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Friday, March 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Entertainer Jack Kulp checks a sound board prior to the grand opening show at the center.

The former Salem United Methodist Church (SUMC) in Tamaqua officially reopened its doors yesterday as the area's newest multipurpose center for music, arts, theater and education.

Last night's grand opening kickoff of the new Community Family Arts Center in downtown Tamaqua drew an enthusiastic crowd of visitors who were treated to a wide array of live music and song. Some visitors to the center, located at 125 Pine St., (SR309), could be seen tapping their feet, while others clapped their hands or snapped their fingers to the beats.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A telecommunication's engineer testified the cargo airport proposed to be built in East Union Township, Schuylkill County, would greatly cause interruptions in television receptions in the homes in the township by planes landing and taking off.

The testimony was presented by Philip Rubin, head of the RFK Engineering firm, Washington, D.C., who was called as a witness to testify on behalf of Service Electric Cablevision which has 12 satellite dishes which would be located less than two miles from the proposed cargo airport.

Friday, March 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

For years, there have been rumors of the imminent closing of the Sunoco fuel terminal on Taggertsville Road/Tuscarora Park Road (bottom of Hometown Hill) in Tamaqua. Those rumors have finally come true, as the TIMES NEWS has learned this morning that Sunoco Logistics will be closing its Tamaqua terminal as of June 1, 2012.

Local dealers have been notified by Sunoco Inc. of the closing, which will affect all local companies providing customers with heating oil, ultra low sulphur diesel fuel and kerosene.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the library. the library. Prizes will be awarded, there will be craft projects and free treat bags. children must be preregistered by March 17. Call the library at (570) 645-3780. Each child must bring his or her own basket. The library is also accepting books, except for encyclopedias, text books and Reader's Digest condensed books.

Preschool story time continues to be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Friday, March 2, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Attorney Seth Miller, standing right, is sworn in, assisted by his grandparents, Eddie Andrews, Ruth Andrews, and June Miller; and his father Ronald Miller.

Attorney Seth E. Miller was recently sworn into the Carbon County Bar Association by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Attorney Miller practices law with the firm of William G. Schwab and Associates which is located in Lehighton. He has been working as a legal intern with Schwab's practice for the past three years while attending law school and he currently practices bankruptcy and general civil law in both the state and federal courts.

Friday, March 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The former J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills factory, located at 143 Mahanoy Ave. in Hometown, was purchased by Alan James Inc., of Nesquehoning.

The former J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills Inc. factory in Hometown, which had numerous owners since 1984, has again passed ownership.

Alan James Inc., of Nesquehoning, purchased the 40.47 acre property for $1.655 million on Wednesday.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today applauded the award of $5,000 in funding from the federal government for the promotion of farmers markets in the Lehigh Valley.

"Farmers markets are a treasure in every community fortunate enough to have one," said Harhart. "They are a source of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are essential to a healthy diet. Funding to help promote and expand Pennsylvania farmers markets will help more residents take advantage of the many locally grown foods we have access to in the Commonwealth."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Stephen Kanuch was named "Elk of the Year" during a program held at the Lansford Elk's Lodge No. 1337, Lansford. About 160 people attended the program. In addition to the Elk of the Year award, hewas honored also with the presentation of the Golden Antler Award by the Grand Lodge for his loyalty and service. Kanuch is a retired miner with the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company. He is a former jury commissioner and also a former trustee in his church.

Friday, March 2, 2012
Pleasant Valley Elementary School first graders sang an enthusiastic "This Land Is My Land" at the 11th Annual Night of Unity at PVHS.

One couldn't help but notice the diversity in the group of first grade students who provided opening entertainment to the 11th Annual Night of Unity at Pleasant Valley High School. But when they blended their voices in enthusiastic chorus of "This Land is My Land" and "Lean On Me," they gave voice to what America is all about ... being one with each other.

The Night of Unity is PV's way of celebrating its community of diverse cultures.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Carbon County residents who are delinquent on their real estate taxes will soon be able to pay them by credit card.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a payment processing service agreement with Value Payment Systems LLC for credit card online and telephone payments through the Infocon software in the county tax claim bureau.

Renee Roberts, director of the tax claim bureau, explained that this will benefit the taxpayers because it will allow them to make a payment online through a secure site on the Carbon County website.