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Friday, February 25, 2011

A Palmerton youth organization has pleaded its case to once again utilize the borough hall gymnasium as a practice facility.

Several handfuls of members of the Palmerton Youth Basketball Association met with borough council on Thursday to seek permission for use of the gym for basketball practice.

Kyle Kratzer, a member of the organization, asked council if it would reconsider its stance, and said there are over 200 kids involved in the organization spread out over 23 different teams and volunteer coaches.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Celebrate the founding of Pennsylvania at "Charter Day" at Eckley Miners' Village on Sunday, March 13, from noon to 5 p.m. and be treated to a showing of the classic film, "The Molly Maguires," which was filmed at Eckley.

The film will be screened in the Museum auditorium at 2 p.m., and there will be a Molly Maguire display in the lobby. The Gift Shop will be open. Admission to the museum and film are free.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Jim Thorpe Borough Council has been working to reorganize the structure of the council and committees. Along with the Borough Council the Zoning Hearing Board will also be reorganized. Thursday night's Zoning Hearing Board meeting was the first step to the board's reorganization.

At last night's meeting, zoning board members discussed what needs to be reorganized. The board wants to look at the zoning guidelines and how the board functions under them. Borough Manager Wesley Johnson said, "We need to take a look at the by-laws and the way zoning hearings are supposed to proceed."

Friday, February 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Marshall and Melissa Leaser recently opened Leaser's Corner Store at 828 Main Road, (Franklin Township) Lehighton, at the corner of Main Road and Penn Street, across the street from the Phifer Ice Dam Park. Leaser's Corner Store offers sandwiches, pizza, wrap sandwiches, hot dogs and soups.

Fast food can be good food - at least it is at Leaser's Corner Store.

Marshall and Melissa Leaser found their slice of business ownership heaven when they recently opened Leaser's Country Store at 828 Main Road, (Franklin Township) Lehighton.

The store is more of a deli stop than a grocery store since it is the place to go for a hoagie, wraps, salad or pizza, made fresh before your eyes.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Boy Scout Sunday Service was held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Feb. 13. Attending this service was Boy Scout Troop 82 and Cub Pack 82.

The service started off by thanking Trinity for sponsoring the Scouts and thanking Scoutmaster Scot Wingert and Cubmaster Wil Hoffman for dedicating their time to scouting.

Friday, February 25, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Attorney Joseph Matika, of the Summit Hill law firm of Velitsky and Matika, informs Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday of his intention to run for Judge of the Common Pleas of Carbon County in this May's Primary election.

From this day forward, recreation areas throughout Palmerton will be smoke-free.

Borough Council on Thursday adopted an ordinance that created smoking regulations for all recreation areas in the borough.

That includes the borough park, Third Street field, and West End recreation area.

Also on Thursday, council held its second Community Development Block Grant hearing.

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Tamaqua woman was among 23 people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced a number of emergency services training sessions for the next few months. The sessions are coordinated by the EMA.

Registration is required for each class. To register, call, e-mail or fax the organization that is hosting the class.

The classes are as follows:

Ÿ ICS-400: March 5 and 6, at the Carbon County EMA, Contact the EMA for details.

Ÿ Hazmat Awareness: 6:30 p.m., March 7, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA for details.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mrs. Aileen Yadush, Principal of Northern Senior High School, has announced the honor roll for the third marking period of the 2010-2011 school year.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

Friday, February 25, 2011

Palmerton has agreed to borrow $10 million to recondition its antiquated wastewater treatment plant.

Borough council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to adopt an ordinance that will enable it to borrow the money. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent.

Council agreed to take out a three-year general obligation note through First Niagara Bank at a fixed interest rate of 2.85 percent.

That decision came after council heard from attorney Jens Damgaard, who serves as the borough's bond counsel.