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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Penn Forest Township Zoning Hearing Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14 has been postponed. The board had been called together to hear Navitat-Bear Creek, LLC's appeal of the zoning officer's determination regarding Navitat's variance and special exception use request.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

With Spring a little over a month away, Old Man Winter is trying his best to keep everything white.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Members of Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club and Boys from Concern Treatment for Boys delivered Valentines to "Share the Love," roses and bubbles to residents of the Summit Nursing Home, Lehighton. From left are, front row, Jose, Brian, James, Alex and Sam; middle row, residents, Edna Smale, Geraldine Duffy and William Berstein; and back row, LALLC members, Richard Anthony, Sue Anthony, secretary; Jane Longazel; and Lisa Whitehead, president. They also delivered valentines to the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mahoning Valley.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District has made a minor revision to its policy on terroristic threats.

By an 8-0 vote, the school board on Monday approved the first reading of school board policy #218.2, Pupils - Terroristic Threats/Acts, as presented. Director Mathias Green was absent.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lower Towamensing Township Supervisors Chairman Brent Green presents a resolution to former township Planning Commission member James Sheckler, who recently retired from the post he had served in since 1995.

Should a stop sign be placed near the intersection of Lower Smith Gap and Covered Bridge roads in Lower Towamensing Township?

Resident Herman Bollinger believes so, and suggested to the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday that they consider such action on the heels of the most recent accident that occurred at that intersection several weeks ago.

The accident Bollinger referenced occurred on Jan. 18, at which time both drivers were injured and hospitalized.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Coaldale Fire Chief Richard Marek makes a point as he speaks to borough council at a public meeting Tuesday.

An overflow crowd packed the small Coaldale Borough Council meeting room for a raucous public meeting Tuesday.

Several citizens took council to task on financial issues.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS CubScouts from Pack 749 of Ashland were treated to a tour of the WMGH/WLSH radio station recently. Cubmaster Paul Klitsch stated the pack's appreciation for the detailed tour. Pictured with afternoon host Karen O'Toole are scouts, from left, Mark Klitsch, Kevin Clark, Aiden Griffiths and Logan Walacavage.

CubScouts from Pack 749 of Ashland were treated to a tour of the WMGH/WLSH radio station recently. Cubmaster Paul Klitsch stated the pack's appreciation for the detailed tour. Pictured with afternoon host Karen O'Toole are scouts, from left, Mark Klitsch, Kevin Clark, Aiden Griffiths and Logan Walacavage.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Two Tamaqua boys proved their alertness, good judgment, bravery, and love for animals while ice skating at Kellner's Dam when they rescued a three-year-old Irish setter who plunged through the ice. Dan Navitsky, a TIMES NEWS carrier, and his friend, Bill Price, heard screams from a young couple and heir daughters and skated to a section of the dam from where the cries came. They they saw a large dog under the thin ice. Immediately they began to chop ice around the small hole with their ice skates, thus the owner of the animal, Ronald Creitz, was able to free the dog.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Chestnuthill Township 250th Celebration is moving along, thanks to its committee.

The celebration is to commemorate the formation of Chestnuthill Township in 1783. Over the years, Chestnuthill was broken up into four townships that became Eldred, Polk and Ross Townships. All four townships are working together on the celebration events, and together they formed the Chestnuthill Township 250th Celebration Committee.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Girl Scouts from Tamaqua service unit 310 collected hundreds of sunglasses for the Tamaqua Lions Club "Sight Night" with scouts. This was the fifth year the scouts participated in the drive. Over two dozen girl scouts who participated in the drive earned both a certificate and a badge for collecting 10 or more glasses each. First time collectors also received a special patch from the Tamaqua Lions Club. Nancy Paisley, service unit manager, pointed out how proud she and the parents were of all the scouts.