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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lower Towamensing Township's board of supervisors will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The purpose of the meeting is to purchase a vehicle.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The United Dream Ride, benefiting the Blue Ridge Chapter of Dream Come True, will take place at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at the American Legion Post 927 on Route 209 in Gilbert.

Riders of both motorcycles and cars will depart at 10 a.m. for Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg, weather permitting.

Traffic will be controlled by police with special blockers to ensure a safe and easy 87-mile ride.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Lehighton Area Middle School student Emily Barkanic, second from left, receives a certificate of appreciation from school Director Wayne Wentz during Monday's school board meeting. Pictured along with Emily are middle school track volunteer coach Erica Pagotto, second from right, and middle school track assistant coach Kim Lusch.

A Lehighton Area Middle School student-athlete has been acknowledged for her sportsmanship.

The school board on Monday recognized student Emily Barkanic with a certificate of appreciation for the gamesmanship she displayed at a track and field event earlier this year.

Director Wayne Wentz presented the certificate to Emily, who was joined by middle school volunteer track coach, Erica Pagotto, as well as middle school assistant coach Kim Lusch.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown held its annual Strawberry Festival and Car Show recently. The Car Show had 138 cars registered, including cars like this one, owned by Jack Sherwood of Cresco, a 1951 Ford Victoria. Sandra and Roger Green of Saylorsburg and their children, Braydon, 5, and Lexi, 3, enjoy coming to this event each year. "The kids like finding all the different colors of the cars," says Sandra. Roger admires the workmanship of the cars, owning two classics himself, a 1949 Chevrolet pickup and a 1974 Road Runner.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Large X's have been painted in the intersections near the McCall bridge project to inform motorists not to stop in the middle of the intersection.

A bridge reconstruction project in Lehighton is having a major negative financial impact on surrounding businesses, says the Carbon County Chamber & Economic Development.

Kathy Henderson, director of economic development for the chamber, business owners, state Rep. Doyle Heffle, and officials of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation met last week about traffic conditions.

The construction project has been causing back-ups and poor traffic flow, making it inconvenient to enter some businesses and even more troublesome to leave the businesses.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Emergency crews have been dealing with downed trees and power lines and the threat of flooding in some areas of western Pennsylvania following strong thunderstorms.

One of the hardest hit areas Tuesday night was Cranberry Township, Butler County, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. That's where Route 228 remained closed between Route 19 and Interstate 79 during Wednesday morning's rush hour due to eight to 10 downed utility poles.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This map shows the site for the proposed elementary center.

Lehighton Area School District will move forward with the design bid for its proposed elementary center.

The board voted 5-3 Monday for EI Associates to proceed with the design bid for the new elementary center.

Directors Larry Stern, Wayne Wentz, Stephen Holland, Andrew Yenser and board President Gloria Bowman were in favor. Directors Rocky Ahner, William Hill Jr. and Lori Nothstein were opposed. Director Hal Resh was absent.

Before the vote, Hill asked, "Aren't we putting the cart before the horse?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Three Carbon County municipalities are among 85 that have been ordered to improve their programs for managing stormwater.

The municipalities are Weissport, Bowmanstown and Lower Towamensing Township.

The EPA issued the orders to augment Pennsylvania’s efforts to ensure effective stormwater management programs are in place to improve water quality in local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, which is downstream of most of the towns cited by EPA.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather watch for showers and thunderstorms expected Wednesday and Wednesday night.

These storms have the potential to produce locally heavy rain in a short period of time, which could lead to flash flooding. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall in the area.

In addition, some of the thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening may be accompanied by frequent cloud to ground lightning and gusty winds.

The forecast:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Though it was voted last month to tear down this old boathouse at "Beersie's Bridge" on the northern section of the Walnutport Canal, members said at last week's Walnutport Canal Association meeting that they may change their minds about that decision.

Whether or not to tear down an old building, and how to get a deep percussion noise fixed at a lock, were among topics discussed at Wednesday's Walnutport Canal Association meeting.

During the meeting, President Doug Boerher said that in addition to a leak at Lock 23, there is also a "thunderous noise" at the lock that "sounds like somebody has a subwoofer in their car parked in front of your house, 24/7."

He said it has been ongoing and that neighbors in the area of the lock are growing increasingly upset about it.