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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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The Penn Kidder Library recently accepted a $500 donation from the Carbon County Bar Association. From left are, Jennifer Warren and Karen Rushatz, children's program leaders, and attorney Gregory Mousseau, first vice chancellor of the Carbon County Bar Association.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Borough Councilman Scott Rehrig (first from left), and council President Grant Hunsicker (center) present a plaque to former borough Mayor Donald Rehrig on Monday.

Lehighton Borough Council has pledged its support to enable Lehighton Area School District to determine the financial feasibility of an elementary center.

By a unanimous vote, council on Monday approved the ACE grant support letter so that LASD can apply for the grant, which is aimed to encourage energy efficiency.

The school board voted to apply for the grant Monday night.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said, "It appears to conform to our comprehensive plan and ordinances."

Former mayor recognized

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A look at the TATTOO Studio located at 336 Iron St. in Lehighton. The business is housed at the site of the former Marshall's Meat Market.

Could legal action be taken against a planned tattoo parlor in Lehighton?

Attorney Jane Sebelin approached borough council on Monday on behalf of her clients, whom she said are considering filing an action against the owner and tenants of 336 Iron St. for the operation of the TATTOO Studio.

Sebelin said that the plaintiffs plan to bring suit in that the operation of the tattoo parlor, located at the former Marshall's Meat Market, is currently in violation of a borough zoning ordinance.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill Recreation Commission said it is hoping to someday construct a skateboard park in the borough, possibly next to the basketball courts across from the borough hall.

A few months ago, the Summit Hill Recreation Commission almost disbanded.

The group canceled the annual Memorial Day weekend Stay-at-Home celebration. It was a struggle to get people to attend meetings.

The group has been revitalized and is again active, said commission President Jodi McAndrew.

She attended a meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council Monday night and presented an outline of some of the group's projects.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lehighton Area School District is continuing to ask the community for input regarding potential districtwide building projects by completing a brief "Building Project/Design" survey.

The 10-question survey will be available online at www.Lehighton.org until Friday, March 28.

Paper copies of the survey will be available at the administration building from 7:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

At the suggestion of school board director William Hill Jr., the deadline for the paper surveys has been extended until 4 p.m. Monday, April 7.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Summit Hill Recreation Commission would like to see a skateboard park built in the community.

The president of the commission, Jodi McAndrew, told the borough council last night constructing a park has been discussed at commission meetings.

It could be built next to the basketball courts across from the borough hall on West Amidon Street or in a corner of Ginder Field.

McAndrew said no formal plans are drawn up for the park, but the commission is hoping there is grant money available for such a project.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., on Monday, March 31, at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St. New members and associate members are welcome.

On the agenda is the election of officers.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center is planning an open house from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited, free of charge.

The afternoon will include refreshments, freebies, facility tours and a basket raffle fundraiser. Drawings for a variety of themed basket prizes will take place at 3:30 p.m. Entrants need not be present to win.

Staff naturalists will be on hand to meet visitors and answer questions about the center's facilities and programs. No advanced registration is required.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Stephen M. Lukach Jr.

Longtime Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the state auditor and state police after several "irregularities" including making car payments from a county account were discovered in his accounting and records management.

Lukach, a Rush Township Democrat, has held the position for 27 years. His office processes criminal court documents.

Numerous efforts to reach Lukach for comment were unsuccessful.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held in Tamaqua from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Anyone 17 or older who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in general good health is eligible to donate blood.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-in donors are always welcome.