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Friday, October 14, 2011

The Walnutport Borough Council has been working on a new landlord ordinance for a number of months. At Thursday's meeting a summary was provided by Michael Corriere, Solicitor and the ordinance was unanimously passed.

The ordinance requires landlords to keep their tenant occupied dwelling up to code. They must also register with the borough, obtain a license and notify the borough when tenants move either in or out.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Carbon County organization is working toward addressing behavioral issues in schools.

During a recent meeting of the county Child and Family Collaborative, members looked at what is being done on various levels in the schools to help children and their families.

Two issues, mental health and bullying, were discussed in-depth.

Jeanne Miller, co-chairperson of the collaborative, updated the group on a project that has been in the works for years.

The project brings out-patient therapy into the schools so students could receive the help they need if recommended.

Friday, October 14, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS New inductees of the Daniel I. Farren Chapter of Lehighton Area High School's National Honor Society are, seated, from left, Jessica Pell, Tia Rex, Sarah Shiner, Hannah Bartron, Kaitlyn Bandholz, Elyse Kistler, Sarah Kistler, and Lindsay Simmons. Second row, Emily Lauer, Alex Rubin, Brandon Everett, Graham Strauss, Caitlin Roth, Parker David, Alden Everett, Matthew Schweitzer, Ashley Sensinger and NHS advisor Matthew Fisher. Third row, Elizabeth Reichard, Adam Reichard, Tyler Martz, Jayden Hensley, Justin Freeby, and Jacen Nalesnik.

Thirteen juniors and 10 seniors joined the Daniel I. Farren Chapter of Lehighton Area High School's National Honor Society during Wednesday night's induction ceremony, held at the high school.

Following a piano prelude by NHS vice president Michael Warkala, NHS advisor Matthew Fisher welcomed family and friends to the induction.

He addressed the students, stating that they need to be safe in their decisions, be respectful of others and themselves and be responsible for their actions.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A free luncheon will be held at the Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Coaldale Cub Pack 740 is accepting new members. Any potential members are invited to attend meetings on Sundays at the Knights of Columbus. Tiger Cubs meet from 5 to 6 p.m. and Cub Scouts meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Awards are presented on the last Sunday of each month.

For any additional information, call (570) 645-5393.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday voted to apply for a $1 million state grant to help offset the $3.5 million cost of a proposed solar energy program.

The project, which would place solar panels on surplus athletic fields near the middle school, is projected to save the district $632,000 over 20 years, said Weston Ernst, regional sales manager for Schneider Electric of Harrisburg, which would install the system.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A civil suit was started by Tamaqua Borough against Louis J. Yelito, of 220 Railroad St., Tamaqua, in Schuylkill County court alleging he has blocked a right-of-way for citizens to travel on an unopened street and seek damages in excess of $50,000.

Friday, October 14, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From left, Wayne Nothstein, Carbon County Commissioner; state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124th Legislative District, which includes portions of Schuylkill and Berks Counties; and state Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122nd District, Carbon County. Knowles unveiled a proposal to repair roads and bridges with funds from the sale of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

A press conference was held outside the Jim Thorpe Train Station on Thursday to announce the introduction of legislation to designate all money generated from the sale of the Pennsylvania State liquor stores to the improvement of Pennsylvania's roads and bridges.

The plan was unveiled by Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124th Legislative District, portions of Schuylkill and Berks Counties, with the support of Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122nd District, Carbon County, and Wayne Nothstein, Republican Carbon County Commissioner.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Painted "Raider Blue" during Tamaqua's homecoming football game are juniors, from left, Ricky Winslow, Andrew Jones, Robert Slovik, Mitchell Del Burrell, Brenden Bugge, CJ Shellhammer and Eric Smarr.

Friday, October 14, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Richard Nothstein (second from left), Palmerton Borough Council, accepts a check in the amount of $7,500 from Steve Vasko (center), president of the Palmerton Hungarian Club, on behalf of the officers and members of the Palmerton Hungarian Club, for the Palmerton Veterans Memorial. Also pictured are Robert Solt (first from left), Sgt. of Arms, George Duell Jr. (second from right), Freedom Team Salute, Ambassador, U.S. Army, and Joe Uhnak (first from right), first vice commander.

Contributions continue to pour in for a veterans memorial slated to be erected in Palmerton next year.

The most recent donation came in the form of a robust $7,500 check from the Palmerton Hungarian Club donated to the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization.

Ed Moyer, commander, American Legion Post 269, Palmerton, said the PUVO appreciated the Hungarian Club's generosity.