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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
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A young man escaped serious injury Tuesday evening when he lost control of his car and struck a home in Palmerton. The crash occurred near 5:30 p.m. as he was traveling west on Mauch Chunk Road. He apparently lost control swerving to the left, mounting the sidewalk impacting with the front porch of a home at 876 Mauch Chunk Road. The Palmerton Fire Department responded to the scene.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Commonwealth Court has affirmed a lower-court ruling in favor of the Panther Valley Education Association on behalf of a temporary professional employee whose contract was not renewed.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The former soap factory at 401 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, rises behind the bleachers at the Panther Valley football stadium. The Panther Valley School District bought the building at a tax sale in May and is now clearing out containers of chemicals with the help of a contractor for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

A hazardous materials contractor for the state Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday began work to clear chemicals various acids, hydrogen peroxide and other materials from a former industrial soap factory in Lansford, now owned by the Panther Valley School District.

The company, AECOM of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, "will be placing the drums in containers, sampling and then staging the drums for re-use or removal. This will take several weeks," said DEP spokesman Mark Carmon.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
PRNewsFoto/Jewish News Services World's largest Hanukkah Menorah at Central Park, New York City, designed by Yaacov Agam, and sponsored by the Lubavitch Youth Organization, is lighted every weekday evening at 5:30.

For Jews around the world, the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah begins this evening at sundown.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is a celebration of joy. All signs of sadness are avoided and there is to be no fasting. At funerals, eulogies are omitted.

Typical celebrations include the giving of gifts on each day of Hanukkah. Traditional foods served during the season include latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts), which are fried in oil.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

State Representative Jerry Knowles of Tamaqua (R-Berks/Schuylkill) released the following statement concerning the automatic cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) Pennsylvania lawmakers and other officials are scheduled to receive on Dec. 1:

"A law which passed in 1995 provides Pennsylvania lawmakers, judges and other state officials with a cost-of-living increase based on the Consumer Price Index. This year, that increase is 1.7 percent.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Pine Grove woman involved in manufacturing methamphetamine in a Pine Grove home which went wrong when chemicals exploded causing a fire which damaged several adjoining buildings, received a long jail term and was ordered to pay an astronomical restittution payment as indicated in the sentence imposed in Schuylkill County court.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

An analysis of income and expenditures of Carbon County school districts by the State Department of Education shows that for the school year 1976-76, school districts of the county apparently kept spending below income - something that many counties cannot boast. For example, during the school year, the county's school districts enjoyed an "income," which is, general fund reciepts of $13,190,994, while expenditures amounted to $12,721,779. Income from state sources total more than $6.5 million.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will meet Monday, Dec. 6, at the Lehigh Carbon Community College's Morgan Center in Tamaqua The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 104/105 and is open to all participants and anyone interested in getting involved.

Committee members will meet early, at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER Both Gabrielle Augustine, left and Stephanie Augustine, right, won first places in their age categories in the Pennsylvania state competition of Make It With Wool contest. Both will have their outfits entered in Nationals.

Gabrielle and Stephanie Augustine of Palmerton have stitched up another Pennsylvania "Make It With Wool" competition held in Somerset on Oct. 16.

Both young ladies won first place in their respective categories which qualifies them to enter the national competition to be held January 2011 in Reno, Nevada.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski today invited the public to be involved in the agency's effort to be reaccredited by a leading law enforcement organization.

Being accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA, indicates a law enforcement agency is providing the highest level of police service to the public, the commissioner said.