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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Palmerton will accept bids for the construction of its new fire station, which it hopes will be ready by early fall.

Bids for the three-bay station, which will be located in the borough lot at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue, are due to the borough by 2 p.m. Monday, April 8.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson said borough council will likely discuss the bids when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. A bid award could be made at that time.

"Already, we've seen quite a bit of interest," Danielson said. "We're hoping we get some good, competitive, bids."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A standout Northern Lehigh High School student athlete has received heady praise upon the receipt of a prestigious award.

School board President Edward Hartman on Monday lauded NL senior Caleb Johnson, who earlier this month won the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.

Hartman said that Johnson was a "young man who worked his butt off."

"He's going to be a great kid," Hartman said. "His future is going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds."

Director Lauren Ganser said she, too, was impressed with Johnson.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

West Penn Township won the first round in its dispute with Steven C. Dunn, 59 Peach Drive, New Ringgold, in their dispute over zoning pemits to operate a commercial seasonal roadside stand at the intersection of state routes 309 and 443 in South Tamaqua.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A free community luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville. The event will be held weather permitting.

Please note this is not the last Saturday of the month, as has been the church's practice, because of the Easter holiday and Holy Week.

The church will also sponsor a free Easter Egg Hunt for all youth, from 0-12 years of age, on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. You need not be a member of the church or Parryville to participate. All are welcome.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Joseph Paluck, MS, St. Luke's Clinical Exercise Physiologist talks to a group of local residents about the importance of eating healthy.

Local residents were treated recently to a free health seminar titled "Eating Healthy: benefits of Diet Modification" held as part of the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus regular Health Talks held at the Tamaqua YMCA.

"Changing the way you eat can reduce many of your risk factors," said Joseph Paluck, MS, St. Luke's Clinical Exercise Physiologist. "It can lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and weight."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, a Stray Gas Migration webinar will be held on March 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.

For more information, go to the Penn State Extension Natural Gas website at http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas or contact Carol Loveland at (570) 320-4429 or cal24@psu.edu

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton artist Maritza Reinbold paints a mural on the wall of council chambers during the Nesquehoning Water Authority meeting last night. The mural is expected to be finished by the end of the week. Seated from left are, David Hawk, Denny Creitz and Frank Parano.

Members of the Nesquehoning Water Authority voted to approve a proposal from Jim Thorpe National Bank to finance the authority's water tank project.

Solicitor Robert Yurchak had approached several banks, however, JTNB was the only one to submit a formal proposal.

The authority will be able to borrow on the note, up to $751,000 for a 249 month term at a fixed rate of 3.87 percent. The first nine months of loan payments during the construction period will be on interest only and the principal payments will commence after that period.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

There will be an artist reception for Pat Transue, of Saylorsburg, at the Barrett Paradise Friendly Library on Friday, March 15 from 6-8 p.m.

Transue is a photographer and owner of Peaceful Images, which features her photographic digital abstract art.

Her work has been shown in Delaware Water Gap and Three Moons Gallery and in several places of business throughout Monroe County, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It can also be seen at Art Scene in Wilkes-Barre.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Coaldale resident Francis Hutta distributes documents as part of his contention of wrongdoing by some residents and a borough police officer.

A Coaldale resident accused several others of wrongdoing at a public council meeting Tuesday. The people named then rebutted his statements in what was once again a series of heated exchanges.

The rowdy public comment portion of the meeting consumed an hour and a half, after which council went through a few committee items before going into executive session.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Palmerton Area School District continues its efforts to pare down next year's spending plan.

Business Manager Diane Serfass reviewed the 2013-14 budget with members of the board's Budget and Finance Committee Monday in the high school library.

Among the department budgets that were reviewed were board services; the high school; special education; superintendent; and tax collectors.

The board services budget comes in at $27,825, about $7,000 of which is for advertising purposes.