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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Three Polk Township residents, Greg B. Mackes, Robert E. Serfass and Dennis A. Smale, were appointed to the appeals board in regard to the Uniform Construction Code. Their reappointment will be part of the reorganizational meeting held in the beginning of January each year.

The township supervisors approved the use of liquid fuels monies rather than general fund monies for work on the Lower Middlecreek bridge, even though using said funds will create a more expensive protocol.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's Kick-Off Time for the annual Relay For Life of Palmerton and Surrounding Communities. Relay For Life is the nation's largest overnight, 24-hour, nonprofit walk event.

This year's Relay marks the 10th year at Palmerton. The formal Kickoff meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Palmerton High School Cafeteria.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

To date, 54 properties in Summit Hill have been exonerated from trash collection fees.

The borough council was warned last night that in the long run, this could prove to become very expensive for its residents.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was injured Monday morning when involved in a crash in West Penn township. The crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at the intersection of Archery Club and Hecla roads. The crash involved a pickup truck which was traveling south on Archery Club Road and a car which was going east on Hecla Road. The pickup truck struck the car broadside. The driver of the car was treated at the scene by members of the Penn Mahoning ambulance and Lehighton paramedics then flown via PennStar helicopter to a Lehigh Valley area hospital. West Penn fire police maintained traffic control at the scene.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Carbon County Salary Board approved the following changes during its monthly meeting on Thursday. The changes are as follows:

Domestic Relations

Ÿ Change the rate of one domestic relations assistant director from $26.86 per hour, to $19.99 per hour, effective Oct. 11.

Controller

Ÿ Establish the position of one first deputy trainee at $29,939 per year, effective Oct. 12.

Fiscal/Data Processing

Ÿ Change the rate of one part-time fiscal/data processing technician from $11.49 per hour, to $10.40 per hour, effective Oct. 8.

Tax Assessment

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wildlife photographer Shawn Carey will present the multi-media program Scenes from the Gulf Oil Disaster at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, on Saturday, October 23.

The presentation is part of the Sanctuary's Autumn Lecture Series and will begin at 5 p.m. inside the Visitor Center.

Scenes from the Gulf Oil Disaster is open to the public, but seating is limited so visitors are encouraged to arrive early.

A select number of reserved seats will be held for those who call (610) 756-6961 in advance and can arrive by 4:30 pm on the day of the lecture.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Andrew Leibenguth/Times News Tamaqua South Ward volunteer firefighters George Haldeman, left, and Sara Haldeman help guide second grader Kendra Kunkel, who is blindfolded to represent an escape from a smoke-filled room.

Students at Tamaqua Elementary and St. Jerome Regional schools recently learned some life-saving lessons as the Tamaqua Fire Department conducted its Fire Safety Program.

In one of the emergency scenario, the students learned what it was like to escape in a smoke-filled room by crawling blindfolded out of bed and to the nearest window.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The next meeting of the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be held on Oct. 13 at the Big Creek Grange starting at 7 p.m.

4-H is the youth component of Penn State University. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its first meeting for the 2010-2011 school year on Wednesday, Oct. 20th, at 7 p.m. in the Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria.

Among the items for discussion will be the upcoming Halloween Activities, Reflections Contest, Annual Budget, and the PTA Bylaws.

John McGee, Computer Science Teacher, will be the guest speaker of the evening.

Door prizes will be given out and refreshments will be served. PTA meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Monday, Oct. 25, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. and a buffet style dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Awards ceremony will follow. Reservations should be made to Heather McClure at mail@carboncountychamber.org or call (610) 379-5000 by Oct. 20.