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Friday, June 14, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner speaks in the main rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. He joined other local officials from across the Commonwealth, urging lawmakers to make investments in our schools, county health services, and infrastructure over new tax cuts.

Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner recently spoke again in the main rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. He joined other local officials from across the Commonwealth with a unified message for state lawmakers - prioritize investments in our schools, county health services, and infrastructure over new tax cuts.

The event was organized by Better Choices for Pennsylvania. According to the group, years of state tax cuts have shifted more costs onto local communities and taxpayers.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Last week, Carbon County commissioners released financial information in defense of an increase in fees to use the county parking lot in downtown Jim Thorpe. The information broke down the costs associated with maintaining and operating the lot, as well as the train station and amenities in Josiah White Park, which is often visitors' first stop.

Commissioners released the details in response to receiving 61 letters, 25 of which were from Jim Thorpe business owners, protesting the increase.

Friday, June 14, 2013

It was a little over six years ago that the Rev. Robert Dressler arrived as pastor at St. Ann Catholic Church, Lansford, succeeding the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas Hoban. Now it was Father Dressler saying his farewell to the parish "I have grown to love."

He was greeted and bid goodbye by members of the congregation and the many friends he made during his tenure. It was a tearful goodbye to someone to whom they have become quite attached.

Father Dressler leaves on Tuesday for his new assignment in our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Allentown.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will hold a "listening session" for members and guests on Monday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Democratic Information Center located at 110 S. First St. (across from the Senior High Rise) in Lehighton. Refreshments will be served. Please note the earlier meeting time.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Kidder Township EAC held its monthly meeting Wednesday evening. The discussion centered on the recent spring workshop, which took place the second Saturday in May. It was the seventh annual event.

"The workshop was very successful," said council Chairman Frank Gilotti.

"We can't wait to come up with an even more exciting program for next year. We want to thank the community for their support and the presenters as well."

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Runners take off at the start of the 12th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Road Race/Walk.

They came out in full mass to compete in the largest foot race in Carbon County.

Step by step, 710 participants took part in the 12th Annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Road Race-Walk & Kid's Fun Run in Palmerton.

The event was presented by the medical staff of the Blue Mountain Health System. All proceeds raised will benefit BMHS.

Each year, the event continues to flourish, according to Dr. Michael Martinez, M.D., F.A.C.S., who served as co-director.

The race results are as follows:

Thursday, June 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Eric Becker, a volunteer with the Tamaqua Volunteers Community initiative group, finishes painting the last of five benches at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Volunteers, who purchased the paint and supplies, spent a combined total of about 20 hours scraping, priming and placing two coats of paint on the benches. Volunteers added that they made this project a priority due to Tamaqua's upcoming Summerfest planned for Sunday. To volunteer with the group, call (570) 668-1234.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lansford Borough Council is planning a quality of life ordinance, which would allow authorities to issue tickets for infractions of the borough code, such as failing to keep grass mowed, allowing properties to become trash-strewn or keeping appliances or indoor furniture on front porches.

The ordinance would be similar to one being planned in neighboring Coaldale.

"It's a step in the right direction," said Councilman Tommy Vadyak.

Solicitor Michael Greek said he could include penalties for having junk vehicles. Tickets would not be issued for that violation, he said.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Two area youth were the recipients of Sen. Dave Argall's Good Citizenship Awards. Pictured with Sen. Argall are award recipients Noah Karnish, 10, and Ana Hanley, 10, both from Barnesville, and fourth-grade students at Mahanoy Area School District. "The awards exemplify the qualities of good citizenship through their display of outstanding character, leadership and scholarship," said Argall. He added that the Good Citizenship Awards program was started by the late Sen. James Rhoades.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Taylor Williams, who will be a senior at Palmerton Area High School, will be taking advantage of the books available at the Palmerton Area Library to help her complete her summer reading list.

Summer for kids means swimming, biking, hanging out with friends and having fun. The Palmerton Area School District is adding one more activity for some of its students required reading.

To help 7-12th grade students find these books easily and at no charge, the Palmerton Area Library will carry all the books on the lists.

The school district has acquired all of the books on the lists and gave several copies of each to the Palmerton Area Library to make it convenient for the students to check out.