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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

State Sen. John Yudichak is urging students who wish to enter fields vital to the water and wastewater industry to apply for the Pennsylvania American Water Scholarship Program. Applications are being accepted now.

"This scholarship program is a great way to boost the studies of bright young minds focused on a career specific to the water and wastewater industry," Yudichak said. "I urge students interested in this critical industry to apply for this valuable scholarship today."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The creation of an employee retirement incentive plan figures to save Northern Lehigh School District about $800,000.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to adopt the plan for all eligible professional employees, on a voluntary basis, for the 2010-11 school year.

Business manager Jeremy Melber said the program will ask those high-end teachers who account for about $111,000 per position to retire and not be replaced, which would result in a savings of over $1 million with its fund balance and long range plan.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Celebrating 1/11/11

The date of 1/11/11 comes only once every 100 years. As proud grandparents of Grandest Kid James Cherb Ord, formerly of Palmerton, John and Shirley Cherb of Jim Thorpe, thought this picture of him was a cool way to celebrate the date. It was taken in March of 1998 when James was racing for the Blue Mountain Ski Team at Lake Placid, NY. When he finished his run, his grandparents got this picture of him alongside the time clock. His bib number is 111 and his time was 1:11:11.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Northern Lehigh School District has agreed to borrow another $10 million to help afford a $21.5 million renovation project at Slatington Elementary.

The school board on Monday unanimously agreed to authorize administration to proceed with advertising and document preparation for an additional $10 million bond to complete the financing of various capital projects.

Final interest rates will be presented at the Feb. 14 board meeting.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

At Slatington's regular meeting of council Monday evening Robin Schmall, of Slatington, said that M. F. Ronca and Sons Inc. has fixed the sewage problems that she brought up at Council's October meeting. Her basement was flooded with sewage water a few times.

"My only problem is that it took this long to get it done," Schmall said. "It should have been handled properly from the beginning. It shouldn't have taken two months."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO The Packerton Yards Business Park, seen in this 2006 photo with the last building that stood on the property before it was torn down in 2007, is a 59-acre parcel of land that lost its KOZ tax exemptions Dec. 31.

For Marshall Palmer, location is everything. But when the Carbon County business owner began searching for the "perfect set up" for Architectural Polymers, his component manufacturing company, he realized that building a new structure, rather than converting an existing one, would be easier. Once Palmer found an empty lot situated on one of the county's tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zones, his plan came together.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Carbon/ Tamaqua Unit Office, 33 W. Ridge St., Lansford. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Although circulating and filing of nominating petitions for this year's Municipal Election is not until mid February, all incumbent office holders at the Schuylkill County Courthouse whose terms expire in December have indicated they will be seeking re-election.

The dean of the group is Stephen M. Lukach, Lake Hauto, a Democrat, will be seeking his seventh four year term as Clerk of Courts. Peter J. Symons, Gordon, will be seeking is fourth term as Prothonotary. Symons served his first two terms as a Republican but then switched and was re-elected four years ago as a Democrat.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board will hold a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the courthouse in Pottsville to decide whether it has jurisdiction to hold a hearing on the application of a Pittsburgh firm which seeks to build a cargo airport and business park partly in East Union Township and partly in Kline Township.The hearing begins at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mahoning Township residents who live near fire hydrants can expect to see a $10 increase in the annual levy making the new tax $30 instead of $20 which it has been in recent years. Concluding a long discussion, supervisors realized that if the increase was not made by next year the fund would be depleted and the levy would not cover the amount charged for the township's hydrants by the Lehighton Water Authority.