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Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Chestnuthill Township supervisors approved, 3-0, a union wage agreement for 2014.

Supervisor chairman Chuck Gould said that the township has a five-year contract in place since 2010 with a 1.25 percent cost of living increase, which is an average of the Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Social Security.

"This is not a raise. This is a Cost of Living increase," Gould specified.

In other township business:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dr. Susan M. Featro, a teacher in the Tamaqua Area School District, will perform a concert of holiday music on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., in Tamaqua. The concert is a benefit for the Tamaqua Community Arts Center and the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, which funds special projects in the Tamaqua Area School District. Featro is excited to perform her second holiday concert as a benefit for the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, as she is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School. She is also excited to support the arts in the community where she lives.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The state Department of Transportation is keeping an eye on the sky and gearing up to tackle the season's first storm, anticipated to dump a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain on our area throughout the weekend.

Forecasts were mixed as of early Thursday, with various weather sources predicting varying amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The ninth annual Christmas in the Country event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8, at Country Inn and Suites, Route 209, in Franklin Township.

Everyone is invited to drop off a new unwrapped toy for the toy drive or canned goods for the food drive.

There will be numerous activities taking place throughout the day, as well as complimentary cookies, punch and coffee. Santa will visit during the event.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
BRCC closes doors officially

Just shy of a century old, Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton is officially closed.

In a letter emailed to the club's golf and social members Wednesday morning, the club's executive committee announced that the course and all property has been closed to everyone as of this past Sunday.

"Due to insurance liability, unauthorized people may not access the property; not to golf, hit balls or even to simply walk around," the letter states. "No Trespassing signs will be posted Thursday morning, and First Northern Bank will be monitoring and dealing with any trespassing issues."

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will hold its annual Holiday Dinner followed by its annual meeting, including election of officers, at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Fireline Hotel in Bowmanstown.

The club will also be making a presentation to honor Rep. Matt Cartwright in appreciation for his first year of public service representing the 17th Congressional District in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A study to determine the future of gambling in Pennsylvania is in the cards: the state Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for the work by a 47-1 vote.

The resolution, proposed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati III, R-Jefferson County, will examine the current state of gaming, and help decide whether and how the 2004 Gaming Act should be changed to give Pennsylvania a leg up in the competition for gambling dollars.

The changes may include allowing online gambling.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton, will again offer an annual candle lighting service to remember children who are gone too soon. The second Sunday in December of each year is designated as "Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day." It is a time to commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died at any age from any cause.

On that day, at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8 Zion U.C.C. will host a program that will include reading, music and candle lighting, along with the opportunity to recognize children's, siblings' and grandchildren's names.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Hometown Garden Club was the recipient of the most ribbon awards at the recent Schuylkill County Garden Clubs Christmas Show and Room Decorating Competition held in Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall Tamaqua.

The Pottsville Garden Club took first honors for the best color coordinated room. Hometown Garden Club was awarded the second prize ribbon and the South Schuylkill Garden Club was awarded the blue ribbon for the best of show arrangement.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tamaqua's 2014 budget is a done deal. Council voted 4-0 to approve the tentative budget, which includes a 1.5 mill tax hike, the borough's first in four years. Councilmen Dan Evans and John Trudich were not present.

The budget includes approximately $3.5 million in spending from the general fund and a total expenditure of approximately $7.6 million.