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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Dale Freudenberger

Dale Freudenberger, Anthracite Region coordinator for the Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor, was the speaker at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society. He attended to update members about the Palmerton historic district.

The application to be on the National Register of Historic Places began when the Palmerton Area Historical Society contacted the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission. The Society had been interested for two years before taking the step of finding out what is involved.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The slow economic growth reached the Schuylkill County Planning Commission as for the first time in a long while it had no county subdivision plans to review at its monthly meeting Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Also the report on the issuance of zoning permits showed one of the lowest numbers for a month in many years.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Veteran Ronald Wentz of Palmerton, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, was among 30 to attend the second annual Veteran Honorary Brunch and Entertainment Gala held recently at the Village at Palmerton.

They reflected on their courageous acts of patriotism over a hearty breakfast.

Indeed, it was a time for reflection at the second annual Veteran Honorary Brunch and Entertainment Gala held recently at the Village at Palmerton.

A total of 30 veterans and spouses attended the event, according to Norma Kunkel, director of marketing and admissions.

Kunkel said those who attended were served quiche, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage links, toast, pastries, coffee and juice.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The big news for Chestnuthill Township residents is there will be no tax increase for 2012.

According to township chairman, Chuck Gould, it is the seventh year in a row that there has not been a tax increase.

"We continue to watch our expenditures," he said.

The 2012 Budget and Fiscal Plan is for $3,989,650. The 2011 budget was $3,909,871.

The millage rate will remain at 4 mills. For every $25,000 of assessment ( of the assessed value) $100 will be paid by Chestnuthill Twp. residents in real estate taxes.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Despite an anticipated deficit of $500,000 at the end of this year and an anticipated deficit of $3.3 million in 2012, a preliminary 2012 budget for Schuylkill County was adopted by the county commissioners in action taken at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Final adoption is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 21. It will mark eight straight years without a property tax hike. The budget for all the funds is at $128,107,286 and for general fund expenditures, $45,362,263.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Approval was given by the Schuylkill County commissioners, at their work session Wednesday, to enter into a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to provide administrative funding for the aged medicaid waiver program with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for a block grant.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A bonfire will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in Tamaqua. Organizers encourage fans to come out and support the Blue Raider Football Team on the eve of their Eastern Conference Championship Game.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by area firefighters saved a home after a fire broke out in the fireplace chimney. Fire companies from New Ringgold, West Penn Township and Deer Lake responded to the alarm just before 3 p.m. Wednesday along Hillside Road just south of SR895 in East Brunswick Township. When firefighters arrived on scene flames were showing at the top of the masonry chimney. Firemen extinguished the blaze before it could penetrate the surrounding wood frame walls.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sally Mateyak, mother of Kimberly Griffith, sheds tears as she read memories of her daughter and grandchildren.

A dinner benefit was held recently at the La Dolce Casa Restaurant in Tamaqua for the Griffiths family, which was hit with tragedy during a flash flood in Pittsburgh.

Tamaqua native Kimberly (Mateyak) Griffith, 45, of Plum, Allegheny County, and her daughters Brenna Griffith, 12, and Mikaela Griffith, 8, died in August when their minivan became submerged in water so deep that would-be rescuers floating in a boat directly above it didn't know it was there.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS SR309 will be closed near the Hess gas station in Tamaqua starting tomorrow at 7 p.m. and reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday.

Tamaqua Borough officials and officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are reminding drivers that SR309 in Tamaqua will be closed tomorrow from 7 p.m. to Monday, Nov 21, at 5 a.m. to allow crews to replace a rail grade crossing that runs across the road in the southern part of borough. It has an average daily traffic of 7,175 vehicles.