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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Last May, Parryville Council thought it had ended the controversy concerning former zoning officer Richard Fedor by hiring Barry Isett and Associates engineering firm to handle both zoning and sewage issues.

Now the firm has notified the borough that it will discontinue servicing any aspect of building, zoning, sewage and building code inspections with properties owned by Mark Stemler because of conflicts with the agreement the borough signed with Stemler in December.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The American flag that flies over Flagstaff Ballroom, on top of Flagstaff Mountain in Jim Thorpe, is in honor of Edward J. Plesnarski, who served in the Korean War. Francis C. O'Donnell hopes to give veterans' families another option for the flag they receive at their loved one's funeral.

When a veteran dies, his or her casket is draped with an American flag.

That flag, upon interment, is folded and presented to the family as a symbol and thank you for the sacrifices their loved one made.

Many times, those flags are either packed away in a case and displayed or forgotten about.

One Jim Thorpe veteran is hoping to use those flags.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some sentiments expressed at this month's Bowmanstown Borough Council meeting on Oct. 1 were mentioned again last night at its Planning Commission meeting.

The discussion began during the portion of the meeting when members review the most-recent borough council meeting minutes. Vice Chairman Rob Moyer pointed out that they should further discuss some comments under point two of the law section.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lansford police officer Chris Ondrus wants people to know he went willingly with his friend and fellow patrolman David Midas on Friday night.

Midas drove Ondrus from Lansford to Jim Thorpe, where Midas committed suicide.

Reports that he was taken hostage by Midas, his friend since childhood, may be technically accurate, "but I didn't look at it that way," Ondrus said in a telephone interview early Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It was a busy summer at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool this year.

Lehighton Borough Council was informed Monday that membership this past year was 1,500 people, nearly double from when the reconditioned pool reopened two years ago.

Daily passes totaled close to 4,000 patrons for the summer, said Tom Evans, the borough's recreation director.

He told the council that more than 200 children took part in swimming lessons.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The resignation of Mahoning Township tax collector Richard Swarcheck was accepted by the Mahoning Township board of supervisors during last week.

The letter enabled the board to move forward with a temporary replacement until the municipal election occurs next week and the new collector starts in January.

Swarcheck became incapacitated late last month, which created turmoil in the township as taxing bodies and residents alike were not sure what would happen and how they could be assured their tax payments would be properly recorded.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

As the Carbon County community mourns the loss of sheriff's deputy and police officer David Midas, who took his life on Friday night, suicide prevention professionals speak out.

"Suicide among those serving in law enforcement happens about every 17 hours, and the rate among firefighters is sharply increasing," says Robert Michaels, CEO/Chaplain of Serve & Protect, a law enforcement and emergency services support organization. Serve & Protect operates a crisis hot line, has 3,200 chaplains, and a national network of trauma therapists.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Faith Alive Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, will host a rape prevention/defense workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8; and Friday, Nov. 15. The workshops are open to anyone 13 years or older. Anyone 13 to 17 years old must have written permission from parents/guardians. Parents of young minors should be present during workshops.

The sessions, led by Paul Lanchantin, who has studied Kung Fu under many masters.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION Dale Freudenberger, president, Tamaqua Historical Society, will present a look at Victorian death and mourning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, Pine Street.

Tamaqua Historical Society will present "Death, Mourning and Burial Customs During the Victorian Era" at 7 p.m. on Halloween Eve, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center on Pine Street.

Dale Freudenberger has long been interested in Victoriana. He is well known as the guide for the Spirits of Tamaqua Ghost Tour, an October tradition that entertained guests for a span of almost 10 years beginning in the late 1990s.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Several defendants facing drug related charges entered guilty pleas in Carbon County Court on Monday.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Anthony M. Capriglione, 24, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-heroin.

He was arrested on Dec. 8, 2012, when Jim Thorpe police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Leffler's Service station along Front St. Police found a vehicle in the lot with Capriglione as the driver.