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Friday, April 11, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett believes allowing companies to drill deep beneath state parks and forests for natural gas could generate $75 million for Pennsylvania. Corbett is proposing ending a moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling, and allowing companies to drill more than a mile underground from bases on private land outside the parks and forests.

The proposal has drawn mixed reactions from local lawmakers.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The House voted this week to pass House Bill 2098, which was authored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon). If signed into law, the bill would update Pennsylvania's all-terrain-vehicle regulations, to allow titling and registration of innovative models of the vehicles.

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Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Faith-Paced Walker's Club forms to get people acquainted and walk off some winter pounds. From left are, Katie Cressman, Gage Cressman, Anita Wisler, Richard Werner, Ruth Ann Binder, Ruby Craig, The Rev. John Hughes, Theresa Sharp, Bob Condly, Steve Minninger,  Robbie, Lynn Mariani and Madison Mariani.

A 70-year-old Weissport woman with some time on her hands, created a perfect opportunity to get to know her neighbors.

Anita Wisler, said she was always too busy with her job to mingle with her neighbors, but that changed last summer when she finally retired after 37 years of working at Pencor Services, 17 with the TIMES NEWS and 17 more for PenTeleData.

"I thought what a nice neighborhood I'm living in," she said. "I was home for the winter for the first time and watched my neighbors helping each other with snow shoveling and other things."

Friday, April 11, 2014

A proposed Irish pub-style business may be on its way to Palmerton after all.

The borough's zoning hearing board on Thursday heard an appeal from TT Dowling's Irish Pub over property at 315 Lehigh Ave.

After a 35-minute executive session, it was stated that the board's intention is that, according to a section of the borough zoning ordinance, the request is a continuation of a nonconforming use.

Therefore, the applicant will receive a written opinion from the board within 45 days. At that point, anyone who wishes to appeal that decision will have 30 days to do so.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Feed the People will serve a free Easter dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at St. John Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St. (Tunnel Street entrance), Lansford. The menu includes ham, mashed potatoes, corn and dessert. Chocolate bunnies will be distributed to the children. All are welcome. For more information call 570-657-1480.

Friday, April 11, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The first group of Towamensing Elementary staff members to get a pie in the face at its Pie Assembly were, left to right: Lauren Smith; Eileen Long; Trisha Green; Ashley Hummer; Amy Kline; and Shanna Matthews. The students who tossed the pies were, right to left: Jared Richard; Kyleigh Steigerwalt; Gavin Cullen; Gabe Strohl; Autum Bollinger; Aubree Foley.

Orange was the color of the day at Towamensing Elementary School's Pie Assembly. Actually, it was orange with a heavy accent of whipped cream ... on many faces.

Towamensing Elementary students celebrated reaching a goal by throwing pies in their teachers' faces. This is something everyone who knew Blaine House knows he would have enjoyed tremendously.

Blaine R. House was a fifth-grade teacher at Towamensing since 1987. He passed away unexpectedly last year on May 7.

A group of parents and members of the Towamensing PTO formed a Blaine R. House Memorial Fund committee.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The building project planned for the Panther Valley School District could cost considerably less than anticipated.

Bids for the project, which will convert the swimming pool area of the high school into classroom space, were opened Thursday.

The district anticipated that construction costs would total about $4.5 million. However, bids that were opened Thursday indicate the construction work could conceivably be done for $3,564,800, without options.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Water was still a top issue at the Jim Thorpe Borough Council meeting Thursday evening at Memorial Hall, but a proposed noise ordinance was also heard.

Last month's meeting brought up issues with inconsistencies in the water meter billings, along with problems with the billing software, so a special meeting was scheduled to talk with outside vendors regarding fixing the problems. Borough engineer Kim Mazur gave a report from that March 31 meeting with Ken Christian from Pennsylvania Rural Water Associates and Tom Tobin from Diversified Technologies.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Carbon County and Teamsters Local Union No. 773 have reached an agreement.

On Thursday, the county commissioners voted to approve an agreement with the union, effective Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2015. Thirty-three corrections officers at the prison make up the union in question.

Commissioner William O'Gurek outlined some of the terms of the contract.

Under the new agreement, the officers received no raise in 2013. They will now receive a 3 percent raise in 2014 and another 3 percent increase in 2015.

Friday, April 11, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS  Fishermen try their luck in the Mahoning Creek near Seneca Road on the early opening day of trout season two weeks ago.

Anglers are no doubt staking out their favorite spots with the official start of fishing season less than one day away.

Much to the delight of fishermen, opening day of trout season kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday in Carbon, Monroe and other counties throughout the state.

That means routine sightings of fishing poles, tackle boxes and fishing gear as anglers go all out to make that big catch to land their trophy.

Since mid-February, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has been busy stocking waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown and rainbow trout.