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Friday, October 7, 2011

A jury awarded a Shamokin trucking firm $2,140,253.51 in damages against Reading Anthracite Company, Pottsville, over a contract dispute following a trial in Schuylkill County Court. Prothonotary Peter J. Symons believes it is the biggest award made by a county jury in a civil suit.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Carbon County officials have approved the sole bid for a major upgrade project at the 911 Communications Center in Nesquehoning.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the $192,500 bid from TuWay Communications, Inc. of Bethlehem for the Tech Refresh Project. The project covers necessary hardware and software upgrades at the center, as well as replacing seven servers and workstations for the dispatchers.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Walker Township board of supervisors advised a displeased resident Thursday evening at the municipal building on what to do about a neighbor whose self-made dam is ruining his property.

Resident Jim Wentworth said the water being diverted from his neighbor's property causes his lawn and basement to flood each time it rains.

"I pump water for seven, eight days (after it rains)," Wentworth said, "and my electric bill is phenomenal because I have three sump pumps in my cellar."

Friday, October 7, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This scarecrow is decked out in a suit and stands outside the office of attorney Steve Vlossak at 423 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton.

A scarecrow epidemic has cropped up in Palmerton just in time for the Halloween season.

But, this particular outbreak is by design as part of a Scarecrow Display promotion all month long by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Various businesses along Delaware Avenue have placed scarecrows in front of their establishments and in their windows.

The scarecrows are dressed in a manner that identifies each business. The displays are available during the participants' business hours.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Members of the Andreas VFW Post 5069 will meet Tues. Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the West Penn Municipal Building, 27 Municipal Road. Free VFW Post baseball caps will be given to all members and new members attending. New members are always welcome to attend. FMI: Call Eugene at (570) 386-3224 or Andy at (570) 668-1234.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Have you wanted to know how to trace your family tree but don't know where to start? Guest speaker Carol Miller, a historian and active genealogist will be giving a special lecture/workshop on Genealogy and how to trace your family's ancestry on Sunday October 9 at 2 p.m. at the Summit Hill Heritage Center. Miller will explain the steps and procedures as well as tips and tricks that you can use to explore your ancestry in this workshop.

This special lecture is free and open to the public. The Heritage Center is at 1 W. Hazard Street in Summit Hill.

Friday, October 7, 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 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A fast moving fire destroyed a Kidder Township home late Thursday night. The fire was first reported at 9:30 p.m. at 43 Crest Drive in Lake Harmony. Firefighters responding to the scene reported seeing the flames on the far side of Lake Harmony. When fire crews arrived on scene they found heavy flames and smoke shooting from the ranch style home but were also confronted with live electrical wires which several firemen described as a "large fireworks show." Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon said a state police fire marshall will assist in the investigation.

Friday, October 7, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sierra Scheirer, 3, of Lehighton, and a client of Carbon County "Right from the Start," gathers a pumpkin at Troxell's Pumpkin Patch, Mahoning Mountain Road.

Youngsters from Carbon County "Right From the Start" visited Troxell's Pumpkin Patch to pick out a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, but also to get a behind the scenes look at a working farm.

Danette Troxell, owner of the farm, gave all the youngsters the opportunity to pet a chicken, touch their eggs, play with shelled corn, travel in a corn maze and visit the pigs and turkeys. They also slide down a slide from the second floor hayloft and

Friday, October 7, 2011

On Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Kidder Township Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents should bring their medications for disposal to Kidder Township Municipal Building at the intersection of SR903 and Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.