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Friday, October 3, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News A Long John Silver's, located at the Carbon Plaza along Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East in Mahoning Township, is now closed as the site will be prepped for a Taco Bell. Arby's, which is located in the same building, will remain open during the transition.
Friday, October 3, 2014

The Lehigh Township Police Department will be participating in Kmart's annual Safety Awareness Weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

At that time, Lehigh Township Police will be providing child safety ID kits from Digikids, an industry leader in providing valuable information for a parent in case a child becomes lost or missing.

The first 50 ID kits will be free.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites municipal, township and borough leaders, county and city planners, redevelopment authorities, community leaders, and economic and industrial development agencies to a seminar, "What All Local Governments Need to Know about Brownfields", on Oct. 23 in Wilkes-Barre.

The free seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DEP Northeast Regional Office located at 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Carbon County's Bureau of Collections in the Clerk of Courts office has a new director.

On Thursday, the county commissioners and salary board approved personnel actions on the position.

Eric D. Johnston of Jim Thorpe, who currently served as a domestic relations officer II in the Domestic Relations office, was named director of the bureau of collections, effective Oct. 14. He replaces Madeline T. Ligenza of Jim Thorpe, who retired from the position on Sept. 12.

Friday, October 3, 2014

PennEast Pipeline Company respresentatives canceled their appearance at Thursday's Towamensing Township supervisors' meeting, but residents still voiced their opinions about the project that will slice through the township.

Resident George White presented a statement from Roy and Linda Christman, who were unable to attend.

The Christmans said they will fight any effort to take land by eminent domain since their farm was hit twice already, first by Bethlehem Water Authority and second by the Corps of Engineers for Beltzville Lake.

Friday, October 3, 2014
Downing

Family man.

Kind-hearted person.

Jack-of-all-trades.

To those who knew and loved him most, James Downing was a combination of all of those wrapped into one.

An avid rider, Downing, of Palmerton, was involved in a motorcycle crash with a pickup truck Tuesday in Moore Township.

Sadly, Downing was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 57.

A feeling of shock

Born in Ambler, Downing is the son of Madelyn (Boccuti) Downing of Ambler and the late James R. Downing.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tamaqua's Second Annual Pink Light Walk will be held Oct. 4 and will follow the same walking route as the 2013 event. The walk is being held to help raise awareness of breast cancer and is coordinated by Rachael Paisley, ambassador to Girl Scout Troop 31211.

Walkers will begin at the Bungalow Park Pavilion at 5 p.m., then proceed to Broad Street, ending at Depot Square Park. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. that day. The event will be held rain or shine.

For further information, call 570-578-5196, 570-578-5176 or email pinkribbons101@gmail.com.

Friday, October 3, 2014
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

TOP: Rollers and heavy equipment apply the final layer of macadam to the Tamaqua East Broad Street bridge Wednesday, as seen in this photo taken from the roof of the ABC Tamaqua High Rise building. RIGHT: The Route 209 bridge across the Little Schuylkill River reopened to traffic Thursday after being closed for 16 months. All of the original stone arches were salvaged. The bridge is believed to have been constructed about 1894. Earlier reports had stated 1904 as the date it was built, but early maps and lithographs show the triple stone arch bridge in place in the 1890s.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Carbon County Area Agency on Aging will hold Medicare annual open enrollment sessions at various locations this month.

APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with understanding and making changes to Medicare health plans during the annual enrollment period.

People will have an opportunity to receive personalized counseling from APPRISE Medicare trained counselors during one of these Medicare Annual Open enrollment sessions. To schedule an appointment, call 610-824-7830 or 800-441-1315.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The meeting room in the Schuylkill Township Municipal Building was packed with people patiently waiting through more than an hour of regular business to have their turn to speak.

They were there to speak out against the proposed solid waste transfer station proposed along Route 209 in the area of Tuscarora. The proposal was made by Larry Wittig of the Environmental Awareness Corporation. Wittig's proposal offered the township a $5 per ton rebate.

Supervisors indicated they were "willing to negotiate" with Wittig's company.