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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Council members from Coaldale and Lansford will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss whether they want to sell the boroughs' water system operations to a private company.

The meeting will be held at Coaldale's borough hall on Third Street.

Lansford council has been asking for months for Coaldale to agree to schedule the meeting. On Tuesday, Coaldale Councilman Joe Hnat broached the subject, but wanted it to be closed to the public.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lansford council president Adam Webber can't use the state's Right-to-Know law to get access to audio tapes of meetings made by a colleague, the borough's solicitor said.

Responding to a Right-to-Know Act request filed by Webber on Sept. 21, solicitor Michael Greek wrote on Sept. 29 that Webber cannot use the law to obtain personal recordings or notes.

The Right-to-Know law protects peoples' ability to access and obtain public records held by government agencies.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Carbon County man who admitted to firing several gun shots into his neighbor's home will have his case heard in Carbon County Court.

Daniel Kleintop, 38, of Lehighton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on charges of discharge of a firearm onto an occupied structure, a felony three; criminal mischief, and two counts of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor two.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
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It's Fire Prevention Week and Chelsea Archer, a Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. firefighter, explains to Dominick Desario, 7 and his brother, Christian, 4, what some of all the bells and whistles are on a fire truck at the company's Fire Safety Day.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

PA State Reps. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) and Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Hanover Elementary School, 3890 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem, to provide the latest information on the debate over school property taxes. The members will be presenting a Power Point presentation which show the history of the issue, as well as updating constituents on the challenges facing the state Legislature in attempting to reduce or eliminate school property taxes. A question and answer session will follow.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Friends of the Library, Janet Serfass, left, and Sharon Jadick, right, were selling tickets for the Western Pocono Community Library's "Taste of Fall" at the First National Bank of Palmerton in Gilbert. All proceeds will benefit the library.

The Western Pocono Community Library is cordially inviting everyone to a first time savory event. "A Taste of Fall" will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the library, which is located on Pilgrim Way, off Rt. 115, Brodheadsville (across from Pleasant Valley Middle School.)

This fundraiser is being hosted by local restaurants, businesses and friends so that you may enjoy a sampling of delectable foods and beverages as you walk around the main floor of the library. Music will be available for your listening pleasure.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

West Penn Township is no longer part of the Schuylkill County's non-entitlement communities to receive funds the county receives from the federal government for community development and housing needs, it was announced by Gary Bender, director of the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Bender explained the township no longer needs to compete with other communities to get grants from the county. Pine Grove Township also can also file on its own because of population growth.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

About 20 signs for Republican political candidates have been stolen, according to MaryEllen Salerno, chairwoman of the Carbon County Republican Committee.

She said nearly all were for the commissioners' race.

One sign couldn't be stolen and was destroyed. She said it appears someone backed a vehicle into it.

The matter has been turned into police in Lehighton and Mahoning Township, Salerno said.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Northeast Regional Key and the LEARN coordinators in the Northeast region are collecting new and delicately used books for children, from infant to school-age, to be given to child care programs and families who were hit by the recent floods.

In Carbon County, books can be dropped off at the Jim Thorpe Area School District Administration Building, 410 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, during office hours

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Louise Wentz, a 15-year-old Lehighton Area High School junior, was crowned Miss Engine Company 2 of Lehighton during a program held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week at the fire company. She succeeds Kerry Kester, who has been reigning as Miss Engine Company 2 for the past year. Named runner-up to Miss Wentz was Tracy Jo Harris, 16, also an LAHS junior. Five girls competed for the title.