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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Gabriel DeMatto, 9, left, takes a shot at the basket on the newly constructed basketball courts along Amidon Street in Summit Hill, while looking on are Kyle Bruno, center, age 14, and Christian Slane, 12. The new courts are complete except for the painting of lines on them.

The potent thunderstorm that swept through the region Saturday afternoon proved to be a grinch in Summit Hill.

The violent winds that accompanied the storm destroyed numerous trees in Ludlow Park, including the large evergreen that serves as the community Christmas tree.

"We lost several trees in the park including the one which we put the Christmas lights on," said John O'Gurek, vice president of the borough council.

Tom Tkach, who lives next to the park on Holland Street, expressed concern about the condition of other trees in the park.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FRACKVILLE Senator David G. Argall (R-29) has announced two additions to his 3rd Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Wednesday, July 11 at the Schuylkill Mall.

Starting at 10 a.m., St. Luke's Hospital Miners campus' cardiologist Christopher Cutitta, DO, will provide information on St. Luke's Miners Heart and Vascular Center to expo attendees. Dr. Cutitta will be on-hand to discuss the latest treatments and technologies available at St. Luke's facility in Coaldale, including:

· Emergency room cardiac care

· In patient hospital cardiac care

· Vascular ultrasound

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A concept was mentioned during a meeting of Lehighton Borough Council whereby a single police department would serve all of Lehighton Area School District. The school district includes Lehighton, Weissport, East Penn Township, Franklin Township, Mahoning Township, and Parryville. Lehighton Chief of Police Dennis Wentz said he received a call from Mahoning Township Chief of Police David Ebbert regarding the availability of a study by the Pa. Department of Community Affairs into such a concept.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Packerton Yards sidewalk issue is still a hot topic on the minds of Mahoning Township supervisors.

Monday night they voted unanimously to send a response letter to Carbon Engineering, project engineers for the Carbon County Commissioners, informing them the township is in disagreement over the plans they are offering. They requested a sidewalk along Business Park Drive from Route 209 to the terminus in the park be included except for the area of the railroad crossing.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Michelle Raber, on behalf of the board of directors of the Northern Lehigh Community Center, thanked Washington Township supervisors for their previous support. At the July 3 meeting she then turned to Paul Gass, director of the center, to talk about future plans.

He said they received a grant and have to move ahead with the building. New Tripoli Bank agreed to provide money if they could present letters of support from all three municipalities: Washington, Slatington and Walnutport.

For its contribution Slatington will provide sewer, water, garbage pickup and snow removal.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at the Big Creek Grange. Livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between the ages of 8-19 as of Jan. 1, 2012.

4-H is a youth program of the Penn State University. PSU does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A box turtle, with green leaf in tow, sits on the warm asphalt along Owl Creek Road in Tamaqua. The turtle was safely removed from the road by a Good Samaritan after his short photo shoot.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced work will begin today (July 9) to replace the structurally deficient Penn Forest Road Bridge over the Wild Creek in Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

Crews will replace the existing concrete box beam bridge with a new concrete box beam bridge.

Starting today, Penn Forest Road will be closed and detoured between the Penn Forest Township Line and Koch Road. The posted detour will route traffic on PA 903, Maury Road, Long Run Road, Fairyland Road, US 209, and Trachsville Hill Road.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The 2012-2013 final budget was passed at a regular Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting in recently. The final budget was passed at 44.52 mills, with no millage increase. There will be no tax increase for the 2012-2013 school year.

The budget had been on public display for 30 days following the approval of the proposed budget at a previous meeting. With the approval of the final budget it will now be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.