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Friday, May 24, 2013

Franklin Township supervisors fear their sweet recycling deal might not be free if residents continue to contaminate the site.

Last year, Carbon County Commissioners announced they were closing down the "Blue Bin" recycling program, which would leave Franklin Township residents in the lurch who had relied on the blue bins to recycle their paper, glass and metal. The program effectively held down costs for solid waste collections since Franklin Township hauls its own trash.

Rod Green, chairman, said that the new township recycling containers are experiencing contamination.

Friday, May 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Rescue Squad members Ed Haldeman and Nathan Bowman raise a new American and state flag in prelude to the Memorial Day weekend.

Tamaqua Rescue Squad members Ed Haldeman and Nathan Bowman raise a new American and state flag in prelude to the Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Tamaqua woman was among seven defendants who received hearings before Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court from summary convictions by magisterial district judges. Domalakes handed down rulings as follows:

Judith Vacula, 42, Rear 320 E. Broad St., lost her appeal as the judge found her guilty of parking her vehicle in a traffic lane at the Walmart parking lot in Rush Township and the fine and costs imposed by a district judge stands consisitng of a $50 fine plus $59 in costs.

Friday, May 24, 2013

At the latest Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting, there was discussion regarding proposed movement of 7th and 8th grade students from the Jim Thorpe Area Senior High School to the L. B. Morris Elementary School.

During public comment one person asked about the proposed movement of the 7th and 8th graders and the possible movement of the L. B. Morris Pre- Kindergarten (Pre-K) program. Later on, a parent also voiced concerns about possibly relocating the students.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Jim Thorpe's Fall Foliage Festival Committee will have to pay the full fees to rent the Josiah White Park and adjacent parking lots, Carbon County commissioners ruled Thursday.

All three commissioners on Thursday voted to deny a request by the committee to have the fees reduced to $1.

"We had others request that facility this year, and they had to pay the fee. If we do this for one person or one organization, then we have to do it for the others," said Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein.

Friday, May 24, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS New Panther Valley Elementary School Principal Mary Figura is welcomed by Superintendent Rosemary Porembo at a public meeting Thursday.

Panther Valley School Board on Thursday hired Mary Dugan Figura as elementary school principal.

Figura replaces William Lombardo, who resigned May 12 due to illness. She'll be paid $70,000 for the 2012-2013 school year.

Figura has been interim principal on March 31. She had been serving as principal since Lombardo went on sick leave in Oct. 2012.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Nalesnik called the Allentown Bomb Squad to a property on east Mountaintop Road in Summit Hill Tuesday afternoon after a resident discovered old blasting equipment.

There was no danger, Nalesnik said. The items were initiation devices, used to detonate blasting materials for mining, he said.

"But we didn't want to take a chance," and so called in the bomb squad, which takes the items and safely disposes of them.

Friday, May 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center clients enjoyed doing a number of patriotic crafts recently in celebration of Memorial Day. Pictured, from left, are Florence Koscak of Walker Township, program assistant Ashley Miller of Tuscarora and Bertline Bachert of Lansford.

Friday, May 24, 2013
Competitor Gabe Scott from Palmerton High School prepares to present his speech in the Carbon County Oratory Competition.

Four students from three local schools competed in the annual Carbon County Oratory Competition on Wednesday at Penn's Peak.

The competition consisted of the speeches: "Checking out Library Cuts" by Katelyn Evans of Panther Valley High School, "Gun Violence: Biting the Bullet" by Sammy Hartz of Weatherly Area High School, "The Power of Optimism" by Gabe Scott of Palmerton High School and "Twins" by Any Hudok of Palmerton High School.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Tamaqua Borough Council will hold a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for the New Water Slide at the H. D. Buehler Memorial Pool tomorrow, Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11 a.m.

The water slide is approximately 12 feet high and 60 feet in length and cost $95,000. The project was funded by a $60,000 grant from the John E. Morgan Foundation and $35,000 from the Borough's Community Development Block Grant Program. Rules for the new slide are posted at the pool.