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Monday, October 3, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Coaldale Police Officer Joseph Krebs on patrol.

Officers on wheels are bringing Coaldale's police force closer to their community. The borough has been using its bike patrol more often, with positive results.

The police department has had the bike for about two years.

"The officer will put it on the back of the cruiser and secure it and take it to the other end of the borough. He'll park the cruiser, take the bike off and patrol the avenues," said Police Chief Tim Delaney.

The bike is used mostly on night shifts, he said.

The silence and stealth are a big plus.

Monday, October 3, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Blue Mountain Health System's Fall Fest held Saturday at The Summit nursing and rehabilitation center, ushered in the fall season is a lively way with musical entertainment by Perserverance Jazz Band and Remember When, children's activities, flea market, pet adoption day and pet pageant. From left are, Stephanie Larson, Robin Skrincosky, Emily Remaley, 5, and Cheyenne Stoss, 10.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Pocono Mountain Regional Police are sponsoring a special program enforcing its strategy in the unification of law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.

The PMRP Foundation is sponsoring the appearance of retired New York Police Department (NYPD) officer and child's rights advocate Joe Mazzilli of the A&E program Runaway Squad along with Det. Roxanne Lopez and fellow cast members of the hit series Manhunters Fugitive Task Force to a reception at 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 at The Inn at Pocono Manor in Pocono Manor.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A former Ryan Township Tax Collector was among 66 people who entered pleas of not guilty to criminal charges when arraigned this morning before District Attorney James P. Goodman in the Schuylkill County courthouse and all requested trial by jury. They were:

William G. Wildoner, 689 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, Ryan Township, charged by Trooper Bernard Walasavage with theft of $171,145. belonging to Mahanoy Area School District for taxes collected and theft by failure to make required disposition of tax monies.

Monday, October 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Big T, played byVictoria Daubert, motivates Rush elementary school students during a dairy assembly held recently.

"We will, we will drink milk."

Those were the words chanted by Rush Elementary School students recently during a dairy presentation given via the Dairy Princess Promotion Services. Presenters were Dairy Ambassador Hannah Miller and Dairy Princess Victoria Daubert.

Daubert stated "Big T, milk's rising superstar, is a character that I have created as a unique way to present important information to kids, adding, "Rocking with Big T gets kids excited about the benefits of drinking milk."

Monday, October 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Two vehicles had to be towed after a collision that occurred Saturday evening at the SR309 and Tide Road intersection. Rush Township police are investigating. Reportedly, while driving north on SR309, Raymond McMackin, Wilkes Barre, in a 1994 Buick, struck a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Nancy Brandmier, Hazleton, as she turned from Tide Road onto SR309 south. Responding were Hometown Fire Company, Tamaqua Rescue and Tamaqua ambulance. Two children were in Brandmier's vehicle. No serious injuries were reported. Township fire police detoured traffic during the cleanup.

Monday, October 3, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State Sen. Dave Argall, left, and State Representatives Doug Reichley and Julie Harhart tap the first beer of the evening.

The threatening sky and bursts of rain did little to hamper the spirits of the attendees or the festivities hosted by the 8th annual Gathering on Saturday, which is the primary fundraiser for the Northern Lehigh Historical Society (NLHS). Most of the funds go towards continuing improvements along the Slate Heritage Trail in Slatington and Washington Township.

Monday, October 3, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Alive president Mark Sverchek holds one end of a celebratory ribbon as Ameriprise Financial adviser Michael Davis, center, cuts it. At right is Davis' wife, Erin.

When Michael Davis decided to open his Ameriprise Financial office at 8 East Ridge St., Lansford, in August 2010, he felt like he was coming home.

Davis was born in Coaldale and grew up in Nesquehoning. A 1997 Panther Valley High School graduate, he earned a degree in Business Administration, with a financial emphasis, from Susquehanna University in 2001. He's worked for Ameriprise Financial since his graduation, in Conshohocken, Montgomery County; Lehighton, and now Lansford.

Monday, October 3, 2011

On page 3 in Saturday's TIMES NEWS it stated there would be a candidate debate for Penn Forest Township supervisors at 8 p.m. on Oct. 11, at Dom N Ali Restaurant, Route 903, Jim Thorpe.

Township officials wish to clarify that the township is not sponsoring this debate.

Monday, October 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ken Lehman, President of Pine Grove Borough Council, places an item in the time capsule.

A program to conclude the celebration of the 200th year of the founding of the County of Schuylkill was held Sunday on a dreary afternoon, which cut short the celebration because of the rain. The bicentennial finale was held outdoors in front of the towering courthouse building in Pottsville.

The highlight was the presentation of items from many boroughs and townships, which were placed in a time capsule.