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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Palmerton Legion Post 269 recently installed officers for the 2011-2011 fiscal year. From left are, front row, Al Kohler, chaplain; Steve Vlossak, judge advocate; Ed Moyer, commander; and Bob Solt, Sgt. at Arms; and back row, Victor Jahelka, adjutant; Bruce Reiner, service officer; and George Duell, second vice commander. Also installed were Joe Uhnak, first vice commander; and Harry Brown, historian.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

At a recent meeting of the Summit Hill Water Authority, officials learned the solar field project they have been undertaking and is now at the construction phase continues to occur slower than they expected. As a result Authority Engineer Mike Tirpak applied for an extension to the half million dollar PPL Rebate Reservation grant to give the authority until December 14, to use the funds although Tirpak said he was doing so just to be cautious and that it may not be needed.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Concourse Club of Palmerton is once again holding its annual Art and Photography Show on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11 from 1-4 p.m.

It will be held at the Sacred Heart Church Hall at Third and Lafayette Ave., across the street from the Palmerton Borough Park during the Palmerton Community Festival.

They are looking for people to enter recently done orginal art and photography.

There are two categories: Category 1: Painting (allmedia); Category 2: Photography (color and black/white.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Schicks Cafe Calcutta owner Steve Schickram, holding microphone, and Jody Kuehner are some teammates and band members that participated in the festival.

Freed Fest: Rock'n'Roll For A Cure was held recently at Schick's Cafe Calcutta in Tamaqua to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The music festival was held in memory of Jim Freed, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2003. In addition, Jody Kuehner, family member, is running in the Philadelphia ING Rock'n'Roll half marathon on September 18th as part of TEAM In Training.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Concerns abound over a project that will replace Palmerton Area School District's stadium bleachers.

Several residents questioned the school board on Tuesday as to how the project will affect various sports programs.

Jeff Minnich, an assistant coach for the boys' track and field team, asked the board what impact the bleachers would have on track this coming spring.

Superintendent Carol Boyce explained that effective right after this coming football season, the bleachers will be off limits until construction is completed by the summer of 2012.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two proposed land development plans in Carbon County received a red light after county planners found problem areas in the plans.

The first project was submitted by Dr. William Howland, DMD of Lehighton. His plan called for the construction of a 3,100-square-foot dentist office addition and 24 additional parking spaces at 432 S. Ninth St., Lehighton.

Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county planner, explained to the commission that the plan, as submitted, "lacks final plan requirements of the Lehighton Borough Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance and zoning ordinance."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A company proposing a 35-acre health care campus in Mahoning Township is hoping that an ordinance on building height requirements will remain the same.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Zions After School/No School Program is currently accepting registrations for the Fall 2011-12 term. The program is located in the Zions Lutheran Church Annex at Third and Fell Streets in Weatherly. The After School Program has hours from 2:30-6 p.m. It offers a safe and nurturing environment to children in kindergarten through 6th grades, who otherwise would be home alone with little or no supervision.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A three judge panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court agreed with Schuylkill County Controller Melinda Kantner that a Schuylkill County judge should have held a hearing on the mandamus action filed against her by the county commissioners before ruling against her.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Alicia Silliman received the Outstanding Fair Ambassador citation from Barron "Boots" Hetherington., special advisor to the governor for agriculture.

Barron "Boots" Hetherington, special advisor to the governor for agriculture, attended the Carbon County Fair to name the Outstanding Fair Ambassador, Alicia Silliman. The presentation was made in the livestock arena preceding the auction of 4-H animals.

In a program that began last year at several of the state's 113 fairs, the recognition will be presented at about 95 percent of the fairs - some choose not to participate. Each fair chooses it own ambassador.