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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Penn Forest Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. However, it will be open Tuesday, July 5 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

It will also be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, but opened on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. until 4 pm.

The next regular scheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 5 at the township building, located at 2010 State Route 903, Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe football stadium will undergo extensive renovations beginning in July.

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board voted to rent the Panther Valley Stadium for the fall football season. The home games will be played at Panther Valley while the Jim Thorpe Stadium is being renovated. The renovations are set to be finished around the middle of October.

The architect from EI Associates, Gary Bannon, said that by the time the renovations are finished there would only be one or two more home games left in the season. He also stated that it would be beneficial if the team didn't play on the field right away after the renovations are finished.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Slatington will accept bids on an emergency generator for its waste water treatment plant.

Bids are due to the borough by 3 p.m. Aug. 4, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

The work to be performed consists of furnishing all labor, materials, equipment for the supply and installation of a 175 kilowatt packaged generator system, including, but not limited to, wiring, conduit, transfer switch, concrete pad and appurtenances.

The project is being federally funded by Environmental Protection Agency funds.

Monday, June 27, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

This gorgeous Callosamia Angulifera, or Tulip tree Silkmoth, lighted on a sidewalk in Mahoning Township early Thursday. The moth was identified by Mari Gruber of Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in Penn Forest Township.

Monday, June 27, 2011
ron gower/times news

Kovatch Ford of Nesquehoning was honored by the Ford Corp. for "25 years of honorable service as a Ford dealer." John J. Kovatch III, second from left, president and CEO of the Kovatch Corporation, accepts plaque from Brian J. Lachewitz, market representation manager of the Philadelphia region for Ford. Looking on are John Kovatch IV, director of customer services of Kovatch, and Wendy Daley, right, marketing area manager for the Eastern area for Ford.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us

Monday, June 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Car attendant Matt Fisher punches tickets for riders on the Pa. Dutch Treat Train of the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, Saturday. The train, with over 250 passengers, traveled from Jim Thorpe to White Haven.

"Oh listen to the jingle.

The rumble and the roar."

Roy Acuff sang the stirring line about a train in his hit "Wabash Cannonball."

It surely applied Saturday to the trek through the depths of the Lehigh Gorge by the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway.

The railway ran a special excursion from Jim Thorpe to White Haven a 50 mile round trip carrying 251 passengers.

Monday, June 27, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rev. Mike Netznik, outgoing pastor of Meed's United Methodist Church in Nesquehoning, was bid a fond farewell at a dinner held at Miller's in Summit Hill. He will take over the pastorship in Allentown starting July 1. He is standing with his wife, Karen and son Andy and wife Becky. Gifts were presented to Pastor Mike as going-away presents from those in attendance.

Monday, June 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A family escaped injury Sunday morning after rolling their travel trailer along the south bound lanes of the Pa. Turnpike. The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. at the 82 mile marker. Although the trailer rolled onto its side the sport utility vehicle towing the unit remained upright. Traffic was backed up for miles as emergency crews arrived on scene. Responding were the Franklin Township Fire Company and Lehighton paramedics.

Monday, June 27, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From left to right are Harold Rausch, Frank and Dawn Kemery and Herman Schiffer grilling the first round of steaks and hot dogs.

The Slatington Lions Club held its annual Steak Fry on Saturday. This is a much anticipated event that has been ongoing since 1988 and attracts hundreds of people each year. This year, more than 200 steaks were grilled to accommodate the crowd.

All of the proceeds, this year, go to the Venture Group, an umbrella organization that brings together many non-profit and profit groups to work on a community project.

This year's project is the Slate restroom and meeting room at the Slatington Trailhead.