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Friday, July 25, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO A November accident in which a vehicle owned by Kresge Electric struck a utility pole and porch in Nesquehoning. The borough feels it isentitled to more than $3,000 a district judge awarded it in damages.

Nesquehoning Borough Council is appealing a ruling regarding reimbursement for an emergency that happened last November.

During the monthly meeting of council on Thursday, borough solicitor Robert Yurchak updated the board on the July 16 hearing against Kresge Electric for damage one of its vehicles caused when it traveled off Catawissa Street, struck a utility pole, bringing down wires, and struck the front porch of a home. The hearing happened before Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Carbon County officials plan to address issues with its farmland preservation program.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Troy and Sherry Johnson, Monroe County residents who own 100 acres of farmland in Carbon, approached the board to discuss their concerns about the Farmland Preservation Board.

The Johnsons attended the June preservation board meeting to see the status of their application for preserving their farmland, which they submitted on Jan. 12.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 received authorization to moveforward with the purchase of a new firefighting vehicle.

On Thursday, Nesquehoning Borough Council approved a request from John McArdle, Nesquehoning fire chief, authorizing the fire company to pursue the purchase with the borough's financial assistance.

Before the vote, McArdle explained the truck committee for the purchase met on July 16 to open bids for the new Urban Interface Vehicle.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved a number of personnel moves.

Friday, July 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Girls selected to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City are Kristen Ahner, left, and Olivia Green, both seniors.

The Palmerton Area High School and senior and junior cheerleaders recently attended a home camp run by the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

Over the course of this three-day camp, the teams learned multiple cheers, sidelines, dances and team-building exercises. At the conclusion of the camp, girls were given the opportunity to try out for All-Americans, an elite group of cheerleaders who are selected from around the United States, based on their ability.

Friday, July 25, 2014

From this point forward, coin toss fundraisers are prohibited along all streets in Palmerton.

The notification was given during a meeting of borough council on Thursday, and comes one month after council voiced reservations over the activity.

In a brief statement, council President Terry Costenbader referred to the regulations as listed under the Vehicles Law of Pennsylvania.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Carbon County officials are thankful for the lifeguards they have on staff.

On Thursday, the commissioners talked about a problem with finding enough certified lifeguards to fill all the available positions at Mauch Chunk Lake this summer.

"We had a problem at the lake with the availability of lifeguards, so our numbers early on were down because if you don't have adequate lifeguards, you can't charge admission," Commissioner William O'Gurek said, adding that since the beginning of summer, they have been able to hire a few more guards.

Friday, July 25, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Pam Scott, standing, of Palmerton, receives tips from Libby Klementovich, RN, Hospice Admissions Coordinator, St. Luke's University Health Network, Lehighton, during the annual health fair held Thursday at the Village at Palmerton.

An annual health fair was held Thursday at the Village at Palmerton.

Open to the public, and free of charge, the event proved to be a win-win for all those involved, according to Norma Kunkel, marketing and admissions director.

"There are several different vendors this year, and a few new faces from the community coming in," Kunkel said. "It's on par with years past."

Kunkel said the health fair featured blood pressure screenings, cholesterol testing, depression screenings, drawings and more.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Schuylkill County man charged by Rush Township police with theft and related offenses will spend time in state prison.

Christopher Reedy, 27, whose last known address was not available, must also repay Walmart $798 in restitution.

Friday, July 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Children from Curious Kids Play and Learn Place in Lehighton took to the borough parkto help with storm cleanup Thursday morning. The younger children piled sticks in the center of the park and the older ones worked at the outer edges.