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Saturday, December 18, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS These three bridges span the Lehigh River in Parryville. The bridge on the left is 56 years old and carries northbound and southbound traffic on the Pa. Turnpike. The other two bridges are in various construction phases. The center one will carry northbound turnpike traffic and is expected to open next fall. The bridge on the right will carry southbound traffic and will open in the spring. Once the center and right bridges are completed, the span on the left will be demolished.

One of the most complex bridge construction projects to occur locally is well past the two-thirds mark in completion.

Four bridges on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania in the vicinity of Parryville have taken shape. Two of the four spans are nearly completed and are expected to be open for traffic by next Spring.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Carbon County Commissioners agreed unanimously that the change in designation of U.S. Route 309 to State Highway Route 29 will have an adverse economic effect upon Carbon County, and the three-man board went on record as strongly opposing the move. (Editor's note: Today the highway is Route 248 in Carbon County, Route 209 from Weissport to Nesquehoning, and Route 93 from Nesquehoning to Weatherly).

Friday, December 17, 2010

It could cost Palmerton just over $8.1 million - or about $1.5 million less than anticipated - to rehabilitate its wastewater treatment plant.

Borough Council received the good news on Thursday from borough Manager Rodger Danielson, who said the bids opened earlier in the day were "very tight."

"To be that close is really a pretty good testament of the engineer specs," Danielson said. "We estimated about $9.7 million."

When all is said and done, Danielson said the plant will likely cost the borough a good deal less than what it had expected.

Friday, December 17, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students and staff at the Panther Valley High School helped needy families in the area by collecting food donations for the Salvation Army, as well as participating and purchasing gifts for less fortunate children in the area via the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program. Pictured with some of their food and toy donations from left are teacher's aide Kathy Santore, student Tylar Thompson, 15, special education teacher Holly Guedes, and student Justin Michlovsky, 18. Students and staff plan on doing this every year.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Twenty zoning permits were issued by the Schuylkill County Zoning Office in November with the estimated construction cost set at $510,615 and fees received totaled $3,465. Permits were issued to the following:

David and Julee Bott, North Union Township, for an addition to the rear of their building for $32,000; Mark T. and Paula M. Davis, Barry Township, pole building, $15,000; David Schaeffer, Reilly Township, roof and three walls attached to existing garage, $200; MIchele Hutton, North Union Township, replace porch roof, $3,825; Mark Hutsko, Cass Township, rear porch, $4,000.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Palmerton couple may convert an existing garage on their property into a guesthouse.

The borough's Zoning Hearing Board unanimously agreed on Michael and Tara Pritchard a special exception and a variance to convert their garage, located at the rear of their property at 875 Delaware Avenue, into a dwelling.

There was no public opposition to the plan, said zoner Michael Bloomfield.-

In October, the board, after about a 40-minute recess, on a 2-0 vote agreed to grant the couple another continuance. Zoning board Chairman Gary Curran was absent at that meeting.

Friday, December 17, 2010
Carolyn's Quilt Shop, 109 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua, is participating in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. Holding some of the 110 pillowcases made and collected by the shop are, from left, Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce; Judy Hoppes, Cancer Control Specialist, American Cancer Society; Carolyn Letzo, shop owner; and Judy Snyder, employee. Some of the other pillowcases are displayed in the background. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Carolyn's Quilt Shop, 109 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, is participating in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge.

Carolyn Letzo, owner of the shop, said she found out about the challenge on the Internet and has been participating in it since March.

The One Million Pillowcase Challenge is sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting. The Challenge is to make and collect one million pillowcases, which are to be donated to various charities.

The slogan for the Challenge is "Make a Pillowcase, Make a Difference."

Friday, December 17, 2010

State Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124) has announced that he will continue to operate his Tamaqua District Office at 237 W. Broad St.

Knowles shares the Tamaqua office with State Senator David Argall (R-29), who occupied it prior to taking his senate seat two years ago.

Knowles moved in after he was elected to replace Argall in the 12th District, which includes eastern Schuylkill and northern Berks counties.

Friday, December 17, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS New members were inducted into Panther Valley High School's National Honor Society. From the left front are, Amy Yusella, Brittany Cunfer, Courtney Lazar, Stephanie Kachelries, and Ashley Miller. Seoond row, Lyndsay Kusko, Zackary King, Zackary Collevechio, Christina Micholik, and Jacinda Ruzicka. Back row, Deanna Focht, Christopher Albertini, Nathaniel Matthewson, William Stalgaitis, and Brandon Gurka.

The prestigious National Honor Society Induction was held at Panther Valley High School under the advisorship of faculty member Richard Morgans.

Morgans opened the program with the lighting of the Eternal Knowledge Candle and reciting the poem in which the new inductees are likened to that candle. He said "Tonight we recognize a special group of students who like that candle have grown since their freshman year. They are ready to embark into an elite organization - ready to shine brighter than others in their school and community.

Friday, December 17, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to Right, Legislative Chairperson Tucker Landon, speaker Cathy Frankenberg, President Linda Christman.

The Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) recently held their November meeting at the Inn in Jim Thorpe. Special guest speaker was Cathy Frankenberg of Clean Water Action, a national citizens' organization working for clean, safe, and affordable water, and prevention of health-threatening pollution.

Cathy spoke to the group about Marcellus Shale gas drilling and the affect it could have on the environment. She pointed out that "we are all downstream" and that even though the drilling is not done in the Lehigh Valley area, it has the potential to impact our water supply.