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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Five area people were among eight who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Carbon County's Veterans Affairs office proved that it is working to benefit its veterans.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and William O'Gurek, chairman, recognized the outstanding work Henry Desrosiers, director of the Veterans Affairs office, and Bonnie Gawlik, credit service officer in the Veterans Affairs office, has been doing over the last year.

Nothstein reported on the Adjutant General's end of year report, which breaks down the monies brought into Carbon from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At his home, Steve Pheiffer has been experimenting growing tomatoes, basil, rosemary, cauliflower, bell pepper, watermelon and cucumber hydroponically-in nutrient-infused water without soil.

Steve Pheiffer of Penn Forest believes that America's food distribution system is in need of a makeover.

He wonders how long can we continue to transport produce thousands of miles to markets in northeastern Pennsylvania, importing factory-farmed food – harvested while immature – from fields treated with pesticides and herbicides.

So, he has been thinking about a time when there will be factory farms in northeastern Pennsylvania – literally, since they will be built in abandoned factories converted to LED grow light hydroponic farming.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"There's a big drug problem in Lehighton," said borough councilman Scott Rehrig. "Something has to be done."

Rehrig made the comment after three individuals complained about drug use in the community, and more specifically about a situation which occurred last year in the Community Grove during which two teenagers were allegedly beaten.

The council was told by the grandmother of one of the victims that "15 people" participated in the beating.

Retaliation by the father of one victim resulted in a prison sentence for the dad, she added.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Mazie Ziegler, retired Lehighton Area High School librarian, has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. This month she is the subject of a feature in the Kutztown University magazine, Tower.

Want to know something about the Panama Canal?

Ask Mazie Ziegler. She's been there.

Iceland? She was there, too.

Germany? She's visited numerous times.

Thailand? She was in the steamy jungles and visited an elephant hospital.

Ziegler, 98, is a retired librarian who has spent much of her adult life traveling. She has visited every continent except Antarctica. Because of her age, she doubts if she's going to get there.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

State police were justified in using deadly force against a Chestnuthill Township man on Thursday at his residence, Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine said.

Christine made the determination after reviewing the facts involving the death of Robert Joseph Kish, 29, whom police shot after he allegedly took hostages, set his house ablaze, struck a trooper with bird shot pellet from a 410 gauge shotgun, and exited the burning home carrying a bolt-action long gun after initially using a woman as a shield.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Summit Hill Basketball League donated $300 to the Summit Hill Recreation Commission. Pictured from left are SH recreation commission member Maria Szczecina, president Monica Marshall and Summit Hill Basketball League Commissioner Danny Matika. Szczecina stated that the donation will be used to improve the Ginder Field Playground.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The annual county fall cleanup event will take place the last two weeks in September it was announced by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. Nine sites throughout the county will be set up to receive the recycling materials. The cleanup is open to all residents of the county. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is a partner in this event and reimburses the county 50 percent for most of the expenses incurred.

Action was taken to provide services to various agencies and departments.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Area residents have the chance to roll up their sleeves and save a life in their community by donating blood at any Miller-Keystone Blood Center blood drive this August.

Blood drives during the month of August are as follows:

* Tuesday, Aug. 2, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Phoenix Rehabilitation & Health Services, 1022 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton; chairwoman: Stephanie Hill - (610) 377-5845.

* Saturday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Bear Creek Lakes, Stewart Hall, Jim Thorpe; chairwoman: Pat Crane - (570) 325-4789.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Sgt. Weller of the Army National Guard teaches children who attended the Palmerton Day Camp the proper way to salute.

They have fun in an atmosphere that's conducive to learning.

At the same time, they're able to soak up all of the nuances scouting has to offer.

It's no wonder then, why the annual Palmerton Day Camp is a big hit with youngsters.

After five fun-filled, action-packed days, the camp wrapped up on Friday at Palmerton Memorial Park.

Lee Moyer, camp director, said the theme of this year's day camp was "Winter Wonderland."

Moyer said the camp was designed for Cub Scouts in grades 1-5.