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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Edward Conarty Jr. of Lehighton Monday night alleged that Lehighton borough is losing money on its operation of the borough annex by not charging rent on "any common area" and not having leases which are consistent.

Borough Council members disputed Conarty's claims, but one councilman agreed to review the allegations. Dale Traupman, chairman of the streets, buildings, and codes committee, said he will have a report on his findings next month.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Lehighton Athletic Booster Club would like to construct a building complete with a wrestling room, basketball court, and refreshment stand at Baer Memorial Park.

At the present time it is only a proposal, but club president Frank Bortnick asked borough council if it would consider providing a piece of ground at Baer Memorial for the project. He said the concept involves possibly a 140-by-100 or 120-by-120 foot structure.

The council took no formal action on the proposal, except for councilman Darry Arner stating, "Possibly we could work together."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lansford needs to have an ordinance in place barring the use of biosolids - commonly known as sludge - in the community, Tommy Vadyak of borough council's Public Safety Committee said Monday.

He hopes that if Lansford adopts such an ordinance, surrounding communities will follow suit to the material, the byproduct of domestic and commercial sewage and wastewater treatment, out of the area.

Council may discuss the matter when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the borough's community center at 1 W. Ridge St.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Hundreds of anxious onlookers filled the street of New Philadelphia on Sunday to watch the borough's 16th annual Halloween Parade. The parade is organized yearly by the New Philadelphia Community Organization (NPCO). Costumes and floats varied from scarecrows, zombies,fairies and even clouds.A numberof bands also took part in the parade, to include the Pottsville AreaHigh School Band and The Shoreliners. All marchers and floats were judged for three places in eight categories. This year's judges were MaryAnn Kane, Terry Mansell and AnnMarie Keyes.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Tamaqua Salvation Army is sponsoring a Christmas "Boot Camp" to help people prepare for the busy holidays ahead. Topics to be covered include: gift giving, keeping to a budget, cookie/dessert planning, Christmas cards, decorating ideas, establishing holiday traditions, handmade gift items and more.

The weekly "camp" will begin Oct. 28 and continue Thursday evenings through Dec. 9. Camps will be held, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Community Center, 105 W. Broad St.

For more information, or to register, call (570) 668-0410.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Seitz Bros. held a ribbon cutting for its new facility at 83 Claremont Avenue, on the Hometown Hill (Route 309). Participating in the ceremony were, from left, Susan Fegley, vice president, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce; Marie Skripnek, administrative assistant, Rush Township; Stephen W. Simchak, Rush Township Supervisors Chairman; Maureen Donovan, Tamaqua Chamber secretary; Tom McArdle, Seitz Bros. manager; founders Kathryn and Edward Seitz; Brian Seitz, president; Lorraine Schock, office manager; Kylie Seitz, Brian's wife; Mary Beth and Andrew Zulic, Seitz family friends; Jim Hearity, manager, Tannersville branch; and Amanda Kalce, Tamaqua Chamber administrative assistant. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

In 1975, Edward and Kathryn Seitz started their pest control business out of their home with one customer.

Since then, Seitz Bros. has expanded to three facilities, including its new headquarters at 83 Claremont Avenue (Route 309), Hometown, and now employs 75 full-time and 15 part-time employees.

The new 3,000 square-foot facility on the Hometown hill employs 35 and held an official ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Oct. 22, with family and friends in attendance, as well as representatives of Rush Township's Board of Supervisors and the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A New Ringgold man pleaded guilty to driving under the influence ((DUI) of alcohol and a Coaldale man to to harassment and were among 15 defendants sentenced in Schuylkill County court.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Monday at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. From left are, David Althouse, board chairman; Jane Kohler, recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award; Dan Kunkle, 2010 Citizen of the Year; Anna Strohl, President of the Palmerton Exchange Club, accepting the Citizen of the Year; and Jack Sturm, board member and master of ceremonies.

After a hearty welcome from David Althouse, chairman of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, the chamber honored Dan Kunkle as the 2010 Citizen of the Year during its annual dinner Monday at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Jack Sturm, board member, served as master of ceremonies.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Tamaqua Zoning Hearing Board met Monday night to determine the request for variance for Eleanor Arner, 16 East Elm St. Arner requested that she be allowed to enclose a porch attached to the rear of her residence to expand her living space. The permit request was initially denied on the grounds that it required special exception; however, zoning board solicitor Joseph Matika said that after reviewing the ordinance, he determined that it was actually a permitted use and did not require the exception. The board accepted Matika's finding.

Monday, October 25, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Fifteen-month-old Willow Schlegel of Lansford finds the Lansford Halloween Parade too tiring to stay awake while participating in the march with her mother.

Renee Slakoper said it best summing up the Halloween parade and party held Saturday afternoon in Lansford:

"Great weather. Great kids. Great show."

The parade had four divisions. Afterwards, children were treated to refreshments in a party held on Ridge Street in the business section of the community.

Slakoper was coordinator of the parade, which was sponsored by Lansford Alive. Judges were Bob Silver, Sue Solt and Robert Gaughan.

"It's for the kids and the kids always have a great time," summed up Slakoper of the day's events.