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Thursday, September 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The winner of Salem UCC's 4th Annual Fall Festival Car Show was this 1929 Nash Cabriolet owned by Harold Metzgar. It has a rumble seat and the spokes of the wheels are wood.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A plan to provide inmates with a 90-day supply of medication when they are being discharged from prison instead of the three days supply they now receive was presented to the Schuylkill County Prison Board at its monthly meeting, which was held in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

This was one of four meetings a year the board holds in the prison, with the other meetings held in the county commissioners' board room in the courthouse across the street.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Schuylkill County Commissioners approved a settlement agreement Wednesday at the Pottsville courthouse between county treasurer Jacqueline McGovern and the Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America concerning a claim dealing with a tax collector failing to turn in to the county real estate tax monies collected.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Robin Tracey, environmental education specialist, at Tuscarora State Park, will be conducting a hike to the Silver Creek Fire Tower on Friday, Oct. 5. The hike will explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park. The hike is six miles in length and moderate in difficulty.

The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. Those planning to attend are asked to meet at the visitor parking lot of Locust Lake located before the contact station. Dogs are allowed for the hike. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Thursday, September 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS A new sign at the Western Pocono Women's Club's Flower Garden was donated by Leona Smith's family in her memory.

Recently the GFWC Western Pocono Women's Club (WPWC) placed a new sign at their Flower Gardens, located across from the Chestnuthill Diner in Brodheadsville. It was dedicated in memory of Leona Smith.

Leona was a past president and charter member of the club, which was founded in 1970.

The Flower Gardens, established in 2002, have been planted and maintained by the WPWC as an Adopt and Beautify project in conjunction with PennDOT.

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the dedication of a new scoreboard at the Lansford Little League Field this week are, front l-r, Glen Karnish, vice president of the Lansford Little League; Jennifer Karnish, financial accountant at Jim Thorpe National Bank; Tim Goida and Jay Doyle, coaches in the little league; back l-r, Rich Soto, electrician; Bill Gardiner, member of the JTNB board of directors; Craig Zurn, president and CEO of JTNB; Mike Turrano, Lansford Little League president; Tawny Delich, assistant manager of the Lansford Branch of Jim Thorpe National Bank; Jake Maurer of PPL, and Jeff Yeakel of the Kovatch Corporation. The scoreboard was donated by Jim Thorpe National Bank.

A new scoreboard was dedicated this week on the Lansford Little League baseball field.

It replaces one which was about 15 years old and, according to Little League Vice President Glen Karnish, was basically worn out.

"It had some internal problems," Karnish said of the previous scoreboard. "Sometimes the score would change by itself."

The bright red and white scoreboard which was used for the first time was a gift from Jim Thorpe National Bank.

The structure, made of steel, measures 8-by-16 feet total and has LED lighting with a wireless controller.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eleven first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all remaining charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A 5K Walk the Walk Fun Run and Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport.

The event is being organized by Country Inn and Suites to raise funds for Walk the World for Childhood Foundation.

Contact Country Inn and Suites by Sept. 28 at (610) 377-5066 or in person at 1619 Interchange Road, Lehighton or register at the walk site on the day of the event.

Funds raised are used to assist children at risk in the United States and foreign countries, in the areas of child abuse.

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Michele Pompa, branch manager of M&T Bank, Carbon Plaza Mall, Lehighton, presented a $1,000 check to Bob Silliman, president of the Carbon County Fair to assist with improvements to the fair. From left are, Martha Moyer, fair director; Pompa; and Silliman.

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The bay of the Citizen's Volunteer Fire Company of Middleport house two fire trucks. Both trucks are in need of serious repair.

"We need to do a fundraiser, we need toilet paper," said Russell Hauck Jr, volunteer firefighter and Fire Police Captain with Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport. Even though his statement was said in a comical manner, his statement still reflects the struggles local fire departments face when trying to raise funds for new equipment.

That is the current issue faced by volunteers and firefighters of the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport.