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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Berks County firm that owns 73 mobile home parks in the state, including one in West Penn Township, has been fined a total of $1,339,000 by the state Department of Environmental Resources (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a joint investigation by the two regulatory agencies.

GSP Management Co., of Morgantown, was ordered to make corrective measures at the parks it owns. One park is The Pines at West Penn, located south of SR895 between New Ringgold and Snyders.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Two Tamaqua churches will be holding pet blessing services this weekend in respect to the festival day of St. Francis of Assisi. Community members are encouraged to bring their leashed pets.

On Saturday, a Blessing of the Animals church service will be held at the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pine and Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua. The service will begin at 10 a.m. Owners are responsible for proper control and any accidents of their pets. For more information, call the church at (570) 668-4570.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors are half way done the demolition and removal of the roof of Weatherly's historic train shops. The decision was made by borough council to remove the roof after the borough's insurance company said the roof had to be torn down for both safety and liability reasons. The walls will remain standing.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill branch of First Niagara Bank will be closing at the end of the business day on Dec. 28. A bank has been located at the Chestnut and Ludlow Street location since 1919.

Summit Hill will soon become Carbon County's largest community without a bank.

First Niagara will be closing its Summit Hill branch, located at 2 East Ludlow St., on Friday, Dec. 28.

It is advising its customers that accounts will transfer to the Lansford branch of the bank, located at 13 W. Ridge St.

The closing of the bank has been anticipated for some time by local residents.

Late last year, First Niagara Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Sales Manager Joseph Tedesco announced the branch would be closing in early 2012.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The state Senate Appropriations Committee Monday approved Sen. John Yudichak's amendment to an anti-gang bill, toughening penalties for gang members who recruit anyone under 16 years old. The law also broadens enforcement tools by treating gang recruitment by jailed gang members with the full force of the law.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Kaska Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a fireworks display along with their annual car show this Saturday. The auto show lasts from 1 to 6 p.m., with music from 2 to 6 p.m. In addition to food and other activities, the fire company will also be providing a fireworks display, which is scheduled to start at dusk.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Weissport Council discussed two important issues that will impact the residents of the borough. Both involve their safety and welfare.

Council president Gene Kershner said he met with David L. Horst, Benesch engineering firm, Pottsville, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to discuss roads within the borough.

Kershner said that he and the borough engineer looked at borough streets.

"We drove through town and White Street is the worst," he said. Kershner noted that the back alley is also in poor shape.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A troubled Schuylkill County hospital, closed by the state in April, is on the auction block.

St. Catherine's Medical Center, Fountain Springs, Ashland, will be put up for sale by order of U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The three-day auction will be held by Houser Auctioneers beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 13, Oct. 15 and Nov. 9 at the hospital at 101 Broad Street.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Two area school districts are cracking down on property owners delinquent in paying their school taxes by filing judgments at the Schuylkill County courthouse.

Tamaqua Area School District has filed actions against the following:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Unpermitted sewer lines that discharge untreated sewage, known as wildcat sewers, threaten to further delay the already nearly decade-long Act 537 project for West Penn Township and Walker Township.

Sewage Enforcement Officer Scott C. Bieber of Lehigh Soils and Wetlands, the sub consultant hired to redo an outdated needs assessment survey, revisited 230 of 231 homes that were suspected to have septic issues.