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Friday, October 28, 2011

Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) Thursday praised the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare for identifying and removing 113,000 former beneficiaries who are either ineligible, deceased or have left the state.

Closing these 113,000 cases is estimated to save taxpayers $25.1 million. Argall, who served as Chairman of last year's Senate Government Management and Cost Study Commission, applauded the efforts of the new leadership at the helm of DPW.

Friday, October 28, 2011

It appears as though residents who live in Palmerton will see no increase in their property tax rates next year.

Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to advertise for adoption the 2012 budget at its Dec. 8 meeting.

If council were to approve a budget with no increase, it would leave the millage rate unchanged at 8.27 mills.

That would mean the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, would again pay $413.50 in property taxes to the borough next year.

Friday, October 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman was injured Thursday afternoon when involved in a crash along Maury Road in Penn Forest Township. The crash occurred at 12:35 p.m. as the vehicle was being operated east. For some unknown reason the driver lost control with the car swerving to the left, crossing the roadway leaving the north berm impacting with a tree. It was unknown if the victim was the driver of the car. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Friday, October 28, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith, left, and Officer Timothy Wuttke, right, pass out trick-or-treat bags and coloring books to students at Panther Valley Elementary School Thursday morning as Officer Tom Kurtz, in background, prepares more bags. The event is sponsored by Kovatch Corporation and will supply around 600 students from kindergarten through third grades with the educational material.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) announced low-income and fixed-income residents may apply for Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning on Nov. 1. LIHEAP offers a lifeline for residents unable to heat their homes.

"Home heating costs are sure to rise as we approach the winter months," said Argall. "Unfortunately, we have seen too many devastating headlines about the cold weather claiming the lives of local residents due to expensive home heating costs. This program protects our most vulnerable residents."

Friday, October 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Hometown Nursing and rehabilitation Center held their 4th annual Safe Trick or Treat event at their center Thursday night. Over 60 children dressed in costume as they received free candy, food and drinks from residents and staff of the center. Jennifer Zimmerman, center administrator and event organizer, stated her appreciation to all the staff and volunteers who help every year with the program. Receiving candy from resident Sharon Bloszinsky, dressed as a pumpkin cat, are trick or treaters Andrew Dziczek, 4, as Spiderman; Amaris Means, 5, as a butterfly fairy; and Blake Roberts, 4, as a skeleton.

The Hometown Nursing and rehabilitation Center held their 4th annual Safe Trick or Treat event at their center Thursday night. Over 60 children dressed in costume as they received free candy, food and drinks from residents and staff of the center.

Friday, October 28, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has announced its Students of the Month for September. Students of the Month for September are from left to right, Cassity Dixon, grade 6; Aaron Rohlfing, grade 7; and Huntre Keip, grade 8. Certificates of Achievement were presented to each student as well as gift cards in recognition of their achievement.

Friday, October 28, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Stettner and Marilyn Kaul hold the picture board with the 20 architectural details that are located along Main Street, between Slatington and Walnutport.

Future Focus, the Historic Preservation and Tourism Taskforce of Northern Lehigh is sponsoring a contest called "I Spy."

They posted 20 close-up pictures of architectural details that are part of a larger structure, which are all located along Main Street between Slatington and Walnutport. Contestants are required to identify and reveal the location where each detail is located.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Magisterial District Judges Casimir Kosciolek and Bruce F. Appleton were again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work.

Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg.

Friday, October 28, 2011
AP Photo/Henry Doktorski Swami Bhaktipada is seen in a 2008 photo provided by Henry Doktorski. A biographer for the disgraced former leader of a Hare Krishna community in West Virginia, Doktorski, says Bhaktipada has died in India. He was 74.

Few things have united the local community together Republicans and Democrats, the middle class and the poor more than a proposal made in 1987 to turn Flagstaff Mountain into a Hare Krishna community.

The man who instigated the Flagstaff proposal was Swami Bhaktipada, who preached that the intent of a previous Hare Krishna leader was to "build seven temples on seven hills," and who had taken over as the leader of the American Hare Krishnas. He wanted one of the hills for one of his temples to be the Flagstaff.

The Swami never had his dream materialize.