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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mahoning Township supervisors passed a $2.17 million budget Monday night with a half-mill tax increase for residents.

The rate is 5.25 mills. One-quarter mill will be applied to the General Fund while the other quarter mill will be applied to the Building and Land Fund.

The millage is divided among four municipal funds in the township.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Money matters, specifically the borough's 2014 preliminary budget, dominated the Slatington Borough Council meeting Monday night.

First, however, Vice President Bryon Reed discussed a possible electrical problem with a circuit board that occurred earlier that day at the municipal water filtration plant. He noted that, as a precautionary measure, residents are asked to conserve water until notified otherwise.

While discussing the preliminary budget, President Daniel Stevens noted that the fire budget was not yet balanced and offered two possible solutions to achieve that.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For the first time in years a tax decrease is anticipated in Summit Hill.

The borough council gave tentative approval to its 2014 budget Monday night which calls for a one-fourth mill reduction in millage.

Presently, the tax rate is 16.1 mills. The new budget has millage set at 15.85 mills.

Final adoption of the budget is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.

The budget is based on 13.85 mills for general purposes, 1.5 mills for street lighting, and a half-mill for fire allocation.

The fiscal package is balanced at $1,410,305.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  A look at the 12 brand new lighted wreaths that have been placed on the General Morgan Bridge in Slatington for the holiday season. The wreaths were installed by the Slatington Borough Crew.

Thanks to the civic-mindedness of the Northern Lehigh area, a dozen lighted wreaths now adorn the General Morgan Bridge in Slatington.

The brand new wreaths were installed on the bridge last month by the Slatington Borough Crew, and then lit one week later, right in time for the holidays.

Slatington's Christmas lights - which dated back to mid-1960s - were replaced about 12 years ago, according to Northern Lehigh Future Focus member Robert Stettner. At that time, Stettner said enough were purchased so that each of the 60 light poles on Main Street had a decoration.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Weis Markets Inc. held its Grand Re-Opening on Sunday in Brodheadsville. Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets Director of Public Relations presented $500 checks to three local organizations: Pleasant Valley School District's PTO, West End Volnteer Fire Company and Our Lady Queen of Peace church. Representing Weis Markets and the three organizations are: First row, left to right, Tammy Pitchford, floral manager; Dee Pures, seafood leader; Joe Rodgers, Our Lady Queen of Peace deacon; Karen Long, PVPTO president; Mike Corrigan, store manager; John McKeever, West End Fire Co.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
JIM MARSH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Girl Scouts from Troop 3580, Trachsville, cooked turkey platters with all the fixings for guests at the Hackerman-Patz "home away from home" on the Lehigh Valley Health Network's Cedar Crest Campus. Scouts are, from left Julia Finley; Madison Finley, who organized the good deed as a service project; Ashley Mosier; Angela Heffley; Natalie Mosier; and Samantha Shupp, all of Palmerton. Two recipients of the nearly two dozen meals are Clinton Crable and Beatrice Dunlap, of Jobstown, N.J. Crable and Dunlap have been staying at the guest house during Dunlap' periodic treatments at the hospital for the past year.

Knowing that guests staying at the Hackerman-Patz House on the campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network-Cedar Crest would be away from home and Thanksgiving celebrations with family, Girl Scout Madison Finley, with a bit of help from fellow Scouts of Troop 3580, Trachsville, decided to cook turkey dinners, with all the fixings, so that guests in the "home away from home," could warm them in microwave ovens and enjoy a festive Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Megan Frantz,a teacher in the Tamaqua Area School District, has beenawarded the 2012Pennsylvania Associationof Student CouncilsMiddle Level Advisor of the Year. Mrs. Frantz is a Title 1 math teacherfor students in grades six, seven and eight.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Santa Claus will be coming to Summit Hill on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Weather permitting, he'll be brought to the hilltop community by helicopter, which will land at the Ginder Field.

Santa's arrival is part of the "Christmas on the Hill" program, sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.

Jen Kosciolek, of the commission, said the arrival is planned for 10:30 a.m. by PennStar.

After he arrives, he will have breakfast with children of the community at the Summit Hill Community Center.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Schuylkill County driver escaped serious injury and is facing charges following this one-vehicle crash that occurred about 11:10 p.m. yesterday. State police at Frackville said Wayne F. Baker, 57, of MaryD, was driving a 1992 Mazda Protege northbound on TR505 in Schuylkill Township, approaching the intersection with Hollow Avenue. He lost control of the car, which left the road and overturned, coming to rest on its roof on Hollow Road. Baker left the scene, troopers said, but was later found at his residence. He will receive several traffic violations for the crash.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to Ronald Frye, Hazleton, property at 7 Lincoln Circle, $3,000.

Jim Thorpe

William I. Gould Jr. to Gregory Gould, Maple Shade, N.J., property at 98 Alpine Drive, $210,000.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Charles Karanink, 707 South St., Jim Thorpe, property at 707 South St., $27,000.

Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to Northeast Investment Group Inc., Fort Myers, Fla., property at 914 Center Ave., $7,670.51.