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Friday, August 20, 2010

The Carbon County Board of Assessment Appeals has granted tax-exempt status to a company that is developing the former St. Ann's School in Lansford as subsidized housing.

The ruling, announced Thursday, frees Catholic Senior Housing Development and Management from paying property taxes on the land beneath the school, which has a taxable value of $4,850.

Without the exemption, the developers would have paid property tax bills of $270 to the Panther Valley School District, $142.64 to the borough and $33.44 to the county.

Friday, August 20, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Singer-songwriter KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner performs "PonyTales", an original song of hers, during her concert on Thursday evening, Aug. 19, at the Tamaqua train station. In addition to her own songs, KJ also sang standards such as "Both Ends Now". KJ's performance was part of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce free Summer Concert Series and was sponsored by the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership. The concerts are held every second Thursday on the platform at the train station at 6 p.m. and are open to the public. The next concert in the series will be on Thursday, Sept.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A group of Coaldale residents is seeking volunteers to help restore the Seek ball field.

The group, led by Robby Krapf, will gather at the field from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers are asked to bring brooms, rakes and shovels. Krapf will also be picking up donations of sand, topsoil and infield mix on Saturday.

Anyone wishiong to donate or help wiith the grounds work is asked to call him at (570) 645-6267.

Friday, August 20, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jake Percey thanked the ladies of the Western Pocono Women's Club for sponsoring him at a summer HOBY seminar. He told them he learned a lot and "I had a blast."

Jake Percey, an upcoming junior at Pleasant Valley High School, says he describes himself as "pretty shy." But after spending four days at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar in Harrisburg this summer, he now believes he has the skills to be a leader.

"It was a life-changing event," said the 16-year-old and he thanked the Western Pocono Women's Club for sponsoring him.

Friday, August 20, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Rescue Squad volunteers Matt Hill, left, and Ed Boerner, wash their squad truck in preparation for the 56th Annual Schuylkill County Firemen's Parade being hosted by the Frackville Fire Department. The firemen's convention ran all this week with the large convention parade consisting of more than 200 vehicles and 10 bands planned for Saturday starting a 1 p.m.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A zoning hearing board meeting held at Towamensing Township resulted in Blue Mountain Community Church receiving a special exception-variance to expand the church. The church is located at 25 Oak Road, Palmerton. The road intersects with Hazelwood Road which creates concerns that will be discussed in planning meetings.

The expansion is to create a gym and additional meeting rooms. It is in the rural conservation district.

Friday, August 20, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As part of an ongoing repointing project at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe, two employees of Spotts Brothers Inc. of Pottsville remove the old mortar from the building's exterior stonework. After this part of the job has been completed the stonework will be washed down and new mortar will be applied in the joints between the stones.

Friday, August 20, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Katie Ferrello, of Tamaqua, was the winner of the Tamaqua Lions Club 2009/2010 Scholarship Essay. Her essay was done on Community Service and Volunteerism. Pictured at the Lions Club Grove are, from left, Lions Club President Steve Bayer, Ferrello, her parents Maria and Lou Ferrello, and past District Governor Robert G. Neumoyer.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Carbon County Area Agency on Aging is hosting a picnic to celebrate Senior Center Week.

It will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Carbon County senior citizens are welcome.

Admission is $5 which includes the price of food. You must have a reservation to attend. Reservations can be made at any of the senior centers by Aug. 31.

Any questions call 1-800-441-1315.

Thursday, August 19, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters use an aerial ladder to fight the fire and heavy smoke emanating from a large building located on the Fabcon Inc property near Barnesville.

About 1:30 a.m. this morning firefighters from Mahanoy City, Hometown, Ryan Township, Shenandoah, West Mahanoy Township, Mahanoy City, Delano, Ringtown, Hazleton, Gordon, and other fire departments all responded to a commercial structure fire call which was located on the Fabcon Inc property near Barnesville at 1200 Morea Road just outside Mahanoy City.