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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

John Searfoss from Jim Thorpe Little League, right, receives a check from Manuel DaCosta of the Penn-Kidder Lions Club for $283. Over 300 children will benefit from the donation.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District continues to shape next year's spending plan bit by bit.

Rhonda Frantz, co-director of Business Affairs/ Employee Payroll & Benefits, briefly discussed the status of the 2013-14 budget with the school board on Monday.

Frantz said work continues on the budget, and that specific numbers would be shared at next month's Finance Committee meeting.

Last month, the board agreed to adopt a resolution to not exceed the Act 1 Tax Index for the 2013-14 budget.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Coaldale residents will be receiving donation letters soon as part of the Coaldale Fire Company's Fund Drive. From left are Coaldale Fire Chief Richard Marek, President and Captain Thomas Polischak, and treasurer Debbie Hatmaker.

"The majority of our budget comes from fundraising," said Thomas Polischak, President and Captain of Coaldale Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. "Despite being appreciated, only about 15 percent comes from the Borough."

The fire company, which serves the borough of Coaldale, as well as assists in emergency situations in Lansford, Summit Hill and Tamaqua, will be mailing out forms over the next few weeks to all Coaldale residents asking for donations in support of the fire company.

Monday, February 11, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) today released the following statement concerning the new report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal commissioned by the Paterno family.

"Yet again, the late Joe Paterno and his widow, Sue, are teaching us lessons on how to deal with life's challenges by imploring us to seek the full truth in the Jerry Sandusky scandal because only the truth can serve Sandusky's victims and prevent such heinous crimes from occurring again."

Monday, February 11, 2013
AP Photo This May 25, 2006 file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI lifting his scull cap during an ecumenical meeting at the Holy Trinity church in Warsaw, Poland.

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.

He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide requires "both strength of mind and body."

Monday, February 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The East End ward of Tamaqua is overcome by blowing snow Saturday following Friday night's snowstorm.

Monday, February 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Families were treated to a winter craft carnival over the weekend at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. The event consisted of many forms of crafts, face painting, snacks, drawings and so on. Members of the Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua were also on hand offering activities for both kids and adults. Center director Leona Rega stated her appreciation to all the volunteers who helped in the event. For more information about events at the center, visit them on Facebook or via www.TamaquaArts.org Center volunteer Faith Roberts, 13, paints a black and white Dalmation on the face of Audrey Florea, 5.

Families were treated to a winter craft carnival over the weekend at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. The event consisted of many forms of crafts, face painting, snacks, drawings and so on. Members of the Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua were also on hand offering activities for both kids and adults. Center director Leona Rega stated her appreciation to all the volunteers who helped in the event. For more information about events at the center, visit them on Facebook or via www.TamaquaArts.org Center.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce meeting produced a lot of valuable discussion, and made several points that local business owners should be aware of:

* The Calendar of Events on our website www.jimthorpe.org is a very popular page – visitors want to know what's going on when they're planning a visit. The Chamber will list organization's events, in the same format of the events already listed.

* For the past several years, there has been a townwide Sidewalk Sale in July. The Chamber needs someone to take over organizing the event.

Monday, February 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Dave Pucklavage, Hometown Fire Company, lays down salt and cat litter at a motor vehicle accident in Rush Township. Ice-covered roads took many drivers off guard this morning.

Dave Pucklavage, Hometown Fire Company, lays down salt and cat litter at a motor vehicle accident in Rush Township. Ice-covered roads took many drivers off guard this morning.

Monday, February 11, 2013
Leadership positions contested in 11 Carbon townships

(Editor's Note: In an effort to inform our readers of various governmental offices that are subject to election/re-election in 2013, this is the third of a five-part series to relating to the election process.)

At least two leadership positions in each of the 11 townships in Carbon County are up for election in 2013.

They include positions on the boards of supervisors and the tax collector's jobs in each of the township.

In some townships, voters will also elect auditors.