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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Long live the music.

In what is a true testament to its longevity, the Palmerton Community Band is about to reach the century mark.

To commemorate the historic milestone, the band will celebrate 100 years of music and concerts with a performance at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Palmerton Borough Park.

Joseph Plechavy, band director, said that while the band was actually formed in November 1911, the celebration concert will be part of the concert in the park series.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

During the monthly Nesquehoning Borough Authority's Water meeting, more conversation took place on a letter received from Robert and Sheree Strauss of Padua Avenue in New Columbus on a water run-off.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS A burned-out home at 121 Greenwood St. in Coaldale has neighbors frustrated and angry. The home burned at least four years ago, but has never been cleaned up. The adjoining home at 119 Greenwood St. is also long-vacant and trashed.

Most residents of Greenwood Street in the Seek section of Coaldale keep their homes and lawns tidy and well-maintained. But three abandoned homes, one of which was gutted by fire several years ago, are trash-strewn eyesores and are drawing rats, roaches and snakes, neighbors say.

A group of angry and frustrated Greenwood Street residents attended a borough council meeting Tuesday to again beg officials to do something about the situation.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The controversial siren at the Coaldale Complex on Sixth Street.

The piercing wail of Coaldale's emergency siren is meant to alert residents to fires or other hazards. But one resident believes the siren itself is dangerous.

Brittany Colburn, of 254 Sixth St., on Tuesday made her second appearance before borough council to ask the board to either silence the siren or move it away from the Coaldale Complex, which houses a Head Start program that will soon include infants. The siren stands right next to the building, at Sixth and Phillips streets.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Dave Kuchta, President, No. 9 Mine and Museum, Lansford, shows waiting mine tour riders how far the head house stretched down the mine.

One topic of a mine tour discussed during the No. 9 Mine Coal Miner's Festival held on Sunday was about the large steel head house, aka head frame. The head house, built in the early 1900's, is still located in the mountain behind the Boyer's Food Market, Lansford, and stretches approximately 1,800 feet north of the mine's Dock Street mine entrance.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the second semester of the 2010-11 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

High Honors3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects]

Seniors: Blake Campbell, Cynthia George, Elizabeth Hahn, Lyndsey Heinrich, Amber Hettler, David Kenion, Jarrett Kleintop, Andrew McReynolds, Alexandria Paulinho, Kaitlin Reimer, Jordan Ruzicka, Kevin Seemiller, Samantha K. Smith, Derek Szena, Joseph Tyahla, Brianna Walck

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta joined his colleagues in the House to unveil and support the All Children are Equal (ACE) Act, which would bring more federal education funding to school districts in the 11th Congressional District, which includes Carbon, Columbia, Monroe, and parts of Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A motion by a Penn Forest Township psychologist to quash sexual assault charges filed against him was denied by a Carbon County judge.

Michael T. Degilio, 42, filed a motion to have charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and indecent exposure quashed claiming evidence presented at a preliminary hearing was insufficient to sustain the charges.

In a 10 page opinion President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II denied the omnibus pre-trial motion and ruled all the charges will continue for trial in the county court.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Brett Ottinger made this Philadelphia Chippendale side chair. He said he is "big into reproduction furniture."

Brett Ottinger of Towamensing Township wanted to travel to Europe this summer with or without being named to the WorldSkills competition being held in London during October. He had never been overseas and thought it was time.

He was thrilled when the call came that he was named to the United States team for WorldSkills in the cabinetmaking competition. The family had just finished eating when the call came and he was "definitely thrilled."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A motion by a Carbon County man to suppress oral and written statements he made to police concerning numerous arson brush fires he is charged with starting, was denied by a county judge.

Frank Duane Swartz, 43, of Summit Hill, filed a motion to suppress the statements he gave to police on Nov. 24, 2008. It was denied in a 10 page opinion filed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.