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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Summit Hill Borough Council last night hired a Catasauqua firm to repair the heating and air conditioning system at the borough's fire station.

ASL Mechanical will do the work at a cost of $9,200.

The council said it asked three firms for bids for the work. A second company quoted a figure of $9,900 and the third firm didn't respond.

Councilman Michael Alabovitz said that the work is basically replacing the entire system in the office areas of the fire company.

"We will replace the whole thing," he said. "It's shot."

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Palmerton Area Historical Society is looking for lady's-and-men's antique hats. "Antique" means anything 50 years or older. These hats, hat boxes, pins, etc. will be used in the display room at the Heritage Center.

An open house will be held on Sunday, April 28, in the Center. Please label any item loaned to the Center and, if possible, any information you may have about the item. An accompanying photo of someone wearing the hat would be appreciated.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A pair of bills from two different contractors for the new garage caused some questions that Mahoning Township supervisors want answered before they are paid since both seem to be more than the amounts agreed to when the building committee met with them at the pre-construction and bid meetings.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) – A northeastern Pennsylvania military base says it will lay off more than 400 civilian contract workers.

Tobyhanna Army Depot in Monroe County said Monday that layoffs will begin Friday and continue through the end of April.

Tobyhanna blames some of the layoffs on decreased workload from the end of the war in Iraq. Officials say the budget impasse in Washington is also playing a role.

The Army installation has previously announced plans to furlough more than 5,000 employees.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District continues to await a $245,000 reimbursement it's owed from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for a construction project.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, informed the school board on Monday that the state governor plans to extend the reimbursement moratorium to school districts by another year.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

An elementary principal in the Northern Lehigh School District will retire from her position later this month.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to accept the retirement resignation of Slatington Elementary Principal Dr. Linda Marcincin, effective March 28, 2013.

Marcincin will retire from the district after 19 years of service. She was named building principal in 2004.

Superintendent Michael Michaels announced that Scott Pyne, who had most recently served as assistant principal at the high school, has been named acting principal at Slatington Elementary.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A sudden red flash of light was seen in the sky this evening by everybody who was on the street at the time in most of the area, including Mauch Chunk. It was an explosion of powder. The explosion took place at the mill of H. Dwight Laflin in the Quakake Valley, just above Hartz's. About 2,000 kegs, or over 6,000 pounds, of powder, went up in a flash. There were no workmen about, and the fact that the fire was discovered about a half hour before flames reached the kegs gave everyone time to get safely away from the blast. The flames originated in the charcoal pulverizer.

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The 21st century is vast with opportunities traditional careers, evolving careers, and careers yet to come in fields of electronics, health, technology and so many more. But these opportunities will only be open to those man and women who are prepared.

At Carbon County Career and Technical Institute, men and women are being prepared for these 21st-century opportunities for in this 21st century, there no longer are jobs for men, and jobs for women only jobs for the well prepared.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Carbon County Fair monthly board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Community Room (ground floor) located at 211 North 12th Street, Lehighton.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua police, with the assistance of Rush Township and Coaldale police, helped in the capture of a Coaldale man who allegedly assaulted and robbed a Bloomsburg student early Sunday morning. Pictured is a Bloomsburg University (BU) police car outside the Tamaqua Police Department. BU officers spent a couple hours interviewing the alleged robber and other individuals who were in the car with him.

Wearing an "I (leaf) weed" T-shirt, Trevor Christman, 19, of Coaldale, was taken into district court Sunday afternoon after allegedly punching a random Bloomsburg University student in the face and stealing his smart phone.

Bloomsburg University (BU) spokesperson Rosalee Rush said that police and dispatchers used an Internet phone tracking program the student had put on his cell phone to track it's location.