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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Approval was given by the Schuylkill County commissioners, at their work session Wednesday, to enter into a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to provide administrative funding for the aged medicaid waiver program with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for a block grant.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A bonfire will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in Tamaqua. Organizers encourage fans to come out and support the Blue Raider Football Team on the eve of their Eastern Conference Championship Game.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by area firefighters saved a home after a fire broke out in the fireplace chimney. Fire companies from New Ringgold, West Penn Township and Deer Lake responded to the alarm just before 3 p.m. Wednesday along Hillside Road just south of SR895 in East Brunswick Township. When firefighters arrived on scene flames were showing at the top of the masonry chimney. Firemen extinguished the blaze before it could penetrate the surrounding wood frame walls.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sally Mateyak, mother of Kimberly Griffith, sheds tears as she read memories of her daughter and grandchildren.

A dinner benefit was held recently at the La Dolce Casa Restaurant in Tamaqua for the Griffiths family, which was hit with tragedy during a flash flood in Pittsburgh.

Tamaqua native Kimberly (Mateyak) Griffith, 45, of Plum, Allegheny County, and her daughters Brenna Griffith, 12, and Mikaela Griffith, 8, died in August when their minivan became submerged in water so deep that would-be rescuers floating in a boat directly above it didn't know it was there.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS SR309 will be closed near the Hess gas station in Tamaqua starting tomorrow at 7 p.m. and reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday.

Tamaqua Borough officials and officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are reminding drivers that SR309 in Tamaqua will be closed tomorrow from 7 p.m. to Monday, Nov 21, at 5 a.m. to allow crews to replace a rail grade crossing that runs across the road in the southern part of borough. It has an average daily traffic of 7,175 vehicles.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Eldred Township supervisor Gretchen Gannon-Petit has been instrumental in organizing an Electronic Recycling Day for residents. It is to be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Eldred Twp. municipal building.

A truck will be on site from Advanced Green Solutions, Walnutport.

Fees apply to certain items for the recycling cost of hazardous or data sensitive material but have been reduced by 1/2 for Eldred residents and the township will not be incurring any costs or profits.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

St. Jerome's Regional School has released its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

To earn Distinguished Honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For First Honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second Honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Pleasant Valley students of Mark Tramontina, Kayla Martins, junior, Katilyn Perrotta, junior, Lauren Mundy, junior, Marcus Lamar, junior, Ardian Komoni, junior, Erin Strand, junior, Frank Viscardi, senior and Ashley Flugel, junior, greeted the service men and women as they entered the school and then escorted them to the Veterans Day program being held in the gym throughout the day. They also encouraged students to stop at the table and create a Christmas card to be sent to those serving overseas. Standing, PFC Larissa Lopez, a PVHS 2010 graduate, is currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserves and is ready to talk to the kids. Her advice to them was to go to college and join R.O.T.C.

For 15 years, Pleasant Valley High School social studies teacher, Mark Tramontina, has been coordinating a Veterans Day program to thank veterans for serving and to help the students understand the importance of doing so.

With the help of his wife, Monica, a PVHS paraprofessional, and his social studies students, they coordinate area veterans to come speak and organizations are invited to display military memorabilia and information in the PVHS gym.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Grace Community Church of Lansford, 15 W. Ridge St., Lansford, will host a free community Thanksgiving dinner from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. All are welcome.

Visit www.gcclansford.org for more information.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Some Summit Hill residents told the borough council this week they are living in fear from a pit bull.

Ruth Gardiner said her mother lives in the unit block of East White Street. She said the mother is afraid of the dog, a neighbor is afraid, and she and her two children are scared.

The mother, Diane Templer, alleged the dog got into her yard three times, and twice grabbed her pet terrier by the throat. She said she got the larger dog to release its grip one time by hitting it with a can, while the owner called it the other time.