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Friday, September 27, 2013

At an organizational meeting of the new Coaldale Hospital board of trustees held last night, Anthony (Tony) Wargo of Coaldale was elected chairman of the board. This was the first meeting of the new eight-man board which was appointed by Governor William Scranton. Wargo is an active Republican worker and replaces John Eagan of Palo Alto during the Leader and Lawrence administrations.

Other officers elected were Thomas J. Whildin, former burgess of Lansford, vice chairman and Mrs. Philomena Fauzio of Nesquehoning, active Civic worker in the community, secretary-treasurer.

Friday, September 27, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Adult Day Service Center of the Blue Mountain Health Systems celebrated National Adult Day Services Week and to encourage physical activity it held its own Olympics. This year's winners are, from left, Karoline Pohanka (ring toss), Arlene Bowers (horseshoes), Jamy Green (washer toss), Delano Strohl (ball darts), Helen Wanamaker (wash cloth folding). The other winners were: Grace Bonser (bean bags), Lorraine Andreas (sock throw), Lucy Rossell (tennis ball bounce), Isilder Davy (football), Sharlee Hawk (basketball), Catherine Pancoast (chicken chuck) and Betty Scott (frisbee).

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call, email or fax the host agency.

Basic Vehicle Operations: Sept. 21 and 22 at East Penn Fire Department (full).

NIMS-700: Sept. 22, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

ICS-100: Sept. 28, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

Friday, September 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Little remains of a house in Barnesville that was destroyed by fire early this morning. Officials said a state police fire marshal has been summoned to assist in investigating the cause. Additional photos on Page 2.

Firefighters from numerous Schuylkill County communities were dispatched to 2 Maple Ave. in Barnesville around 1 a.m. today to battle a dwelling fire.

"The home was fully engulfed when we arrived," said Ryan Township Fire Chief Paul Hillibush, who added that firefighters had the fire under control within five minutes.

In addition to working in close proximity to an outside fuel tank, firefighters had to navigate around numerous yard sale items scattered around the property.

Friday, September 27, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A car driven by David Mehlig, 27, of Weatherly has severe front end damage following a collision on Route 309 in Hometown, Wednesday.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of Claremont Avenue (SR309) and Tide Road, in Rush Township, around 11 p.m. Wednesday for a motor vehicle accident with injury.

The accident involved vehicles operated by David Mehlig, 27, of Weatherly, driving a Ford Crown Victoria, and Pat Clemens, 59, of Tamaqua, driving a Volkswagen.

Responding in addition to Rush Township police, were firefighters from Hometown and Tamaqua, and the Tamaqua rescue squad and ambulance.

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Schuylkill County couple were sentenced on Thursday on drug dealing charges - he to a county prison term and she to house arrest.

Desire Nicole Devers, 24, and Christopher Robert Devers, 26, of Coaldale, appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika for sentencing on one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Friday, September 27, 2013

National Fire Prevention Week begins on Sunday, Oct. 6 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 12. Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company is hosting its annual Fire Safety Day on Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon until 3 p.m. at its location along Route 209, Kresgeville.

There will be lots to see and do for kids of all ages as volunteer firefighters demonstrate the workings of the trucks and equipment and there will be displays inside with information to help keep your family and home safe.

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Carbon County man was placed in the state's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) on Thursday while five other defendants who previously pleaded guilty were sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incidents

Marco Baker, 27, of Lansford, was placed in the state program on a criminal conspiracy- burglary charge. He had previously admitted to his part in a break-in on Feb. 29 at 17 N. Walnut St., Lansford.

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Dunkin' Donuts shop and a medical office for Blue Mountain Health System should soon be in operation in Palmerton.

By a 5-0 margin, borough council on Thursday agreed to grant preliminary/final land development plan review for Joseph Bennett at 555 Delaware Avenue. Councilmen Michael Ballard and Jeremy Barbosa were absent.

Plans call for the former Bennett Palmerton dealership to be converted into a Dunkin' Donuts shop - that could be open the Friday after Thanksgiving - and a medical office for BMHS - which could be open by Nov. 1 - Bennett said.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Parking around the perimeter of Palmerton's borough park will remain as is.

After a months-long debate over the issue, Borough Council, on a 5-0 vote Thursday, agreed to leave the parking situation around the park unchanged. Councilmen Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard were absent.

Last month, council agreed to advertise two ordinances related to parking along the park; one, which would have allowed for parking around the entire perimeter of the park, and the other, which would have allowed parking only from Delaware Avenue to Franklin Avenue.