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Saturday, September 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:West End Fair mower winner The winner of a lawn mower awarded by Charles S. Snyder Inc. of West Penn Township at the West End Fair was Keith Weitknet. Congratulating him are Ann Fogel, left, and Nancy Knadler, both in sales for Charles S. Snyder.
Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Mobile Veterans Center will visit the American Legion in Lehighton on Monday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The legion is located at 314 Veterans Ave. Some of the services provided at the center for veterans and their dependents include individual, group, family and bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for Veterans Affairs benefits; employment counseling, guidance and referrals; and alcohol and drug assessments.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
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Lou Vermillion, left, of the Summit Hill Historical Society, and Tom Wehr, the society's vice president, display a poster that was presented to the group by the Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame. The poster is of the 1947 national college basketball champions, Holy Cross. On that team were Charles "Chuck" Graver, a Summit Hill High School graduate, and Bob Cousy, who played with the Boston Celtics. The poster will be displayed at the Historical Society's office in the 100 block of West Ludlow Street.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

In October the Borough of Lansford will send collection letters to property owners with delinquent sanitation accounts. The borough, in adherence to borough ordinance, will charge an administrative fee of $25 on each delinquent sanitation account. There are currently over 250 accounts which are delinquent.

Property owners will have 10 days from the date of the delinquent notice to make payment in full.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lehighton Area School Board continues to deal with personnel changes for the 2013-2014 school year.

The school board has accepted the retirement of longtime math teacher Llewellyn Williams. His service to Lehighton Area School District spanned 39 years.

In addition, the school board accepted the resignation of Lisa Crum as cleaner at East Penn Elementary School.

On the flip side, the school board approved the recommendations to hire David Hauser as language arts teacher for grades seven through 12 and Gregory Kosciolek as special education teacher.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS  LTG Hernandez receives several commendations from Gen. James Thurman, Commander, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea.

As his service to our country clearly attests, he's earned his stripes and then some.

After a career that spanned nearly four decades, Palmerton native Lieutenant General Rhett A. Hernandez can finally call it a day.

That's because the United States Army recently held a Special Retirement Review in honor of Hernandez at Conmy Hall Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall, Va.

The event was hosted by Gen. James D. Thurman, Commander, United Nations Command-Combined Forces Command-U.S. Forces Korea.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It's been said we live in an 'evil world'.

As much as I wish I could disagree with the pundits who have coined that phrase, unfortunately, I cannot.

The catastrophic tragedies that have transpired just within the past nine months alone - both in our immediate area and others close by - sadly support that opinion.

We need not look any further than this past Monday morning, when a former Navy reservist killed a dozen innocent victims and left others wounded and taken to hospitals as part of a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Despite the bridge reconstruction project in Tamaqua, the annual Halloween Parade will go on, according to Tamaqua Lions Club President Brian Keich. There will just be a few "twists," actually turns.

Sponsored by the Lions Club, the parade is scheduled to be held on Oct. 22, with a rain date of Oct. 23. Formation will take place at the former Jamesway Plaza, with the line of march stepping off at 7 p.m. The parade route will then travel west on Broad Street to Greenwood Street.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Ron Prator, 74, Lehighton: I had to empty the water tray under the icebox. If I forgot, the house would turn into an indoor swimming pool.

Growing up, what was your toughest job?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Councilman David J. Yelito, of Coaldale, was denied a request to stay the action filed against him in the Schuylkill County Court by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to remove him from office because he has a criminal record of dealing in illegal drugs in 1984,following a hearing held Friday morning. Judge Charles M.Miller gave Yelito 20 days to respond and prepare a defense to the district attorney's complaint.

Yelito was requesting the delay because he filed on June 17, 2013 an application for pardon before the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons and is awaiting their ruling.