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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Andrew Leibenguth/Times news

The autumnal equinox officially arrives tonight at 11:09 p.m. Before the onset of cooler fall temperatures, Lois Walton of Tamaqua welcomed the help of her granddaughter, Ella Morrison, to do some late-season gardening. Ella, who enjoyed this free ride from grandma, celebrated her fifth birthday on Patriot Day.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Andrew Leibenguth/Times News

The Tamaqua BPOE Elks Lodge installed four new members recently. From left are Tamaqua Elk and Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler E. Paul Randig, new members Kathleen Holter, Janene Holter, Megan Dailey, Michael Yachera, and Tamaqua Elks Lodge Esteemed Leading Knight Jim Ronemus.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A panel of three Pennsylvania Superior Court judges traveled from their chambers in Pittsburgh to Jim Thorpe recently to hold a special two-day session of the Superior Court.

Below is a biography from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania's website on Carbon County native, Judge Christine L. Donohue, who presided over the special panel.

Judge Christine L. Donohue was born in Coaldale on Dec. 24, 1952, and raised in Lansford.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Tamaqua Area School District is looking to continue its trend of becoming more environmentally friendly with its energy usage.

The district's board of education Tuesday evening accepted the proposal from McClure Company, Inc., Harrisburg, to conduct a geothermal test bore drilling study at Tamaqua Elementary School, at a cost of $8,500.

In addition, the board authorized its administration to enter into a letter of intent for power purchase agreement with Metrotek Electrical Services, Inc., to conduct a solar power study and assessment of the district.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Victor Izzo/Times News

"Here's to our Heroes, from the ordinary to the extraordinary" was the theme of the scholastic book fair sponsored by the PTA at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. It was dedicated to one of the school's own teachers, Ralph Clay II, who is deployed with the Naval Reserve in Afghanistan. Standing by a display honoring the teacher are, from left, Joan Carlano Rossmann; Jasmina "Jaz" Gajovich-Protich; her son, Luca; Clay's son, Ralph III; his wife, Maggie; and his sister, Yvonne Clay.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Marian Catholic High School Student Council include, front row, from left, Cathleen Cataldo, Katelyn Collevechio, Alexa Nemeth and Victoria Vadyak. Second Row, Mrs. Deborah Coles, Advisor, Christine Valente, Taylor Mele and Audrey Maff. Third Row, Anthony Damiano, Tiffany Grutza, Joanna Butala and Anthony Pilla. Fourth Row, Kaycee Gutsie, Rachel Krajcirik, Jessica Horlacher, Dylan Quirk and Eric Petterson. Fifth Row, Molly Balliet, Nicole Bechtel, Katie Smulligan and Tierney Sugrue. Sixth Row, Marykate Sherkness, Nick Kweder and Jordan Weber. Brendan McGowan is also a member of council.

The 2010-2011 Marian Catholic Student Council was inducted at a special Student Council Mass, which was held recently at the high school.

Inducted into the student council were Cathleen Cataldo, president; Katelyn Collevechio, vice president; Victoria Vadyak, secretary; and Alexa Nemeth, treasurer.

In addition to the student council officers, class officers are:

Seniors: Christine Valente, president; Taylor Mele, vice-president; Audrey Maff, secretary-treasurer.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Tape which barricades the Weissport Playground from use will soon be coming down. Weissport Council has written confirmation that the issue is getting resolved.

Weissport Council finally has written confirmation that the playground issue is getting resolved and at no cost to the borough.

The playground construction was started last fall and continued this spring when volunteers found wires embedded in the mulch.

Council member Sue Pywar read from an e-mail from George Ely of George Ely Associates, Inc., the company that provided the playground equipment, that "We are trying to get this situation corrected as soon as possible."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Safe Kids recently hosted a free car seat check at Kovatch Dealership Inc. in Lehighton Monday. During the two-hour check, numerous families brought their children's car seats to get them checked by Pennsylvania state troopers; as well as certified car seat technicians. Seen getting fitted into her properly installed car seat by Trooper Rob Ruckle, right, is13-month-old Jacquelyne Annanof Summit Hill. She is the daughter of Jeff Annan and Maryann Tobin.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

State Rep. Keith McCall said that farmers in Carbon County are eligible to apply for low-interest emergency disaster assistance loans from the federal Department of Agriculture to help recover crop losses associated with the summer's dry weather.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some residents voiced their ire of the increase in their taxes to the Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors.

Nora Almadovar of Whispering Woods said that if the district was going to spend money, be accountable.

"I understand politics and money but you also have to think of us, the taxpayers."

George Schreiber of Brodheadsville told the board that he is a resident of Pennsylvania for five years.