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Thursday, January 20, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Adam Webber, center, was named president of Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday. Former council president Bob Gaughan resigned in early November. Council vice-president Mary Kruczek guided council from Gaughan's departure through Wednesday. Council members Tommy Vadyak and Rose Mary Cannon opposed Webber's nomination to the office. Councilman Lenny Kovach is on the left and Secretary/Treasurer Renee Slakoper is on the right.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lansford Borough council on Wednesday hired Michael Greek as its new solicitor.

Greek also serves as solicitor for neighboring Coaldale, Tamaqua, Parryville and Weissport boroughs and Walker and Schuylkill townships, and serves as solicitor for Lansford and Nesquehoning's zoning hearing boards and for the Towamensing Township Planning Commission, so is up-to-date on issues facing municipalities. he is also an Assistant District Attorney in Carbon County and an associate attorney with William G. Schwab and Associates.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A hearing for a father and daughter charged with the sexual assault of a female family member has been continued.

Michael Steven Taschler, 79, of Covered Bridge Road, Kunkletown, and Debbie Lynn Green, 39, of Avenue A, Palmerton, were scheduled to have preliminary hearings before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

But, the case has been continued until 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2. Both individuals remain free in lieu of $200,000 unsecured bail.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that it is seeking entries to "put a new face" on the organization.

The Chamber is sponsoring two separate contests, one for a new logo and one for a motto, with cash and other prizes to be awarded to the winning entries.

The Chamber's current logo contains some familiar images that are part of the Tamaqua Area's heritage, including a Native American teepee and a running deer. The Chamber's board and marketing committee are looking for a new look, but one that can also touch upon the area's past as well.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The total market value of the retirement fund as of Wednesday was $97,775,294, it was reported to the members of the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board at its monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. This is a high mark for the fund which had dropped to $70 million during the recession. The fund is managed by 12 financial firms.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The application period for the 2011 Troop N Camp Cadet program is now open and applications are being accepted.

Anyone interested in attending camp can obtain an application at any of the following Troop N state police stations: Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Lehighton, Fern Ridge and Swiftwater. Applications have also been distributed to most of the local schools located throughout the Troop N area. The application can also be accessed and printed out via the PSP public website, www.psp.state.pa.us.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Despite opposition voiced by a dozen contractors who employ non-union workers and the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, the Schuylkill County Commissioners, by a two to one vote, adopted the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) pertaining to the pre-release prison center construction project in action taken at the public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Carbon/Tamaqua Unit Office, 33 W. Ridge St., Lansford.

The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kindergarten Registration in the Lehighton Area School District will be held on March 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the District Administrative Building, 1000 Union St. (near the High School). Call Brenda Strausberger at (610) 377-7880, ext. #2, to schedule an appointment. Appointments will avoid delays during the registration process. Appointment times will be scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:45 p.m. See the website at www.lehighton.org to view the necessary forms required for registration and possibly complete the forms before coming for an appointment.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Jennifer R. Deemer of BlueCross of Northeastern Pennsylvania's Blue Ribbon Foundation presents an $11,925 check to Blue Mountain Health System CEO Andrew E. Harris. On the right is Joe Guardiani, Director of Fund Development and Government Relations for Blue Mountain Health System. The grant money will allow Blue Mountain Health System to provide mammography and breast ultrasound studies for under or uninsured women.