale Complex, is in need of repairs. Council expects to discuss the matter when it meets on Oct. 12.

It would cost Coaldale Borough $590,000 to make needed repairs to the former Coaldale High school, now known as the Coaldale Complex, according to engineers.

The information is contained in a report compiled by Alfred Benesch & Co., whose engineers on July 27 inspected the massive, 88-year-old building, which currently houses the Carbon County Head Start program.

Borough council members were given copies of the report on Tuesday. A summary page obtained Wednesday by the TIMES NEWS included the cost of the immediate repairs.