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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Panther Valley Pre-Kindergarten Summer School will be held at the Panther

Valley Elementary School. This program is designed to help the kindergarten students gain a positive attitude toward school and to become familiar with their new school.

Classes will be held 9:00 - 11:30 A.M., Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 23, 2010.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Do members of Lehighton Borough Council listen to their constituents?

One councilman wants to prove they do. Dale Traupman, suggested that he and his peers stage informal "neighborhood meetings" to talk with residents and hear their concerns.

The rest of the council agreed and as a result, initially three such neighborhood meetings will be scheduled. Traupman said the dates and locations haven't been determined but will be announced.

He said the meetings might be at the Community Grove, borough park, and maybe even some place on the Heights section.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Beatrice Waibel and Elmer Frantz strolled around at St. Matthew's UCC's car show on Sunday, June 20, held in the church's picnic grove in Kunkletown. They stopped to admire this 1951 Ford Victoria owned by Jack Sherwood of Cresco. It was one of 147 cars entered.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Beatrice Waibel and Elmer Frantz strolled around at St. Matthew's UCC's car show on Sunday, June 20, held in the church's picnic grove in Kunkletown. They stopped to admire this 1951 Ford Victoria owned by Jack Sherwood of Cresco. It was one of 147 cars entered.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The North Central Regional DUI Program have announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted during the weeks of June 28 through July 12, throughout Carbon County.

Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911. To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Frey property at 1325 Orioles Drive, Mahoning Township

A contaminated well, feral cats, loose predatory dogs and piles of garbage are just a few of the complaints a group of neighbors heaped on supervisors at Monday night's Mahoning Township meeting.

For a decade and a half neighbors have tried to make the best of dealing with problems at a property at 1325 Orioles Drive, but things have finally gotten so out of hand on so many levels, according to neighbors, that even people close to a mile away are affected by the conditions and behavior of the property owner.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A former Slatington borough manager who was fired last year has sued borough officials over the incident.

Herb Pfeiffer filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month against borough officials one year after he was terminated from the position.

Pfeiffer was terminated on a 6-0 vote by borough council at a workshop session in May of 2009. Hired Sept. 15, 2008, Pfeiffer replaced former borough manager John Kasten, who resigned from the position in March of 2008.

Contacted Monday, Pfeiffer declined to comment on the lawsuit, as did borough solicitor Edmund J. Healy.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Joe and Cindy Sabol, left, and Nancy and Tony Paul, right, share happy moments at a church social with the Rev. James Burdess.

A joint celebration earlier this month in Summit Hill underscored the fortune of Catholics having the services of a clergyman these days, when parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church in that community paused to recognize their pastor, the Rev. James Burdess.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The trench where a Tamaqua plumber was buried alive Monday after the wall caved in.

Daniel Riegel, owner of Daniel Riegel Plumbing & Heating of Tamaqua, was injured Monday morning when he was buried in dirt after a wall of a trench caved in on him at a construction site.

The incident occurred just after 10 a.m. at 512 Lombard St., Tamaqua.

Reports from the scene indicate Riegel was working in the deep trench when the south wall caved in after being weakened by recent heavy rains.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Naturalist Robin Tracey invites area residents to join him for a hike on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake on Saturday, July 10.

The trail is four miles in length and features difficult terrain. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a great view of the forest below. Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail created by a local Eagle Scout.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and able to get along with other pets and people.