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Monday, February 20, 2012

WYOMISSING State Sen. David G. Argall on Saturday received the unanimous endorsement for a second term to the State Senate from the Berks County Republican Committee at their annual convention held at the Young Republican Club.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Chairman Hugh Reiley, Schuylkill County Democratic Committee, announced that at a recent county convention of the elected committee persons of the county Democratic Party, candidates seeking the party's nomination in the Primary Election to be held April 24 received endorsements.

Barack Obama, for U.S. President; Robert P. Casey Jr., for U.S. Senate; Eugene Dipasquale, for State Auditor General; Tim Holden, for U.S. Congress; Tim Seip, for state senator; Neal Goodman, for State Representative of 123rd District; Vicki Harman, Hegins, for State Representative 125th District.

Monday, February 20, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS State Rep. Doyle Heffley, center, discusses newly purchased Lehighton Ambulance with Lehighton Ambulance Association officials Sandy Miller, left, president; and Joni Gestl, administrative coordinator. The ambulance, which cost $147,068, was made possible with a $125,000 state grant.

A 2012 model ambulance was added to the fleet of the Lehighton Ambulance Association, thanks to a $125,000 grant from the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Chevrolet G3500 Chassis is a PL custom Medallion ambulance.

Joni Gestl, administrative coordinator for the ambulance association, said the purchase price was $147,068. A 2001 Ford was traded-in for $2,000 off the purchase price.

She said state Rep. Doyle Heffley assisted in the procurement of the grant.

The ambulance was put into service during the weekend.

Monday, February 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua and Rush Township police cruisers could be seen converged Saturday evening between two Pine Street homes in Tamaqua, where police searched a vehicle involved in a retail theft at WalMart.

Tamaqua and Rush Township police cruisers could be seen converged in between two homes in Tamaqua Saturday evening.

Around 5 p.m., police officers from Rush Township and Tamaqua were alerted after an anonymous customer witnessed a white male stealing a DVD and possibly other items from the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Hometown.

The suspect fled in a Black Dodge Avenger.

Tamaqua Police Officer Matt Houser spotted the vehicle at the 100 block of Pine St., SR309 north, and intercepted. Other officers, including Rush Township, responded.

Monday, February 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are guest author Autumn Jordon; Kathy Ruff, BDWG treasurer; and Anna Getz, BDRG Vice President. In front is BDRG President Sara Hodon.

Award-winning romance author, Autumn Jordon, spoke at the Tamaqua Public Libary on Saturday about today's romance genre in her presentation called "Romance: Not Your Mother's Bodice Rippers Anymore."

Her visit was hosted by the Black Diamond Writers Group. Jordon shared her insights as where to begin and how to structure a romance and what makes it the number one selling genre.

Monday, February 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Since 2005, WMGH/WLSH radio station staff and community groups have worked together to collect over 1,300 pounds of can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). The RMHC program provides a "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Radio station manager Bill Lakatas stated that they couldn't have raised so many can tabs without the support of local community groups, organizations,companies and schools.

Monday, February 20, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking their plunge are P.J. Constanzi and P.J. Dotter, while Iris Calachino and Faith Loiselle wait their turn. Chris Kresge and John Gaughan are swimming.

Sunday's 'balmy' February temperature of 35 degrees didn't deter the 115 people taking part in the 11th Annual Pocono Polar Bear Plunge at Henning's Pond in Albrightsville.

There was only thin ice to be found on the pond surface because of this year's mild winter, so organizers floated a pontoon boat to serve as the plunger's launching spot. A ramp led from the shore to the boat. Plungers jumped, dived or flipped into the 35 degree water and swam or walked to shore.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A survey on voter registration was recently released by the Pew Center on the States showing nationally one in eight are inaccurate, out-of-date or duplicates.

Director Frannie Brennan, of the Schuylkill County Registration Bureau, claims none of the findings apply to Schuylkill County.

"We keep a daily check to see our records are up to date and accurate," Brennan commented.

Monday, February 20, 2012
Donald Eckhart will present a Civil War program in Slatington.

The Slatington Public Library will host a presentation by Donald Eckhart entitled "Diverse and Sundry Insights to the Civil War."

Eckhart is the First Sergeant of Co. A. 72nd Pa Volunteer Infantry, otherwise known as Baxters Zouaves, in the North-South Skirmish Association, an eight-man competitive target shooting team using authentic Civil War weapons.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m., at the Slatington Public Library, 650 Main St. Slatington.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A spoken Ash Wednesday service, with communion, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansford. Pastor Roy H. Koehler will officiate. All are welcome to attend this service.