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Friday, July 8, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shane Kratzer and son Noah, left, and Joe Schatz with his son Ben, right. The boys are two of the five Cub Scouts who advanced to Webelos.

Cub Scout Pack 82 recently celebrated a year of fun and adventure during its annual Blue and Gold Banquet.

Cubmaster Wil Hoffman was the emcee for the evening.

All of the Cub Scouts crossed over to their next earned rank and were given scarves and slides, which signified their new ranks. They were placed on each boy by their Akela, or Scout leader.

Excitement, fun and a sense of pride were shared by each Cub Scout, their leaders and family members in attendance.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Weissport Council members pondered the photographs of a property that needs cleaning up before discussing the continuing need to update the property maintenance ordinance.

Council is hoping to adopt an ordinance that will give police a tool to force property owners to clean up.

The photographs of the rear of the home showed a disgraceful mess, but the worst part is that the pile also has a pungent odor.

The home discussed is on White Street.

Council members said the new ordinance will prohibit debris from piling up.

Friday, July 8, 2011

An article concerning hearings in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, published Wednesday, contained information concerning a bad check charge that had actually been withdrawn earlier.

Katherine Miller, of 107 E. Moser Ave., Coaldale, was not cited for passing a bad check to the Evans Oil Company. The citation was actually withdrawn when Miller made payment in full.

The TIMES NEWS regrets any inconvenience the article caused.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Changes are coming to the Carbon County K-9 Shelter.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to hire Rebecca Bailey and Howard Cotton as part-time K-9 officers, effective July 11. That action made a total of four employees one full-time and three part-time at the shelter.

The commissioners agreed that additional workers will help make a series of changes that will be implemented beginning July 11, easier on all parties.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Eldred Township supervisors received two letters of Alpine Rose updates.

In a letter from Alpine Rose's attorneys, Fitzpatrick Lentz and Bubba, it stated that "on the proceedings before Judge Labuskes of the Environmental Hearing Board in regard to Alpine's NPDES Permit were concluded but for posttrial submissions. The posttrial submissions have now been completed and on June 16 there was a view of the Alpine property by Judge Labuskes, his Law Clerk and the attorney involved with the case. Judge Labuskes has not given any specific time frame when his decision will be rendered."

Friday, July 8, 2011
Lauren Crampsie

The daughter of a former Panther Valley couple has been named to a top executive position in New York City with the renouned advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather North America.

Lauren Crampsie, who grew up in the Lehigh Valley and graduated from Lehigh University, has been appointed to the position of Chief Marketing Offices of the firm, one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Schuylkill Township supervisors and township zoning officer Bill McMullen want township residents to know that any additions and modifications to properties, including swimming pools, should be going through the township's zoning permit process.

At last night's meeting, McMullen said that any pool over 24 inches deep does require a permit to install and may also require zoning and building permits. "If you haven't gotten a permit, you should do so," he said, also recommending that people who have already installed pools should still get the permits.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of West End Boy Scout troops and Relay teams give the Pledge of Allegiance to help kick-off the 2011 West End Relay For Life. There were 39 teams with 380 participants. They raised $65,705 for the American Cancer Society to help in the battle with cancer fighting back as a community against the disease.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua was closed this morning as workers from Radocha Excavating, Coaldale, razed two Tamaqua duplexes (four homes, 5-11 on South Lehigh Street) that were destroyed during a Tuesday morning blaze that left 11 people displaced. The cause of the fire is still ruled as undetermined.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Steve Braithwaite's banana car had residents doing a double take recently as the strange looking vehicle peeled through the area.

Steve Braithwaite, Coopersburg, has spent more than two years building a banana car that he plans to drive around the world.

The car, which literally is a giant banana, was built on the frame of a late 80s/early 90s Ford F-150 pickup and seats four.

"I have always been into building hot rod cars and for a while, I had been wanting to build something unusual," wrote Braithwaite on his website.

Braithwaite and his brother, Spade, plan on leaving for their four-month worldwide journey in the spring of 2012.