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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Carbon County Commissioners approved a number of personnel actions on Thursday.

They include changing the status of Joseph D. Perilli of Summit Hill. Perilli, who served as a full-time assistant public defender in the public defender's office, will now serve as a full-time assistant district attorney, effective Oct. 27. He will be paid $56,000 a year.

Other actions included:

Ÿ Accepting the resignation of David T. Hauser of Lehighton as a seasonal park ranger II, effective Oct. 2.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Palmerton Borough Council has adopted the following leaf disposal plan for 2014.

Effective Oct. 13 through Nov. 26, leaf pickup will be as follows:

Mondays: Residence Park and areas north of Columbia Avenue and east of Third Street.

Tuesdays: North side of Lehigh Avenue and north side of Franklin Avenue.

Wednesdays: South side of Lafayette and Columbia avenues; south side of 100 and 200 blocks of Princeton Avenue; south side of 100 and 200 blocks of Edgemont Avenue; south side of 100 and 200 blocks of Harvard Avenue.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Towamensing Township roadmaster Scott Mosier acknowledged the following people for their input and expertise in the construction of the Owl Creek Bridge: Rick Guyn for advice and contact information, Mike Tirpak of Carbon Engineering for his help throughout the entire project and the outstanding work performed by crew members Jason Costenbader, Brian Thomas, Gary Anthony and Ryan Campbell. Township employees rebuilt the entire bridge. It reopened Sept. 22.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Ray Nunemacher, terminal manager, prepares to board one of the new buses in Northern Lehigh School District's fleet.

Northern Lehigh School District couldn't be more pleased with its new fleet of buses.

In January, the school board approved the student transportation contract with Brandywine Transportation Inc. (A Gross Transportation Group Company) for the school years 2015-2021.

As part of the agreement, Brandywine leases the bus garage on the property at a cost of $18,000 per year ($1,500 per month) for the duration of the contract.

Ray Nunemacher, terminal manager, said every bus in the district's fleet is new, with the oldest ones being from 2012.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Carbon Builders Association is offering the OSHA 10-hour Construction Standards Course. This program is designed to help increase workplace safety awareness and comply with federal OSHA requirements. The course is also designed to increase compliance and reduce potential risk of fines from OSHA violations.

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Bowmanstown Borough building, 490 Ore St.

Registration and continental breakfast will be at 8 a.m. both days.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pocono Medical Center along with Innovative Educational Resources LLC launched PoconoHealth.org, an online directory to increase access to health related news, preventive care information, and social interaction relevant to Monroe County.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

An almost full moon shines above Panther Valley stadium Thursday night during the high school football game against Lehighton.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is shutting down a dangerous Lower Towamensing intersection.

On Monday, workers will begin constructing a center median barrier at the intersection of Route 248 and Club Road.

The barrier will permanently prohibit vehicles from making a left-hand turn from Route 248 onto Club Road, as well as from Club Road onto Route 248.

In June, Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Brent Green said, "I think we were averaging three to four accidents a year."

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Monroe County Habitat For Humanity Inc. is sponsoring a Partner Family Workshop for anyone interested in learning more about earning and owning a Habitat For Humanity home.

Habitat For Humanity is seeking partner family for its next house to be located in the West End in the Pleasant Valley School District. Interested families should attend the workshop or contact the Habitat For Humanity office.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

On almost any public school district's list of budget woes, cyber charter school tuition is near the top.

State law requires the home school district to pay tuition if one of its students chooses to attend a cyber charter school. The rate is set by the state and is based upon what it costs each school district to educate a student.

Local superintendents, however, contend the playing field isn't fair. Cyber charter schools, they said, don't have buildings and extracurricular fields to maintain or transportation costs to cover.