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Friday, November 11, 2011

A proclamation was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Thursday at the courthouse in Pottsville, noting the cooperation between the agricultural industry and urban people. The week of November 6 through 12 has been designated as "Schuylkill County Farm/City Week."

Friday, November 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

No one was injured in a two vehicle accident in Rush Township on Wednesday. Victoria Brutto, 51, of Mahanoy City, was operating a 2004 Jaguar at 9:57 a.m., when she pulled out of a driveway on Claremont Avenue, into the path of a 1998 Chevrolet Venture operated by William Neetz, 22, of Tamaqua. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Friday, November 11, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 American Legion Auxiliary, Lehighton, honored present and past Auxiliary presidents. They were given a dinner and a gift. Honored were: Millie German, Harriet Von York, Jean Rice, Gladys Balliet, present president, and also LaRue Fritz.

Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 American Legion Auxiliary, Lehighton, honored present and past Auxiliary presidents. They were given a dinner at the Beacon 443 Diner and a gift. Honored were: Millie German, 1990, 1997, 2008; Harriet Von York, 2006 and 2007; Jean Rice, 1954 and 2005; Gladys Balliet, present president, 2011, also, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and also council president in 2005; LaRue Fritz, 1988 and 1989.

Friday, November 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Three people were reportedly injured in a one vehicle accident in Rush Township yesterday. Charles Oliver II, 49, was traveling north on Claremont Avenue at approximately noon, when, for an unknown reason, his Pontiac struck the north bound guide rails. It then traveled across the north and sound bound lanes striking more guide rails before rolling several times, coming to rest on its roof. Berlin and his passengers, Nicole Swanson, 26, and a 3 year old boy were transported to St Lukes Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, in the Mcadoo ambulance.

Friday, November 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Det. 626 served as color guard during the Tamaqua High School Veterans Day program this morning.

Students and staff of the Tamaqua Area School High School held their annual Veterans and Flag Raising Ceremony this morning in the front of the Senior High School in celebration of Veterans Day. Besides various speakers, the Tamaqua Area High School Jazz Chorale sang patriotic songs, while students read a roll call of veterans employed by the school district. Veterans groups on hand for the service were the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 and Tamaqua American Legion C.H. Berry Post 173.

Friday, November 11, 2011

East Carbon County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Penn Kidder School Campus, located on Route 903, a short distance beyond the traffic light intersecting routes 903 and 534.

This meeting will focus upon the results of the recent general election along with grooming and preparing candidates for future elections.

New qualified members are welcome.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lansford is the latest municipality to rescind ordinances barring registered sex offenders from living near schools, day care centers and other areas where children congregate.

Council on Wednesday agreed to void the ordinance after solicitor Michael Greek advised them to do so.

Earlier this month, Walker and Schuylkill townships and Tamaqua borough are among the municipalities to also rescind their ordinances.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans who make it a habit to eat their first meal of the day should bring their appetites to the Village at Palmerton.

Those who do will receive a hearty breakfast at the second annual Veteran Honorary Brunch and Entertainment Gala Monday.

Hosted by the Village at Palmerton, the event is open to veterans and their spouses. Proof of service is required.

A breakfast brunch will be held at 10 a.m. on the second floor, followed by entertainment from Hal Brister at 11 a.m.

George Duell Jr., Freedom Team Salute, Ambassador, U.S. Army, will serve as guest speaker.

Friday, November 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lansford firefighters David Aungst and Bryan Zellner carry a heavy duty exhaust fan used to expel the black smoke from the home.

Firefighters in Lansford were quick to stop a kitchen fire at 240 West Bertsch St. around 10:30 p.m. yesterday.

Black smoke could be seen emanating out of a top story window as firefighters were seen using thermal imaging cameras to trace hotspots.

Fans were also placed at exit and entry points to expel the black smoke. Joe Greco, assistant fire chief, Lansford Fire Company, said, "Damage was limited to a portion of the kitchen behind the stove and ceiling."