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Editorials

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's a place where you would be proud to host your son or daughter's wedding reception.

A large covered portico greets you at the entrance, and upon entering the building you can't help but noticing that everything is first class.

The Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 reopened its renovated banquet hall last weekend, and the transformation is impressive.

The million dollar project, $632,000 of which was received through Speaker of the House Keith McCall's grant, and the rest financed through the Jim Thorpe National Bank, is money well spent.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It was back about 1972 that I was a volunteer with a local ambulance crew. Two carnival workers got into a drunken brawl in a local park and one needed transport to a local emergency room.

There were other patients in the ER, unrelated to the fight incident.

We took the carny, who had a bloody skull, to his bed and closed the curtain. The lone doctor on duty was very busy.

Before long, another individual came to the ER seeking treatment. It was the other brawl participant.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010

Tomorrow marks the first official day of winter, although you wouldn't know it. We have had winter-like conditions, including biting cold temperatures, for more than three weeks.

But the official start begins tomorrow, in what is the shortest day of the year.

With winter comes many obstacles, many of them experienced when we are commuting in our cars.

During the recent early freeze, there have been numerous accidents on area roads, a prelude to what's likely to come in the following months.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Slumlords should be on alert: 2011 might be a bad year.

After decades of frustration over their limited abilities to deal with owners of blighted properties, Pennsylvania municipalities soon will have new tools at their disposal to go after slumlords.

This is a big win for tenants of these properties, communities that deal with dangerous eyesores and taxpayers who many times end up footing the bill to have a blighted building razed.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

This month, all cell numbers are being released to telemarketing companies which opens the door for you to receive unwanted sales calls. These calls cannot only be a nuisance but cell phones users are charged for the call as well.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Two administrative vacancies exist in Lehighton. The borough is without a manager for several months. It is without a chief of police since February 22.

While there is indication the position of borough manager will be filled in 2011, the council hasn't stated if it intends to name a new police chief any time soon.

The council has advertised and received resumes from numerous individuals interested in the position of borough manager.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The number of accidents on the Mansion House Hill since the weather has gotten colder have Mahoning Township officials very concerned.

Much of the stretch of highway between Jim Thorpe and Lehighton, especially the area that is flooding from poor drainage conditions, is actually in the township making it a local matter, but the highway is also a state route which places maintenance responsibilities squarely in PennDOT's lap.

Monday, December 13, 2010

We're thinking PennDOT officials haven't spent too much time trying to navigate their vehicles around or through the Five Points intersection in the hub of Tamaqua's downtown.

If they did, they would probably rethink their recent decision, which met a lot of disapproval with Tamaqua Borough officials.

Tamaqua recently learned that PennDOT has made some last minute changes to the central business district trransportation project that is scheduled to begin construction next spring.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Two similar things happened during budget meetings in two different towns: Lehighton and Summit Hill.

In Lehighton, council member Dale Traupman questioned how the 2011 budget proposal can be based on property taxes that won't be collected; specifically delinquencies.

In Summit Hill, it was noted there is a substantial amount of property tax outstanding from last year. Council members wonder if the full assessment will be collected in 2011. It's virtually assured there will be many delinquencies again.