Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Local News

Friday, May 19, 2017

Franklin Township zoning officer, Carl Faust, sent out violation letters to several homes.

One resident received a letter for having buildings on their property without receiving proper permits.

Another property on State Road received a letter for high grass and weeds.

A property owner on Red Hill Road received a letter for having garbage on her property. Faust said the homeowner has issues each year with her property.

Faust is taking the issue to the magistrate if she does not have the property cleaned within the 30-day window of receiving the violation letter.

Friday, May 19, 2017

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host a free community dinner on May 21 from 4-6 p.m. The church is located at 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe.

Friday, May 19, 2017

In conjunction with EMS week, May 21-27, Kid Zone/Blue Mountain Health System and the Pennsylvania State Police will be performing free car seat checks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Tuesday at the Palmerton Ambulance Building at 501 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton.

Results from previous car seat safety checks have shown that four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. To be sure yours isn’t one of them, bring your child in his or her car seat for a safety check by a safety specialist.

No registration is required. The event will be held rain or shine.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Graceann McNealis, McNealis Insurance Agency (Hometown and Hazleton), Allstate Insurance Company, presented a check on behalf of the Allstate Foundation to VALOR. From left are is Christine LeClair, Iraq War veteran; Mark Bayliss, founder and CEO of VALOR Clinic Foundation; and Graceann McNealis, McNealis Insurance Agency. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Friday, May 19, 2017

The next step in the effort to build a wind turbine project in Penn Forest Township is up in the air.

On Wednesday night, the Penn Forest zoning hearing board denied Atlantic Wind’s application for two special exceptions to build up to 37 wind turbines on property owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority. The zoning board proceeded with the hearing even though Atlantic Wind failed to show.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Carbon County’s summer programs are getting ready to begin.

On Thursday, the commissioners approved a number of hires associated with the Liquid Fuels Summer Program and Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Both programs hire students for the summer to do a variety of tasks throughout the county.

Liquid Fuels Summer Program

• Matthew M. Hudicka and Zachary J. Stromelo of Nesquehoning; Alec J. Lauer, Ryan P. Malarkey, Jordan T. McElmoyle and Shane R. Snisky of Jim Thorpe, effective May 22.

Friday, May 19, 2017
The Slatington Borough located water treatment plant will receive a $395,185 grant to update, repair and install a new system for the three municipalities it serves. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

The Slatington Borough has received a $395,185 Small Water and Sewer Grant to update the aging 1950s water treatment plant.

The plant serves not only Slatington, but Walnutport and parts of Washington Township. Between the three municipalities, an estimated 1.5 million gallons of water and waste passes through the system a day.

“Step one was getting the grant,” said plant Director Duane Szczesny.

Friday, May 19, 2017
CCTI’s SkillsUSA students explained their experiences at the statewide competition during Thursday’s Joint Operating Committee meeting. Derbe Stroup took the gold in the CNC Turning Specialist category, along with Jakson Ring in the CNC Technician category. Zak Klotz received a silver medal in Plumbing. The students will be heading to the national competition in Kentucky next month. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Carbon Career & Technical Institute’s Joint Operating Committee heard all about the school’s SkillsUSA chapter and their recent victorious voyage to a statewide competition at Thursday’s meeting.

Adviser Kevin Kuehner introduced three of the medal winners, all juniors, who upheld CCTI’s sterling reputation during last month’s contest.

Derbe Stroup took the gold in the CNC Turning Specialist category, along with Jakson Ring in the CNC Technician category. Zak Klotz received a silver medal in Plumbing.

Friday, May 19, 2017

ETA Benefits Group, a full-service insurance agency and employer benefits consulting firm based in Nesquehoning, has hired two new staff members.

Joann Chickilly has joined ETA as an office assistant and licensed agent, specializing in personal lines. In this role, she provides general administrative support, as well as serves as a producer of home and auto product lines.

Chickilly brings 10 years of insurance industry experience to ETA. A graduate of Panther Valley High School, she lives in Summit Hill with her family.