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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A project to repair Hunters Creek Bridge will cost Lower Towamensing Township much less than anticipated.

The township's board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously agreed to award a contract to F.A. Rohrbach, of Allentown, in the amount of $43,590.

The company submitted the lowest bid out of nine companies that turned in proposals to the township last month, at which time the bids were opened and later tabled by supervisors.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The President of the Towamensing Trails Homeowners Association spoke up from the back row at the Monday regular meeting of Penn Forest Township Supervisors. Bill Doscher said that it was time for all of the communities to work together in Penn Forest. They tried it several years back but people just didn't keep up with it he said. Seemingly all 35 members of the public agreed during the discussion of who is responsible for emergency personnel getting in and out of safe roads the township is not technically responsible for.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Weissport Council adopted an ordinance on Monday that complies with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection efforts to control storm water runoff in small communities.

Mayor Jonathan Troutman's continued efforts to work out the issue met completion with the adoption of the ordinance. The new ordinance regulates storm water runoff from washing harmful pollutants into local surface waters such as streams, rivers, lakes or coastal waters.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rocky C. Ahner, 58 Second Ave., Lehighton, has filed for a four-year term on the Lehighton School Board. Mr. Ahner's last name was incorrectly spelled in a story in Monday's edition on recent filings. The TIMES NEWS apologizes for this error.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A former Summit Hill man, Thomas John T. J. Leonzi, was killed early today in a plane crash at the Greater Cincinnati International Airport. According to Judy Ingram, a spokeswoman at the airport, Leonzi was the pilot of a Beach B-18 twin-engine aircraft that crashed at 6:20 a.m. about 1,000 feet off the south end of the airport's runway. Ingram said the crash was a result of the left engine stalling in midair. He was the only person on board the aircraft.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Edward Kleha of Shenandoah stepped down Sunday as chairman of the Schuylkill County Democratic Party, weeks before the Primary Election to be held May 17. The announcement was made at the party's convention held in Ashland.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Evelyn Ahner performs a gymnastic routine.

Singing, dancing, tumbling and comedy - the 2011 Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School Talent Show had it all.

The event showcased the school student's amateur talents on Friday at the Lehighton Annex building.

Showing their dance and lip sync talent were Abby Rakos and Nola Barilla who portrayed the Blues Brothers.

Cecelia Sarnowski did a solo dance routine, as did Amara Smith. Performing a dance duet were Jasmine Mooney and Annie Nelson and also Toni Galasso and Kennedy Malsch performed a dance duo. A dance trio was performed by Tatiana, Antigone and Guadalupe Gonzalez.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nesquehoning police have released the name of a man critically injured in a one-vehicle accident that occurred in the borough on Sunday. Photos of the accident were published on page 3 of Monday's TIMES NEWS.

According to Officer Timothy Wuttke, the driver of the 1999 Infinity QRX was Jarred Klager of Lehighton.

He noted that Klager took the vehicle, which was not his, from a friend's house. He then was traveling north along SR209 between Lansford and Nesquehoning at 8 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thanks to assistive vision equipment from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind, Rose Shurmanek is again able to play her beloved bingo games and win prizes.

The 71-year-old West Pittston resident, who has low vision, is just one of nearly 300 local residents assisted in the past year by the Association thanks to a $10,000 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will host its first Carbon Chamber Mixer for 2011 at Riverwalck Saloon, 8 Centre St., Parryville from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Those attending are reminded to bring business cards. Riverwalck will be offering complimentary hors d'oeuvres in addition to providing space for a meeting and some fun.

The chamber welcomes members of the Carbon Builders Association and the Carbon Realtors Association to the event.

RSVP to Heather McClure at mail@carboncountychamber.org or call (610) 379-5000.