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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The erection of a garage and addition of a carport are scheduled to come before the Palmerton Borough Zoning Hearing Board.

In the first case, George Hoagland, of Easton, will go before the zoners at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in search of a variance to erect a garage for residential purposes on a piece of vacant land along Gorman Avenue.

Hoagland wants to erect a 24-by-24-foot garage on a piece of vacant land located along an unimproved section of Gorman Avenue near Edgemont Avenue in the west end of town. The property is located in a Planned Development zoning district.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Anthony Delonti, representative of the American Lung Association, presented radon test kits to sixth grade students at Lehighton Area Middle School. The kits test radon and give results for free.

Sixth grade students at Lehighton Area Middle School will soon know if their home is filled with radon gas.

Approximately 200 students and their teachers recently received a free radon test kit from Anthony Delonti, representative of the American Lung Association. Delonti said that the ALA receives a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection each year to provide the kits and pays for testing.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Last fall, the Tamaqua Area Middle School began the process of acquiring accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The process known as Accreditation for Growth, or AFG, began with the formation of a planning team. The planning team was composed of parents, teachers, students, community members, Tamaqua Area School Board members and administration.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Palmerton Area School District announces that students will not attend school on Monday, Oct. 11, due to a teacher in-service day.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Clerk of Courts Stephen Lukach, whose office at the Schuylkill County Courthuouse is the collector of court costs in criminal cases, reported the state Supreme Court has offered a "e-Pay", a Web based application for state's criminal case management system that allows defendants to make court payments via the Internet with a credit or debit card.

Lukach reported, "The new feature allows the public to securely pay court financial obligations by way of the Internet, eliminating the need to visit the clerk of court's office at the courthouse in Pottsville or mail a check."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Under public comment on Oct. 4 East Penn Township supervisors heard that one of the plumbers on the township list is not connecting laterals properly.

Terry Terray said the plumber, Walter Kuronyi of Mertztown, won't even talk to her. He says he wants to talk to the boss even though she lives alone and has been there for 33 years.

He knocked a wall down in her yard though he has started to fix it. She said it looks like a bomb hit her yard.

She has gone to District Judge Bruce Appleton and did as he suggested.

A certified letter was accepted by the plumber.

Monday, October 4, 2010
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamra Veronsky and Pierce Grim stop at the Scrub Station for a lesson in good handwashing from Antonia Vazquez, a CNA at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital.

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital opened its doors to the community for a celebration and health fair on Saturday, continuing the 100 year tradition of providing education and service to local residents. "This community celebration is our way of giving back to the community," said Andrea Visnosky, St. Luke's director of marketing and public relations. "We have something to appeal to everyone."

Monday, October 4, 2010
LARRY NEFF/TIMES NEWS Firefighters stand outside sports complex at the Galleria in Lake Harmony on Friday morning after a propane gas explosion occurred. One person was inside the structure at the time and had minor injuries, it was reported.

A violent explosion Friday morning heavily damaged the sports complex at the Galleria resort and convention center in Lake Harmony.

The propane explosion sent a "ball of fire" that flew past a man working at the bowling alley at the time, said Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph C. Lennon. He said part of the man's face was singed, but he declined medical transport.

The blast occurred at about 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Nobody else was in the complex, which is located behind the hotel rooms of the Galleria.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The 48th annual Shower of Roses in Nesquehoning, the largest such event in the state which pays tribute to Saint Therese, again attracted thousands of Catholic worshipers. Rev. Msgr. Agnello Angelini, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, sponsor of the event, said 37 busloads of people attended, some as far away a Syracuse and Utica, N.Y.

Monday, October 4, 2010
Desrosiers

Carbon County's veterans affairs director has been named to a state advisory council.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board announced that Henry Desrosiers has been appointed by Gov. Edward Rendell to the advisory council for the Gino Merli Veterans' Center.

Commissioner William O'Gurek said he was proud of Desrosiers' accomplishment.