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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Several Coaldale residents spoke on a variety of matters at a contentious public council meeting Tuesday.

Following another heated discussion involving the February 2012 furlough of the town's three full-time police officers to save money, resident Nick Ritzko, verging on tears, pleaded with council to put to public vote the question of whether the borough should increase its property tax levy to raise enough revenue to rehire the officers and the two borough workers who were also furloughed.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A St. Patrick's Friday Bash will be held Friday at the West End Saloon, 1121 Mauch Chunk Road, in Palmerton.

The event, which is also being hosted by the Claddagh Keepers giving circle, will benefit the Carbon County Friends of Animals and the Animal Shelter.

It will include a VIP DJ and Rock & Roll Dance Party starting at 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lansford Police Chief John Turcmanovich, left, arrests Carl Stevens Jr. after Stevens smashed out all the windows in the police station and tax collector's office at 1 W. Ridge St.

A Nesquehoning man is behind bars today after taking a tire iron to every window in the Lansford police station Wednesday afternoon, smashing the glass door to the tax collector's office and a large adjacent window, and sitting down for a smoke while he waited to be arrested. He waved at Police Chief John Turcmanovich as he arrived.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

As Catholics around the world celebrate Wednesday's election of Pope Francis I, and are joined by those of other denominations, Allentown Diocese Bishop John Barres has announced plans to formally offer thanks for the new pontiff.

In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, Bishop Barres called upon "every person of good will to pray for Pope Francis that he will be successful in upholding the dignity of all human beings in his service to the world."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center, located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park along Lentz Trail, will host "Skins and Skulls for Kids," at noon, on March 16.

During the program, the group will take a close-up look at skins and skulls, teeth and talons during various activities. They will also learn about the differences between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.

The program is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 10, but all ages are welcome.

There will be snacks following the event.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society is in need of volunteer drivers for its "Road to Recovery" program. The program provides volunteer transportation to cancer patients to and from their treatment sessions.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Lehighton 9/12 Project will host a meeting on gun rights.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.

An optional dinner will be served at nominal cost beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Reservations for the dinner and meeting are required. To make reservations. call Sandy at (570) 645-8510.

The deadline for the reservations is Sunday, March 17.

The main speaker will be Suzanna Anglewicz, manager of political and legislative activities for the ILA's Grassroots Division of the NRA.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Environmental Advisory Commission of Kidder Township was formed in June of 2003 and held the first meeting in September of that year.

At Wednesday night's meeting, Chairman Frank Gilotti distributed a list of the accomplishments of the Kidder EAC since its inception.

"I think we have accomplished a lot in the time we have been here" said Gilotti.

The Kidder EAC has established ordinances for storm water control, tree preservation, alternative energy, timbering and fracking. They have also contributed to the comprehensive plan and official map.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The state House voted this week in favor of state Rep. Jerry Knowles' (R-Berks/Schuylkill) legislation to provide access to written and audio records of unemployment compensation appeal hearings.

House Bill 393 creates transparency and provides fairness to all parties involved by requiring that testimony at unemployment compensation appeal hearings be taken with a digital recording device, and by a court reporter in certain circumstances. Knowles' bill also requires both written transcripts and audio recordings to be provided to participating parties upon written request.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tamaqua's J. J. Newberry Store, 45 Broad St., will close its doors March 31 and many have expressed displeasure with the decision. The Newberry Store had been in operation for more than 50 years in the same location in Tamaqua and employed six people. Plans include transferring the employees to other stores in the area. An official of the company said the store lost its Tamaqua lease and has until the end of the month to vacate the premises.