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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

After considering several alternatives over the better part of the past year, Mahoning Township supervisors voted unanimously to purchase a new 2011 Crown Victoria police cruiser from Milham Ford at a cost of $30,919, which includes an extended warranty and additional assorted equipment.

"I think these would be extra costs no matter which car we chose," said Township Chairman John Wieczorek regarding the warranty and the options package which includes a laptop computer mount, a flashlight mount, a trunk organizer, a gun mount and a dome light at an additional cost of $600-$1000.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tamaqua Borough employees are accepting donations of baked goods and soup items for a soup and bake sale this Friday to benefit the Schuylkill United Way campaign. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Tamaqua Borough Hall.

For more information, or to donate an item, see Karen at borough hall or call (570) 668-3444. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Lowe's assistant store manager Jan-Michael Cichocki, left, is presented with an engraved saw thanking the new store for its $1,000 grant to Lehighton Area School District. According to director of curriculum Jonathan Cleaver, right, the money will be used to involve students with the beautification of the high school – both inside and out.

At the Lehighton Area School Board meeting last evening, Superintendent James Kraky announced that the LASD Building Task Force Committee met recently to discuss a new option for the future of district buildings.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe Community Watch held its last meeting for the year. Certain members of the Community Watch received awards of recognition for their hard work. The Mayor of Jim Thorpe and members of the Jim Thorpe Police Department were also in attendance at the meeting. Bottom, left to right: Keith Frankenfield, Helene Marchione, JoAnn McGavin, Phyllis Lienhard, Emma Marzen. Top left to right: Mayor Michael Sofranko, Community WatchCoordinator Jamie Solomon, Patrolman Eric Schrantz, Police Chief Joseph Schatz, Sergeant Mike Bokeko, Lenny McGavin.

Citizens of Jim Thorpe met at Memorial Hall for the final Community Watch meeting of the year. Recognition awards were given to members of the community.

Community Watch Coordinator, Jamie Solomon, presented the awards to certain members of the Community Watch for their hard work and "going the extra mile."

The Recognition Award recipients were: Helene Marchione (Community Watch Treasurer), JoAnn McGavin, Lenny McGavin, Phyllis Lienhard, Emma Marzen, and Keith Frankenfield.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The remains left over following a three-story house fire Saturday on Valley Street (SR209) are hard to ignore as you drive through New Philadelphia. Looking at the high debris pile are St. Clair elementary students getting off a bus. The students' bus stop, which was originally located in front of the destroyed home prior to the blaze, was moved across the street for safety reasons.

Because of its complete destruction, the cause of Saturday night's three-story house fire at 220 Valley St. in New Philadelphia has been ruled as undetermined by state police.

Trooper Michael Yeity, state police fire marshal, Troop L Headquarters, Reading, concluded that neither arson nor foul play are suspected. Yeity and other fire officials pointed out the building had to be razed immediately following the blaze, because of extensive damage to the structure and weakness to the roof and walls.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In celebration and recognition of Veteran's Day, Schuylkill Health will host an appreciation breakfast on Saturday, November 12, in the Wall Auditorium, (3rd Floor) Schuylkill Medical Center East Norwegian Street, 700 East Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Hot breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m.. to Schuylkill County Veterans and current members of the U.S. Military.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Lou Seibert drives the lead tractor at the Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest held Sunday at the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport. Approximately 700 people took a hay ride.

Nearly 700 people enjoyed a hayride along the historic Lehigh Canal towpath at Weissport on Sunday. The Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest was the first official event of the Beltzville Lions Club.

With perfect weather and beautiful scenery along the towpath, the event brought a great review from those attending the event.

Along with the hayrides, were children's activities by Dean Gombert and family, plus Troxell's Pumpkin Patch and All American Kettle Corn shared the day with the Lions Club.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The large, wooden, octagonal structure next to the basketball courts at the Lehighton Community Grove probably won't be moved any time soon.

Last night, a two-member committee was appointed by Lehighton Borough Council to determine the future of that structure, which had at one time been a judging stand for race horsing at the former Carbon County Fair that was held for over a century in Lehighton.

Borough manager Nicole Beckett told the council she needed guidance regarding what to do about the stand.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The drainage of the Upper Dam of the Owl Creek Reservoir has exposed fish hatcheries placed there by volunteer groups many years ago. Temporary drainage of the dam is being done to replace the dam. Owl Creek served one of Tamaqua's first reservoirs. Tamaqua's other reservoir, Rabbit Run Reservoir, was the first. The supply piping running from Rabbit Run to Tamaqua can still be found downstream of the reservoir along the creek. Rabbit Run Reservoir is no longer used as a water supply, but a fish hatchery is still located near the reservoir and it is stocked with trout and open to fishing.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.