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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lansford officials approved a business's request for benches outside its store, but asked that the company returns the one bench it took from the borough park without permission.

During Lansford's Borough Council meeting on Wednesday, council members discussed a request, sent by Edward Kanick, owner of Sharpes News Agency on Ridge Street, on Jan. 27, asking that council again address his request to have one or two park benches in front of the store.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joe Nihen at original grave stone which is located behind the new military grave stone of Charles Henry Neumiller at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Summit Hill. Neumiller died at age 19. From his 11th Regiment Company H Pennsylvania Volunteers, 340 men were discharged whole out of 1,890 men who served.

Ten years ago, Joe Nihen of Lansford became curious about his family history, and so he drove to his ancestral home to visit his great great grandfather's grave site in Shamokin.

"I found by the epitaph that he served with the 208th Regiment," Nihen said. "I didn't know he was in the Civil War."

That's all he had to go on. "Finding his grave marker in Shamokin started me on a path," Nihen said. "I started looking for information on him, and as I did, I started to find information on the men who served with him."

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Riley McCall

Intuition may have been the most influential factor in Riley McCall's lifetime aspiration regarding service learning.

"I've been day-dreaming about volunteering for the Peace Corps since high school," she said. "My family didn't believe me, but it's true. It (the decision to spend 27 months in Africa) feels so right for me; I am very excited about going there."

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Projects at the Lehigh Canal Park are moving along, but the impending storm this weekend has members of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission concerned about the damage that could occur to the towpath.

The Commission has not yet finished making repairs from the last high water event that took place in March.

Scott Everett of the Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor Commission said that a blade (a trail marker) has been installed at the trail head at Weissport and that the aging sign at the entrance also needs replacing.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Donald Fegley Jr., CEO, Fegley Oil Company Inc. "I have delayed equipment purchases, expansion projects and sold underutilized equipment."

"During these trying economic times, what are you doing to save money?"

Friday, August 26, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rick E. Forgay II, president and CEO of Business Leadership Mastery, who will provide executive leadership to Flagstaff Resort Land Holdings Ltd.'s project, which includes a hotel, sky tram and visitors center, and zipline ride, speaks to representatives of area businesses and organizations on Thursday evening in Flagstaff Ballroom.

High above the town of Jim Thorpe sits a ballroom that has a scenic view that can rival the Grand Canyon.

Flagstaff Resort Land Holdings Ltd. wants to take that view and build a resort, sky tram system, and zip line around it.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene appears to be on her way to our area.

The latest postings by the National Hurricane Center points to a direct hit in the Chesapeake Bay area at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Mark Nalesnik, director of the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, said there are conference calls with state and federal officials scheduled later today.

The latest information he has indicates we could have winds of 40-60 miles per hour with several inches of rain.

Of the wind, he said the area is used to dealing with these conditions.

Friday, August 26, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Andrew Pisulak, president/owner of Palmerton Lumber Company, shows his company's scarecrow to Joan Turko, coordinator of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Display. For a fee of $10, Palmerton Lumber will make stands for any business that needs them.

Got scarecrows?

Business owners in Downtown Palmerton are encouraged to, right smack dab in front of their establishments.

It's all part of a Scarecrow Display promoted by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce in the month of October.

Businesses on Delaware Avenue have been invited to participate and have a scarecrow placed in front of their establishments, or, if they prefer, in their windows, said Joan Turko, coordinator of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Display.

Friday, August 26, 2011
George Sauls, the Northern Area engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered water releases from the Francis E. Walter Dam in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.

Although it's too early for the tracking forecasts to predict how much of Hurricane Irene's rainfall will extend into northeastern Pennsylvania, George Sauls is taking no chances.

Sauls, the Northern Area engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, oversees five dams in northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Francis E. Walter Dam – the major reservoir for the Lehigh River basin.

"In anticipation of Hurricane Irene, we are going to start lowering the recreation pool at Francis E. Walter Dam," Sauls explained.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The preliminary results are in and the news is not great for the Panther Valley School District.

After meeting AYP (adequate yearly progress) last year following the PSSA exams, the district has taken a step backwards and is once again in "warning" status as a district. The elementary school is in school improvement II. The middle school is in warning status. The high school is in corrective action II.