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Friday, December 13, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Kasara McLaughlin, Director of Member Relations for the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, discusses the many benefits chamber members will have as a result of the group's recent merger with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The recent merger between the Carbon County Chamber and Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce continues to pay dividends for members.

Kasara McLaughlin, Director of Member Relations for the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp., discussed with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce recently the many benefits associated with the alliance.

McLaughlin explained how local businesses and professionals throughout Carbon can take greater advantage of their chamber membership.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Carbon County Democrats for Change will not hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Instead, they will be holding their annual Holiday Party from 6:30-9 p.m. at Flow Restaurant, 268 W. Broadway.

The next regular meeting of the club will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Inn at Jim Thorpe in the downstairs conference room.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Palmerton Area Library is getting ready to host its annual Art Show and Lunch from noon until 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 in the Knights Gallery, upstairs in the library at 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

The show and lunch is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and features soup, salad, homemade bread, sandwiches, desserts and drinks.

Tickets will be available at the library on Jan. 2.

Artists interested in displaying and/or selling their artwork at the show should contact the library at 610-826-3424 as soon as possible for details.

Computer classes

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Borough Council voted on accepting the 2014 budget as advertised. The new budget includes a 2 mill increase over 2013.

"We tried very hard not to have to increase the tax, but we are experiencing increases in healthcare and employee costs, "Councilmen Greg Strubinger explained. " It's just like in our homes, costs are going up."

For a total general funds budget of $ 1,877,916 for 2014; the taxes making up the general budget for 2014 include:

Ÿ Real estate 8.4 mills

Ÿ Fire tax .5 mill

Ÿ Occupational tax .0055 mills

Ÿ Per Capita tax $ 5

Friday, December 13, 2013

From the adoption of its finalized 2014 budget to the departure of a longtime civil servant, Walnutport's Borough Council made several big announcements at its regularly scheduled Thursday night meeting.

When President Matthew Newhard opened the floor for public comment about the 2014 budget, soon-to-be-installed 2014 council member, Patrice Hunsicker, asked why the budget allotted $10,000 for each of three borough buildings since one was fairly new.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The former Aquashicola Post Office - an eyesore for over a decade - will eventually be demolished.

That's after the Lower Towamensing Township zoning hearing board on Thursday agreed to grant Lee Costenbader, the owner of the former post office structure at 4015 Fireline Road, a pair of variances.

Friday, December 13, 2013

CareGivers America hosted an open house recently at a new office location in Lansdale.

The event was kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the opening, with Paul Bartoletti, CareGivers America President and CEO, doing the honors. The office is located at 100 West Main Street, Suite 111, Lansdale.

The company offers care management services, non-medical home care, home health nursing and therapy, medical dupplies, hospice and more. CareGivers has an office at 23 Main Road in Lehighton. Call 610-377-4443 for information.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Numerous parole/probation hearings were held by Carbon County judges on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

The petitions were filed against defendants in criminal cases who are under supervision while on either parole or probation and who have violated the conditions of their release.

Hearings were held for the following:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Trifecta Kennels, 526 Weir Mountain Road, Gilbert will have a Christmas Party from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.

They hope to raise funds to provide a Seizure Response Service Dog for Kennedy Sheeley, a recent Pleasant Valley High School graduate, who has been diagnosed with a seizure disorder. The cost of the dog is $8,500.

The event includes food, a puppy play party at 2 p.m., training demonstrations and an opportunity to "ask the experts" questions about training.

Contact 610-681-4521 for more information.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter Wonderland in the Park, scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Saturday, in Memorial Park, Jim Thorpe, has been cancelled due to the impending winter storm.