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Thursday, May 15, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, the finance committee of the Tamaqua School Board recommended a 2014-15 budget which includes a slight increase of 0.93, less than a full mill. The school board is expected to approve the budget during next week's meeting.

The projected expenses for the 2014-15 budget are $28.7 million with total revenue estimated at $26.3 million. The beginning fund balance will be $5 million; but at the end of the 2014-15 year the fund balance will be reduced to $2.4 million.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jacobi Zigarski, 11, does homework with his mother, Rachael Kattner, of Lehighton, while younger brother Billy, 2, watches. Jacobi has a speech problem known as apraxia, which makes it difficult for him to speak.

Eleven-year-old Jacobi Zigarski looks like your typical youngster.

He's good-looking, clean and has a ready smile although sheepish, with a reason.

Jacobi finds it difficult to communicate. He has a condition called apraxia, which makes it difficult for him to speak.

He is a fifth-grader at Lehighton Area Middle School. Although he has been struggling with the speech defect virtually all his life, it was a speech therapist in Franklin Township Elementary School who first diagnosed his condition last year.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It was incorrectly stated in Wednesday's Times News that the truck which spilled coal onto Route 209 in Lansford was owned by Lehigh Anthracite.

Lehigh Anthracite did the cleanup on Route 209 but it wasn't one of its trucks.

The truck from which the coal spilled was owned by a Nesquehoning firm. The name of the company wasn't available.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tamaqua's observance of Armed Forces Week will be climaxed this evening with a gigantic military parade, featuring Army, Navy and Marine troops and equipment along with military musical organizations.

The parade will move promptly at 7 o'clock from the extreme west end of Broad Street eastward, disbanding at Maff's garage at the extreme east end of the community.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Weissport Recreation Committee will hold its annual giant yard sale at 9 a.m. May 24. The rain date is May 25.

There will be over a hundred vendors selling a variety of household items, baby items, toys and furniture.

Anyone who wants to donate baked goods can drop them off that morning or call Tammy Solt at 610-377-4147.

Vendor setup time is 7 a.m. Spaces are available.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Defendants scheduled for preliminary hearings before District Judge Colleen Mancuso last week opted to wait for formal hearings in Monroe County Court.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Special to the times news

Beltzville Lions presented a $100 donation to the LehightonMemorial Library. President Jim Logue presented the donationto Becky Wanamaker, librarian. The club also donated fundsto Weissport Recreation Committee in support of the recent egg hunt. The club will also be serving a meal to the needy families

in June at Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lansford borough is looking for a new insurance carrier.

Philadelphia Indemnity, which carries the combined policy for property, auto, equipment floater, crime and general liability, informed the borough it is dropping its coverage.

Borough council President Martin Ditsky said there have been 20 claims against the insurance company in the past three years, prompting the cancellation.

A civil case of Vazza versus the borough of Lansford was the main reason for nonrenewal, according to council. No other details of the case were available.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

To help the Valor Clinic Foundation of Brodheadsville fund its new homeless and recovery center in Polk Township, West End Rotary President Debbie Borger, right, presents a $2,500 donation to Valor's Mark Baylis. The money will help to fund the Maj. Paul Syverson Veterans Sanctuary at the former Hotel Jonas, as well as outreach programs for homeless veterans. The shelter will provide housing, supervision and basic and job-search skills for up to 15 people at a time.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Penn Forest

Penn Forest Township Tax Collector is now located in lower level of township building at 2010 Route 903 in Jim Thorpe.

Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. Please drive around the building to the lower level for access.

Please note there is zero millage for municipal taxes for 2014.