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Monday, July 23, 2012

WILKES-BARRE The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit to Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, to construct and operate a new municipal waste facility on 252 acres of land along Burma Road. The Blythe Recycling and Demolition Site (BRADS) will accept only construction and demolition waste and will have a 1,500-ton daily volume limit.

"The agency's review shows that Blythe Township has met the regulatory application requirements for the permit to be issued," said William Tomayko, Waste Management program manager in DEP's Northeast Regional Office.

Monday, July 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ed Saukis runs past Ludlow Park during the race. Saukis took first place overall.

Ed Saukis and Lisa Georgis were the top overall finishers in the 13th annual Two Saints Scamper held in Summit Hill on July 14. The event, sponsored by St. Joseph's Church of Summit Hill, was a prelude to the annual St. Joseph's Festival held over the weekend.

There were a total of over 40 participants in this year's scamper, which is a 5k (3.1 mile) running and walking race.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua Volunteers group are looking for donations of furniture, appliances, clothing and anything else that could help a needy family in Tamaqua. Any type of useable, clean donations are greatly appreciated. Volunteers are asking people to drop off all donations this Saturday (July 28) between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the storage facility next to Schickram's Car Wash, located on Rose Street in Tamaqua. All items will then be given free to Tamaqua residents via a simple drawing. Any Tamaqua resident wanting to receive donations is encouraged to be there before 9 a.m.

Monday, July 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Community members and volunteers with the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport held their first annual Outdoor Community Party over the weekend at their firehouse. The event, which was held to raise donations for a new fire truck, consisted of games, children's activities, poker run, band, tattoos and food. Playing a game of Simon Says during one of the youth activities are, from left, Grace Mellen, 5; Sarah Jones, 14; Gabrielle Mellen, 10; Ethan Cobuccio, 10; and Allayna Mellen, 8.

Community members and volunteers with the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport held their first annual Outdoor Community Party over the weekend at their firehouse. The event, which was held to raise donations for a new fire truck, consisted of games, children's activities, poker run, band, tattoos and food. Playing a game of Simon Says during one of the youth activities are, from left, Grace Mellen, 5; Sarah Jones, 14; Gabrielle Mellen, 10; Ethan Cobuccio, 10; and Allayna Mellen, 8.

Monday, July 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Over two dozen riders took to the hills and valleys of Schuylkill County during a 75-mile bike ride to benefit Chris Deem, 34. Deem, a longtime diabetic, was diagnosed with cancer in March and suffered an infection after being admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital. The infection traveled through his entire body, compromising his kidney function. Even though Deem had surgery to remove the cancer, doctors found the disease had spread, resulting in a softball-sized tumor at the top of his kidney.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tamaqua Crime Watch's monthly meeting scheduled for this Wednesday has been postponed to next month, Wednesday August 22 at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Borough Hall. A new form of high tech crime watching will be discussed. For more information, call coordinator Andrew Leibenguth at (570) 668-1234. Applications can be found in the Borough office, 320 East Broad Street.

Monday, July 23, 2012

MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning in conjunction with the Jukebox Cruisers will hold a Car Cruise on Saturday, July 28 from noon to 3 p.m. on the grounds of MapleShade Meadows at 50 Locust Street, Nesquehoning. This will be the third year for the event.

On display will be various antique, classic and special interest vehicles. "Cruisin'" music will be provided by DJ Ray and refreshments will be available for a donation.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network (TAFFN) invites all residents of the Tamaqua area to attend a free showing of the movie "Courageous" on Sunday, July 29, at the Tamaqua Middle School Auditorium from 3 to 5 p.m.

"Courageous" is about four men with one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, these men are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

Monday, July 23, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania's Department of State said Friday it will offer a special photo ID card for voters who are unable to obtain birth certificates or other documents for a non-driver ID issued by the Department of Transportation.

Secretary of State Carole Aichele said the new card is designed to provide "a safety net" for voters who are unable to get the documents they need for a PennDOT ID. It will be available through PennDOT starting the last week of August.

Monday, July 23, 2012
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At its most recent meeting, Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch presented a program on gang awareness. Leading the discussion were, left to right, Lehighton Area High School Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher; Lehighton Police Officer Matt Arner; Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig; and Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch Program Coordinator Byron Schnell.

At its most recent meeting, Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch presented a program detailing gang activity not in Allentown, Hazleton, or Scranton – but right here in Carbon County – specifically in the Lehighton area.

With extensive gang awareness training under his belt, Lehighton Police Officer Matt Arner explained that several "former" gang members are now living in Carbon County.

"Also, the gang culture is reaching into our schools," said Arner.