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Friday, October 4, 2013

Lansford Council focused a good deal of attention last night on two concerns in the borough's west end, namely the sinkhole repairs and the stadium.

Following more discussion of the pros and cons of giving the stadium to the Panther Valley School District, a second motion passed on a 4-3 vote to give up the stadium only if certain stipulations are met.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Schuylkill County Tax Assessment Appeals Board finished a month of hearings at the courthouse Thursday. In its final days of hearings it ruled on exemption requests as follows:

Friday, October 4, 2013

Hayrides along the Switchback Trail will be offered at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park on weekends during the month of October.

Reservations are required and departure times are 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

For additional information call the park office at (570) 325-3669 or visit the park website at www.mclpark.com.

Friday, October 4, 2013

RJ Heller was encouraged by friends to publish a collection of his writings, which can be found in his new book, "Holding Grace: Prose & Poetry," published by Balboa Press.

"Holding Grace" is a book of prose and poetry that gives voice to all those many moments people have experienced, reanimates life's fondest memories, and in the truest sense, want to hold again. Although the reflections found in this book are personal for Heller, they can be applied universally.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Evans

Tamaqua councilman Dan Evans resigned the remaining three months of his elected term and was then sworn in to fill the remaining term of the late Ken Smulligan (ending 2015) during the borough council's meeting Tuesday night.

In addition, numerous other topics were brought up during the meeting.

In attendance during the meeting were Police Chief Rick Weaver, Mayor Chris Morrison, Solicitor Michael S. Greek, secretary Georgia Depos-DeWire, council president Micah Gursky, borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt and councilmen Brian Connely, Dave Mace, John Trudich and Dan Evans.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kiki Adams, a Pleasant Valley High School senior and member of the Leo and Diversity clubs, came up with the idea of a Penny War to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society. The winner, or loser, will be a teacher who will become PV's first ice cream sundae.

Come Friday, one teacher at Pleasant Valley High School, will be granted the privilege of becoming its first human ice cream sundae.

Why, you might ask?

Kiki Adams, a PVHS senior and a member of the Leo Club and the Diversity Club, is only too happy to explain.

Last year hope came to PV in the form of an unorganized movement to spread hope and positivity throughout the district and community through acts of kindness and spreading the message.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rebecca Anglemyer, a PVHS senior and president of the Drama Club; Lydia Shank, Musical Theater president; and Nathaniel Rhodes, a member also, presented a thank-you letter to the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors on behalf of the Drama Club and Musical Theater.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

In response to complaints from visitors to the Borough of Palmerton, the borough council has initiated a street sign program replacing the metal signs with new fiberglass signs which are easier to read.

Barry Scherer, chairman of the council's Streets and Sidewalks Committee, said it has been several years since the signs have been replaced.

The program, which includes 50 intersections, is costing $2,000 this year.

Scherer said it will take at least two years until all the new signs are erected.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Members of the Andreas VFW Post 5069 will meet Tues., Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the West Penn Annex on Municipal Road in West Penn. The Last Man's Club will follow at 7:30 p.m. FMI: Call Eugene Schaffer at (570) 386-3224.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be holding a meeting for all teams and committee members this coming Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Tamaqua, 105 W. Broad Street. The meeting is open to all Relay participants and anyone wishing to get involved.